Top 10


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Yesterday, the topic was Top 10 Favorite novellas/short stories.

This is another really hard one. I’ve read quite a few of shorter stories over the years. Also, older works which were considered books previously would now be novellas, going by length. But here are my current favorites:

1, All Systems Red by Martha Wells
This was a treat because I came into it expecting it to be good, because every review I’ve seen of had been favorable. Often enough this creates too high expectations for the work. But they were right; I thoroughly enjoyed the Murderbot’s adventures.

2, Randall Garrett’s Lord Darcy stories
These stories are set in an alternate universe, where magic takes the place of science, even in criminal investigation. Lord Darcy is the Chief Forensic Investigator or Chief Criminal Investigator for the Duke of Normandy. His sidekick is Master Sean who does most of the magical forensics. Most of the cases take place among the rich and powerful so Lord Darcy must be diplomatic.

3, Mountains of Mourning by Lois McMaster Bujold
This little gem follows Miles Vorkosigan who tries to show his famous dad that he can do stuff, too. It ends up haunting Miles for the rest of his life.

4, A Mere Scutcheon by Nancy Jane Moore
A three musketeers story but the Queen’s musketeers are women! It’s part of her Conscientious inconsistencies collection.

5, Women of Futures Past: Classic Stories, edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
This is a wonderful collection of science fiction short stories by very influential women writers. The oldest was written in 1933 and the newest 1989. Rusch’s introduction “Invisible Women” is also well worth reading if you’re at all interested in SF history.

6, Penric fantasy novellas by Lois McMaster Bujold
Ms. Bujold has been writing these shorter stories set in her five gods universe in the recent years. They’re fun and nice reads. I’ve really enjoyed the interaction between Penric and the demon riding inside him. The first one is Penric’s Demon.

7, That Game We Played During the War by Carrie Vaughn
This short story is available for free at tor.com.

8, The Tomato Thief by Ursula Vernon
This was a fun and yet thought-provoking fantasy novelette.

9, Fiction River: Timestreams
I’ve enjoyed all of the Fiction River collections I’ve read so far and this is among the best. I love time travel stories anyway.

10, The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
In this world, people can’t be murdered because anyone who is killed intentionally come back. The main character is a dispatcher: his job is to humanely put down people who need it.

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Booking through Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, the topic is Top 10 series I really want to catch up on.

I’m a series reader. I love to immerse myself in series so I have started quite a few series which I haven’t finished yet and quite a few are still ongoing. Most of them I want to continue with. Also, my physical TBR pile has quite a few first in a series books waiting. But the series I really want to continue with are:

1, Toby Daye by Seanan McGuire
I’ve read all the novels but only a couple of the short stories. I need do read them, too.

2, the Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman
The newest book, the Lost Plot, is already out!

3, the Lady Trent series by Marie Brennan
I’ve only read the first book in this dragon centric fantasy series so I have four books to read.

4, the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde
I’ve only read the first three books in this humorous fantasy series and enjoyed them a lot. I need to read the rest.

5, Vatta’s War by Elizabeth Moon
I’ve currently listening the third book in this science fiction series and intend to listen to the rest.

6, Roma Nova by Allison Morton
The alternate history thriller series has been quite enjoyable and I’m looking forward to reading the rest.

7, The Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters
I’ve enjoyed nearly every book in this amateur sleuth/archeology series set in Victorian England. I’ve only got three more books left.

8, The Terra Incognita series by Ada Palmer
This is a complex and demanding SF series that I want to continue with.

9, The Machineries of Empire series by Yoon Ha Lee
Another complex SF series where I’ve only read the first book but which I’m looking forward to continuing.

10, Discworld by Terry Pratchett
The Discworld series has plenty of books I haven’t read yet.

Booking through Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Yesterday, the topic was Top 10 summer reads.

Since Finnish weather is unpredictable to say the least, I’m going with my summer tbr.
I’m so behind on my mount tbr reading that it’s not funny, but I’m going to make a valiant effort during the summer to make a dent into the piles. So, I’m going to focus on short books like:

1, Deadly Silents by Lee Killough
A science fiction whodunnit.

2, Catnap by Carole Nelson Douglas
Another short mystery book from new-to-me author.

3, Vanishing Act by Carolyn Keene
I was a huge Nancy Drew fan when I was young, but I’ve never read a Nancy Drew book in the original English. For one thing, Nancy is Paula Drew in the Finnish translations.

4, the X-Files: Ruins
Another old favorite is the X-Files show. I’ve read only a couple of the tie-in books before and I know they can vary wildly in quality.

I also have quit a few longer books like:
5, The Paladin Caper by Patrick Weekes
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, the Palace Con, and got the next two books in the series.

I’ve also got quite a few audio books waiting:
6, Engaging the Enemy by Elizabeth Moon
The next book in the Vatta’s War series.

7, Super Sales on Superheroes by William D. Arand
A fun looking superhero book from a new-to-me author.

8, Inspector Hobbs and the Blood by Wilkie Martin
A fantasy cozy mystery! A few months back I moaned the lack of these sorts of books and then managed to find this one. I hope it’s good.

9, Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier
The next book in the Blackthorn and Grimm fantasy series. I loved the first book and I’m hoping this one will be as good.

10, The Nine by Tracey Townsend
I won this book several months back and I really want to read it, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

Booking through Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, the topic is Top 10 bookish worlds I’d love to live in.

Most fantasy world are actually pretty hard to live in, unless you happen to be part of the nobility or other upper class and/or wealthy. Or the main character. And even then, they tend to lack modern conveniences like indoor toilets and showers. Some sci-fi worlds also fall into this category. For example, while I’d love to visit Barsoom I wouldn’t have much of a chance of surviving there long.
Easiest choices are the many urban fantasy worlds which are essentially modern worlds.

1, Star Trek (TNG/DS9)
Holodecks! Food and clothing replicators! Illnesses cured easily! Yep, that’s my kind of world. 😊

2, The world of Two Moons in Elfquest by Richard and Wendy Pini
It’s a primitive world, but if I could be a long-lived or immortal elf, I wouldn’t mind at all.

3, The Invisible Library and its worlds by Genevieve Cogman
I’d love to be a librarian and travel to various alternate worlds. It’s risky but it’s also very rewarding. Alternatively, I could just stay in the library and read… I mean do research for the field agents.

4, Thursday Next’s alternative world by Jasper Fforde
This world also sounds like a lot of fun, especially if I could be a literary detective and actually visit inside various books.

5, Magic Ex Libris world by Jim C. Hines
Another almost like our world except that magic works. This world has magicians who can bring forth items from books. I’d love to be able to do that. Unfortunately, it’s also quite a dangerous job and bystanders can also be in danger.

6, Beta Colony or Earth by Lois McMaster Bujold
They also have advanced tech and great (for me) societies. I’d love to be just an ordinary citizen in either place.

7, The Fusion planets by Karl Gallagher
While the Fusion worlds have problems of the own (like paranoia), for the most part they sound a good place to live.

8, The worlds in The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Another quite civilized place which has several planets of aliens and humans living and working together.
9, Earth by Marvel comics

It would be so cool to live in a world with actual superheroes! Especially during a period when bystanders aren’t likely to be killed.

10, Star Wars
Not everyone is involved with Rebellion or smuggling. I think I could do well just living quietly. (Unless I’m able to sense the Force and become a Jedi.)

Booking through Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, the topic is Romance freebie.

I’m not really a fan of courtship romances. But I do have favorite couples, although most of the time I like them the most when they are already together rather than at the courtship phase. Today, I’m looking at my favorite couples in comics. Most of them have already been broken up by the publisher but at least I can reread the comics from the time when they were together.

1, Cyclops and Phoenix from Marvel comics
Phoenix is one of my favorite X-Men characters. They just complemented each other so well.

2, Apollo and Midnighter from Authority comic
I love the whole team and these two are the most badass superheroes in a committed relationship.

3, Redlance and Nightfall from Elfquest
Elfquest has lots of interesting couples but these two are my favorite. Nightfall is a hunter, a warrior, an archer while Redlance is a gentle soul, a nurturer who loves peace.

4, Susan and Reed Richards from Marvel
These two are the heart of their team the Fantastic Four. Sometimes they disagree, especially when Reed keeps to himself important information but for the most part, they rely on each other always.

5, Peter Parker and Mary Jane from Marvel
Originally, I was a bit skeptical about them, MJ and Peter just belong together.

6, Nightwing and Starfire from DC
Yep, another older comic couple since they were broken up (by editorial decision) quite a few years ago. Another couple with complemented each other very well.

7, Alana and Marko from Saga comic
Saga follows the trials of Alana and Marko. They’re from different races that are at war with each other.

8, Superman and Lois Lane from DC
Obviously.

9, Meggan and Captain Britain
I loved the Excalibur series in 1990s and they were a large part of it.

10, Mr. Miracle and Big Barda

Booking through Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, the topic is Bookish Resolutions/Goals.

I don’t have ten goals, but I do have a few:

1, I only join reading challenges I intend to finish
I’ve actually been pretty good with this for a couple of years. This year, I’ve only joined four challenges: Action Heroines, Pick & Mix, Mount TBR, and comics.

2, I need to read books I own already
I’m going to read at least 24 books from my TBR shelves. That’s only two books a month, not counting my audiobooks and the ever expanding ebook collection.

3, Series catch-up
I’m going to catch up on the series I love. I already got City of Miracles by Bennett and after that it’s Cogman’s The Lost Plot and Ada Palmers books (two already out! When did that happen??).

4, Read more non-fiction
I haven’t read much non-fiction in previous years so it’s time to start again.

And in order to keep those goals:
5, Less time on the internet, more time reading

Today, the topic for Top Ten Tuesdays is Top ten books I’m looking forward to in 2018.

I have so many books in my TBR that’s not funny, especially electronically. I’d like to read all of them. But here are definitely some books that I’m looking forward to more than others, most of the continuations to books I’ve already enjoyed. But this is just the tip of the TBR:

1, “Seven surrenders” and “the Will to Battle” by Ada Palmer
I loved “Too much like the Lightning” to bits and I’m really looking forward to the next two books in the series.
2, Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee
I also love “Ninefox Gambit”, although for somewhat different reasons than the previous books and I’d also looking forward to continuing the Machineries of Empire series.
3, Marque and Reprisal by Elizabeth Moon
Another SF series I started this year and I’m looking forward to continuing it.
4, Perifiditas by Alison Morton
I also started an alternate reality thriller series this year, Roma Nova, which I fully intend to continue.
5, The Prisoner of Limnos by Lois McMaster Bujold
I’ve really enjoyed the short fantasy novellas centered of Penric and I’m looking forward to the next one and however many Bujold ends up writing.
6, The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman
I loved the setting and the characters in this series and I’m eager to devour the next offering.
7, Vallista by Steven Brust
I’ve enjoyed the Vlad Taltos series for quite a few years and I’m hoping that the next book will be just as enjoyable as the rest.
8, Foreigner by C. J. Cherryh
I’ve read quite a few books from Cherryh but haven’t yet started her latest series.
9, The next Toby Daye book by Seanan McGuire
I love the series!
10, The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin
The Broken Earth series has been a rollercoaster ride and I’m really curious to see how it will end.

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