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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 Fantasy50
Alternate History51
Alternate History: Civil War2
Alternate History: Steampunk7
Alternate History: WWII20
Astronomy2
Beekeeping16
Computer1
Fantasy119
Fantasy: Contemporary57
Fantasy: Lost World2
Fantasy: Lovecraftian9
Fantasy: Post-Apocalyptic15
Fiction5
Fiction: Military3
Gardening0
History83
Humor2
Mythology29
Non-Fiction1
Political4
Pulp Adventure10
Roleplaying3
Sci-fi324
Sci-Fi: Cyberpunk0
Sci-Fi: Dystopian2
Sci-Fi: Military49
Sci-Fi: Post-Apocalyptic13
Sci-Fi: Space Opera39
Sci-Fi: Time Travel8
Science10
Covers
hardback550
oversized hardback1
paperback249
softcover139
Collections
Borrowed93
Granddads158
Moms4
Shawns685
Anthologys
Anthology66
Not an Anthology837
Multi-Author Anthology37
Books per year
2018: 0
2017: 34
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) 1008Total unique books: 940


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.

Extermis
[16-Nov-2017]

Extermis by Steve White.
Sci-Fi: Military: 872 pages.
Volume 8 in the series Starfire Series.

This is somehow tied to some books by Weber way back, but also a Terran Republic series. This one however has aliens invading a preestablished warp point empire.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Georgian Antiquity A History of Colchis and Transcaucasian Iberia 550 BC-AD 562
[12-Nov-2017] by David Braund
History: 359 pages

Rather than saying we have no idea what happened he spends the first half talking about pottery and graves of places that we dont even have ancient names for. Second half is better but maps have too many modern names. Research for Amber game.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

The Burning Page
[02-Nov-2017]

The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman.
Fantasy: Contemporary: 356 pages.
Volume 3 in the series The Invisible Library.

Alberich threats to destroy the library. Pretty sure at this point Irene is his sister or daughter.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

The Monster Hunter Files
[17-Oct-2017]

The Monster Hunter Files by Larry Correia.
Fantasy: Contemporary: 319 pages.
Volume 10 in the series Monster Hunter.

Short stories in the MHI world. Several were very good. A Kinght of the Enchanted Forest by Gorge. Thistle by Correia.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Swords of Exodus
[10-Oct-2017] by Larry Correia
Fiction: Military: 594 pages

I really dislike when Baean starts a new author with an old one but its clear it almost all the new guy. This is technically contemporary fantasy, barely. Its really military fiction.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Monster Hunter Siege
[01-Oct-2017]

Monster Hunter Siege by Larry Correia.
Fantasy: Contemporary: 368 pages.
Volume 11 in the series Monster Hunter.

Why wait for the monsters to come to you when you can build and army, invade a russian, arctic island ad go to them.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

The Masked City
[20-Sep-2017]

The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman.
Alternate Fantasy: 372 pages.
Volume 2 in the series The Invisible Library.

I hate Renaissance Italy. This wasnt bad for mostly taking place there. Irene has to rescue Kai. Its not exactly a nice Venice.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

The Invisible Library
[17-Sep-2017]

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman.
Alternate Fantasy: 341 pages.
Volume 1 in the series The Invisible Library.

Irene is a librarian, which means a thief that travels to alternate worlds to steal books, fight Fae and encounter dragons.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Mash Up Stories Inspired by First Lines
[12-Sep-2017] by Gardner Dozois ed.
Sci-fi: 411 pages

Even the Scalzi story wasnt great. Something about Hestia. Didnt recognize many of the first lines which the stories were based on.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Arabella andthe Battle of Venus
[11-Sep-2017]

Arabella andthe Battle of Venus by David D Levine.
Alternate History: Steampunk: 413 pages.
Volume 2 in the series Arabella.

Arabella has to go rescue her husband, or almost husband from the forces of an escaped Napoleon on Venus.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Victorious
[09-Sep-2017]

Victorious by Jack Campbell.
Sci-Fi: Military: 331 pages.
Volume 6 in the series The Lost Fleet.

They make it home and go back to war.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Relentless
[08-Sep-2017] by Jack Campbell
Sci-Fi: Military: 320 pages

Aliens start to be a problem. The Syndics have more fleets.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Valiant
[05-Sep-2017]

Valiant by Jack Campbell.
Sci-Fi: Military: 284 pages.
Volume 4 in the series The Lost Fleet.

Two steps forward to home, one step back. Dealing with traitors in the fleet doesnt help get you home.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Straits of Hell
[01-Sep-2017]

Straits of Hell by Taylor Anderson.
Alternate History: WWII: 447 pages.
Volume 10 in the series Destroyermen.

The Dominion and Imperials are much more interesting than the Destroyermen and Lemurians. I think the author should just focus on them.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Courageous
[26-Aug-2017]

Courageous by Jack Campbell.
Alternate Fantasy: 0 pages.
Volume 3 in the series The Lost Fleet.

Aliens. We dont see them but they are there and a part of the problem.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Fearless
[23-Aug-2017]

Fearless by Jack Campbell.
Sci-Fi: Military: 295 pages.
Volume 2 in the series The Lost Fleet.

The books do start to fall apart as we see how bad both the Alliance and Syndics have become. No one fights till they are losing all their trained officers.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless
[23-Aug-2017]

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless by Jack Campbell.
Sci-Fi: Military: 293 pages.
Volume 1 in the series The Lost Fleet.

Military Space Combat. Geary wakes up after being in cryosleep for a long time and finds out he is a hero whose exploits are pretty made up. Then he is left in charge of fleet in enemy territory.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Arabella of Mars
[21-Aug-2017] by David D Levine
Alternate History: Steampunk: 401 pages

I read a short story like this once. Some British captain instead of going to the new world goes to Mars and the colonize it with floating wood. This a century or so later and during the Napoleonic Era. Araballa is sent back to England and hates it but has to sneak aboard a ship and return to Mars to save her brother.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

At the Sign of Triumph
[15-Aug-2017] by David Weber
Sci-fi: 764 pages

This series is really starting to drag. Too many people spread out, doing things not relevant or the same as 3 books ago just in a different place. It also appears I may have skipped a book which might explain why this wasn't very good. Oh but the end makes up for it.

Rating: 8 (out of 8)

Blood in the Water
[13-Aug-2017]

Blood in the Water by Taylor Anderson.
Alternate Fantasy: 449 pages.
Volume 11 in the series Destroyermen.

The destroyermen have beaten the Grik so bad a new enemy had to appear. One that plays games more than fights.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)