Tag Archives: fantasy

Nonpolitical Books Read: May 2014

  • Lackey, Mercedes, and Rosemary Edghill. Shadow Grail 2: Conspiracies. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 2011. Print.
  • Weir, Andy. The Martian. New York: Crown Publishers, 2014. Print.
  • Wells, Martha. Emilie and the Sky World. Long Island City, NY: Strange Chemistry, 2014. Print.
  • Grace, Tom. Bird of Prey. New York: Pocket Star Books, 2004. Print.
  • Lackey, Mercedes, and Rosemary Edghill. Shadow Grail 2: Conspiracies. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 2011. Print.
  • Lackey, Mercedes, and Rosemary Edghill. Shadow Grail 3: Sacrifices. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 2013. Print.
  • McCormack, Una. Star Trek: The Fall: The Crimson Shadow. New York: Pocket Books, 2013. Print.
  • Grace, Tom. The Secret Cardinal. New York: Vanguard Press, 2007. Print.
  • Edsel, Robert M., and Bret Witter. The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2009. Print.
  • Bostwick, Marie. A Single Thread. New York: Kensington Books, 2008. Print.

Nonpolitical Books Read: January and February 2014


  • Backman, Linda.  Bringing Your Soul to Light:  Healing through Past Lives and the Time Between.  Woodbury, MN:  Llewellyn Publications, 2009.  Print.
  • Clancy, Tom, and Mark Greaney.  Command Authority.  New York:  G. P. Putnam’s Sons-Penguin Group, 2013.  Print.
  • Hay, Louise L., and Mona Lisa Schulz.  All Is Well:  Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition.  Carlsbad, CA:  Hay House, 2013.  Print.
  • Bilyeau, Nancy.  The Crown.  New York:  Touchstone-Simon & Schuster, 2012.  Print.
  • Horowitz, Anthony.  The House of Silk.  New York:  Mulholland Books-Little, Brown and Company, 2011.  Print.
  • Byrd, Sandra.  To Die For.  New York:  Howard Books-Simon & Schuster, 2011.  Print.
  • Slate, Joe H.  Beyond Reincarnation:  Experience Your Past Lives & Lives Between Lives.  Woodbury, MN:  Llewellyn Publications, 2005.  Print.
  • Rankin, Lissa.  Mind over Medicine:  Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.  Carlsbad, CA:  Hay House, 2013.  Print.
  • Sullivan, Michael J.  Heir of Novron.  Vol. 3, The Riyria Revelations.  New York:  Orbit-Hachette Book Group, 2012.  Kindle.
  • Byrd, Sandra.  The Secret Keeper.  New York:  Howard Books-Simon & Schuster, 2012.  Print.


  • Rollins, James, and Rebecca Cantrell.  Innocent Blood.  Book 2, The Order of the Sanguines.  New York:  William Morrow-HarperCollins, 2014.  Print.
  • Shinn, Sharon.  Royal Airs.  New York:  Ace Books, 2013.  Print.
  • Bilyeau, Nancy.  The Chalice.  New York:  Touchstone-Simon & Schuster, 2013.  Print.
  • Weiss, Brian L.  Only Love Is Real:  A Story of Soulmates Reunited.  New York:  Warner Books, 1996.  Print.
  • Grace, Tom.  Spyder Web.  New York:  Warner Books, 1998.  Print.
  • Shinn, Sharon.  Mystic and Rider.  Book 1, Twelve Houses.  New York:  Ace Books, 2005.  Print.
  • Weiss, Brian L.  Same Soul, Many Bodies:  Discover the Healing Poiwer of Future Lives Through Progression Therapy.  New York:  Free Press, 2004.  Print.

Nonpolitical Books Read: November 2013

  • Jobson, Robert.  The New Royal Family:  Prince George, William and Kate, the Next Generation.  London:  John Blake, 2013.  Print.
  • Kurland, Lynn.  Gift of Magic.  New York:  Berkley Sensation, 2012.  Print.
  • Richards, Douglas E.  Wired.  Shreveport, LA:  Paragon Press, 2011.  Kindle.
  • Barney, James.  The Genesis Key.  New York:  HarperCollins, 2011.  Kindle.
  • Morgan, Alexis.  My Lady Mage.  Book 1, Warriors of the Mist.  New York:  Signet Eclipse, 2012.  Print.
  • Emoto, Masaru.  The Hidden Messages in Water.  Trans. David A. Thayne.  New York:  Atria Books, 2004.  Print.
  • Shinn, Sharon.  Troubled Waters.  New York:  Ace Books, 2010.  Print.
  • Weiss, Brian L.  Many Lives, Many Masters:  The True Story of A Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives.  20th ann. ed.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 2008.  Print.
  • Barney, James.  The Joshua Stone.  New York:  William Morrow-HarperCollins, 2013.  Print.

Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn

I really enjoyed Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn.  For some reason, it reminded me a lot of the fantasy novels by Martha Wells that I’ve read the last year or so, probably because both Shinn and Wells are able to create new and consistent cultures in their novels.  I’m looking forward to reading Royal Airs, Shinn’s next book in the Elemental Blessings series.

Nonpolitical Books Read: October 2013

  • McKinley, Robin.  Chalice.  New York:  G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2008.  Print.
  • Kurland, Lynn.  A Tapestry of Spells.  New York:  Berkley Sensation, 2010.  Print.
  • Wells, Martha.  Wheel of the Infinite.  New York:  EOS-HarperCollins, 2000.  Print.
  • Trent, Gayle.  Murder Takes the Cake.  Book 1, Daphne Martin Cake Mysteries.  New York:  Gallery Books, 2011.  Print.
  • Kurland, Lynn.  Spellweaver.  New York:  Berkley Sensation, 2011.  Print.
  • Sullivan, Michael J.  The Rose and the Thorn.  Book 2, The Riyria Chronicles.  New York:  Orbit-Hachette Book Group, 2013.  Print.
  • Trent, Gayle.  Dead Pan.  Book 2, Daphne Martin Cake Mysteries.  Memphis:  Bell Bridge Books, 2009.  Print.

The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan

I think I discovered The Crown Tower or another of Michael J. Sullivan‘s books in an ad or recommendation on Goodreads. I really enjoyed The Crown Tower and am looking forward to reading other books in The Riyria Chronicles series as well as The Riyria Revelations:

  • Theft of Swords
  • Rise of Empire
  • Heir of Novron

Sullivan wrote The Riyria Revelations first, and The Riyria Chronicles are prequels.  He explains his reasons and the chronology in the author’s note in The Crown Tower.

The Rose and Thorn, the second of the Chronicles,  is due out in a couple of weeks.

Steadfast by Mercedes Lackey

Steadfast is the most recent book in Mercedes Lackey‘s Elemental Masters series.  According to the title page of the novel, it is “Book Eight.”  According to the page for the book on Lackey’s website, it is “the ninth book.”  However, the web address for that page is http://www.mercedeslackey.com/books/elemental10.html, making it appear that this is the tenth book.

Unlike a lot of the earlier books in the series, Steadfast doesn’t appear to be based on a fairy tale or legend–at least I didn’t recognize one.  None of the characters from earlier novels appear, though some are mentioned by name and correspond with the characters.