TBR shelf

the essential kit

I’m sure it’d be faster to take a picture, but here’s the to-be-read shelf:

Michael Carroll: THE ASCENSION, SUPER HUMAN
Neil Gaiman: THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
Sarah Rees Brennan: UNSPOKEN
Cassandra Clare: CIY OF BONES, CITY OF ASHES, CITY OF GLASS
CS Friedman: LEGACY OF KING
Nick Harkaway: ANGELMAKER
Gene Kemp: THE TURBULENT TERM OF TYKE TILER
Sheridan Le Fanu: IN A GLASS DARKLY
Ian Whates: CITY OF DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES
Pamela C Dean: THE SECRET COUNTRY
MC Beaton: DEATH OF A CAD
Faith Hunter: RAVEN CURSED, DEATH’S RIVAL
Lynn Fwelling: THE BONE DOLL’S TWIN, HIDDEN WARRIOR, THE ORACLE’S QUEEN
Ben Macallan: DESDAEMONA
Catie Murphy: STONEMASTER
Keri Sperring: THE GRASS KING’S CONCUBINE
Alan Steele: SPINDRIFT
Jane Yolen & Midori Snyder: EXCEPT THE QUEEN
Philip Jose Farmer: PEARLS FROM PEORIA
Paul Cornell: LONDON FALLING
Saladin Ahmed: THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON
Juliet E McKenna: BLOOD IN THE WATER, BANNERS IN THE WIND
Adrian Tchaikovsky: EMPIRE IN BLACK AND GOLD
Anne Lyle: THE ALCHEMIST OF SOULS
Emma Newman: BETWEEN TWO THORNS
Walter Jon Williams: THIS IS NOT A GAME
Mike Shevdon: STRANGENESS & CHARM
Michael Colby: SEEDS OF EARTH

and an assortment of non-fiction i’m not man enough to add. and a bunch of stuff on the e-reader, too, of course. all the crowdfunded stuff of the past year or two! waugh! someday! :)

I’m currently reading (heh, on my e-reader) KHAN OF MARS, a SPIRIT OF THE CENTURY novel by Stephen Blackmoore. I doubt I’m man enough to turn this into a poll, either, so if you have an opinion about what I should read next you’ll have to express it the old-fashioned way, by typing it out. :)

9 Comments


  1. The Graveyard Book is delightful as are the Faith Hunter books. I am about to start City Bones myself, I hear it is really good. So I’d start with Gaiman, move on to Hunter and then Clare.


  2. Have you considered trying out a newer author? Dannika Dark is an urban paranormal fantasy indie author. Her first series is called “The Mageri Series”. She also does all of her covers. The series includes : Sterling, Twist, Impulse and Gravity and there will be one more to finish it up later this year. The series includes mages, shifters, vampires, Chitah, Gemini and sensors and various other Breed. You and Dannika are my favorite writers and I just thought I would introduce you to her work if you hadn’t come across it before.


    1. I haven’t read Dannika’s stuff! Thanks for the reccomendation!


  3. I’m absurdly fond of the Diana Gabaldon ‘Outlander’ series. Not-Quite-Bodice-Ripping-Historical-Time-Travel-Fiction.

    Anything by David D. Levine. He’s mostly got short stories in anthologies, but they are well worth hunting down (And he’s a nifty person, he got to spend time in the simulated Mars mission!)


  4. Have you ever read anything by Mercedes Lackey? Her Valdermar Series is the most popular but her Bardic series is interesting. That’s how I found you. I read one of your stories in an anthology she did called Winter Moon


    1. I have, of course, read lots of her books! :)


  5. The only one of these I’ve read is Pamela Dean’s Secret Country. I’d read Half Magic by Edward Eager as a kid and it had elements in common. I enjoyed it a lot.


  6. I’d recommend reading The Graveyard Book next, by which time The Ocean at the End of the Lane should be out. Save Unspoken until Untold (and possibly Unbroken) are out so you can read them right in a row. In the meantime read the rest of Sarah Rees Brennan’s books, they’re all quite good.

    If you’re going to read The Secret Country you should have The Hidden Land and The Whim of the Dragon handy to read after. I’ve heard that Pamela Dean has a forthcoming novel that’s a sequel both to that trilogy and her very odd but interesting The Dubious Hills, but when it will be out is probably a matter of draconic whim.

    I liked Walter Jon Williams’ This is Not a Game and its two sequels, although each book is complete in itself. It’s a series, not a trilogy. The rest I haven’t read or have no opinion on.


  7. THE SECRET COUNTRY is a re-read, never fear. :) And the problem with saving UNSPOKEN is that I’ve *been* saving it and (through no particular effort on anyone’s part) I now know how it ends, so I fear it might have been better to go WAUGH at the wait for UNTOLD along with everyone else…

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