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I have a collection of over 500 hard back science fiction and fantasy books, as well as numerous other books; history, mythology, and role-playing. Most of the Sci-Fi were originally my grandfathers. I am inputing them all here as I read them stating in 1999. There are many books in the collection I have read before 1999 and a lot of books here that I read that I don't own. The rating system only goes back to 2004. Oh and there are plenty of mistakes in here, spelling, categories and such.

Statistics on the books I've read since 1999
Categorys
Alternate Fantasy54
Alternate History69
Alternate History: Civil War2
Alternate History: Steampunk7
Alternate History: WWII12
Astronomy2
Beekeeping19
Computer1
Fantasy140
Fantasy: Contemporary69
Fantasy: Lost World2
Fantasy: Lovecraftian10
Fantasy: Post-Apocalyptic18
Fiction6
Fiction: Military3
Gardening0
History106
Humor2
Linguistics1
Mythology31
Non-Fiction1
Political4
Pulp Adventure10
Roleplaying3
Sci-fi365
Sci-Fi: Cyberpunk0
Sci-Fi: Dystopian2
Sci-Fi: Military73
Sci-Fi: Post-Apocalyptic16
Sci-Fi: Space Opera46
Sci-Fi: Time Travel9
Science14
Covers
hardback643
oversized hardback1
paperback273
softcover183
Collections
Borrowed98
Granddads169
Moms4
Shawns830
Anthologys
Anthology72
Not an Anthology992
Multi-Author Anthology37
Books per year
2022: 22
2021: 47
2020: 58
2019: 58
2018: 33
2017: 36
2016: 56
2015: 41
2014: 47
2013: 28
2012: 50
2011: 54
2010: 65
2009: 62
2008: 57
2007: 50
2006: 43
2005: 35
2004: 54
2003: 92
2002: 53
2001: 41
2000: 64
1999: 40
Total books read: (includes rereads) 1228Total unique books: 1101


The rating system I'm using is:
  1. I'll be getting rid of this one
  2. Really bad
  3. Bad
  4. Average
  5. A good book
  6. I'll probably read it again
  7. I recommend reading this
  8. Read it twice in the first sitting

Categories
I am using 3 main categories, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Alternate History. The great decider in whether a book is Sci-Fi or Fantasy is the use of the supernatural. That makes it Fantasy. So The Dragon Riders of Pern series is Sci-Fi there are not gods, magic, or supernatural, its all science based. Star Wars on the other hand (at least before Lucus retconned it with midicholians) is Fantasy because the Force is supernatural. Alternate History falls in a separate category. These are books purposefully set in the past where history changes and goes down an alternate timeline. The change can be due to science or the supernatural.
  • Alternate History: A story that takes place in the past in our world which was the same until a certain point. This Point of Departure is the instance where the timeline between our world and the one in the story diverge. The PoD can be caused but time travel or supernatural means but the cause is not generally relevant to the story.
    • Alternate History: Steampunk: The Point of Departure causes the world to develop super science in the Victorian Age. Usually developing steam powered devices and computing machines early. The story is generally set in the Victorian Age or immediately after.
    • Alternate History: WWII: An Alternative WWII takes place. Hitler dies, Hitler lives, America never enters the war etc.
    • Alternate History: Civil War An Alternative American Civil War takes place
  • Alternate Fantasy: A story set on a parallel world in a semi-historical time where the supernatural exists. This differs from an Alternate History in that the world was always different from ours but developed along similar lines.
  • Sci-Fi
    • Sci-Fi: Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic: The world ends, or nearly does drastically changing things.
    • Sci-Fi: Cyberpunk: near future, dystopian, ai and prostecics are common
    • Sci-Fi: Time Travel: Time Travel can cause an Alternate History or enter a Parallel World but the focus of a Sci-Fi Time Travel story is going back and forth in time not the world created.
    • Sci-Fi: Space Opera: A story that occurs in space with the focus on action rather than science tend have larger than life heroes.
    • Sci-Fi: Military: Involves future weapons and warfare with the focus being on the super technology. Often crosses over with Space Opera but the characters tend to be more normal and the emphasis is on warfare and weapons rather than action.
  • Fantasy: Requires the existence of the supernatural. Stories that seem Sci-Fi can be Fantasy because a large portion of the story is explained as supernatural (ie the Force in Star Wars before Lucus retconned it).
    • Fantasy: Contemporary: A story set in the modern world but where the supernatural exists. This is the same as a Alternate Fantasy, but is not a historical story.
    • Fantasy: Post-Apocalyptic: The Apocalypse caused magic to reenter the world, so its in the future but the supernatrual exisits also making it more Fantasy than Sci-Fi.
  • Lovecraftian Fiction: Involves Chthulu, the Great Old ones, and people fighting unspeakable evil which is trying to enter and take over the world. The original genre was Horror but more contemporary literature tends to be campy.
  • Pulp Adventure: Typically 1920s and 1930s the heroes don't have supernatural powers but are the top end of what humanity has to offer. Typically Tarzan and Doc Savage.

Sherlock Holmes vs Cthulhu
[07-May-2022] by Lois Gresh
Fantasy: Lovecraftian: 434 pages

Sherlock Holmes parts werent very good, and they didnt have a Holmes writing feel. There were some great Lovecraftian chapters but they really stood out form he rest of book as odd.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

The Hive
[05-May-2022]

The Hive by Orson Scott Card.
Sci-fi: 451 pages.
Volume 2 in the series The Second Formic War.

Kind of slow far a war. The Formics dont seem stoppable unless the humans get lucky. Severe disconnect between the vast distances and not being able to get there and then things they need to get to being just out of the way.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

The Search for Spock
[23-Apr-2022] by Vonda McIntyre
Sci-fi: 219 pages

Now I know why Uhura stayed behind.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Star Trek the Motion Picture
[21-Apr-2022] by Gene Roddenberry
Sci-fi: 181 pages

Cant stop remembering the movie which doesnt help. Did explain who the people in the transporter accident were. Pretty much everything else is straight from the movie which makes sense since this is the novelization of that not the source material.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Last Stand in the Carolinas The Battle of Bentonville
[20-Apr-2022] by Mark L. Bradley
History: 575 pages

The largest battle in NC and one of the last of the Civil War. One wing of Shermans army vs Johnston. Lots of maps which are helpful.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Man Plus
[18-Apr-2022] by Frederick Pohl
Sci-fi: 183 pages

Its a good story but there are a number of questions. Why build a cyborg if you are going to send people to Mars in space suits? Why neuter the cyborg if you are going to send along a nurse/doctor already in love with him (and who he is in love with) who will stay on Mars. The last couple of pages dont answer just add more questions.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Black Star Rising
[12-Apr-2022] by Frederick Pohl
Sci-fi: 214 pages

The Chinese took over after the U.S. & Soviets destroyed each other in WWIII, now aliens want to talk to the President and liberate the US. The Erk are a nice original alien species.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Enemy at the Gates
[10-Apr-2022] by William Craig
History: 437 pages

Short vignettes describing he battle of Stalingrad. While its clear the author did tremendous research and talked to almost every still living person involved its disappointing he repeats the fabricated Soviet sniper story, or at least doesnt mention that he couldnt find any evidence Koning even existed.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Last years books
[05-Apr-2022] Finally entered all last years books. Despite reading a phenomenal amount in Oct, something like 15 books, it was an average year over all. Reread a lot of books rather than new ones.

Stardance
[04-Apr-2022] by Jeanne Robinson
Sci-fi: 218 pages

This was horrible. Main character dies pretty pointlessly in chapter one. The writers have the stupid premise that just being in space will kill a person from lack of gravity after a while. Aliens show up, leave again pointlessly. Wasted time on dancing. Aliens come back but not to Earth but Saturn so idiots travel out there (suicidality) to dance for them. Then it turn out that somehow though dance they figure out that humans are the sperm for some Titan based egg the aliens built (both actually) to become some new species. This goes in the pile to get rid of.

Rating: 1 (out of 8)

Good Omens
[29-Mar-2022] by Terry Pratchett
Fantasy: Contemporary: 330 pages

Still good. Nuns misplace the antichrist baby. He grows up as human and then decides its not time for the Apocalypse.

Rating: 7 (out of 8)

Mall of Cthulu
[27-Mar-2022] by Seamus Cooper
Fantasy: Lovecraftian: 235 pages

Two kids who survive a vampire sorority get involved with Cthulu cultists trying to open a rift in a mall.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

The English Resistance
[24-Mar-2022] by Peter Rex
History: 252 pages

Author clearly doesnt like William and spend the whole book saying what a bad buy he was. Doesnt seem to add much to the previous book 1066 something. Lots of repetition.

Rating: 3 (out of 8)

The Dark Heart of Time
[22-Mar-2022] by Phillip Jose Farmer
Fantasy: 278 pages

An authorized Tarzan novel set between some of the ERB novels. Not very interesting. Some guys are hunting Tarzan and he meets a yeti type creature then finds another lost civilization which gets destroyed.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

The Kaiju Preservation Society
[20-Mar-2022] by John Scalzi
Fantasy: Contemporary: 264 pages

Guy gets fired just before the pandemic. gets hired by a shadowy company and taken to another world to study kaiju. Old boss shows up and tried to get the kaiju to blow up all over Canada.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Empire of the Black Sea
[11-Mar-2022] by Duane W. Roller
History: 216 pages

History of the dynasty Mithridates belonged to. Kind of disappointing because we have so little information. Also half the book is notes and bibliography so recorded the pages as reading pages not the whole thing.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Purgatorys Shore
[03-Mar-2022]

Purgatorys Shore by Taylor Anderson.
Alternate Fantasy: 482 pages.
Volume 1 in the series Artillerymen.

This follow the earlier Americans to come to the Grik world. The ones from 1847. It in the Yucatan but for some reason in the older books I thought they were in the Southeast instead.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Three Hainish Novels
[17-Feb-2022] by Ursula K Le Guin
Sci-fi: 370 pages

3 stories. The first her famous one where the girl retrieves the family necklace from the galactic museum and misses her world as she sleep in cyrosleep. Pretty good. The second is another world with along winter and immigrant humans learning to live with the natives. Not bad. The last is a person from that world coming to Earth and finding the Enemy has taken it and they try to find the location of the world from him. Its pretty bad except the end.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Hero of Two Worlds The Marquis de Lafayette in the age of Revolution
[12-Feb-2022] by Mike Duncan
History: 502 pages

Learned a lot about Lafayette. Like that the king of France forbid him form coming to America and he was a snot nosed teenager with no experience when he did. Lafayette didnt just help the American Revolution but was an intrumental part of the French Revolution and the change in 1830 to the July Monarchy.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

A Call to Insurrection
[10-Feb-2022]

A Call to Insurrection by David Weber.
Sci-Fi: Military: 370 pages.
Volume 4 in the series Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant.

Characters I barely remember hook up with other characters from previous unremembered events to stop yet another evil corp plot this time in the Andermani Empire. Meanwhile some other guy solves a murder of someone apparently important in previous novels. Might need to reread the other novels.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)