Well…nothing like a humongous gap (couple of years?) between parts.
6. Serrano Legacy – Elizabeth Moon
Nothing like a little (7 massive books) bit of political/military Space Opera to get you going of a morning.
A really great series, though admittedly the first book delves into Hunting which I have absolutely no truck with at all and made me leave the series for a couple of years before I decided to finally pick up the second book and give it another go. Of course after that point I cracked on and read all of them in a week or two. And that was that. Sold!
Trying to get hold of the fourth book was a surprisingly difficult task, not to mention increasingly vexing. But once that little hiccup was solved, plain sailing.
The series is kind of split in to two parts, splitting between Heris Serrano being the lead in the first three, Esmay Suiza in the second with the fourth book as a jumping off point for the switch in character leadership. Initially I wasn’t so sure about the switch, but honestly it works really well. Heris’s story has kind of played out (not entirely) and the rejuvenation by a younger new character injects the series with some great forward momentum and allows audience and author to remain within the same world building which was definitely not over and done with.
In fact, at time of writing I am part way through a re-read of the second book. (I just finished Moon’s other Space Opera series the Vatta Quintet, which was also marvellous – finished it in a little over a week).
7. Old Kingdom Trilogy – Garth Nix
I love this series! I’ve re-read it several times and I will likely do so again. I am picky about my Sci-Fi and my Fantasy reading choices. I admit it, but this series ticks all my boxes. Nerdy Librarian, loner with a magically created ‘Dog’ companion? I’m all over it.
Lirael is one of my favourite characters in fiction, ever! As is the Disreputable Dog.
The books have magic, librarians, Paperwings…so many things.
8. Becoming Bobbie – RJ Stevens
I’ve read this book a couple of times already. The first time I was intrigued though slightly suspicious based on other queer books I’d read leading up to finding a copy of this one. Totally unwarranted. A brilliant book that I have passed on to others, one of whom bought her own copy. She reads a lot, but doesn’t own physical copies of any but the most meaningful and important to her.
9. Star Trek Corps of Engineers – Various
A large, sprawling series in a similar vein to the others in the Star Trek franchise. Despite the layout of collated (sequential) short stories, I find it hard to just read one. The character development is as intriguing as the stories themselves.
So, I feel the need to set aside some time to reread the WHOLE series and not just dip in and out.
10. The Little Dog Laughed – Douglas Carter Beane
I saw this at the theatre in London on a whim. I passed the Theatre, saw what was on, who was in it and decided that if they had any tickets left I’d go see it, and no worries if not.
Bloody brilliant. Extremely funny and well performed. Bought a copy of the play at Foyles and went from there.
NB: I feel like this didn’t end up where I originally intended it to. I guess I can blame the long hiatus between posts. (ie I totally forgot I’d posted any such thing in the first place)