Book Reviews

Books, books, wonderful books! Books saved my life. I discovered the joy, the triumph, the heartbreak of books in fifth grade with something called individualized reading. But is a story for another day! Let’s talk about Books! My favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, but honestly I will read anything that is well written and has a plot. I always told my students that no one likes to read bad books, that if it isn’t interesting to you then pick something else, keep trying till you find something that sparks for you!

My favorite authors/series are (in no particular order):

Robert Jordan – Wheel of Time
David Weber – Honor Harrington
Brandon Sanderson – Mistborn and Stormlight Archives
L.E. Modesitt – Saga of Recluce
S.M. Stirling – Nantucket Series and Dies the Fire
Eric Flint – 1632
Anne MacAffrey – Dragonriders of Pern
Neal Shusterman – Unwind Dystology
David Eddings – Belgariad and Mallorian
Raymond Feist – The Riftwar Saga (and all the ones which follow)
Mary Stewart – The Merlin Trilogy
J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter
Sara J Maas – Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses
John Ringo – Prince Roger Series and Posleen Series
Stephen King – The Dark Tower Series
Brent Weeks – The Light Bringer Series
Laini Taylor – Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series
Leigh Bardugo – Griesha Series
L.M. Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables
Robin Hobb – The Farseer Trilogy, The Tawny Man Trilogy, The Liveship Traders… All of her series are Awesome!

Periodically, as I finish a particularly good book I will post book reviews!

The Cuckoo's Calling

Ok, I am MUCH better at reading books than I am at posting reviews! That being said, here lately I have kinda been in a slump and rereading favorite series (Wheel of Time, that took a chunk of Time, Emberverse by Sterling, pondering restarting the Honor Harrington books) while I have been kinda listlessly searching for something GOOD to read. Then, then! the new Robert Galbraith book came out (aka J.K. Rowling) and it was happy dance! If you haven’t read these books, you would never know they are Rowling (no magic, no boys under the stairs, no teenage angst) except that they are incredibly addictive and very well written. Set in London of the last ten years, in a gritty noir detective style, they follow former army dude now P.I. Cormoran Strike as he solves crimes with the help of his office temp Robin. Not going to say more except, read them!


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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Darrow lives in the far future in a mining colony deep under the surface of Mars, he and his people life dark, harsh lives toiling to provide the essential element which will allow humanity to finally escape a dying Earth. What Darrow and his fellow Reds don’t know is that they have been sold a bill of goods… Mars, Mercury, Europa, even Neptune were all terraformed and settled generations ago. Darrow and his people are slaves working to enrich the Golds. Red Rising by Pierce Brown