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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 Fantasy56
Alternate History71
Alternate History: Civil War2
Alternate History: Steampunk7
Alternate History: WWII12
Fantasy: Contemporary70
Fantasy: Lost World2
Fantasy: Lovecraftian10
Fantasy: Post-Apocalyptic18
Fiction: Military3
Pulp Adventure10
Sci-Fi: Cyberpunk0
Sci-Fi: Dystopian3
Sci-Fi: Military73
Sci-Fi: Post-Apocalyptic17
Sci-Fi: Space Opera46
Sci-Fi: Time Travel9
oversized hardback1
Not an Anthology1012
Multi-Author Anthology37
Books per year
2023: 0
2022: 44
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) 1250Total unique books: 1121

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.

Salvage Rat
[08-Nov-2022] by Larry N. Martin
Sci-fi: 279 pages

Salvager picks up an archeologist being shot at by corporate goons and ends up part of a resistance movement.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Weird World War III Haunted Cold War Visions
[01-Nov-2022] by Sean Patrick Hazlett
Alternate History: 416 pages

This was good. Lots of short stories in the vein of Weird Tales but focusing on the Cold War, usually with the KGB and CIA doing something supernatural. Drake, Resnick, Hoyt, and other.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

Caine Mutiny

Caine Mutiny by Charles E. Gannon.
Sci-fi: 1056 pages.
Volume 4 in the series Tales of the Terran Republic.

This series is start to fall apart. This book would have bee n 100% better without about 500 pages of pointless minute by minute combat. Caine discovers some kidnapped soldiers and has to go rescue them.

Rating: 3 (out of 8)

World Breakers Super-Tanks to the Stars
[14-Oct-2022] by Tony Daniel
Sci-fi: 335 pages

Better than the companion Star Destroyers this was short stories about super tanks, with a broad definition of super tanks including monster trucks. Several very good stories.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

Star Destroyers Big ships blowing things up
[01-Oct-2022] by Tony Daniel
Sci-fi: 328 pages

There were some good stories at the beginning involving AI becoming a problem. Stories declined after that but werent bad.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.