Top 5

Top 5 Wednesday is GoodReads group where people discuss different bookish topic each week. This week, the Top 5 Wednesdays topic is Top 5 Books of 2017.

The year hasn’t ended yet but this is my top 5, so far. Happily, I read quite a few excellent books this year but still the choice was pretty easy.

1, Ada Palmer: Too Like the Lightning
2, Robert Jackson Bennett: City of Blades
3, Yoon Ha Yee: Ninefox Gambit
4, N. K. Jemisin: The Fifth Season
5, Seanan McGuire: The Brightest Fell


Top 5 Wednesday is GoodReads group where people discuss different bookish topic each week. This week, the Top 5 Wednesdays topic is Books featuring paranormal creature of your choice.

Vampires are my favorite paranormal creatures. (The topic does mention fae but I just can’t think of them as paranormal creatures. They’re just fae.) It was very hard to pick out just five.

1, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
There are plenty of books and comics about Spike, Angel, Drusilla, and all the other great vampires in this show, so I just had to mention it.

2, Dracula by Bram Stoker
The great granddaddy of the genre still holds up.

3, Nightwalker by Jocelynne Drake
Mira is a 600-year old vampire and she has a natural talent the other vampires don’t have: she can control fire. The other vampires hate her so she’s a loner.

4, Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Lestat and Louis, need I say more?

5, Blood Price by Tanya Huff
One of the first urban fantasy series which is still very good today.
And I just have to mention:

6, the Underworld movie
Selene’s great! And the movie has a great atmosphere. Too bad about the sequels…

Top 5 Wednesday is GoodReads group where people discuss different bookish topic each week. Today the topic is books with favorite creepy setting.
My favorite creepy settings are mostly worlds with the undead:

1, Ravenloft
Yes, it’s an old D&D roleplaying setting but quite a few books have been set into it, too. In the game, the characters are whisked away into it without warning whenever the players want to play to horror and the characters can’t leave. It has a lot of various undead in it and horror scenarios.

2, the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson
One of the few non-undead settings I find compellingly creepy. The Final Empire nation is ruled by the Lord Ruler’s iron hand, aided by the Steel Ministry. I find the Iron Inquisitors to be especially creepy.

3, I am Legend by Richard Matheson
The vampires have overrun the world and Neville in the last man on earth.

4, The Vampire Empire by Clay and Susan Griffiths
In this setting, vampires are a separate race from humans. They’ve risen up in the colder regions and rule there. Humans are just cattle to them.

5, the Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane
In this world, the ghosts of the dead people can attack living humans. The Church of Real Truth is the only organization which can do that.

Top 5 Wednesday is GoodReads group where people discuss different bookish topic each week. Today the topic is books with witches.

1, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Well, the show isn’t a book but it has books and comics. Even comics which center on my very favorite witch: Willow Roseberg. So I couldn’t have a list like this without mentioning her.

2, Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
The main characters are witches: Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Margrat Garlick. They’re the Coven of Lancre but now have to travel abroad. Pratchett has lots of books where the trio, and other witches, appear. I love them!

3, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
The White Witch brought eternal winter to Narnia, but without Christmas.

4, Ill Wind by Rachel Caine
Jo is a Weather Warden, in charge of keeping weather effects to a manageable size. However, when she’s accused of a murder she didn’t do, she has to run

5, Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
The witches aren’t the main characters but they’re pretty impressive.

Top 5 Wednesday is GoodReads group where people discuss different bookish topic each week. Yesterday the topic was bromances.

Bromance = platonic relationship between two characters who identify as male.

1, Miles Vorkosigan and Ivan Vorpatril by Lois McMaster Bujold
Miles and Ivan are cousins. They often get into adventures together. Miles is the irresistible force for forward momentum while Ivan is the innocent bystander (at least he claims so).

2, Legolas and Gimli by J. R. R. Tolkien
They start off as enemies but end up being the best of friends. LotR is just full of male friendships.

3, Cutter and Skywise from ElfQuest by Wendy and Richard Pini
The two elves who are brothers is all but blood.

4, Robin Hood and Little John
The legendary outlaw and his best friend.

5, Data and Geordi LaForge
This might be cheating a little, but lots of books have been written about Star Trek: TNG. 😊 I’ve always thought their friendship one of best things on the show.

Top 5 Wednesday is GoodReads group where people discuss different bookish topic each week. Today the topic is: series that got better

I read a lot of series. I love to immerse myself in a world and characters. Thankfully quite a few of the series I’ve read in recent years either start good and continue to be good, or even get better so it was actually hard to choose just five.

1, October Daye series by Seanan McGuire
I didn’t actually fall in love with this series until the third book “An Artificial Night”. The two first ones “Rosemary and Rue” and “A Local Habitation” were interesting enough to keep me reading, though, and pretty soon the characters and the world really grew on me. Toby is a half-human, half-faerie woman. She’s a knight in the faery world and a private detective in San Francisco.

2, Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold
The first couple of books is the Vorkosigan saga: “Shards of Honor”, “Warrior’s Apprentice”, and “Falling Free” are the first books Bujold wrote. Naturally, she got better. Great, character centric science fiction.

3, Vlad Taltos series by Steven Brust
I actually really enjoyed the first book, “Jhereg”, where we met the sarcastic human assassin/sorcerer Vlad Taltos and his equally sarcastic familiar Loiosh. They live in a world dominated by Dragaerans, or elves. But the series grows more complex with every book and Brust also experiments with structures.

4, Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters
Amelia and her husband are a family of intrepid archeologists and amateur detectives. They are very humorous historical mysteries. The first two books “Crocodile on the Sandbank” and “the Curse of the Pharaoh” aren’t nearly as good as the rest.

5, Discworld by Terry Pratchett
I personally don’t really care for the first Discworld books “Color of Magic and “the Light Fantastic”. Luckily, I started with the witches book “Wyrd Sisters” which is the 6th book in the series and centers on the wonderful three witches, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick. The Discworld books can be read in any order.

Today, the topic of Top 5 Sundays at Larissa’s Bookish Life is Movies I’m Dying to see in 2014, part II.

Two of the three movies I’m most looking forward to this year have already come out. Luckily, both X-Men and Captain America were great and I really enjoyed them. Hobbit is still a long way off. I already mentioned Maleficent and Guardians of the Galaxy in my previous post so the rest of my top 5:

1, Jupiter Ascending
This looks like very cool super effects CGI movie. Sadly, the plot doesn’t seem so cool but I’ll likely see it anyway.

2, Interstellar
Nolan’s SF movie seems interesting, too.

3, How to Train Your Dragon 2
The first one was surprisingly entertaining so I’m willing to give the sequel a chance, too.

4, Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2
I enjoyed the first two.

5, Maze Runner
Another SF movie which could be interesting.

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