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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
Alternate Fantasy52
Alternate History51
Alternate History: Civil War2
Alternate History: Steampunk7
Alternate History: WWII20
Fantasy: Contemporary64
Fantasy: Lost World2
Fantasy: Lovecraftian9
Fantasy: Post-Apocalyptic15
Fiction: Military3
Pulp Adventure10
Sci-Fi: Cyberpunk0
Sci-Fi: Dystopian2
Sci-Fi: Military49
Sci-Fi: Post-Apocalyptic13
Sci-Fi: Space Opera40
Sci-Fi: Time Travel8
oversized hardback1
Not an Anthology864
Multi-Author Anthology37
Books per year
2019: 0
2018: 32
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) 1042Total unique books: 969

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

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.

The Dakota War of 1862
[23-Oct-2018] by Kenneth Carley
History: 102 pages

The Dakota War happened during the Civil War. Its a great example of just how out manned the Natives were. Units from Minnesota alone ended the war and it didnt effect the ongoing Civil War.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

The Fall of Gondolin
[19-Oct-2018] by J.R.R. Tolkien
Fantasy: 304 pages

Tolkiens son promises this will be his fathers last book, mainly because the son is around 90 and will die soon himself. Several versions of the story and notes on how it developed over the years.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Roadside Geology of Florida
[18-Oct-2018] by Johnathan R. Bryan
Science: 376 pages

Rocks of Florida. Mostly limestones and where to find them if the quarries will let you in.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Unfinished Tales
[04-Oct-2018] by J.R.R. Tolkien
Fantasy: 483 pages

The first of the post Lord of the Rings books. The most finished stories by Tolkien his son published.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

Breif Cases

Breif Cases by Jim Butcher.
Fantasy: Contemporary: 437 pages.
Volume 0 in the series Dresden Files.

Stories from the old west to post Dresden death. Some are republished from other collections.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

Straight Outta Tombstone
[26-Sep-2018] by David Boop
Alternate Fantasy: 371 pages

Wild West stories but with strangeness. The MHI story by Corria was good, Butchers on Luccio too. Most the others mediocre. Will probobly loan to Ron.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Infinite Stars
[25-Sep-2018] by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Sci-fi: 674 pages

Lots of good stuff. Weber, Mcafferym Campbell, Moon, Bujold, Card. This is free book I got at Dragoncon.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints by Larry Correia.
Fantasy: Contemporary: 273 pages.
Volume 2 in the series Monster Hunter Memoirs.

Following one of the older members of MHI. How do destroy Cthulu spawn beneath New Orleans. Also what happened at the Gulf hotel.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Firestorm at Peshtigo
[12-Sep-2018] by Denise Gess
History: 265 pages

Picked up at the Peshtigo fire museum. Read over one night because feet hurt too much to walk but it was good. Gave a lot of details how a forest fire could destroy a town and thousands of people.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Spinning Silver
[09-Sep-2018] by Naomi Novik
Fantasy: 466 pages

Noviks standalone books based on fairy tales are really much better than her Tremiarie stuff. This was based on a Polish/Jewish interaction with faires/elves and really cool.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Squid Empire
[25-Aug-2018] by Danna Staff
Alternate Fantasy: 237 pages

A history of the evolution and decline of cephalopods. It covers how the split into different branches which ones are left today.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

The Crystal City

The Crystal City by Orson Scott Card.
Alternate Fantasy: 340 pages.
Volume 6 in the series Tales of Alvin Maker.

A disappointing and forgettable ending. Seems like there need to be more books.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Alvin Wandering

Alvin Wandering by Orson Scott Card.
Alternate Fantasy: 613 pages.
Volume 4-5 in the series Tales of Alvin Maker.

Actually volumes 4 and 5 in a collection. Alvin goes to the North east and then New Orleans trying to figure out how to build his city.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

The Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation
[27-Jun-2018] by John Laband
History: 517 pages

The Zulu didn't last long. From the early 1800s to the 1870s. Up and down, they had no hope vs the modern world.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Prentice Alvin

Prentice Alvin by Orson Scott Card.
Alternate Fantasy: 342 pages.
Volume 3 in the series Tales of Alvin Maker.

This is one of the better books of the series. Alvin takes up an apprenticeship as a smith.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

The Red Prophet

The Red Prophet by Orson Scott Card.
Alternate Fantasy: 311 pages.
Volume 2 in the series Tales of Alvin Maker.

Alvin becomes involved in what should be Tecumsehs War. it has larger implications however because of Alvin.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Seventh Son

Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card.
Alternate Fantasy: 241 pages.
Volume 1 in the series Tales of Alvin Maker.

Everyone has a magic power. The seventh son of a seventh son has special ones, and then evil tries to kill him.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Inherit the Stars
[03-Jun-2018] by James P. Hogan
Sci-fi: 216 pages

We find a body on the moon. Puts a planet in the a asteroid belt then blows it up.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

St. Augustine and St. Johns County A Pictoral History
[03-Jun-2018] by Karen Harvey
History: 186 pages

There are Spanish period families still living in town. Doesnt really get to modern times.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

The Last Olympian

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan.
Fantasy: Contemporary: 381 pages.
Volume 5 in the series Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

A full assault on Olympus (in New York). Percy has to save it as the gods are busy fighting Typhon.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)