YOU’RE WELCOME. 5 BINGE-READING WORTHY SERIES

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It’s Friday afternoon, management told everyone to talk a halfday because the universe took a sudden liking to you. Traffic is light on the way home, every green light caught; everyone you know is off doing something for the weekend; your calendar is as empty as the pie plates at The Golden Corral; and your bookshelf is proudly displaying wonderful works of fiction in all their glory. Or it’s reality and you’d rather read than talk to people.

Whatever the reason, these book series will keep you so entertained you’ll wish a weekend is a year longer than it is.

 

THE PARADOX TRILOGY

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What do you get when you combine Frank Castle, Black Widow, Jason Bourne, Joan of Arc, and Achilles? Answer: Devi Morris, the badass of all badasses.

The Paradox Trilogy follows the mercenary Devi Morris in a story with such tightly paced action you’ll give yourself papercuts flipping the pages as you follow her through a conspiracy, that if solved, could have horrific consequences for the human race.

This is action upon action set in a science fiction setting. Think: Expendables (if it were a good movie) + Star Wars.

 

THE FIRST LAW TRILOGY

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Welcome to grimdark fantasy, authored by none other than Lord Grimdark himself. Visceral style of storytelling that reimagines classic tropes, protagonists and antagonists who walk a moral gray line, bloody battles, raw animalistic magic, dead gods, a grim rather than romantic epic quest, and political backstabbing create a story that will go down in the annals as one of the finest fantasy series ever written.

At three books—hence, trilogy—if you start late afternoon on a Friday, you could finish Paradox and The First Law, and by saddened by how boring your life suddenly seems on Monday.

 

THE WHEEL OF TIME

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The genre of fantasy is known for epics, so much so that there are entire blog entries dedicated to finding those fantasy books that happen to be standalone or not epic. And when it comes to epic people may automatically think of J.R.R. Tolkien and his Lord of the Rings, but it’s Robert Jordan’s successful The Wheel of Time that set has set the bar for what an epic fantasy series can be.

Wondering how that can be since LoTR is so well known, the movies so popular? Take a gander at these statistics:

10,188 pages. 1,379 POVs. 147 unique POVs. 23 nations.

The Wheel of Time is so epic, it redifines the the very word; and while a few of the books may seem like fluff, there just to make Tor Books and Jordan more money, the payout comes in the form of a jackpot with the last book, Memory of Light. The finale to the greatest epic fantasy ever written is so great, you better talk a month off when you begin on Eye of the World, to finish this classic struggle of good versus evil.

 

REVELATION SPACE

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The Revelation Space books are not a series in the classic definition, but rather five books set in a shared universe. STOP! Don’t skip to the next series to binge on, now that you know this isn’t a series like a TV show. To do so would have catastrophic consequences to your imagination, as the books set in the Revelation Space universe are so amazing that they are the gold standard for hard sci-fi space opera.

What’s that? You don’t like hard sci-fi? I hear you, I’m not a big fan of the genre either. But the Revelation Space books are so marvelously written, to read them and not be entertained is all but an impossibility.

 

FIREFALL

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Ahh the challenge of reading. For many, if they are told a storyline is so original it doesn’t follow normal tropes, and ideas are so…different the entire series reads like a piece of experimental fiction, those many would shake their heads and move on.

To do so with Blindsight and Echopraxia—books of Firefall—would be a disservice to your brain.

Yes, Blindsight has botany terminology that is difficult to wrap your head around and sometimes requires the use of a dictionary. True, Echopraxia has a plot arc that is, at best, challenging to wrap your mind around. However, the writing, plotting, pace, and original story are so wonderfully produced that very few authors alive—or dead—can match the superb results Peter Watts has achieved.

 

 

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A horror filled science fiction space romp – Death Troopers – a Star Wars novel

I bought a Star Wars t-shirt from Target the other week, first Star Wars t-shirt ever. I finally decided to embrace the geek I am and wear the title with pride. It’s an awesome shirt. It’s blue with an AT-AT on it, showing what look like the schematics of it. Fantastic shirt and it fits great. Good on ya Target. When I got home, after buying it, I decided to go on Goodreads and ask the group I’m most active in about some recs on Star Wars books.

I’ve always stayed away from movie tie-in books. The books are using a movie as cannon fodder so they can’t be great, or so my thinking went. I suppose I overlooked that Star Wars began life as a comic book.

Death Troopers was at the top of the list of recs. Multiple people said, “read it”. A few days later, I went to the library and checked out the book. I use my library as a test bed for which books I will ultimately buy. I’ve checked out quite a few I haven’t liked, never finished, thereby saving myself a lot of money.

Death Troopers is a book I’m going to buy, eventually, to grace my bookshelf. It’s a book I’ll read more than once. It’s really good. The story is great. The twist on the zombie theme is well done. The undead are never called zombies in the book, but when you make undead that eat people, you’ve made a zombie. There is a fantastic duo in the book, one I didn’t think would be in it. I won’t give away who they are in case you haven’t read the book.

The writing is great, moves along at a click and never gets bogged down by description. The description that is in the book is top notch, I could see the Star Destroyer in my mind and everything that was going on. And the ending…Wonderful. It’s not a ‘dance and act like nothing happened’ ending. It’s the kind of ending I enjoy.

I definitely recommend the book, even if you are like me before this book; adamant about never reading a Star Wars novel. It’s just a great sci-fi book. The twist on zombies is what keeps it at the great level, doesn’t allow it to slip down into the nether regions of the pit of sci-fi.

Go out and get Death Troopers. If you’re a sci-fi fan, you’ll thank me once you’re done reading it.

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Don’t forget to pick up a copy of ANDROID HUNTERS, the first book in the epic space opera THE CORLI SAGA. Then, love it or hate it, leave a review.
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