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.The focus here is rating books with men you can fall in love with.


Rate 10: "A Kiss of Shadows;" Meredith Gentry Series (book#1) by Laurell K. Hamilton [straight f/m]
Rate 10: "Luck in the Shadows;" Nightrunner Series (book#1) by Lynn Flewelling [bi & homosexual m/m]
Rate 10: "Mélusine;" Doctrine of Labyrinths Series (book#1) by Sarah Monette [straight m/f & homosexual m/m]
Rate 10:  "Storm Front;" The Dresden Files Series (book#1) by Jim Butcher [straight m/f]

Rate 9:  "Acheron;" Dark-Hunter Series (book#12) by Sherrilyn Kenyon [straight f/m & some m/m abuse]
Rate 9:  "Beguilement;" The Sharing Knife Series (book#1) by Lois McMaster Bujold [straight f/m]
Rate 9:  "Guilty Pleasures;" Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series (book#1) by Laurell K. Hamilton [straight f/m]

Rate 8:  *Forgotten Realms* (saga) by R. A. Salvator and "War Of The Spider Queen" by multiple authors [no sex]
Rate 7:  "Dead Until Dark" (a series book#1) by Charlaine Harris [straight f/m]
Rate 7:  "Wizard's First Rule" (a series book#1) by Terry Goodkind [rape, abuse, m/f relationships, love]
Rate 6:  "Blood Ties" (a series book#1) by Tanya Huff [some m/m & f/m]
Rate 5:  "Magic's Pawn" (series book#1) by Mercedes Lackey [homosexual m/m]
Rate 5:  "Tinker" (series book#1) by Wen Spencer [straight m/f]

Rate 4:  ~Dark~ (entire series) by Christine Feehan [straight m/f]
Rate 3:  "The Curse of Chalion" (series book#1) by Lois McMaster Bujold  [no sex]
Rate 2:  "The Lost Gate" (series book#1) by Orson Scott Card [straight m/f]

Rate 2:  "A Companion to Wolves" (lone book) by Sarah Monette & Elizabeth Bear [beastiality & homosexuality m/m abuse]


Books that rate one (1) are not worth spending money on.

Rate 1:  "A Game of Thrones" by George R. R. Martin
Rate 1:  "A Hunger Like No Other" by Kresley Cole
Rate 1:  "Beyond the Pale" by Mark Anthony
Rate 1:  "Come To Me" by Lisa Cach
Rate 1:  "Counterpoint" (a series book#1) by Rachel Haimowitz [homosexual m/m]
Rate 1:  *Dragonlance* (saga) by multiple authors [no sex]
Rate 1:  "Flesh and Spirit" by Carol Berg
Rate 1:  "Full Moon Rising" by Keri Arthur
Rate 1:  "Furies of Calderon" by Jim Butcher
Rate 1:  "Gardens of the Moon" by Steven Erikson
Rate 1:  "Heart of Stone" by C.E. Murphy
Rate 1:  "The Initiation of PB500" by Kyle Ston [m/m porn]
Rate 1:  "Kirith Kirin" by Jim Grimsley
Rate 1:  "The Pedlar and the Bandit King" by Kirby Crow [homosexual m/m]
Rate 1:  "The Persian Boy" (series book#2) by Mary Renault [some m/m]
Rate 1:  "Sebastion" by Anne Bishop
Rate 1:  "Songs of Earth and Power" omnibus by Greg Bear
Rate 1:  "The Stone Prince" (backwards series, book#1) by Fiona Patton [m/f, f/f, heavy on the m/m love & sex]
Rate 1:  "Swordspoint" (a series book#1) by Ellen Kushner [m/m relationships]
Rate 1:  "The Turning" by Jennifer Armingtrout

Books that rate zero (0) will not have a review.  Basically, they were boring / that bad.

Rate 0:  "Dog Days" by John Levitt
Rate 0:  "Dragonflight" by Anne McCaffrey, Dragonriders of Pern series
Rate 0:  "Finder" by Emma Bull
Rate 0:  "Something From The Nightside" by Simon R. Green
Rate 0:  "The Steel Remains" by Richard K. Morgan
Rate 0:  "The Ill-Made Mute" by Cecilia Dart-Thornton

Books that rate in the negative damaged me in some way.  My review is my complaint against them.

Rate -1:  "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss
Rate -1:  "Pawn of Prophecy" by David Eddings
Rate -1:  "Wicked Gentlemen" by Ginn Hale [m/m relationships]
Rate -5:  "The Chosen" by Ricardo Pinto [m/m]
Rate -5:  "Wraeththu" by Storm Constantine [m/m relationships]


LINKS YOU FIND ON INDIVIDUAL REVIEWS ARE THERE TO HELP SHOW CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

"Sebastion" by Anne Bishop


"Sebastion" by Anne Bishop had potential but was ruined by using the same BORING romance formula in every romance novel ever written. World was great. Imaginative. But it was boy meets girl but he don't think he's good enough for her. For once I would like to see them actually believe in their own relationship from the start! Has wizards sort of but mostly a supernatural world that exists in like a Purgatory like plane. Humans and Greekish demons.

Rating 1

Link:  http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/b/anne-bishop/

"Gardens of the Moon" by Steven Erikson


"Gardens of the Moon"
 is the first book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by  Steven Erikson.  Has necromancers and maybe mages, humans, horses, and empires.

I'm listening by audio.  I tried to read.  It's to confusing.  I'm clueless what the f*ck this book is about.  The more you listen to it the less you understand.  I think there is an empire and rebels trying to overthrow it.  Sorta.  It's a lot of talking and not a lot of making any sense.  With occasional horses and dead people inbetween.   Too many characters and not a single one of them has anything outstanding about them to make you rivet to his/her cause.  Makes you feel like a detached ghost floating past the living.  You're not involved.  You don't care what happens to them.

Rating 1.

Link:  http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/e/steven-erikson/

"Pawn of Prophecy" by David Eddings


"Pawn of Prophecy"
 is the first book in the The Belgariad Series by David Eddings.  Has gods and humans.

Outside of the Forgotten Realms and Sherrilyn Kenyon I don't like gods.  Gods must be done carefully.  I prefer to call them dieties or even high class fay; with one Great God ruling over all of them that never really enters the scene.  Gods are too perfect.  I hate perfect.  Gods are like magic.  Powerful but without limits they make a story drull. 

Of course, with this book one could argue that the gods were only in the opening.  Well, David Eddings ruined his entire series with that opening for me!  I do NOT want to know where the sword came from or why.  It's not pertinent and it ruined it. 

Rating -1.

Link:  http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/e/david-eddings/

"Songs of Earth & Power" by Greg Bear

 


Songs of Earth and Power 
is the omnibus of "The Infinity Concerto" and "The Serpent Mage" by Greg Bear.  Has sidhe, humans, and maybe mages.

This story makes Alice In Wonderland look tame.  It makes me wonder if accounts of fay spotted by pious monks of the Old World weren't just mental apparitions caused by eating the wrong wild mushrooms.  If anyone you know is tempted to do mind-altering drugs tell them not to risk themselves, just read this story instead.  It will have the same effect. 

It's not boring. Since I've suffered many boring stories lately that's a miracle in my mind. There is nothing sexy about this story. The fay are seen as monstrous more times than beautiful. It borders on horror instead of fantasy.

I'm reading, not listening via audio. The story reads maturely.  Except for the portal from Earthside to Fay.  It was lame. Passing between houses and garden gates is not a way to get into Faery.  Sounds very Japanese anime (as in believing the ridiculous). But outside that, everything's mature. 

I'm disturbed by thinking about Faery in a cold, dangerous light. I've always seen it as warm and friendly, with the dangerous staying to the shadows or hiding underground. Picturing Faery as being horrible from the second you enter is shocking.

Rated 1.

Link:  http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/b/greg-bear/

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"A Game of Thrones" by George R. R. Martin

 


"A Game of Thrones"
 is the first book in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin.  Has humans and ghosts?

It started good with ghostie goolies and dire wolf pups.  Then it started to drag with royality blabber.  I expected much more for all the hype.  People say this is the best fantasy to come along.  If that is the case, we're screwed.  Even listening to it on audio is a strain.  I would never have managed to have read it.  Boring.  King this, lord that, realm whatnot.  Humans and their kingdoms.

Rated 1. 


"The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss


"The Name of the Wind"
 is the first book in the Kingkiller Chronicle series by Patrick Rothfuss.  Has fay and demons.

I liked the original cover art by Donato. The lead character is handsome and intelligent but totally lacks personality.  I did not like the story and quit reading half way because of the religious system. The religion imitated God, Jesus, and angels. I could not tell if the writer was being respectful or rude in this. Giving Patrick the benefit of the doubt and say he was being respectful, I still do not want to read holy parallism fantasies. It's why I don't read Terry Brooks or LOTR.  I read fantasy to get away from reality.  I'm a Christian - religious parallels are too much like reality for me.

The pretty man on the original cover pic made me want to get hot and horny, but the story throws ice cubes on you every step of the way.  That is my damaging complaint.

Rating -1.

Link:  http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/r/patrick-rothfuss/


"The Curse of Chalion" by Lois McMaster Bujold

 


"The Curse of Chalion"
 is the first book in the Curse of Chalion series by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Has a small touch of paranormal and dark magic and deities but the story comes through mortal eyes.

At times it reads like a mystery, a who-done-it, only there is no culprit because it's fantasy.  It starts interesting, turns boring, and becomes interesting again.  The main character is not handsome but likeable.  He's an old, honest solder.  You keep wanting things to turn out right for him but you are never sure they will.

I listened to this book on audio while playing online mmorpg's and other multitasking jobs at my PC.  I doubt I could have read this book.  Though not the plot's line, some of the book is spent at court going over politics.  Lois' wording becomes haughty to make court seem more courtly but politics bore me senseless.  It ties in to the story so you have to get through it with at least half a listen.  But once past the boring stuff the exciting stuff is tantalizing.

Rated 3. 

Link:  http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/b/lois-mcmaster-bujold/

"The Lost Gate" by Orson Scott Card


"The Lost Gate"
 is the first book in the 
Mithermages series by Orson Scott Card.  It is a wizard, fayish-Greek gods type fantasy.  By that I mean Orson is talking about "gods" yet these gods are living the lives of fay.  In my mind they were just fay.

I did not read this novel but listened to it via audio download from my library.  I think if I had read it I might have found it boring.  Listening was far more appealing.  

I'm not a pedifile, but have you ever fallen in love with a juvenile character in a novel?  I thought both Wad and Danny had the right stuff.  Though calling Danny a "man" of fiction might be pushing it.

I could see parts of this novel might be accused of being a repeat of previous themes; esp the young unloved boy discovers he's a mage.  I have not read enough fantasy to get burned out on any themes yet.  I personally loved this story because I loved the lead character!  I can really envision him growing into a suavy, handsome man.  In that context I stayed riveted.  My biggest complaint is that there is no sequel and it left on a to-be-continued sort of note.  It's depressing not to know what happens next.

Rating of 3.  I am more impressed with this book than what my rating allows.  The low rating is because it's a series with only one book in it.  Future novels could increase or decrease this rating based on how they add substance to the 1st book.

Link: http://s348070795.onlinehome.info/c/orson-scott-card/


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