Thursday 13, Favorite Books

Thursday13Thirteen Favorite Fiction Books

Good morning T13 addicts. Since I couldn’t think of any amusing 13’s to hit you with this week, here’s my list of all time favorite fiction novels. They range in genre, but I’ve read them at least twice. This should give you some sense of my eclectic reading habits.

1) Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert A. Heinlein. Genre: Science Fiction. I love this book. It explores some interesting themes and philosophies that have always interested me. Some might consider this a heavy read, but the character Valentine Michael Smith, is unique enough to take some of the heaviness on the milder side.

2) American Gods, by Neil Gaiman. Genre: Urban Fantasy. I happen to love this author and read just about everything he’s written. This book explores the old gods, like Anubis and Odin in a present day setting. If you’ve ever been curious what might have happened to the old gods, well, this is an interesting take on the idea.

3) Cordelia’s Honor, by Lois McMaster Bujold, also called, Shards of Honor. Genre: Science Fiction Romance. I’ve read this book countless times, the cover is starting to look worn and I’m usually very careful about the state of my books. A fantastic romance filled with political intrigue and disturbing but realistic bad guys. A great read. I’m sure I’ll end up reading this one again in the near future.

4) Clan of the Cave Bear, by Jean M. Auel. Genre: Historical Fiction. This book takes place during the time where Neanderthals were still around. I don’t usually care much for these type of books, but this one I’ve read several times. It’s a great story and well worth reading.

5) Lord of the Flies, by William Golding. Genre: Fiction. If anyone hasn’t read this book you are seriously missing out. It’s an amazing work of fiction. I know it’s often a required read in school, but I encourage everyone to read it again while it isn’t being forced down your throat. The characters are fantastic and the writing crisp and fresh. An all around great read.

6) Across the Nightingale Floor, by Lian Hearn. Genre: Fantasy. This book is set in Japan in an imaginary land and an imaginary time period. Filled with lords and Samurai and vivid characters. The images the author creates are beautiful and the language fantastic. A definite must read.

7) Dorsai!, by Gordon R. Dickson. Genre: Science Fiction- Military. A planet of warrior mercenaries, battles, and interesting characters, Dorsai! is a great read. Definitely a piece of mastery in the Military Science Fiction genre.

8 ) Dead Witch Walking, by Kim Harrison. Genre: Urban Fantasy. Kim Harrison is a newer author compared to some of the old fuddy-duddies listed, but her characters and sense of humor will keep you reading at every turn.

9) Another Fine Myth, by Robert Asprin. Genre: Fantasy- Comedy. The Myth Series I started reading as a kid and I haven’t stopped. The books are funny, and make for great light reads. Some might consider these YA, but they’re just one of those books that appeal to everyone. The characters are fantastic and the pacing brisk and fun.

10) Agent of Change, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. Genre: Science Fiction. I love the world building in this book. I think that’s why I love it so much. The characters are interesting and the thought and effort that went into the world is fantastic. A great read.

11) Dune, By Frank Herbert. Genre: Science Fiction. READ THE BOOK. While some of the shows on TV did a fair job with this book, it’s really best if you read it. The characters are strange and fantastic and the world created is really a master piece. I love this book. A great read.

12) Yamato- A Rage in Heaven, by Ken Kato. Genre: Science Fiction. This one might be hard to find. Space pirates, hi-tech samurai and all sorts of great action and characters, I really loved this book. I have yet to be able to find Part III, so if anyone happens to see it on Amazon or something, let me know.

13) Moonshine, by Rob Thurman. Genre: Urban Fantasy. Another newer writer, but this book is amazing. The characters are fantastic and the world she creates is gritty and dark. Trolls, puck, monsters… a great read.

*sigh* Thirteen is not nearly enough space for all my favorites, but it’s a start. I hope some of these you find interesting enough to pick up and read the first few pages, because if you’re a fan, you won’t stop there. πŸ™‚

Enjoy, and good reading to you. πŸ™‚


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24 responses to “Thursday 13, Favorite Books

  1. I’ve read several of your favourites, and I love #2 & #4!

  2. Okay, I am lacking. I have only read two of these.

  3. I’ve read a number of these & totally loved Dead Witch Walking. (don’t love some of the books later in series, which is major disappointment).

    I have *got* to read Cordelia’s Honor!

    • cmtorrens

      Seriously, you’ll love it. I don’t know what it is about that book, but I just keep reading it over and over. If your into SF-Romance, you’ll enjoy it.

      Oh, btw, “Agent of Change” is a romance too. You might like that one too.

  4. I’ve only read number 4 and 5. You sure do have a diverse collection of books. Happy T13!

  5. Jen

    Oooh I have most of these on my list. I’m rereading “Dune” right now. I absolutely love that book.

  6. Well, I feel like a dunce. I haven’t read any of these. LOL Great list though! Happy Thursday.

  7. I’ve only read numbers 4 and 5. Loved the first, not so much the second. Happy T13!

  8. Sophia Parkwood

    Great list. I have only read a few of them, maybe I will have to look the rest up. Happy Thursday!

  9. Nothing by Barbara Kingsolver? Hmmm….

    • cmtorrens

      Historical fiction writer, yes? I can’t say that historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine, but I might take a closer look. πŸ™‚

  10. I read Lord of the Flies in high school, but none of the others!


    My TT is at

    • cmtorrens

      lol, it’s a better read when you’re older. At least I found it to be so. I really enjoyed it as an adult when I wasn’t being forced to read it as a teen.

  11. I loved Stranger in a Strange Land when I read it as a teenager. Tried to re-read a couple of years ago and couldn’t get into it.

  12. Wow… I’ve only read #’s 1, 4 and 5! I need to fix that… πŸ˜‰

    Happy TT!

  13. I haven’t read that many of those, but I LOVE American Gods!

  14. I’ve only read a couple of these too, although I did note down a couple of titles to check out.

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