05 August 2009

Soapbox Favourites (Part I)

Confession time! Last week, the lovely Kati of Katidom awarded me a Kreative Blogger Award - thank you Kati! - but I avoided listing my seven favourite things. Kati suggested that I list my favourite books...and that got me to thinking...what are my favourite books?

So, without further ado, here is a list (in no particular order) of my favourite books...well, not exactly - it's a list of the books that I get on my soapbox about and pimp to all and sundry (hence the title of the post *grin*).

* The Doctrine of Labyrinths (Sarah Monette). This is one of the best fantasy series I have ever read! I've already raved about reviewed the first two books - Melusine and The Virtu - and am currently reading (and loving) the third book - The Mirador! (And yes, I'm hoping to review that too.)

* The Last Herald Mage series (Mercedes Lackey). I fell in love with these books when I was a teenager and I love them still. They are books I read when I hit rock bottom.
* Psy-Changeling series (Nalini Singh). I don't think I can heap any more superlatives on to this series than have already been said. This is the series I use to tempt people into reading paranormal romance...

* Sebastian St Cyr series (CS Harris). I only discovered this series (and author) this year...it's Regency London with all the gritty, stark detail that is missing from the Regency romance novels I love.

* Silent series (Deanna Raybourn). The lovely CJ of The Thrillionth Page is currently reading the second book is this series - Silent in the Sanctuary. It's beautifully written and the characters leap off the page. And, for those of you who have read any of the books in the series, am I the only one wondering if Jack the Ripper will make even a small appearance?

So, what books do you get on your soap box about and love to pimp?

Oh, and for those of you wondering why this post is entitled Soapbox Favourites Part I, there will be a Part II...in which I'll be discussing the books I love to get on my soapbox and rant about...*grin*


  1. Great list, and great question!

    I'm so thrilled you've loved the Doctrine of Labyrinths so much! What a crazy complex world, and such compelling characters.

    Psy-Changeling is my favorite paranormal series, so I'm right there with you for that one, too! I just bought Silent on the Moor today (damn Harlequin summer sale! lol) and can't wait to catch up with that series.

    On your recommendation, I have What Angels Fear on my tbr shelf. Hopefully, I'll get to that really soon!

    I'd list (again) Sarah Monette's book with Elizabeth Bear, A Companion to Wolves as one of my choices. Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower would be another soapbox favorite for me.

  2. Oh! I can't leave Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas off my list, either! :-)

  3. The book I pimp the most is Cry No More by Linda Howard. I talk the book to everyone I can.

    Sweet Revenge by Nora Roberts (anything by her really!)
    In Death Series by JD Robb
    Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh
    Dirk and Steele series by Marjorie M. Liu
    Magnus Pack series and Pride Stories series by Shelly Laurenston
    Anything written by Josh Lanyon
    Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews.

    It seems like a lot...

  4. Thank you Renee! I have A Companion to Wolves on my TBR list and hope to get to it soon!

    And I'm really looking forward to hearing what you think of What Angels Fear :)

    I initially had Blue-Eyed Devil on the list, but then I realised that while it is a 'change how I see myself' book, it isn't actually one I pimp...weirdly :

  5. Great list Mariana! And I just love Cry No More. It's one of those books that really sticks with you...as does Diaz :)

    And I must try books by Shelly Laurenston and Josh Lanyon!

  6. Thanks orannia. Shelly Laurenston is a raunchy, fun ride. I got my [baby] brother to read her Magnus pack series... he was SHOCKED at what women write and read! She's a great pick me up.

    I started with Josh Lanyon's Adrien English series. This series is still unfolding, but his characters are great and I really want to know how the story arc ends... His other works are fantastic too. But his characters are what get me; love them.

  7. I am glad to hear you have come to love The Doctrine of Labyrinth series so much, as that is one of my soapbox favorites too. Like Renee, I also very much enjoyed A Companion to Wolves.

    Hmm, my main soapbox favorites are the series mentioned above and the Wraeththu books by Storm Constantine. But you probably already know that. ;) Some other pimp-worthy books: Transformation by Carol Berg, the Promethean Age series by Elizabeth Bear, and Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan series. Oh, and Gabriel's Ghost and Shades of Dark by Linnea Sinclair.

    The Silent series has me intrigued; I only heard of it recently and ever since then I keep hearing about it. I've also considered picking up the Psy-Changeling books, mostly because I haven't read any paranormal romance (unless you want to include scifi romance) and have considered trying it. I take it that's a good series to start with for paranormal romance newbies?

  8. A Companion of Wolves is definitely on my TBR list Kristen, as is Transformation and I'm definitely going to hunt down the first Wraeththu book :) Hmmm...both you and Kris keep managing to exponetially expand my TBR list!

    I haven't read Lois McMaster Bujold but I have a friend who is a fan :)

    I definitely think Nalini Singh is a great introduction to paranormal romance! And her books just keep getting better. Hmm...she has also written Angels' Blood, which I think The Book Smugglers classified as romantic urban fantasy (but don't quote me on that :) I'd better check...

  9. Mariana - I've had Josh Lanyon on my radar, but I've only purchased one of his books to date - Mexican Heat. Have heard lots about Adrian English so will investigate further :)

  10. Orannia - I actually had Angel's Blood on my wish list since it was supposed to be more urban fantasy than paranormal romance but I'm starting to think the Psy-Changeling series sounds more interesting.

  11. orannia: Mexican Heat is great, but more of a departure for JL. Much more erotic. (::fans self:: great stuff! :-P ) I'm sure this is due in part to his co-writer, Laura Baumbach.
    His Adrien English series is much more emblematic of his style, imo. Very much mystery and a relationship that builds over the course of the series. I LOVE Adrien! I highly recommend reading at least the first 2 back to back (they actually can be bought together.)

  12. You know I got Melusine just because you rave about it so much. :) I think the books I pimp out the most are the Vampire Diaries. I read them in my teens and I love LJ Smith's books in general so much that just want everyone to read them and love them, too.

  13. Orannia, Mexican Heat is GREAT! Can't wait for the next installment. His characters get me every time; love them. Ditto what Renee said about the AE series.

    If you like m/m, check out James Buchanan as well: Hard Fall, Cheating Chance and Inland Empire especially.

  14. Kristen - I prefer the Psy-Changeling series, but Elena (from Angels' Blood) is a kick-a*s heroine and I have a few issues with those. Decision, decisions :)

    Thank you Renee! I'm rather ashamed that I
    haven't read Mexican Heat yet. I think I'm going to cave and buy the first Adrian English books - they just sound fantastic!

    Thank you Mariana. And yes, I do like m/m :) I have Hard Fall as an eBook - will look up the others. Thank you :)

    You know I got Melusine just because you rave about it so much. :)

    Thank you heidenkind! And guess that proves I really do get on my soapbox about it - LOL! I can't wait to see what you think of it!

  15. Great lists. You guys are so bad for the wallet *scribbles wildly in tbb for when there's book money* Good thing a lot of those already reside in the TBR somewhere (if I could only remember were I put them all as they are no longer on bookcases).

    1. Sarah Monette: still need to buy
    2. Last Herald-Mage: Love it. My second fav by her is By the Sword. I think I must have every Valdemar book ever written. *happy sigh*
    3. Nalini Singh is a goddess so enough said.
    4. Got Where Serpents Sleep at RWA so that'll do for trying CS Harris
    5. Silent on the Moor also obtained at RWA. *g*

    What would I add?
    * Fantasy: Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry trilogy. Just about everyone's read LOTR so this my 2nd favorite.
    * Urban Fantasy: Toss up between SJ Day's Marked and Marjorie M. Liu's Hunter Kiss
    * Romance: there just too many to choose from. The old school stuff - Ransom by Julie Garwood. Contemporary - Julie James. FairyTale Romance - CL Wilson (I heart Rain ^_^)
    * SciFi: Pegasus in Flight by Anne McCaffrey
    * Horror: The Stand by Stephen King (the guy is really creepy. How does he sleep at night?)
    * The Classics: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

    *getting off soapbox* Does that add enough to your tbr/tbb/check out of library (that last ones for you O)?

  16. PS~I gave you an award on my blog: http://heidenkind.blogspot.com/2009/08/awards-spreading-love.html

  17. Hi,
    Came here to ref: Broken Wing, but - Sarah Monette! I KNOW! I stumbled upon the series through a Goodreads rec and am enthralled with this series and author! I recently finished Book 3, and even though it was my least favorite so far (due to all staying in one setting and the amount of machinations involved - not to mention that my beloved Mildmay gets royally shortchanged yet again) but I can see how the things that happened in this book had to as setup for the next. I also just finished the novell a in antho 'Queen of Winter'. Of course the Monette story was my favorite one.

  18. ... Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry trilogy.

    I just love the Fionavar Tapestry Aymless! Fantastic series!

    Thank you heidenkind! That's very sweet!

    HI M! *waves* I finished the third book (The Mirador) last night and will be attempting to write a review over the next few days! I have to say, I loved the machinations. And I agree with you on Mildmady. Not sure when I'm going to start Corambis. I want to read it but...I don't want the story to end!