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Reading the first Hollows book - thanks for the recommendation, Bearcatter. So far so good.
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Reading the first Hollows book - thanks for the recommendation, Bearcatter. So far so good.
Keep at it! You won't believe where the stories end up going.
I swear I used to think Harry Dresden always got a raw deal. And sure, his life can suck.
But Rachel, by gawd no one should have to go through the shit she has to put up with.
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Im currently reading Heir to the Empire, something i've meant to read for years but only just got round to it.
The thing I like best about Zahn's "Heir to the Empire" trilogy is that it fits so well to be considered as Episodes 7, 8 and 9 in the overall storyline of the Star Wars universe. If you look at all the books that follow it in the timeline, there are so many characters in those three books that play significant roles in the books/stories to come. It pisses me off to think that Disney is probably just going to ignore them all.
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Just started reading "How I Slept My Way to the Middle" by Kevin Pollak. He is one of my all time favorite stand-up comics, and an underratted actor to boot. Pretty good so far.
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Keep at it! You won't believe where the stories end up going.
I swear I used to think Harry Dresden always got a raw deal. And sure, his life can suck.
But Rachel, by gawd no one should have to go through the shit she has to put up with.
I'm partway through the third one and I want to punch Nick in the throat.
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I'm partway through the third one and I want to punch Nick in the throat.
It warms my heart to see a recommendation work out.
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I'm almost done with them all already.

Feed me more.
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I'm almost done with them all already.

Feed me more.
I'm up to the challenge. I hope. :shock
The Hollows is a damn good series IMO. I am not sure if I can top it. But hopefully I can do justice to a couple of others.

I sense that maybe you appreciate a good female character or heroine. Rachel Morgan is obviously one of, if not, my favorite. But another would probably be Harper Blaine of the "Greywalker" series written by Kat Richardson. She is a P.I. based in Seattle who dies in the first chapter of the first book (so not actually a spoiler there...). She comes back with a special connection to the supernatural world, which ends up both helping and hindering her work and life. Well written series.

Another author to check out would be C.E. Murphy. The book "Heart of Stone" kicks off a trilogy of books with a normal human heroine getting involved in underworld inhuman politics. I wish there were more than three books in that series. Another book, "Urban Shaman" is the first book of what is called the Walker Papers, which is a very interesting series. The Main character, Joanne Walker, is a half Cherokee, half Irish cop (also in Seattle). The books are an interesting mesh of Native American and Gaelic folklore. There are about 9 or 10 books total in that one, with the last one coming out later this year.

If you have already read those let me know. I will ponder some more.

And, now that I think about it, I would highly recommend a few books from author Diana Rowland that are not getting the attention I believe they deserve. I have read two books so far in the series: "My Life As A White Trash Zombie" and "Even White Trash Zombies Get The Blues". The third book, "White Trash Zombie Apocalypse" is slated to come out soon. Now you may be saying, WTF? Those are some pretty messed up book titles. And I agree they are. But I am a huge fan of the zombie genre, and these books are a real curveball to it. To a zombie enthusiast, these books provide a fresh, amusing take not presented in other undead books. To someone who isn't a big fan of the genre, they are different enough while still paying homage to the Romero-esque version of undead horror. And I will also put up Angel Crawford as one of my new favorite female characters. The books are a great "coming of age/personal redemption" story.
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I'm partway through the third one and I want to punch Nick in the throat.
Out of curiosity, what would you have done with Nick now that your are done with the books out so far...?
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I'm not completely done, I'm on like the 8th book I think. But I read so quickly that it's best to ask for new recommends early.

Also, I have no male/female/gay/straight preference for books. Really, it just needs to be interesting and not too crap. Although if there's a lot of raping and talk of pissing and spitting and torture and people who don't bathe near enough I tend to get irritated. I did not like Abercrombie at all and GRRM is almost not enough payoff to be worth it for me. Not gonna lie, I prefer that stuff glossed over.

If it helps, this is the list of books I read in 2012. Just to get an idea of the type of stuff I go for.

1. Before They Are Hanged - Joe Abercrombie
2. Flashforward - Robert J. Sawyer
3. Pawn of Prophecy - David Eddings
4. Queen of Sorcery - David Eddings
5. Magician's Gambit - David Eddings
6. Castle of Wizardry - David Eddings
7. Enchanter's End Game - David Eddings
8. Spellwright - Blake Charlton
9. Spellbound - Blake Charlton
10. Midnight at the Well of Souls - Jack Chalker (reread)
11. Exiles at the Well of Souls - Jack Chalker (reread)
12. The Black Swan - Mercedes Lackey
13. Illegal Alien - Robert J. Sawyer
14. WWW: Watch - Robert J. Sawyer
15. WWW: Wait - Robert J. Sawyer
16. WWW: Wonder - Robert J. Sawyer
17. Last Argument of Kings - Joe Abercrombie
18. The Black Prism - Brent Weeks
19. The Terminal Experiment - Robert J. Sawyer
20. Ruthless - Sara Shepard
21. Calculating God - Robert J. Sawyer
22. Witch and Wizard - James Patterson
23. Witch and WIzard: The Gift - James Patterson
24. Witch and Wizard: The Fire - James Patterson
25. Daughter of the Empire - Raymond Feist
26. Servant of the Empire - Raymond Feist
27. Mistress of the Empire - Raymond Feist
28. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
29. The Magician King - Lev Grossman
30. And The Devil Will Drag You Under - Jack Chalker
31. The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan
32. The Throne Of Fire - Rick Riordan
33. Starplex - Robert J. Sawyer
34. The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan
35. A Blight Of Mages - Karen Miller
36. Out Of Oz - Gregory Maguire
37. The Son Of Neptune - Rick Riordan
38. Geek Wisdom - Stephen H. Segal
39. Quest For The Well Of Souls - Jack Chalker (reread)
40. Factoring Humanity - Robert J. Sawyer
41. Perfect Shadow - Brent Weeks
42. Maze Of Bones - Rick Riordan et al.
43. One False Note - Rick Riordan et al.
44. The Sword Thief - Rick Riordan et al.
45. Beyond The Grave - Rick Riordan et al.
46. The Black Circle - Rick Riordan et al.
47. In Too Deep - Rick Riordan et al.
48. The Viper's Nest - Rick Riordan et al.
49. The Emperor's Code - Rick Riordan et al.
50. Into The Gauntlet - Rick Riordan et al.
51. Vespers Rising - Rick Riordan et al.
52. The Return Of Nathan Brazil - Jack Chalker (reread)
53. The Pledge - Kimberly Derting
54. Twilight At The Well Of Souls - Jack Chalker (reread)
55. The Replacement - Brenna Yovanoff
56. The Medusa Plot - Rick Riordan et al.
57. A King's Ransom - Rick Riordan et al.
58. Krondor's Suns: Prince Of The Blood - Raymond Feist
59. Krondor's Sons: Buccaneer - Raymond Feist
60. A Jungle Of Stars - Jack Chalker
61. Shadow of a Dark Queen - Raymond Feist
62. Rise of a Merchant Prince - Raymond Feist
63. Rage of a Demon King - Raymond Feist
64. Shards of a Broken Crown - Raymond Feist
65. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
66. The Whitefire Crossing - Courtney Schafer
67. Blackout - Connie Willis
68. All Clear - Connie Willis
69. Bio Of A Space Tyrant: The Iron Maiden - Piers Anthony
70. Mindscan - Robert J. Sawyer
71. The Dragons Of Ordinary Farm - Tad Williams
72. The Secrets Of Ordinary Farm - Tad Williams
73. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
74. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
75. Wizard Of The Pigeons - Megan Lindholm
76. A Wizard Of Earthsea - Ursula LeGuin
77. The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula LeGuin
78. The Farthest Shore - Ursula LeGuin
79. Tehanu - Ursula LeGuin
80. The Other Wind - Ursula LeGuin
81. Myth-Gotten Gains - Robert Asprin
82. Myth-Chief - Robert Asprin (reread)
83. Myth-Fortunes - Robert Asprin
84. Frameshift - Robert J. Sawyer
85. The Collected Stories of Oz - L. Frank Baum (reread)
86. Through The Ice - Piers Anthony & Robert Kornwise (reread)
87. Flatland - Edwin A. Abbott
88. Bridge Of Dreams - Jacqueline Carey
89. Grave Mercy - Robin LaFevers
90. E. Godz - Robert Asprin
91. The Cat Who Walked Through Walls - Robert Heinlein
92. The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan (reread)
93. Red Planet - Robert Heinlein
94. The Cold Cash War - Robert Asprin
95. Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
96. The Number of the Beast - Robert Heinlein
97. The Wizard of 4th Street - Simon Hawke
98. The Wizard of Whitechapel - Simon Hawke
99. The Wizard of Camelot - Simon Hawke
100. The Wizard of Sunset Strip - Simon Hawke
101. The Wizard of Rue Morgue - Simon Hawke
102. The Samurai Wizard - Simon Hawke
103. The Wizard of Santa Fe - Simon Hawke
104. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert Heinlein
105. Incarnate - Jodi Meadows
106. Stardust - Neil Gaiman
107. Death's Daughter - Amber Benson
108. The Serpent's Shadow - Rick Riordan
109. Cat's Claw - Amber Benson
110. Serpent's Storm - Amber Benson
111. Two Truths and a Lie - Sara Shepard
112. To Sail Beyond the Sunset - Robert Heinlein
113. Time Enough for Love - Robert Heinlein
114. How to be Death - Amber Benson
115. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident - Eoin Colfer
116. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code - Eoin Colfer
117. Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception - Eoin Colfer
118. Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony - Eoin Colfer
119. Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox - Eoin Colfer
120. Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex - Eoin Colfer
121. Wizard of Lovecraft Cafe - Simon Hawke
122. The Last Wizard - Simon Hawke
123. The Reluctant Sorcerer - Simon Hawke
124. The Inadequate Adept - Simon Hawke
125: The Ambivalent Magician - Simon Hawke
126: The Killing Moon - N.K. Jemisin
127: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang - Kate Wilhelm
128: Men at Arms - Terry Pratchett
129: Snuff - Terry Pratchett
130. Home From The Sea - Mercedes Lackey
131. Redshirts - John Scalzi
132. Cover - Rick Riordan et al
133. Knot Geiss - Piers Anthony
134. Wildcards - George R. R. Martin
135. Melchior's Fire - Jack Chalker
136. Kaspar's Box - Jack Chalker
137. Automated Alice - Jeff Noon
138. Up In A Heaval - Piers Anthony (reread)
139. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents - Terry Pratchett
140. Undisputed: How to Become World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps - Chris Jericho
141. A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex - Chris Jericho
142. Talon of the Silver Hawk - Raymond Feist
143. King of Foxes - Raymond Feist
144. Exile's Return - Raymond Feist
145. Flight of the Nighthawks - Raymond Feist
146. Into a Dark Realm - Raymond Feist
147. Wrath of a Mad God - Raymond Feist
148. Island of the Sequined Love Nun - Christopher Moore
149. The Last Guardian - Eoin Colfer
150. Kill Me Softly - Sarah Cross
151. Krondor: The Betrayal - Raymond Feist
152. The Free Lunch - Spider Robinson
153. Magyk - Angie Sage
154. Flyte - Angie Sage
155. Physik - Angie Sage
156. Star Trek TNG: Debtor's Planet - W.R. Thompson
157. Viper Moon - Lee Roland
158. Queste - Angie Sage
159. Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning
160. Bloodfever - Karen Marie Moning
161. Faefever - Karen Marie Moning
162. Syren - Angie Sage
163. Rides a Dread Legion - Raymond Feist
164. Storm Front - Jim Butcher
165. When the Changewinds Blow - Jack Chalker (reread)
166. Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning
167. Shadowfever - Karen Marie Moning
168. Variant - Robinson Wells
169. A Kingdom Besieged - Raymond Feist
170. A Crown Imperilled - Raymond Feist
171. Darke - Angie Sage
172. The Ivanhoe Gambit - Simon Hawke
173. The Timekeeper Conspiracy - Simon Hawke
174. The Pimpernel Plot - Simon Hawke
175. The Zenda Vendetta - Simon Hawke
176. Fool Moon - Jim Butcher
177. Grave Peril - Jim Butcher
178. Summer Knight - Jim Butcher
179. To Your Scattered Bodies Go - Philip Jose Farmer
180. Wards of Faerie - Terry Brooks
181. Glitch - Heather Anastasiu
182. The Fabulous Riverboat - Philip Jose Farmer
183. Elminster: The Making of a Mage - Ed Greenwood
184. Death Masks - Jim Butcher
185. Blood Rites - Jim Butcher
186. Dead Beat - Jim Butcher
187. Proven Guilty - Jim Butcher
188. White Knight - Jim Butcher
189. Changes - Jim Butcher
190. Small Favor - Jim Butcher
191. Turn Coat - Jim Butcher
192. Ghost Story - Jim Butcher
193. Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal - Christopher Moore
194. The First Confessor - Terry Goodkind
195. Libriomancer - Jim C. Hines
196. Shatterproof - Roland Smith
197. The Blinding Knife - Brent Weeks
198. Legion - Brandon Sanderson
199. Dodger - Terry Pratchett
200. The Clockwise Man - Justin Richards
201. The Nautilus Sanction - Simon Hawke
202. Krondor: The Assassins - Raymond Feist
203. Krondor: The Tear of the Gods - Raymond Feist
204. Time Scout - Robert Asprin and Linda Evans
205. Wages of Sin - Robert Asprin and Linda Evans
206. Ripping Time - Robert Asprin and Linda Evans
207. The House That Jack Built - Robert Asprin and Linda Evans
208. License Invoked - Robert Asprin
209. Elminster in Myth Drannor - Ed Greenwood
210. The Mark of Athena - Rick Riordan
211. The Wide-Awake Princess - E.D. Baker
212. City of Golden Shadow - Tad Williams (reread)
213. Stunning - Sara Shepard
214. Feedback - Robison Wells
215. Divergent - Veronica Roth
216. Insurgent - Veronica Roth
217. Redoubt - Mercedes Lackey
218. Fairy Wings - E.D. Baker
219. Fairy Lies - E.D. Baker
220. The Shadowed Sun - N.K. Jemisin
221. The Marbury Lens - Andrew Smith
222. Honoured Enemy - Raymond Feist
223. Making Money - Terry Pratchett
224. Stardust - Neil Gaiman (reread)
225. The Web of the Chozen - Jack Chalker
226. Furies of Calderon - Jim Butcher
227. Iced - Karen Marie Moning
228. Academ's Fury - Jim Butcher
229. Cursor's Fury - Jim Butcher
230. Captain's Fury - Jim Butcher
231. Princeps' Fury - Jim Butcher
232. High Lord's Fury - Jim Butcher
233. Cold Days - Jim Butcher
234. Paladins of Shannara: Allanon's Quest - Terry Brooks
235. Dark Currents: Agent of Hel - Jacqueline Carey
236. Flash Point - Nancy Kress
237. Crewel - Gennifer Albin
238. Old Man's War - John Scalzi
239. Owlsight - Mercedes Lackey
240. Owlknight - Mercedes Lackey
241. Storm Breaking - Mercedes Lackey
242. Renegade - J.A. Souders
238. Old Man's War - John Scalzi
239. Owlsight - Mercedes Lackey
240. Owlknight - Mercedes Lackey
241. Storm Breaking - Mercedes Lackey
242. Renegade - J.A. Souders
243. Kushiel's Scion - Jacqueline Carey
244. Kushiel's Justice - Jacqueline Carey
245. Call of the Herald - Brian Rathbone

Mostly fantasy, a lot of sf, a higher-than-usual-for-me amount of YA (market glut last year) with a healthy sprinkling of crap I'd been meaning to read and finally got around to.

I do have a special place in my heart for trashy older SF about the future-in-1985 when we all have flying cars and personal robots.

I also like a good old-school fantasy epic with some good political drama, an interesting magic system, and a quest.

I've been doing a lot of urban fantasy/paranormal recently, but again, market glut.

Apparently I have no idea how to make a collapsed list on this forum so sorry about the extremely long list making this post huge.
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