Sep 23 2012

Best Fantasy/Fiction/Sci-Fi Books I Ever Read (21 Through 30)

Posted by Mathias

This is a continuation of my previous lists:
Best Fantasy/Fiction/Sci-Fi Books I Ever Read (Top 10)
Best Fantasy/Fiction/Sci-Fi Books I Ever Read (11 Through 20)

21. 1984 by George Orwell

(4.75/5 stars) (more…)

Aug 26 2012

Best Fantasy/Fiction/Sci-Fi Books I Ever Read (11 Through 20)

Posted by Mathias

This list is the expansion of my Top 10 list which can be viewed here.

11. Lord of the Flies by: William Golding

(4.75/5) (more…)

Apr 22 2012

Book Review: Dragons of the Dwarven Depths by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Posted by Mathias

Warning!  May contain spoilers!

The companions return!  After slaying Dragon Highlord Verminaard and freeing the slaves of Pax Tharkas, Sturm, Tanis, Raistlin, Caramon, Flint, Tasslehoff et al, deal with the trials and tribulations that go along with leading a rag tag group out of captivity while still being hunted by the forces of evil.  Dragons of the Dwarven depths tells a story that takes place within the original Dragonlance Saga.  I enjoyed thoroughly how Weis and Hickman brought the original cast of characters back to life with their typical flair and prose.  There were not any sort of surprises as characters are attempted to be reinvented which is something that sometimes happens with series that are as long as Dragonlance is.

While the story was not bad however, it certainly does not live up to the original series.  Honestly, the whole series has been so over expanded with books upon books upon books now set in the world of Krynn that maybe it is just burn out for me to read another Dragonlance novel.  You don’t really learn anything new about already well flushed out characters themselves and the interactions between each of them is almost too well defined and leads to expectations that simply cannot help but coming true.  You learn about what happened after Pax Tharkas, but there are reasons why certain parts of a story are not told the first time around.

Sure, if you are existing fan of the original Dragonlance Saga you will get some enjoyment from reading this book and it is not poorly written. But, if like me, you are potentially Dragonlanced out it could be a painful slog at several points.

I give Dragons of the Dwarven Depths 3.5 stars out of five.

Mar 28 2012

Best Fantasy/Fiction/Sci-Fi Books I Ever Read (Top 10)

Posted by Mathias

Ok, some of people have been asking me what the best fantasy/fiction books are that I ever read. So I compiled my top ten to give you an idea about what it takes to get over four stars in my opinion.

1) Dracula by Bram Stoker

    (5/5)

2) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

    (5/5)

3) Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll

(5/5)

4) Dark Elf Trilogy by RA Salvatore

(4.75/5)

5) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

(4.75/5)

6) Animal Farm by George Orwell

(4.75/5)

7) The Once And Future King by TH White

(4.75/5)

8 ) Magic Kingdom for Sale – SOLD by Terry Brooks

(4.75/5)

9) Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

(4.75/5)

10) Peter Pan and Wendy by JM Barre

(4.75/5)

That’s my top ten. Agree or disagree, I don’t care much. It is my list and no one else’s.

NOTE: On 8/26 I updated the title of this post to include “Sci-Fi” in the title.  Even though there are no science fiction books on this list (my top 10), I am working on expanding it further and there are some sci-fi books that are on the extended list.

This list contines in the following posts:

Best Fantasy/Fiction/Sci-Fi Books I Ever Read (11 Through 20)
Best Fantasy/Fiction/Sci-Fi Books I Ever Read (21 Through 30)
Best Fantasy/Fiction/Sci-Fi Books I Ever Read (31 Through 40)