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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 Fantasy56
Alternate History70
Alternate History: Civil War2
Alternate History: Steampunk7
Alternate History: WWII12
Astronomy2
Beekeeping19
Computer1
Fantasy143
Fantasy: Contemporary70
Fantasy: Lost World2
Fantasy: Lovecraftian10
Fantasy: Post-Apocalyptic18
Fiction6
Fiction: Military3
Gardening0
History107
Humor2
Linguistics1
Mythology31
Non-Fiction1
Political4
Pulp Adventure10
Roleplaying3
Sci-fi370
Sci-Fi: Cyberpunk0
Sci-Fi: Dystopian3
Sci-Fi: Military73
Sci-Fi: Post-Apocalyptic17
Sci-Fi: Space Opera46
Sci-Fi: Time Travel9
Science14
Covers
hardback652
oversized hardback1
paperback275
softcover187
Collections
Borrowed98
Granddads170
Moms4
Shawns844
Anthologys
Anthology72
Not an Anthology1007
Multi-Author Anthology37
Books per year
2022: 39
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) 1245Total unique books: 1116


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.

Hitler Triumphant
[25-Sep-2022] by Peter Tsouras ed.
Alternate History: WWII: 288 pages

Had to buy another copy because the last one wasnt returned. Scenarios of WWII where the axis do better written by real history professors with citations (real and fictional) and a short portion describing the differences from reality.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Beowulfs Children
[09-Sep-2022]

Beowulfs Children by Larry Niven.
Sci-fi: 382 pages.
Volume 2 in the series Heorot Series.

This would have been 100% better without the constant who is sleeping with who or thinking about it. Grendals are shown to be more than jut monsters other threats are found. A grendal is tamed, off stage and totally pointlessly.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

The Legacy of the Heorot
[29-Aug-2022]

The Legacy of the Heorot by Larry Niven.
Alternate Fantasy: 346 pages.
Volume 1 in the series Heorot Series.

Read this again since I found out I have the second one and since I read the third last week. People go to another planet and discover a monster. Then kill it which causes its offspring in the thousands to develop and overwhelm the colony.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

We Shall Rise
[25-Aug-2022]

We Shall Rise by John Ringo.
Sci-Fi: Post-Apocalyptic: 292 pages.
Volume 9 in the series Black Tide Rising.

Much better than the banker crap. Lots of stories about civilization coming back. Cleaning the last of the zombies and the bad people.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Starborn & Godsons
[22-Aug-2022]

Starborn & Godsons by Larry Niven.
Sci-fi: 385 pages.
Volume 3 in the series Heorot Series.

A new colony ship arrives at the colony and aliens are discovered. Wraps up to quickly and peacfully.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

The Other Wind
[15-Aug-2022]

The Other Wind by Ursula K Le Guin.
Fantasy: 266 pages.
Volume 6 in the series Earthsea.

Probably need to reread the earlier novels. Follows a wizard who is having dreams about his dead wife, dragons and a Khargad princess.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

The Valley of the Shadows
[14-Aug-2022]

The Valley of the Shadows by John Ringo.
Sci-Fi: Dystopian: 287 pages.
Volume 6 in the series Black Tide Rising.

So this book did not age well. Published in 2018 its absolutely not how a pandemic is handled. Add to that that a story about bankers trying to save themselves in a coming apocalypse is really boring.

Rating: 3 (out of 8)

The Last Shadow
[08-Aug-2022]

The Last Shadow by Orson Scott Card.
Sci-fi: 315 pages.
Volume 6 in the series Ender's Game: The Ender Saga.

Horrible. Struggled to get to the halfway point when it at least because interesting. More on the stupid virus, teleporting humans, talking birds.

Rating: 3 (out of 8)

Monster Hunter Vendetta
[08-Aug-2022] by Larry Correia
Fantasy: Contemporary: 647 pages

Owen saves the world again, kills the Dread Overlord a a wedding gift.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

Monster Hunter International
[29-Jul-2022]

Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia.
Fantasy: Contemporary: 726 pages.
Volume 1 in the series Monster Hunter.

Still one of the best modern fantasy with guns. Owen kills a werewolf then gets recruited to kill other monsters.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

A New Clan
[28-Jul-2022]

A New Clan by David Weber.
Sci-fi: 423 pages.
Volume 4 in the series Honorverse: Star Kingdom.

Once again too much people and who will date who and not enough tree cats. Made worse by having a mentally deaf treecat who has a third set of names for everyone involved rather than just having the usual second set given by treecats.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Monster Hunter Bloodlines
[26-Jul-2022]

Monster Hunter Bloodlines by Larry Correia.
Alternate Fantasy: 324 pages.
Volume 8 in the series Monster Hunter.

Devoured it. The Drekacvac has some really cool powers and the shapeshifter is applicable to the D&D game.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

The Hobbit
[24-Jul-2022]

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Fantasy: 287 pages.
Volume 0 in the series The Lord of the Rings.

Read it again since its been a long time, like 12 years.

Rating: 7 (out of 8)

The Nature of Middle Earth
[17-Jul-2022] by J.R.R. Tolkien
Fantasy: 440 pages

So no the death of an author does not stop books by the author, nor does the death of his son. 49 years after Tolkiens death hi is still publishing books, or at least his editors are still publishing his notes. Covered a lot of little used subjects. Way to much time on how many elves and generations came about in the insane 10s of thousands of years before the rising of the sun.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

honey extraction
[05-Jul-2022] Extracted honey on Sat. About 240lbs. The largest harvest I think I've had. Took 9 hours including running around to collect ore supers that morning (and left a number that were still uncapped). Wax is set out to get cleaned by bees and they are all over it still three days later.

Daughter of the Serpentine
[30-Jun-2022]

Daughter of the Serpentine by E.E. Knight.
Fantasy: 478 pages.
Volume 2 in the series The First Dragoneer Academy.

Ileth gets back to the Academy and then is forced to leave by a governor claiming to be her father. That puts her in the north for the short war she helped start.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Winds of Wrath
[05-Jun-2022]

Winds of Wrath by Taylor Anderson.
Alternate History: 604 pages.
Volume 15 in the series Destroyermen.

I dont buy the ship of all smaller ships defeating real battleships. They shouldn't have even ben able to hurt them. Also its not plausible to take carriers up river and operate them.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Sword and Planet
[28-May-2022] by Christopher Ruocchio
Sci-fi: 338 pages

Short stories about exactly what the title is. Most were forgettable some clearly set in the authors larger universe and didnt explain a lot of terms going on.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

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)