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Authors you never get tired of reading. James S. A. Corey (the pen name for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck). Love their space opera series “The Expanse”. Guy Gavriel Kay, author of “Under Heaven”, “A Song for Arbonne”, “Tigana”, “Sailing to Sarantium” and so many other wonderful stories.
A book you bought for the cover, and discovered it was better than you thought. Melissa Scott’s series The Roads of Heaven, the Science Fiction Book Club version. That series is one of my favorite re-reads.
A book that made you laugh and cry, and made you depressed. I honestly can’t think of a book that does this to me.
A book that was a pleasant surprise. Scott Sigler’s The Rookie. Who would have ever thought I’d get into a football (albeit the Galactic Football League) book?! Another favorite series.
A book everyone loves that you don’t. Pretty much the whole chick lit genre. Just not my thing. I even struggle with mysteries, although I will read them very occasionally.
A book with a great sidekick that you like more than the hero. Shogun. Mariko-san is an amazing character and James Clavell wrote her perfectly. Without her, Anjin-san would have never succeeded in Japan. In the groundbreaking 1980 miniseries, Anjin-san is played by Richard Chamberlaid, and Mariko by Yoko Shimada.
A book that helped you through a difficult time. All of my beloved re-reads. I’m working on getting them all on Kindle, so I don’t have to keep buying newer copies because I read them to death, lol. Guy Gavriel Kay’s Tigana, Frank Herbert’s Dune, and James Clavell’s Shogun have all saved my life one time or another.
A book that taught you something valuable. Child of the Morning (1977) by Pauline Gedge. A great novel of Hatshepsut, an amazing woman who became pharaoh of Egypt. Taught me that women can be amazing, even when everyone around them thinks they can’t.
A book or series that it took you awhile to get into. I tried like hell to get into the Harry Potter books. I love the stories, don’t get me wrong, but far prefer the movies. Just could not wade through the books….
A fictional character you’d love to have to dinner. The aforementioned Anjin-san (John Blackthorne) from Shogun. Just to pick his brain about what it was like to sail from England to Japan in the 1500s, what his world was like, etc.