Sunday, January 22, 2012

Military/Historical Fiction/Non-Fiction List for 2012

Several series of books that I would like to finish or make progress on this year, including Patrick O'Brian's terrific series, Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe's Rifles (probably won't finish, too many left in the series), and maybe even Winston Churchill's History of World War II.
  1. The Thirteen Gun Salute; Patrick O'Brian
  2. The Nutmeg of Consolation; Patrick O'Brian
  3. The Truelove; Patrick O'Brian
  4. The Wine-Dark Sea
  5. The Commodore
  6. The Yellow Admiral
  7. The Hundred Days
  8. Blue at the Mizzen
  9. Sharpe's Eagle; Bernard Cornwell
  10. Sharpe's Gold
  11. Sharpe's Battle
  12. Sharpe's Company
  13. Black Out; John Lawton
  14. Second Violin; John Lawton
  15. Six Frigates; Ian Toll
  16. Pacific Crucible: War at Sea 1941-45; Ian Toll
  17. Their Finest Hour; Winston Churchill
  18. The Grand Alliance; Winston Churchill
  19. The Landmark Herodotus
  20. Ship of the Line; C.S. Forester
  21. Flying Colours; C.S. Forester
  22. Shoulder the Sky; Anne Perry
  23. No Angels in the Gloom; Anne Perry
  24. At Some Disputed Barricade; Anne Perry
  25. We Shall Not Sleep; Anne Perry
  26. Operations in North African Waters: October 1942-June 1943; Samuel Eliot Morison
  27. The Rising Sun in the Pacific: 1931 - April 1942; Samuel Eliot Morison

Monday, January 16, 2012

Category 3: Military..err.. Historical... Fiction

Is Military Fiction a genre unto itself, or is it simply a subset of Historical Fiction set during a time of war or conflict? There are certain books/series of books that I wouldn't necessarily consider to be "historical" fiction, i.e. The Brotherhood of War (and all of his other) series by W.E.B. Griffin; but are certainly "military" in nature...

Whatever... I know what I like when it comes to historical fiction, and if it involves the military or if its set during war or conflict, I'm probably going to like it!

Herman Wouk was probably my first exposure to this genre with his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Caine Mutiny and his World War II classic The Winds of War/War and Remembrance.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Fantasy List for 2012

This is a list of potential stories to read to fulfill my fantasy category challenge. I may add or subtract or change as the year progresses...

  1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  3. Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
  4. Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll's House by Neil Gaiman
  5. Sweet Silver Blues by Glen Cook
  6. Bitter Gold Hearts by Glen Cook
  7. Cold Copper Tears by Glen Cook
  8. Old Tin Sorrows by Glen Cook
  9. Hammered by Kevin Hearne
  10. The Warded Man by Peter Brett
  11. The Desert Spear by Peter Brett
  12. The Daylight War by Peter Brett
  13. Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding
  14. The Black Lung Captain by Chris Wooding
  15. Iron Jackal by Chris Wooding
  16. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  17. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
  18. The Very Best of Charles de Lint
  19. The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
  20. The Waste Lands by Stephen King
  21. Wizard and Glass by Stephen King
  22. Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
  23. Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb
  24. Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
  25. Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson
  26. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
  27. The Green Man: Tales From the Mythic Forest ed. Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
  28. The Faery Reel ed. Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
  29. The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
  30. Shadow's Edge by Brent Weeks
  31. Beyond the Shadows by Brent Weeks
  32. Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede
  33. Across the Great Barrier by Patricia C. Wrede
  34. The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney
  35. The Last Apprentice: Curse of the Bane by Joseph Delaney
  36. A Fistful of Sky by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  37. Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy
  38. The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle