Readings

Since 2008, I have kept everything updated on Goodreads which displays on my Facebook page.  So, there is sure to be some overlap, but it will at least provide a pretty complete picture of how I spend much of my free time.

2008

The DragonCrown War Cycle by Michael A. Stackpole.  I enjoyed this series, but as with all good series they have some slow times.  And, there was just a few pages (less than 5) per book (all over 500 pages) that had an “R” rating.

  1. The Dark Glory War
  2. Fortress Draconis
  3. When Dragons Rage
  4. The Grand Crusade

The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny.  This series took a little bit to get in to, but the whole “shadow” thing (i.e. parallel dimensions) is VERY interesting.  And, the books are around 200 pages each.  This is MUCH shorter than my normal 500+…it actually looks like I am reading quite a bit. 😉

  1. Nine Princes in Amber
  2. The Guns of Avalon
  3. Sign of the Unicorn
  4. The Hand of Oberon
  5. The Courts of Chaos
  6. Trumps of Doom
  7. Blood Of Amber
  8. Sign Of Chaos
  9. Knight Of Shadows
  10. Prince of Chaos

2007 & 2008 (Hoping for good reading years!)

Deverry & The Westlands by Katharine Kerr.  Probably another series that will wait until my son turns 16.  Very good character development.  It is not a real quick moving story, but it is one that I enjoy.  Many of the women writers I have read are very good at writing a very rich story with great characterization.

  1. Daggerspell
  2. Darkspell
  3. The Bristling Wood (started in 2007)
  4. The Dragon Revenant
  5. A Time of Exile
  6. A Time of Omens
  7. Days of Blood and Fire
  8. Days of Air of Darkness (finished Memorial Day Weekend 2008)

The Deverry series is very recommended.  I really wonder why authors have to include some scenes.  Even when the detail is minimal, just including it at all seems unnecessary.

The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist, So far, this is a pretty good series.  I would probably wait until my son was 16 before I let him read it.

  1. Magician:  Apprentice
  2. Magician:  Master
  3. Silverthorn
  4. A Darkness at Sethanon

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (I read these while on our South Dakota trip this summer.)  The author had some unique concepts that were weaved into the series.  However, his anti-Christian attitudes came out pretty strongly as the series progressed.

  1. The Golden Compass
  2. The Subtle Knife
  3. The Amber Spyglass

The Gandalara Cycle by Randall Garret & Vicki Ann Heydron   With one fairly big exception, I would let my son read this series.  I would make sure he was 18 or so before he read this one.  This series was okay.  Fortunately, the individual books were short.  If they were long books, it would have been harder to make through all 7 books.

  1. The Steel Of Raithskar
  2. The Glass of Dyskornis
  3. The Bronze of Eddarta
  4. The Well of Darkness
  5. The Search For KÄ
  6. Return to Eddarta
  7. The River Wall

Shannara Trilogy Prequel (Terry Brooks)

First King of Shannara

Shannara Trilogy:  These books were enjoyed by me and my son.  The first one was a little slow, but the second two were considerably better written.

  1. The Sword Of Shannara
  2. The Elfstones of Shannara
  3. The Wishsong of Shannara

2006 (Additional business responsibilities REALLY hurt my reading)

    1. The Tawny Man series By Robin Hobb

,  I really enjoyed this series.  I don’t think I would let me son read it, though.  The characters are very well developed, and since this was the third series from this same author with the same main characters, I will eventually get around to reading the other ones…

    1. Fool’s Errand
    2. Golden Fool
    3. Fool’s Fate
  1. The Bancroft Strategy by Robert Ludlum (He has been dead for a few years, but he can still write…?)
  2. The Ambler Warning by Robert Ludlum
  3. The Magic of Recluse by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
  4. The Tower of the Sunset by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
  5. Showdown by Ted Dekker

2005

  1. Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn by Tad Williams
    1. Dragonbone Chair
    2. Stone of Farewell
    3. To Green Angel Tower
  2. The Circle by Ted Dekker
    1. Black
    2. Red
    3. White
  3. EarthSea by Ursula K. Le Guin
    1. A Wizard of Earthsea
    2. The Tombs of Atuan
    3. The Farthest Shore
  4. The Belgariad by David Eddings
    1. Pawn of Prophecy
    2. Queen of Sorcery
    3. Magician’s Gambit
    4. Castle of Wizardry
    5. Enchanter’s End Game
  5. The Mallorean by David Eddings
    1. Guardians of the West
    2. King of the Murgos
    3. Demon Lord of Karanda
    4. Sorceress of Darshiva
    5. The Seeress of Kell
  6. Devil in the White City

Subscriptions

  1. Inc.
  2. Business First
  3. Various Internet mags
  4. Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine
  5. Discover
  6. Mad magazine
  7. Cracked magazine

Prior to 2005

  1. Ludlum
  2. Van Lustbader
  3. Clancy
  4. Blood Music by Greg Bear
  5. On Wing’s of Song by Thomas Disch
  6. The Man Who Fell to Earth
  7. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  8. Other Dekker
  9. Stephen R. Donaldson
  10. Lord of the Rings
  11. Left Behind
  12. Foundation by Asimov
  13. Christian books telling how to witness to cults (Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, etc.)
  14. Agatha Christie
  15. Various Piers Anthony books (Xanth & Incantations of Immortality)

Prior to Adulthood

  1. Hardy Boys
  2. Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators
  3. Tom Swift
  4. Edgar Rice Burroughs (John Carter of Mars, Tarzan, Pellucidar, Land that Time Forgot)
  5. Robert Heinlein

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