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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 Fantasy52
Alternate History64
Alternate History: Civil War2
Alternate History: Steampunk7
Alternate History: WWII12
Astronomy2
Beekeeping19
Computer1
Fantasy126
Fantasy: Contemporary66
Fantasy: Lost World2
Fantasy: Lovecraftian9
Fantasy: Post-Apocalyptic16
Fiction6
Fiction: Military3
Gardening0
History93
Humor2
Linguistics1
Mythology29
Non-Fiction1
Political4
Pulp Adventure10
Roleplaying3
Sci-fi343
Sci-Fi: Cyberpunk0
Sci-Fi: Dystopian2
Sci-Fi: Military49
Sci-Fi: Post-Apocalyptic14
Sci-Fi: Space Opera48
Sci-Fi: Time Travel8
Science13
Covers
hardback586
oversized hardback1
paperback259
softcover164
Collections
Borrowed95
Granddads162
Moms4
Shawns750
Anthologys
Anthology69
Not an Anthology905
Multi-Author Anthology37
Books per year
2020: 1
2019: 57
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) 1101Total unique books: 1011


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.

Into the Wild
[24-Jan-2020]

Into the Wild by Erin Hunter.
Fantasy: 272 pages.
Volume 1 in the series Warriors.

Read because Ceci found a Warriors roleplaying game at the end of the 3rd series it looks like im running. Its about feral cats in the woods.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

House of Assassins
[31-Dec-2019]

House of Assassins by Larry Correia.
Fantasy: 408 pages.
Volume 1 in the series Saga of the Forgotten Warrior.

I dont understand why the previous book is a prequal not the first volume. Story continues following Ashok as he saves the prophet from wizards and demons.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Mission of Honor
[24-Dec-2019]

Mission of Honor by David Weber.
Sci-Fi: Military: 600 pages.
Volume 12 in the series Honorverse: Honor Harrington.

War with the Sollies. Manticore has magic tech to get victories that are just impossible.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

At All Costs
[17-Dec-2019]

At All Costs by David Weber.
Sci-Fi: Military: 855 pages.
Volume 11 in the series Honorverse: Honor Harrington.

If you thought the tech had gotten ridiculous before you were not prepared at all for Apollo. Magic missiles from beyond the range an enemy can respond, controlled at FTL speeds which never miss.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

Books
[16-Dec-2019] I was very bad on inputting books this year. Put in a stack of about 30 today going back to last dec.

The Consuming Fire
[16-Dec-2019]

The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi.
Sci-Fi: Space Opera: 316 pages.
Volume 2 in the series Collapsing Empire.

Things continue to fall apart. The Emperox shows she isnt weak. We find out where the Interdependancy came from.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

War of Honor
[05-Dec-2019]

War of Honor by David Weber.
Sci-Fi: Military: 869 pages.
Volume 10 in the series Honorverse: Honor Harrington.

The High Ridge government is incompetent. The send Honor to Silesia again, and another war starts.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Ashes of Victory
[17-Nov-2019]

Ashes of Victory by David Weber.
Sci-Fi: Military: 647 pages.
Volume 9 in the series Honorverse: Honor Harrington.

I think this is where the series starts to die. Mantiocres weapons become to powerful, and unreasonable. Haven has another couple of coups.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Echos of Honor
[10-Nov-2019]

Echos of Honor by David Weber.
Sci-Fi: Military: 736 pages.
Volume 8 in the series Honorverse: Honor Harrington.

Not only does she escape an inescapable planet she takes half a million people with her.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Grand Canyon Geology
[09-Nov-2019] by L. Greer Price
Science: 63 pages

A pretty short book on the rocks and geology of the Grand Canyon.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

In Enemy Hands
[27-Oct-2019]

In Enemy Hands by David Weber.
Sci-Fi: Military: 530 pages.
Volume 7 in the series Honorverse: Honor Harrington.

This is a good book but I dont find the circumstances of Honor being on the ship to be captured plausible. She wouldnt be there during translation. Its the most important part of the mission just in case something went wrong, its the last place she would be. And what Harkness does is fantasy.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

Leviathan Wakes
[19-Oct-2019] by James S. A. Corey
Sci-fi: 572 pages

Too much Miller and his crap. This could have been a good sci-fi book but one of the authors wanted to write a crappy detective nor story in the middle of everything.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Honor Among Enemies
[12-Oct-2019]

Honor Among Enemies by David Weber.
Sci-Fi: Military: 538 pages.
Volume 6 in the series Honorverse: Honor Harrington.

Honor gets recalled and assigned a Q-ship to fight Pirates, but finds Peeps also.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

The Visitors
[11-Oct-2019] by Clifford D. Simak
Sci-fi: 250 pages

Most this book was pretty good. Aliens invade but they arent dangerous or even communicative. The ending was horrible.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Flag in Exile
[08-Oct-2019]

Flag in Exile by David Weber.
Sci-Fi: Military: 471 pages.
Volume 5 in the series Honorverse: Honor Harrington.

Honor goes to Grayson where she is much more important than she is in Manticore.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Field of Dishonor
[06-Oct-2019]

Field of Dishonor by David Weber.
Sci-Fi: Military: 401 pages.
Volume 4 in the series Honorverse: Honor Harrington.

I think this is one of the better books of the series despite the fact is no space battles.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

The Short Victorious War
[05-Oct-2019]

The Short Victorious War by David Weber.
Sci-Fi: Military: 402 pages.
Volume 3 in the series Honorverse: Honor Harrington.

The Peps launch an attack and screw it all up.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

The Honor of the Queen
[03-Oct-2019]

The Honor of the Queen by David Weber.
Sci-Fi: Military: 448 pages.
Volume 2 in the series Honorverse: Honor Harrington.

Honor gets stuck in another situation, this time in Grayson where she becomes a steadholder.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

Chains of the SEa
[01-Oct-2019] by Robert Silverberg
Sci-fi: 182 pages

I only finished this a week ago and cant remember two of the three stories. The first one is about a single species vanishing each day. The wife was so annoying it was good to see her die in the end.

Rating: 3 (out of 8)

On Basilisk Station
[30-Sep-2019]

On Basilisk Station by David Weber.
Sci-Fi: Military: 448 pages.
Volume 1 in the series Honorverse: Honor Harrington.

A young captain gets sent to a remote post and abandoned by her superior. She saves the place from invasion.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)