Update & More Books I Like

First off, I found a good editor who’s within my current budget that I like. They are currently editing Ancient Ruins for me, and I should have it back today or tomorrow. I’m seeing this as a test-run for Spells of Old, and if it goes well, this will dramatically speed up when I can release Spells of Old! It also is in preparation of getting Ancient Ruins set up for Print On Demand, so hopefully that, and a fully updated copy for Kindle, will be ready within the week.

Other people began chiming in on suggested series, many of which I have read, so I figure I’ll keep going on books.

P. C. Hodgell: Her Kencyrath series is insane. Pure insanity…and one of the best fantasy series I’ve seen. It’s frustrating how slowly the books come out, but it’s doing leaps and bounds better than it was at first. I would say more, but…honestly, it’s just impossible to explain adequately without giving too much away. Not gonna do that.

The Deed of Paksenarrion: This is a trilogy by Elizabeth Moon. There are technically more books, which I do not recommend. Book 1 is pretty decent. Book 2 is…eh. I loved book 3. Paksenarrion, the main character, is what I consider the epitome of a proper paladin or holy warrior of good.

Wen Spencer: Specifically the books TinkerWolf Who Rules, and A Brother’s Price. The first two are a parallel world urban fantasy sci-fi…thing, that is just awesome. Involves elves, transformation magic, and other weirdness. I loved it. Didn’t like it when it started focusing on her cousin/siblings, so I haven’t paid much attention to book 4. A Brother’s Price is set in a world where it seems that women outnumber men by about 15 to 1…and thus, men are property. It is weird, the gender role reversal is interesting, and it’s what I consider an excellent stand-alone novel.

Ilona Andrews: Her Magic Bites series in particular (that’s the first book). I like good urban fantasy, even if I’ve gotten tired of shapeshifters. I…don’t know what else to say without going off for paragraphs. It’s weird, neat, and I liked it.

John Ringo: I hate politics bleeding over into writing, no matter which side of the fence someone is on. Thus, anything modern-day with Ringo…is not something I enjoy. But his writing is overall quite good, once I get past it. (Note: This is the closest to a political discussion you will ever get from me on my blog.) My favorite series is the March Upcountry books he co-authored with David Weber.

Faith HunterBloodringSeraphsHost. These books have a fascinating premise. Good writing, neat world-building…and the ending of the third book left me feeling like someone shot my puppy. Very mixed feelings.

Cast in Shadow: By Michelle Sagara. This book was neat, with the various immortals and the MC’s special powers. I haven’t kept up with it lately, as the series seems to be focusing on stuff I enjoy less. I don’t like politics as much. Blow things up, please?

David Eddings: I like most of his work, but the Elenium I enjoyed a lot. He’s a well-known author, so enough said.

The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend: Bleh, that’s a mouthful. I liked this book a lot. Quest of the titular character to retrieve his wife, and it gets complicated. I liked it a lot as a stand-alone novel.

Rhapsody: By Elizabeth Haydon. I loved the first book, then things started going downhill. The first trilogy is…tolerable as a whole. I couldn’t finish the 4th book. I love song-based magic, as I can’t sing worth crap, but I was a decent cellist in high school.

Saber & Shadow: By S.M. Stirling and Shirley Meier. Good luck finding a copy of this. This is one of the few lesbian fantasy books I could find growing up, and I’m now amazed I found it at all. It’s a post-apocalyptic world where a few fantasy powers have come into being. It’s old, and not the best written, but pretty good if I remember right (it’s been a few years).

Harry Potter: Yes, I read it. I liked it well enough, though Rowling had very little imagination with spells. Spells are secondary in Ancient Ruins, so I haven’t really had to do much with them yet myself.

L. G. Estrella: Varies wildly with me. My favorites are The Burning Mountains, the Artifactor series, and the Two Necromancer’s series…though the last book of the latter made me cringe, when the author repeated the same comment with slight variations in wording from different characters inside of two pages. And did this three or four times in the first four chapters, on different subjects. Gah.

Empire of Bones: By Terry Mixon. I like this series as a whole. I started on one of his other series, Storm Divers was the book, and he…*sighs* It feels like he reused the same characters in a different series. I’m only going to read the one series, then I’m done with him. It’s good, though!

Elliott Kay: He has two series I know of, the Good Intentions series, where the main character ends up bound to a succubus and an angel, both hot, and the Poor Man’s Fight series, which follows a dystopian science-fiction setting where people owe debts for their schooling and such, and the resulting war over it. The latter is pretty good, I liked it. The first two books of Good Intentions I loved, but book 3…got a little preachy for my taste.

The Sculpted Ship: By K. M. O’Brien. I’m somewhat bemused I liked this one as much as I did, when not all that much gets done in the story. Oh, there’s a little setup for other books and the grand conflict…but I liked the day to day aspects of the main character’s life and trading.

Succubus Summoning 101 & 201: This is erotic horror involving succubi and other things of the like. I love succubi way too much. Enough said.

…Okay, I’ve gone on for long enough. That’s the highlights of books I like, even if some of them are with quibbles. Done! (For now…)

7 thoughts on “Update & More Books I Like

  1. I completely agree with your comment on The Sculpted Ship. It’s a great book where not a whole lot happens.

    A few more recommendations here then. First up, A Galaxy Unknown by Thomas DePrima. On Silver Wings by Evan Currie. The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell. And one I really can’t recommend enough, Theirs Not To Reason Why series by Jean Johnson.


  2. Hehehe. Amusingly, I’ve read all but On Silver Wings. And I didn’t recommend any of the ones you mention for a couple of reasons.

    The Lost Fleet: I don’t have it on my shelf, so it slipped my mind. It’s a good one.

    A Galaxy Unknown: Suffers from the ‘monster of the week’ problem, the main character being way too brilliant for me to stomach, and severe power escalation from one book after another.

    Theirs Not To Reason Why: I love this series. But the sequel/prequel…I liked book 1 of the Salik War. Book 2, she turned the terrans into hypocritical, jerkish individuals who needed to get off their damned soap boxes. (“If you want our help, due to how your people are having trouble getting over their prejudices, we require the right to mindrape them into having our values.”)


  3. The Kencyrath crazy gets extra points because the characters are so nonchalant about it. Screaming vegetables that watch you while you eat them? Barely worth mentioning, how could anyone assume something else.
    A bit like the gender-thing Ancillary Justice, which is also great series. Protagonist doesn’t “get” the difference between male and females? Ah, who cares. Too busy with vengeance to bother with such minor details.

    Paksenarrion was a huge surprise for me. I usually hate Paladin-houlier-than-though attitude and religious meddling, but the third book (after a really weird start with that dungeon crawling thing) was great. I found Rise of the Witch Guard as (very vaguely) comparable “pagan” version of the story.

    Empire of Bones I found very average. The Princess character was kinda fun at the start but since it’s been going nowhere, largely. Deus-ex-machina-geek guy who conveniently invents whatever needed also doesn’t help.
    For more military scifi stuff I’d rather recommend Alexis Carew. It’s also very weird (sailing in space), but oddly fun one you get into it (well, it was for me, anyway).


  4. Yeah, I’ve read the first couple of Alexis Carew, I just vaguely remember reading a second series which was similar…but I can’t for the life of me remember what it was called, so I think I was somewhat burnt out. The Leary series, I think?


  5. They all more or less go back to CS Forester’s Hornblower series. Only for some reason a lot of people decided that instead of blue water sailing they want space battles.

    “Mister Artley, a throw of the log, if you please. I’d admire an update to our course.” Love how they command people in the series. Of course, literally throwing a log overboard in space makes as much sense as screaming vegetables, but, heck, as long as it works.


  6. Oh yeah. I agree. Book one of the First Salik War was awesome. The next two are…meh. I was thinking the original series, though. Galaxy Unknown is fairly monster of the week in the main series. I prefer the Border Patrol spinoff. Much more my style of book, as it’s more space marine rather than space fleet.


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