This top 10 weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and can be found HERE. Each week they focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading.
I have never participated in one of these but I guess there is a first for everything and I liked the topic for the week. Plus, I can’t really post any of my reviews that are written because they are too far from release dates. So…
Living Gods (American Gods, The Godless, The Hundred Thoustand Kingdoms) – Anyone who knows me knows I love them. I love deities with unfathomable power roaming the landscape and screwing with the mortals below them. I love it when there is something in a book that can be a true force of change. An aspect that can not just move the pieces around the game board but completely change what game is being played. Yes I love living gods, perhaps almost as much as I like…
Dead Gods (City of Stairs, The Grim Company, Three Parts Dead) – These can be even better than living gods for stories! They may provide wells of power for mortals to use, or a power vacuum for someone else to assend to. Hell, perhaps they will come back to life and then I get the best of all worlds. There is no end of possibilites when it comes to books with dead gods.
Couples That Are Together From Start to End ( Vorkosigan)- Yes, the CTATFSE stories seem to be hard to come by. I don’t always want to read about someone pining over their one true love all the time. I certainly don’t want to read about someone reluctantly leaving their spouse. Why can’t we see couple who are already happily married then stay that way and go off on glorious adventures together? Perhaps this is just the result of ten years of marriage rubbing off on my reading tastes.
Space Marines (Fortune’s Pawn, Starship Troopers, Warhammer 40k) – I LOVE SPACE MARINES. I love people in super powered armor blowing the hell out of threats, big and small. If said Space Marines fall to the inevitable force of chaos, so much the better.
Dragons (Dealing with Dragons, Men at Arms, Moth and Spark)– So what if they are in every other fantasy book already. I will always accept more of them. I like them intelligent, beastly, small and prone to explosions, majestic and hoarding gold. I even like it when the Princess decides to stay with them instead of going off with the Prince.
Diversity of any kind (Anything outside of a readers normal reads)– If you know me you know this one goes without saying. I want more diversity in my characters and from my authors. This isn’t a PC thing, this is common sense. The more points of view there are to choose from the more good books I am going to read.
Parrots (Was there one in Treasure Island?)– Why the hell not? My parrot is looking at me and I was having a hard time getting this list to ten. So, give me a good book with a parrot in it. Please.
Platonic Friendships (There has to be at least one…) – My longest running friendship is with a woman I met 15 years ago. Why is it that seeing a man and woman on page together automatically means they will either be hooking up or having at least one of the party make the attempt? Let us get some friendships that have absolutely no romantic sub-tense to them.
Middle Aged Protagonists (Paladin of Souls, ???)– And not ones that have superhuman strength still. I want people who may be past their prime but are mentally as sharp as ever. Paladin of Souls is one of the best books I have ever read so I KNOW this can be done.
Inevitable Falls to Chaos (When the Heaven’s Fall, Ravenor) – I love a slow downward spiral with no chance of redemption. Or power that starts corrupting and doesn’t stop. And, occasionally, a hoard of cultists attacking space marines… All these wishes can be intertwined in one large book for all I care.