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October 10th, 2010 by Annette

Ten on the Tenth – October

I came way too close to forgetting to do my own meme!! LOL

I’m going to do something easy this month.  I’m obviously having no lack of posting in October…

Ten Favorite Novel Series  (no particular order)

Links are to the first book in the series.

The Black Jewels Trilogy (Anne Bishop) – dark fantasy.  I adore Daemon…and Lucivar…and Saetan…and Surreal…

The Dresden Files (Jim Butcher) – urban fantasy.  The ride starts with Storm Front and it’s a fun one.  This is the wizard a certain other Harry wants to grow up to be 😉

Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) – time travel/historical fantasy.  Every volume is thick and meaty and there is so so much going on.  I admit, it took me two attempts to finally get hooked (::cough:: Erin ::cough::) but when I did, there was no turning back!  The Kindle version is currently free, so if you want to give it a try, download the Kindle app for your PC/Mac/iPhone and get reading!

Black Dagger Brotherhood (JR Ward) – paranormal romance.  The series starts with Dark Lover, but even if you find the first book so-so, keep reading.  The second book, Lover Eternal, is where the story grabs you and doesn’t let go.

Johannes Cabal (Jonathan Howard) – mystery/historical with just a hint of steampunk. The first installment has Faustian roots and the second would do Sherlock Holmes proud.  Love love love this!

Man of His Word (Dave Duncan) – epic fantasy.  This series starts the The Magic Casement and is one of the first series I read many many years ago. 

Kingkiller Chronicles (Patrick Rothfuss) – epic fantasy.  First book: The Name of the Wind.  Yeah, I know the second book isn’t out yet, but if it’s *half* as good as the first one, this is one of the most amazing series ever…

Midnight Breed (Lara Adrian) – paranormal romance.  Start with Kiss of Midnight.  Is it similar to my beloved BDB?  Well, yes, there are vampires.  And they are warriors.  And it is set on the east coast.  Beyond that?  The stories and the style are different. 

The Hollows (Kim Harrison) – urban fantasy.  Get to know witch Rachel Morgan and her company, Vampiric Charms, starting with Dead Witch Walking.  Great characters, great stories and tons of surprises.

Amelia Peabody (Elizabeth Peters) – mystery.  I love Egyptian history.  Crocodile on the Sandbank starts the adventures of Amelia solving mysteries with the wonders of Egypt or her English home as the background.  Great stuff.

I’d love to know if you’ve read any of these and what you think 🙂


12 Responses to “Ten on the Tenth – October”
  1. I have read the first 2 books in the Outlander series. I have the 3rd but for some reason just can’t get into it again. You have reminded me – I should pick it back and see if it strikes my fancy now. :o)

  2. I do not get all the love (not just you!) for Adrian’s series. I thought it was derivative and there was TSTL from the heroine IIRC.

    But… I’ve been thinking that I should give them another shot (I only read the 1st) since they are getting the love.

    Although I will say to anyone who likes the BDB, you gotta give Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series a read.

    /also, gonna steal this meme

  3. I wanna cry! Outlander for Kindle isn’t available for people from Canada. I love that series! *pout*

    OTOH, you’ve given me some other new books to check out. 🙂

  4. I have read ALL of the Amelia Peabody series and to be honest, I was not a fan of historical Egyptology, etc. BUT, my mind has been changed, I love the Ramses character (and Amelia too:)

    I also read the first two or three books in the Outlander series, but fizzled on them. The one thing that stayed with me was the main character (I’ve forgotten her name now, but not Jamie 🙂 deliberately chose to strap antibiotics to her leg and take them back thru time. Always wondered what I would take if I had the opportunity?? Antibiotics is a great choice!

    You should try the #1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall. I am on the last book of the series and they have been a fun, light read. The setting is Botswana Africa. The detective is a woman. That is all I’ll tell you!

  5. I just LOVE the Black Jewels trilogy. I’ve loved all her other Black Jewels books too, but the original trilogy just blows the later ones away.

    In all honesty, I didn’t really get into most of the other series you’ve mentioned.

  6. I have read all of the Eliz Peters Amelia Peabody series…loved each of them.

  7. Got something caught in your throat there? :-p

  8. Most of those series are on my TBR list.
    I read BDB although I haven’t read Lover Mine yet. It’s been sitting on my desk since release date. I’m been looking forward to JM’s book for so long I can’t actually read it. (Dumb, I know).
    The Rachel Morgan stuff is pretty good. I’m listening to the audiobooks and the narrator makes the series.
    Couldn’t get into the Midnight Breeds. I read a couple and they were ok but I never went looking for the rest.
    And then there’s Jim Butcher. Ahh Jim Butcher. Currently occupying my “adored and worshipped” author spot. Dresden Files is hilarious (even if I sobbed buckets during Changes). His Codex Alera is really good fantasy, and is finished so you might take a look at that one too.

  9. Colleen says

    I’m in the middle of Dresden’s Small Favor (#10?) right now. I want to meet Jim Butcher!! What a guy! I’m taking a “comedic break” between Outlander #2 and 3. Got to slowly savor that series anyways.
    Another good lighter break is P.N. Elrod’s Vampire Files – a vampire detective in 1930s Chicago. Not heavy literature, but fun.
    Going to check the library for Johannes Cabal and Kingkiller now….
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Thanks for sharing books you love (or like), always on the look out for more books to read.

    I love Harry Dresden and cant wait for book 13! The ending of Changes was such a cliffhanger!!! If you have a chance to listen to the audio books of Harry, do so. James Marsters (Spike on Buffy) reads them and is spectacular! He is going back and doing the whole series and has said he will continue to read them.

  11. Love, love, love Diana Gabaldon. Have the whole series and just bought her graphic novel.
    Madly in love with the BDB – long wait till the next one (sigh)
    Have written down some of the others you have suggested. Will have to check them out. Thanks for the great ideas.

  12. Oh, great list. I’ll have to try some of the fantasy series.

    I think I’m the only person on the planet who prefers Vicky Bliss and Jacqueline Kirby to Amelia Peabody.