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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 Fantasy46
Alternate History51
Alternate History: Civil War2
Alternate History: Steampunk5
Alternate History: WWII20
Fantasy: Contemporary52
Fantasy: Lost World2
Fantasy: Lovecraftian9
Fantasy: Post-Apocalyptic15
Fiction: Military2
Pulp Adventure10
Sci-Fi: Cyberpunk0
Sci-Fi: Dystopian2
Sci-Fi: Military40
Sci-Fi: Post-Apocalyptic13
Sci-Fi: Space Opera39
Sci-Fi: Time Travel8
oversized hardback1
Not an Anthology810
Multi-Author Anthology37
Books per year
2017: 3
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) 977Total unique books: 913

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.

Son of the Black Sword

Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia.
Fantasy: 532 pages.
Volume 1 in the series Saga of the Frogotten Warrior.

At some point in the past demons came to the world and destroyed civilization. The demons were pushed off into the sea but come back. Structure was set up to combat them but it has been changed. Ashok is one of the people who fights demons and enforces the law but there are some real problems with him and society.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

The Magicians

The Magicians by Lev Grossman.
Fantasy: Contemporary: 420 pages.
Volume 1 in the series Magicians Trilogy.

This has been on TV. Book version is different but the show makes references back to that in referencing Margo as Janet. Clearly Fillory is Narnia and the author is satirizing it.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

[20-Jan-2017] by Michael B. Ballard
History: 490 pages

This is a detailed account for the campaigns for Vicksburg but the way its written then siege seems rushed. It does no good to put in maps if the roads and river use the same weight black line.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

The Man in the High Castle
[15-Dec-2016] by Phillip K. Dick
Alternate History: WWII: 274 pages

This was not very good from the potential of an alternate WWII scenario. It brought up a lot of things but didnt really resolve anything of interest.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

The Maps o Chickamaugua
[10-Dec-2016] by David A. Powell
History: 319 pages

This is how battles should be written about. Hour by hour movements with color maps accompanying EVERY PAGE of text. The only complaint I have is the battle was so big they cover the northern half then the southern so you have to keep track of what is happening at the same time on another part of the field.

Rating: 7 (out of 8)

Blue & Gray Navies The Civil War afloat
[05-Dec-2016] by Spencer C. Tucker
History: 426 pages

Good coverage of major Civil War naval actions but lacking in small ones. Didnt even mention the St. Johns river.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

The Swarm

The Swarm by Orson Scott Card.
Sci-fi: 462 pages.
Volume 1 in the series The Second Formic War.

The books are losing interest, Im pretty sure the other guy is writing most of them. The Second Formic war starts as multiple Formic ships start arriving.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Fixed books
[09-Nov-2016] Entered a lot of books. Fixed a lot of problems in the book submission scripts. Im sure there are more but these were the blatant ones keeping things from working after the php update them losing and duplicating books.

Straits of Hell

Straits of Hell by Taylor Anderson.
Sci-Fi: Time Travel: 447 pages.
Volume 10 in the series Destroyermen.

The story is getting old. The good guys are having to many victories despite odds. They took Madagascar and shouldnt have.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Deadly Shores

Deadly Shores by Taylor Anderson.
Sci-Fi: Time Travel: 433 pages.
Volume 9 in the series Destroyermen.

This is what happens when you read a list of books and wait months to record them. This is the book where they take Madagascar not Straits of Hell.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Dinosaur Knights

Dinosaur Knights by Victor Milan.
Alternate Fantasy: 444 pages.
Volume 2 in the series Dinosaur Knights.

Better than volume one. Its clearly Venus now. Better characters, better use of dinosaurs. Zombies run by an angel trying to exterminate humanity.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Age of Heroes

Age of Heroes by James Lovegrove.
Alternate Fantasy: 380 pages.
Volume 8 in the series Age of.

A good concept. Heroes from Greek mythology are immortal and living among us then the start dying after 3000 years. Ending and reason was dumb.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge by Larry Correia.
Alternate Fantasy: 307 pages.
Volume 1 in the series Monster Hunter Memoirs.

Ringo is now writing with Correia doing alternate characters in the MHI universe. Less overall save the world more minor and personal stories.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Storm Surge

Storm Surge by Taylor Anderson.
Sci-Fi: Time Travel: 482 pages.
Volume 8 in the series Destroyermen.

The war really starts to take place on multiple fronts. Certain Grik become more human, and then are ignored. New allies also get ignored after being introduced.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Iron Gray Sea

Iron Gray Sea by Kevin J. Anderson ed..
Sci-Fi: Time Travel: 431 pages.
Volume 7 in the series Destroyermen.

Walker goes on a mission is had no business being on and even less surviving. At least the author doesnt make Walker defeat the Jap destroyer alone.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)


Firestorm by Taylor Anderson.
Alternate History: WWII: 448 pages.
Volume 6 in the series Destroyermen.

Crazy Spanish Aztecs with a really messed up religion of human sacrifice show up as does another Japanese force.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)


Myth-Fits by Jody Lynn Nye.
Fantasy: 305 pages.
Volume 3 in the series Myth.

I remember the Myth books being better. But then its been over a decade and this one kept referring to older books and it was really written by a different author than the others.

Rating: 3 (out of 8)

Rising Tides

Rising Tides by Taylor Anderson.
Alternate Fantasy: 480 pages.
Volume 5 in the series Destroyermen.

Wandering around the ocean to Hawaii with some British.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Distant Thunders

Distant Thunders by Taylor Anderson.
Alternate History: WWII: 415 pages.
Volume 4 in the series Destroyermen.

The allies start to go on the offensive.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

[01-Sep-2016] by J.R.R. Tolkien
Fantasy: 458 pages

Morgoth loses again. Same as last time.

Rating: 7 (out of 8)