Good Reads

This page is where I’ll share some of the books that I’ve read and enjoyed. There is a LOT of free reading matter on the web. I’ll link to some of it below.


Mercy Thompson

Recently, I’ve been sucked into another really good series of werewolf stories.

Patricia Briggs is the author of a memorable series of stories about Mercy Thompson, a shapeshifting VW mechanic that tries to keep a low profile and yet is constantly sucked into desperate situations. If you have read and enjoyed the Kim Harrison ‘Hollows’ books, then these should be right up your alley as well.

  • Moon Called
  • Blood Bound
  • Iron Kissed

Kitty the Werewolf

Carrie Vaughn has created a lovely set of urban fantasy novels that have been termed ‘chic lit’. They tell of the adventures of a late-night radio DJ that is a werewolf.

  • Kitty and the Midnight Hour
  • Kitty Goes to Washington
  • Kitty Takes a Holiday
  • Kitty and the Silver Bullet

If you run into these paperbacks, I highly recommend them as a fun read.


The Hollows

I just realized I have neglected to list Kim Harrison’s great reads here. Her novels are focused on a witch trying to live among vamps, weres, fairies and pixies. It is fast-moving and a wonderfully deep world with memorable characters.

  • Dead Witch Walking
  • The Good, the Bad and the Undead
  • Every Which Way but Dead
  • A Fistful of Charms
  • For a Few Demons More
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

Southern Vamp

Sookie Stackhouse is our heroine’s name and she’s a telepathic waitress in a backwoods tavern in Louisiana.

In her world, Vampires move freely among mortals by drinking a Japanese artificial blood. It is both scary, exciting and extremely funny. I highly recommend the books.

  • Dead Until Dark
  • Living Dead in Dallas
  • Club Dead
  • Dead to the World
  • Dead as a Doornail
  • Definitely Dead

Not only is this series a great read, but it is currently in production by HBO for a series to be called “True Blood”.

You can read more about it on Charlaine Harris’ blog.

Blood Ties

Tanya Huff has written a really good series about a 450 year old Canadian vampire, a strong female, half-blind private detective and her a police detective who was her ex-partner. The novels have very successfully been brought to TV this past spring on the Lifetime Network. The books in the series are:

The Blood Books, Volume One

The series that inspired “Blood Ties.” Vicki, a P.I, partners with a vampire and her ex to solve supernatural crimes.

The Blood Books, Volume Two

The unlikely trio partners up again. Henry is in danger and Vicki’s mother may have been the victim of a madman.

The Blood Books, Volume Three

Breaking the vampire’s code may cost Henry his immortality. Plus: Read an exclusive short story featuring Vicki and Henry.


Nobody does Space Opera better than Baen Books. Not only can you purchase great SciFi and Fantasy novels through their webpage, but they also have a monthly ‘webscription’ offer that gets you several new novels each month as well as Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs).

The Baen Free Library has more than 200 free for the download novels by major authors. In particular, I would suggest these fine novels:

The Apocalypse Troll

by David Weber

There he was in his sailboat in the middle of the Atlantic, all alone and loving it. Well, there was a US Navy carrier group on his southern horizon, but he was a Navy guy himself, so he didn’t mind. Then came the UFOs, hurtling in from the Outer Black to overfly the carriers at Mach 17. Their impossible aerobatics were bad enough—but then they started shooting at each other. And at the Navy. With nukes. Little ones at first, but winding up with a 500 megatonner at 90 miles that fried every piece of electronics within line-of-sight.

Richard Ashton thought he was just a ringside observer to these now over-the-horizon events. Until the crippled alien lifeboat came drifting down and homed in on his sailboat; suddenly he has his hands full of an unconscious, critically wounded and impossibly human alien warrior who also happens to be a gorgeous female.

That’s when things got interesting.

Fallen Angels

by Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven and Michael Flynn

Join # 1 national bestsellers Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle and Michael Flynn in a world where civilization is on the ropes, and the environmentalists have created their own worst nightmare: A world of Fallen Angels.


Bedlam Boyz

by Ellen Guon
When one of her friends is gunned down, Kayla uses her latent healing powers to heal her friend—and the gang member who shot him—and soon the city’s gangs are eager to use her powers for evil.


1421: The Year the Chinese Discovered America

by Gavin Menzies
If you’re a history buff, then you should enjoy this read. There is a LOT to think about in his works and I’m thinking some great story fodder. You can read a bit more about the ongoing investigations and see some great photos at his website.

I’ll add more recommended titles soon and hope you will support these authors by purchasing their other works. Don’t forget, your milage may vary!


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5 thoughts on “Good Reads

  1. The exact order of the Huff books is:
    Blood Price
    Blood Trail
    Blood Lines
    Blod Pact
    Blood Debt
    The short stories are set before, in between and after the novels.

  2. Thanks for the feedback, Anne! I believe you are listing the original novels. The two-novel Omnibus editions shown above are the only ones I’ve seen in stores, recently.
    What do you think of the Lifetime TV series?

  3. Hi Stan,
    The Blood Ties novels are being re-issued with TV tie-in covers, so you wil be able to get them separately again soon – but omnibus 3 is so far the only way I know of to get all the short stories in one volume. If you click my name, you’lll see all the covers for the Blood Ties novels I’ve been able to find, international ones included.

    I love Blood Ties, both the novels and the series – hence my website 😉

    I’m anxiously awaiting news of a second series of 22 episodes – *thumbs crossed*


  4. If you are interested in some post ideas, let me know.
    Not looking to “guest blog” or anything,
    just want to share some ideas.

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