Angel (valarltd) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 1-47

his is cut for length. The * designate a book I read for the m/m romance challenge. Be aware, not all my books are safe for work or children. The stuff that you can't get at Amazon has links.

1) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Reread. Audio

2) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Reread.

3) Jubal Sackett by Louis L'amour. Audio. Not bad but getting very farfetched. Starting in Carolina, marrying a Natchez Princess and fighting a mammoth in the foothills of the Sangre de Christo? Uh, I was with him until the Mammoth. Also, not interested in more books where all the malke characters have names but only one female character does. "The Punka Woman" and "Keokata's woman" were fine once, but these women were there ALL the time. They needed names.

4) The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Stephan King. TSTL. The first thing you do when lost is STAY PUT. Beyond that amazingly good, very creepy. Very much old-style King,

5) The Tao of Willie. Willie Nelson with Turk Pipkin. Entertaining and wise, I found myself taking it in small doses to better digest. If nothing else you'll come away with a few new jokes.

6) Captain Blood. Rafael Sabatinni. Turn of the century swashbuckler. Very fun. The remake MIGHT be good if they stick close to the book.

7) The Rosewood Casket by Sharyn McCrumb. When old Mr. Stargill dies, his four boys have to build him a casket. But when the local wisewoman shows up with a box of bones, and the next farm over's foreclosure turns into an armed standoff, they have to put their differences aside. Amazingly good. (audio)

8) She Walks These Hills by Sharyn McCrumb. A journey of three mothers and a grad student in the mountains. Historical mystery combines with elderly runaway convict. Very good, but Norah Bonesteel feels like the plot-device to wrap everything up. (audio)

9) The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot. by Jeffrey Archer. Bible fanfiction, retelling the Gospel accounts of Jesus' life through the eyes of Judas, who in this version is not a betrayer, but simply trusted the wrong man to help protect his beloved teacher. It was interesting. (audio)

10) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. Less annoying than I remember but badly in need of edits. The book gets rolling about half-way through. The saga of the last battle between Harry Potter and Voldemort. (audio)

11) Lando by Louis L'amour. Orlando Sackett moves west with a tinker, looking for his fortune. Gold hunting, finding his long lost father, spending years in a Mexican prison and other adventures try his mettle.

12) The Sackett Brand by Louis L'Amour. My first thought reading a western should not be "Thompson is in trouble, Charlie Brown!" All the farflung Sacketts get called in to rescue William Tell Sackett, whose wife is murdered in the first 2 pages. meh... (audio)

13) The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter by Sharyn McCrumb. Sheriff Spencer Arrowwood is called in for the murders of a whole family. I liked this one, but I expected rather more shocking revelations. I have Angela Carter damage. (audio)

14) The Ballad of Frankie Silver by Sharyn McCrumb. Spencer Arrowwood rushes to save the life of the man he sent the chair twenty years ago...before history can repeat itself. Interesting use of two narrators and two readers. Gripping story. (audio)

15) All New Square-Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. Very useful

16) The Green Man Tree Oracle. John Matthews and Will Worthington. Came with the card deck. I read the book first. My first bit of pagan extracurricular reading.

17) Practical Magic. Alice Hoffman. Amazingly good book, but written in present tense which drives me out of my tree! The message was not served by the medium. Worse, it shifted from past tense to present half way through. While I understand the reasoning behind the stylistic change, it still sucked. (audio)

18) By the Light of the Moon. Dean Koontz. Every year I try out another Koontz and every year I remember I just don't like his work much. A mad scientist injects an artist, his autistic brother and a comedian with nanobots and they go on the run. Yep, that's all there is to it. The characters work well, but something about Koontz'z style doesn't work for me. (audio)

19) Artemus Fowl. Eoin Colfer. Twelve year old criminal genius takes on the Fae. Entertaining. (audio)

*20) Men in Uniform 2. M. Rode, editor. M/M anthology of men in everything from Space Marine to Star Trek to firefighter uniforms. Uneven, but very good. This is part of the M/M Romance challenge

21) Raintree: Inferno. Linda Howard. First in the series. I lucased this series, that is, I started in the middle and worked toward both ends. The other two were better. I had trouble getting past Dante (our hero) mind-raping his destined bride. (There are two concepts in that sentence I have trouble with) It was a good premise, just...poorly executed and the end felt rushed, even for the first book of a series.

22) The Two Lives of Errol Flynn. Michael Freedland. This is a biogrpahy by a man who reads biographies. I've already encountered 90% of this information--in a more entertaining voice--in My Wicked Wicked Ways. Not hard going, just very little new material.

23) Convent of the Pure by Sara M. Harvey. Portia and the ghost of her lover Imogen go to a decaying convent to investigate their leader's death. But dark magic and trouble, angelic children and succubi complicate the search. Steampunk lesbian deamon-fighters. Very good and recommended.

*24) Deviations: Submission. Jodi Payne & Chris Owen. Tobias is an ubertop celebrating his 41st birthday. When he's set up with a damaged sub, they get on a like a house afire. VERY hot.

*25) Master of None: The Eight of Pentacles. Lee Benoit. Fantasy of a young man livin among a troupe of entertainers and searching for his lost lover. Really excellent. Brilliant worldbuilding and good characters.

26) Ghoul. Brian Keene. Mr. Keene is a lovely man I got the chance to meet and visit with at Hypericon. When I visited the local books store, it was a choice between this and one about giant worms. I opted for GHOUL, which is about exactly that: a ghoul who eats corpses and kidnaps women to propagate his species. But it's more than that. There are real monsters here and they aren't just the creature who is acting according to his nature. Gruesome and excellent. Not for the weak of stomach.

27) Tom Sawyer Abroad. Mark Twain. Tom, Huck and Jim get hijacked in an airship by a crazed inventor. They fly to Africa and have adventures with a sandstorm, a visit to the pyramids and the sphinx, and end up getting busted by Aunt Polly anyway. Entertaining but annoying. Tom is a pompous ass who considers himself superior to both Huck and Jim. Jim is every bad stereotype ever. (part of this IS the era) Only for Twain completists and steampunk fans.

28) Dead Sea. Brian Keene. The book that convinced me that no, I really don't want to survive a zombie apocalypse. Hamelin's Revenge starts with the rats and sweeps the globe moving through all species as our hero and his little band of people try to survive. The bit with the insane priest is brilliant.

29) The Wind in the Willows. Kenneth Grahame. I'd read this when I was 8 or 9 and remembered almost nothing of it. It's languid and leisurely and very very British in its sensibility. Rat, Mole and Toad are thoroughly entertaining. But like most adults, it was The Piper at the Gates of Dawn that got me.

30) Tales of Beedle the Bard. JK Rowling. One of the Potter companion volumes, this is a collection of wizarding fairy tales. True to Grimm, they do not avoid uglier aspects of life, nor do they all have happy endings. Excellent.

31) The Rising. Brian Keene. I must have read this too close to Dead Sea. They are very similar and he uses some of the same scenes. But this is the first smart zombie novel I've encountered. The first where the zombies shoot back.

32) The Protector. N. L. Gassert. Excellent story of ex-special forces guy set to protect a crime kingpin's son. Sexy, lots of tension and very very good.

33) Torqued Tales. M. Rode editor. Reread. Better than I remembered it being. Kiernan Kelly's The Master Cat and Willa Okati's A Really Fucked Up Fairy Tale are two of the best.

34) Dark Hollow. Brian Keene. A classic of erotic horror. A satyr terrorizes a small Pennsylvania town.

35) The Highwayman. Michele Hauf. Unique Harlequin paranormal about a man possessed by a demon's shadow and a cat-shifter familiar who brings demons into this world. Highly recommended.

36) Abaddon. Elizabeth Donald. Third in the Nocturnal Urges series. This is an excellent entry, although George Lucas and Anne Rice would like a word with you, babe. I may go for that Cristoval's Kiss t-shirt after all.

37) Paganism: An introduction to Earth Centered Religions. River and Joyce Higgenbotham. Had to read it for class. Very good introductory book.

38) Complete Idiot's Guide to Paganism. Carl McColman. Very basic. Breaks everything down to the simplest parts. Again, read it for class.

*39) Strongman. Denise Rossetti. Fantasy novel about a circus acrobat and a warrior. Wonderful worldbuilding. (Read this over the summer, forgot to write it down)

40) Ellora's Cavemen: Flavors of Ecstasy III. All right, I had one of the 6 stories in here. But I read all the others. It was not to my taste. Three contemporaries, a political thriller and a futuristic shifter piece. All het. And three of them nothing but extended sex scenes. Babe, if I'm reading 25+ pages of your short story? I want a plot.

41) Queer Dimensions. James Rasmussen. A collection of queer SF, GLB&T characters. Some of the stories grabbed me right off. Some required some warming up. Some just left me cold. In some the sex was important. In others it was taken for granted (a world that had evolved past men and reproduced via pods on bushes). Excellent, excellent. One story had poor editing, but the rest were impeccable.

42) Candyman. Nicole Austen. Story of a vampire who loses his love and waits for her to be reincarnated. Fairly standard stuff, but great description. I think a book about the vampire WWII flying squadron that he belonged to would be much more interesting. I confess, I got it for the cover.

43) Like a Corset Undone. J. Blackmore, ed. A collection of Steampunk erotica. This is one of the best anthologies I've read. Second only to Queer Dimensions. Corsets and petticoats, goggles, subaquas, erotic engines and airship pirates. YUM!

44) The Bad Widow. Barbara Elsborg. A free short from Ellora's Cave. A woman finds the lover of her dreams the same day the village decides to kill her as a witch. Great voice, hot sex, and an actual plot, in 33 pages. Also, a very funny author bio.

45) The Cold Ones. Elizabeth Donald. A terrific little zombie novella that should have been at least a full length novel if not two. The military starts a secret super soldier project, but is aware it could go drastically wrong, so posts Maj. Sara Harvey and her squad in a nearby town...just in case. This being a Donald, the "just in case" is practically guaranteed as is the death of just about everyone. (her character kill-rate is about 60%)

46) Deviations II: Domination. Jodi Payne and Chris Owen. Another visit with Noah and Tobias as they grow closer, go deeper and learn more about each other. Very hot.

47) Prelude to Penemue. Sara M. Harvey. Prequel to her CONVENT OF THE PURE. Lady Hester has to help hold off an attack on the Nephilim stronghold. (in case you're wondering, Elizabeth borrows names of her friends to populate her books. As far as I know, this Sara has never held off a zombie attack)

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