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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 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

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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 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.

Today, the topic for Top Ten Tuesdays is Best books I’ve read so far this year.

2017 reads are into a good start. Except for the rather disappointing Star Trek: TNG series, I’ve like pretty much everything I’ve read and I’ve gotten some awesome books:

1, Becky Chambers: A Closed and Common Orbit is a great continuation to The Long Way to the Small and Angry Planet even though/because it’s not a direct sequel. It’s also nominated for a Hugo this year!

2, Genevieve Cogman: The Burning Page is another great continuation to the series where magical librarians hop into various alternate timelines.

3, Lois McMaster Bujold: Penric and the Shaman is part of the wonderful, feel-good fantasy Penric series. It’s also nominated for a Hugo this year!

4, Ada Palmer: Too Like the Lighting is an awesome read from a new-to-me author. A great ideas science fiction with very good characters and extremely interesting setting. It’s also nominated for a Hugo this year!

5, Robert Jackson Bennett: City of Stairs: great and different fantasy with complex world-building and gripping characters.

6, Jim C. Hines: Revisionary is a wonderful ending to fun and funny series about magical librarians who can use (magical) objects from books.

7, Robert Jackson Bennett: City of Blades is a great, if somewhat depressing, continuation to City of Stairs set in a different city and with mostly different characters than in the first book.

8, Seanan McGuire: Indexing is a blend of police procedural and urban fantasy where a team from an US government agency tries to stop fairy tales from happening in modern world.

9, Mercedes Lackey: The Fairy Godmother also retells fairy tales but this time in a secondary world fantasy setting. Fun with a side order of romance.

10, N. K. Jemisin: The Fifth Season is set into a planet which is irregularly ravaged by volcanos and earthquakes so people try to survive as best they can.

I also read comics I quite liked, such as Mockingbird vol. 1: I can explain, X-Men: Inferno: Warzones, and Star Wars: Skywalker strikes vol. 1.

Today, the topic for Top Ten Tuesdays is All About Dads.

There are plenty of horrible or absent fathers in media, so I decided to concentrate on the good dads:

Aral Vorkosigan by Lois McMaster Bujold
When Miles was little, Aral was the Regent of a whole planet so he had his hands full. Still, he apparently made time for little Miles. He also parented both Ivan and the young Emperor Gregor.

Cutter (and quite a few of the other Elfquest elves)
Since Elfquest follows the characters for hundreds of years most of them will become parents at some point. The elves are good parents: teaching and protecting the kids but also letting them learn themselves.

Jonathan Kent from DC comics
Martha and Johnathan Kent are the reason we have a Superman.

Ben Parker from DC comics
May and Ben raised Peter to believe that with great power comes great responsibility.

From tv:
Ruper Giles (Buffy)
We only see Buffy’s biological father a couple of times because he’s divorced and lives in another city. But Giles is the real father figure in Buffy’s life.

Benjamin Sisko (Star Trek: Deep Space 9)
Sisko and his son Jake go through some pretty terrible times in the show but also good times.

Rick Castle (Castle)
Rick and Alexis’ relationship is reversed from the way fathers and daughters usually behave. Alexis is the responsible, reliable one while Rick is the one who has strange adventures, plays poker, and stays out all night. They clearly love and support each other and I love their shared geekiness.

Jack Bristow (Alias)
Jack also supports her daughter, especially because they both work as spies and in the same organization. But sometimes he lies and keeps secrets from her.

Walter Bishop (Fringe)
Despite being a, well, not quite right in his mind, Walter, too, loves and supports his son.

Today, the topic for Top Ten Tuesdays is Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book.

I’m a picky reader. 🙂 Indeed, it’s easier to make a list of things that will instantly make me not want to read a book. But below are some of my favorite things to read about:

1, Superheroes.
I’m a fan of superhero comics but I’d also like to get them in book format. But not superhero romance, no.

2, Female action heroes
When I started reading sf and fantasy, female main characters were rare. Even in a group (sometimes a large group) of characters females then to be rare, say, four or five males for one female. And the few women tended to be healers. So, now I tend to gravitate towards female action heroes, like Buffy, Xena, and Modesty Blaise. Unfortunately, most action heroines come with toxic romance so I’m careful to read the blurbs. If the dreaded R-word is present, the book needs very good reviews for me to touch it. And she can be a secondary character. In fact, some of the best female action heroes are sidekicks, such as Lena Greenwood in Jim C. Hines’ Libriomancer series.

3, Dragons
Like with female action heroes, I’ve learned to be cautious with dragons. Maybe too cautious. Now that the wonderful Temeraire series (from Naomi Novik) has ended, I need more dragons.

4, Elves
That’s right, I like elves! Although I’m more partial to Elfquest like elves than Tolkien, I’ll happily try any elf.

5, Author
Yup, names Lois McMaster Bujold, Steven Brust, Elizabeth Bear, and a few others always get me to pick up their book.

6, Part of a series
When I enjoy the characters, I want to read about them more than once.

7, Genres
I don’t read everything in these genres but in order to get me to look at a book it’s usually a fantasy, science fiction, historical mystery, or mystery. Or a historical non-fiction book.

8, Two enemies forced to work together
It’s especially good in a series where we’ve seen the two are fighting before. The situation could make them a grudgingly friends or hate each other more, either way, I’m enjoying it. An obvious example is Magneto working with X-Men.

9, Heist stories
There aren’t enough of these around, especially set in a fantasy or science fiction world.

10, Ancient civilizations
Be they Egypt, Greece, or a fantasy counterpart, something just draws me to them.

Today, the topic for Top Ten Tuesdays is All about Romance.

I’m not a romance reader. Rather I have a soft spot for established couples, especially ones who adventure together and stay together. Unfortunately, that seems to be rare.

1, Nightfall and Redlance from Elfquest by Wendy and Richard Pini
Elfquest has lots of cute couples (and a couple of triads, too). I could fill the whole list with just them. 🙂 In this couple, the woman Nightfall is the fierce warrior and hunter while her (male) lifemate Redlance is a gentle plant-shaper. I love some other couples, too, such as Wolfriders’ hotheaded young (male) chief Cutter and the far older, gentle (female) healer Leetah. Moonshade and Strongbow are both hunters and warriors.

2, Prince Valiant and Queen Aleta from Prince Valiant by Hal Foster
Another comic book couple. I actually found their courtship somewhat disturbing and far prefer their adventurous life together where they can always rely on each other.

3, Robin Hood and Maid Marian/Marion
Surprising number of stories, especially those aimed at the young readers, leave out their romance completely. My favorite version comes from the 1980s Robin of Sherwood TV-show from BBC. They marry in the pilot episode and Marion becomes an integral part of the group.

4, Phédre and Jocelyn from Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series.
Another couple where I didn’t really care for the courtship but really enjoyed them as a solid couple who can rely on each other no matter what. Phédre is a diplomat and a courtesan while Jocelyn is a warrior priest.

5, Cordelia Naismith and Aral Vorkosigan by Lois McMaster Bujold
I just love how Aral and Cordelia work together, supporting each other.

6, Raine Benares and Mychael (or Tam) by Lisa Shearin
I usually loath love triangles: they manage to bring the worst out of everyone involved and it’s often obvious who the contested person is going to end with. For some reason this triangle really worked for me. Both Mychael and Tam are actually pretty interesting characters (I’d love to read a book or novella or anything with just one of them as the main character) and I enjoyed the other characters, too. I didn’t really care whom Raine ended up with because either way it would be interesting. Sadly, she didn’t choose until the penultimate book (IIRC) so I didn’t really get to see the couple in action. Fighting demons, I mean, obviously.

7, Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson by Elizabeth Peters
Amelia and Emerson often snark at each other and sometimes have even a bet going on about whom will solve the case first. They are archeologists in the late Victorian era who stumble upon murder mysteries with alarming frequency.

8, Willow and Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
My favorite couple on the show

9, Apollo and the Midnighter from the Authority comics
No matter how much the writers try to break them apart, they’ve come back. So far.

10, Reed and Susan Richards from Fantastic Four
Superhero comics have lots of romances but unfortunately, they usually end when the writer leaves or until the company decides to separate the characters or kills off one of them. Or retcons the romance away (why yes I’m still bitter about Peter and Mary Jane, Marvel). Reed and Susan is the only exception I know. But even with them both have been “dead” and come back a couple of times and often Reed hides things from Susan and the rest of the team. Still, generally they can rely on each other.

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