FOR MOONLIGHT READER - Who May Regret This

This is a list of books that I particularly enjoyed, spent a lot of time with, learned something new or were just well written. 

 I'm just hope Moonlight doesn't send the internet gremlins to interfer with my computer.  ;)

 

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BOOKS I GREW UP WITH

 

Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley Holland

Der Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffman

Max und Moritz by Wilhelm Busch

The Three Investigators

Brother's Grimm Fairy Tales

  

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FICTION

Janny Wurts - .  Cycle of Fire trilogy,  Master of Whitestorm, Wars of Light and Shadow.

Everything this woman writes is amazing.  Her style, her use of the English language, her world building, the depth of characters.

 

Sydney J Van Scyoc - Drowntide

The best and still most original "mermaid" novel I've ever read. 

 

Girl of the Sea of Cortez by Peter Benchley

Poignant environmental and family story, the author's love letter to the sea.

 

Firebrand - Marion Zimmer Bradley

My first introduction to the Trojan War.  My mother had no idea what she bought for me.  She thought it was a tame kiddies book.  This is what happens when adults think books with elves, dragons and generic fantasy covers are children's books.

 

C.J. Cherryh - The Chronicles of Morgaine

Mix of SF and Fantasy, family drama and relationship issues.  Brilliantly written.

 

Yarrow - Charles de Lint

Fantasy/horror novel

 

David Eddings - The Losers

Not fantasy, but something of a social commentary

 

David Eddings - The Elenium

For the humour and character dynamics and interactions and Sparhawk.

 

Raymond E. Feist - Faerie Tale

My first urban fantasy.  And it has neither fluffy werewolves or sparkling vampires or cute faeries

 

Raymond E. Feist – The Magician and Silverthorn

Rich characters and world building.

 

Elf Defense - Esther M Friesner

Funny.  Lawyer vs Elf King.  I still wish my copy didn't look like the previous owner dropped it in the bath and then spilt tea over it, but I can't find another copy.

 

Mary Gentle - Golden Witchbreed

It took me a while to get into this book, but it turned out to be very different to anything else I had read at the time.

 

Mercedes Lackey - Four and Twenty Blackbirds

A murder mystery with strange not always human characters and a bit of magic.  This is the way I like my mysteries.

 

Mercedes Lackey - By The Sword

First book that I read by this author.  I hunted down other books by her and let’s just say they were educational.  I didn't know same-sex pairings were even an option before reading her stuff.

 

Havenstar - Glenda Larke/Normaly

Original

 

Megan Lindholm - Wizard of the Pigeons and Clovenhooves

 

Thomas Malory - Le Morte D'Arthur

I went through a King Arthur phase

 

Anne McCaffrey - Diversity of Dragons. 

McCaffrey novels might be entertaining but I loved this one because John Howe painted all those delightful dragons.

 

Tolkien - Lord of the Rings and Unfinished Tales

I have an obsession with this book/author.

 

Dennis L McKiernan - Dragondoom and Eye of the Hunter

Emotional – I cried oceans.

 

Patricia A McKilliip - Middle Master's Trilogy.

Everything she writes is beautiful.

 

Peter Morwood - Tales of Old Russia Trilogy, especially Prince Ivan

Russian fairy tales. how could one not love these!?

 

Andre Norton - Flight in Yiktor

Delightful worldbuilding and fully-fledged, growing characters.  I eventually tracked down the rest of the books in this series a few years ago.

 

Terry Pratchett - Guards! Guards!

Because...Vimes  and the humour

 

Byron Preiss - Dragonworld

Original and it had dragons.  I went through a stage where I read everything that had dragons in it or on the cover, no matter how bad it was.  This was a pretty good book.

 

Melanie Rawn - Dragon Prince Trilogy

Politics, a novel magic system and delightful world building

 

 Josepha Sherman - The Shining Falcon

Russian fairy tale and beautiful writing.

 

Dracula - Bram Stoker

One of the few horror novels I've read.  I loved this.

 

Sherri S. Tepper - Beauty, also Gibbons Decline and Fall , also The Family Tree

Food for thought, good writing.

 

Margaret Weiss and Tracey Hickman - Rose of the Prophet Trilogy

Underrated, humorous characters and poignant.  Probably their best work.

 

Kim Wilkins - Giants of the Frost

Norse mythology-based novel

 

Walter Jon Williams - Knight Moves

Aliens and genetically engineered centaurs.  My type of fantasy novel.

 

Connie Willis - Passage, Doomsday Book

Interesting concept, great writing (despite the problems)

 

Beowulf:  A Dual-Language Edition – Howell D. Chickering

Bulfinches Mythology - Thomas Bulfinch

 

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Murderbot Diaries – Martha Wells

 

Jim Butcher – Dresden Files

 

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

 

Garden Spells – Sarah Addison Allen

 

Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian

 

Revolting Rhymes Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

 

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HISTORY BOOKS

 

 All are well written, taught me something I didn't know and stuck with me:

 

 

Medusa by Stephen R. Wilk

 

Christopher I. Beckwith - Empires of the Silk Road

 

Roger Crowley - Constantinople:  The Last Great Siege, 1453

 

Barry Cunliffe - Extraordinary Voyage of Pytheas the Greek

 

Vanished Kingdoms:  The History of Half-Forgotten Europe - Norman Davies

 

Dracula, Prince of Many Faces:  His Life and His Times by Radu Florescu

 

Mozart's Women:  His Family, His Friends, His Music by Jane Glover

 

Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C.:  A Historyical Biography by Peter Green

 

Carnage and Culture:  Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power by Victor Davis Hanson

 

Empires and Barbarians:  Migration, Development and the Birth of Europe by Peter Heather

 

Byzantium:  The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire by Judith Herrin

 

A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons by Geoffrey Hindley

 

Persian Fire:  The First World Empire and the Battle for the West by Tom Holland

 

Hellen of Troy:  The Story Behind the Most Beauriful Woman in the World - Bettany Hughes

 

The Great Mortality:  An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time by John Kelly

 

Banana:  The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World - Dan Keoppel

 

The Tradition of Household Spirits:  Ancestral Lore and Practices - Claude Lecouteux

 

Tarim Mummies:  ancient China and the mystery of the Earliest Peoples from the West by J. P Mallory

 

Gutenberg Revolution:  How Printing Changed the Course of History - John Man

 

Amazons:  Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World - Adrienne Mayor

 

Poison King:  The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy - Adrienne Mayor

 

Carthage Must Be Destroyed:  The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilizations by Richard Miles

 

White Gold:  The Extraordinary Story of Thomas Pellow and North Africa's One Million European Slaves - Giles Milton

 

Europe Before Rome:  A Site-by-Site Tour of the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages by Douglas T. Price

 

Untold History of the Potato - John Reader

 

In Search of Immortals:  Discovering the World's Mummy Cultures - Howard Reid

 

The Celts - Alice Roberts

 

Food in History - Reay Tannahill

 

Before the Flood:  The Biblical Flood as a Real Event and How It Changed the Course of Civilizations - Ian Wilson

NOT a religious book, but about archaeology and the Black Sea.

 

Invention of Nature - Andrea Wulf

 

Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny by Edward J. Watts

 

Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King

 

Stradivari's Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection by Toby Faber

 

Wonders of the Ancient World: Antiquity's Greatest Feats of Design and Engineering by Justin Pollard

 

Witness to Extinction: How We Failed to Save the Yangtze River Dolphin by Samuel T. Turvey

 

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SCIENCE BOOKS

 

The Spark of Life by Frances Ashcroft

 

Earth Matters:  How Soil Underlies Civilization - Richard D. Bardgett

 

Emerald Planet:  How Plants changed Earth's History - David Beerling

 

When Life Nearly Died:  The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time - Michael J. Benton

 

Sun's Heartbeat:  And Other Stories from the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet - Bob Berman

 

Excitotoxins:  The Taste that Kills - Russell L.  Blaylock

 

Nessa Carey - Epigenetics Revolution:  How Modern Biology Is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease and Inheritance

 

Our Stolen Future:  Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence and Survival?  A Scientific Detective story - Dianne Dumanoski et al.

 

Storm in a Teacup:  The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski

 

Gecko's Foot:  How Scientists are Taking a Leaf from Nature's Book by Peter Forbes

 

Horseshoe Crab:  Biography of a Survivor - Anthony D. Fredericks

 

March of the Microbes:  Sighting the Unseen by John L Ingraham

 

Nick Lane - Power, Sex, Suicide:  Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life

 

Dirt:  The Erosion of Civilizations by David R. Montgomery

 

A History of Disease in Ancient Times:  More Lethal than War - Philip Norrie

 

David Quammen - Song of the Dodo:  Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinction & Spillover:  Emerging Diseases, Animal hosts, and the Future of Human Health

 

Alice Roberts - The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being:  Evolution and the Making of Us

 

Poseidon's Steed:  The Story of Seahorses, From Myth to Reality - Helen Scales

 

Planet of the Bugs:  Evolution and the Rise of Insects - Scott Richard Shaw

 

Where the Wild Things Were:  Life, Death, and Ecological Wrechage in a Land of Vanishing Predators by William Stolzenburg

 

Why We Sleep:  The New Science of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

 

The Worst of Times:  how Life on Earth Survived Eighty Million Years of Extinctions by Paul B. Wignall

 

Restless Creatures:  The Story of Life in Ten Movements by Matt Wilkinson

 

I Contain Multitudes:  The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life - EdJ Yong

 

Goldilocks Planet:  The Four Billion Year Story of Earth's Climate by Jan Zalasiewicz

 

Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity by Jamie Metzl

 

The Fall of the Wild: Extinction, De-Extinction, and the Ethics of Conservation by Ben A. Minteer

 

A Portable Cosmos: Revealing the Antikythera Mechanism, Scientific Wonder of the Ancient World by Alexander Jones

 

Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-extinction and the Precarious Future of Wild Things by M.R. O'Connor

 

Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth's Last Dinosaur by Carl Safina

 

Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World by Richard C. Francis

 

 

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OTHER

 

 How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. Adler, & Charles Van Doren

 

Joseph Davidovits - Why the Pharaohs Built the Pyramids with Fake Stones

Yes, I read these kinds of books.  But this is written by a scientist who is an expert on cement and geopolymers and there is nothing woo-woo about this book.  It makes you think.

 

Christopher Dunn - Giza Power Plant:  Technologies of Ancient Egypt. 

Another thinking book by an engineer.

 

Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes:  Flood, Fire and Famine in the History of Civilization - Richard Firestone et al

Earth Under Fire:  Humanity's Survival of the Ice Age - Paul A. LaViolette

Voices of the Rocks:  A Scientist Looks at Catastrophes and Ancient Civilizations - Robert M. Schoch

Interesting, informative and provides new information on ancient civilizations.

 

Knowledge:  How to Rebuild Our World After An Apocalypse - Lewis Dartnell

 

RHS Propagating Plants - Alan Toogood