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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 History66
Alternate History: Civil War2
Alternate History: Steampunk7
Alternate History: WWII12
Astronomy2
Beekeeping19
Computer1
Fantasy134
Fantasy: Contemporary68
Fantasy: Lost World2
Fantasy: Lovecraftian9
Fantasy: Post-Apocalyptic18
Fiction6
Fiction: Military3
Gardening0
History100
Humor2
Linguistics1
Mythology30
Non-Fiction1
Political4
Pulp Adventure10
Roleplaying3
Sci-fi354
Sci-Fi: Cyberpunk0
Sci-Fi: Dystopian2
Sci-Fi: Military71
Sci-Fi: Post-Apocalyptic14
Sci-Fi: Space Opera44
Sci-Fi: Time Travel9
Science14
Covers
hardback618
oversized hardback1
paperback270
softcover174
Collections
Borrowed98
Granddads162
Moms4
Shawns800
Anthologys
Anthology70
Not an Anthology957
Multi-Author Anthology37
Books per year
2021: 7
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) 1166Total unique books: 1064


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.

The History of the Church
[21-Jun-2021] by Eusebius
History: 439 pages

Interesting to read what was happening as each emperor came to power.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

The Storm before the Storm
[13-May-2021] by Mike Duncan
History: 327 pages

covers the period from the rise of the Gracchi to the end of Sullas reforms. Lots of details I havent read before. By the history of rome podcast guy.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Falling Free
[01-Mar-2021]

Falling Free by Louis McMaster Bujold.
Sci-Fi: Space Opera: 307 pages.
Volume 14 in the series Vorkorsigan.

Probably the worst of the series. No Miles, no Ivan just some people hundreds of years before setting up parts for later stories. A company has produced an alternative human species for use in free fall with 4 arms and no legs. Then eventually more than half way through the book decides to eliminate them and the actual story starts. Characters are dislikable.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Cetaganda
[12-Feb-2021]

Cetaganda by Louis McMaster Bujold.
Sci-Fi: Space Opera: 302 pages.
Volume 5 in the series Vorkorsigan.

Miles goes to the home planet of Barrayars enemy for a state funeral and gets involved in a conspiracy to overthrow that enemys government.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

Cordelias Honor
[09-Feb-2021]

Cordelias Honor by Louis McMaster Bujold.
Sci-Fi: Space Opera: 596 pages.
Volume 3 in the series Vorkorsigan.

This is Cordelias story from her meeting with Aral to Miles birth.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

last years books
[02-Feb-2021] Finally entered all last years books. Im surprised its only 58 considering I read or reread several whole series and felt like I did a lot of reading because of Covid.

The Vor Game
[31-Jan-2021]

The Vor Game by Louis McMaster Bujold.
Sci-Fi: Space Opera: 345 pages.
Volume 4 in the series Vorkorsigan.

I forgot about the entire Gregor being involved. Miles finishes the Academy gets assigned to a weather station Greenland, causes a mutiny, gets sent to other planets and stops a Cetegandan invasion.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

Gunpowder and Embers
[29-Dec-2020]

Gunpowder and Embers by John Ringo.
Fantasy: Post-Apocalyptic: 336 pages.
Volume 1 in the series Last Judgements Fire.

Looks like someone has been reading Rifts. Electric eating ants and fire breathing pterodactyls caused an apocalypse, this is the world afterwards when they think there is a chance to defeat the ants and their cultists once and for all but betrayal abounds.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

The Winds Twelve Quarters
[28-Dec-2020] by Ursula K Le Guin
Sci-fi: 246 pages

The first story Semlys Necklace and the two Earthsea stories were good. The rest forgettable.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

The Warriors Apprentice
[25-Dec-2020]

The Warriors Apprentice by Louis McMaster Bujold.
Sci-Fi: Space Opera: 311 pages.
Volume 3 in the series Vorkorsigan.

Miles tries to go to the Academy. Gets kicked out on the first day. Ends up taking control of a mercenary company and ending a war, which means he is put on trial for treason.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

The Valkyrie Protocol
[21-Dec-2020]

The Valkyrie Protocol by David Weber.
Sci-Fi: Time Travel: 580 pages.
Volume 2 in the series The Gordian Division.

The first book was better. The same group spawns a new time travel society and has to destroy it before it destroys the universe they live in.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Old Mans War
[09-Dec-2020]

Old Mans War by John Scalzi.
Sci-Fi: Military: 320 pages.
Volume 1 in the series Colonial Union.

The best modern take on super soldiers for the future. Old people are recruited and sent out to meet new alien species and kill them.

Rating: 7 (out of 8)

Janes Intelligence Review The Royal Manticoran Navy
[06-Dec-2020]

Janes Intelligence Review The Royal Manticoran Navy by David Weber.
Sci-Fi: Military: 65 pages.
Volume 0 in the series Honorverse: compendium.

Technical details on all the ships in the RMN from the books. This is a helpful reference.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Extremis
[20-Nov-2020]

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

I dont like the Baldies or the humans they deal with. Dropping all the stuff on the planet would make this a much better book. The Baldies continue to occupy Bellerophon until defeated with a new superweapon.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

The Dinosauria
[16-Nov-2020] by David Weishampel
Science: 861 pages

Everything and I mean everything we know about Dinosaurs. Hundreds of pages talking about single jaw bones and toes of every species out there. Not going to claim I read every word, the intimate details of toe #3 isnt all that interesting. There are some nice charts on geologic time an when families of dinosaurs lived.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Battle luna
[26-Oct-2020] by Travis S Taylor
Sci-Fi: Military: 279 pages

A good concept, Lunar colonists defend themselves against the might of Earth with minimal resources. Several authors all wrote separate incidents forming a larger story. I expect a sequel. Taylor, Zahn, Williamson, et al.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

At the End of the World
[17-Oct-2020]

At the End of the World by Charles E. Gannon.
Fantasy: Post-Apocalyptic: 264 pages.
Volume 7 in the series Black Tide Rising.

Set in Ringos zombie world but not by him and doesnt touch the main plot. Follows some kids on a sea voyage in the South Atlantic touching on isolated islands.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

The Curse of Chalion
[14-Oct-2020]

The Curse of Chalion by Louis McMaster Bujold.
Fantasy: 442 pages.
Volume 1 in the series Chalion.

A noble screwed over by politics returns to the kingdom and helps save the royal family. One of the best alternate religions in fantasy.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

Destroyer of Worlds
[13-Oct-2020]

Destroyer of Worlds by Larry Correia.
Fantasy: 407 pages.
Volume 3 in the series Saga of the Forgotten Warrior.

The Black sword tags along with/leads his rebel band across the world while the plot to kill all the untouchables proceeds.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

The Skies of Pern
[06-Oct-2020]

The Skies of Pern by Anne McCaffery.
Sci-fi: 434 pages.
Volume 16 in the series Pern.

Once the Red star was gone it was time to end the story, or do prequals. This isnt anywhere near as good as the other books.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)