It’s been a while

I know, I know. I’ve been a very bad man about posting to my blog.  I have reasonable excuses for it, one of which being switching hosts (as you can see from the shiny new URL).  Please, let me be the first to welcome you to seth-swanson.com.  I’ll explain the reasons for my move in a later post.  Today, I’m posting with a purpose: that of revealing a book that I could read over and over and over … or books … pursuant of the #wanaFriday Twitter tag.

I know this will come as a shock to those who know me, but I’m not an overly complicated man.  I generally don’t read to better myself as a person, or to gain “culture”.  I enjoy me a bit of Shakespeare, but beyond that I give most literature a skip.  I’m sure its great and everything, but most of the “greats” have a decided lack of magic, monsters, swords or Jedi’s.  I’m ADHD, you have to keep me engaged in the book with the use of an array of shiny objects. Which brings us to my first book that I can happily continue reading forever:

I, Jedi by Michael A. Stackpole
I’ve loved the whole X-Wing series since I was in high school.  I know that its pulp fiction, but the first four books of that series are great.  I, Jedi is even better though.  As should be obvious, there’s Jedi, which also means there’s lightsabers and the Force.  Not enough?  How about a Jedi private investigator?  Still not enough?  Add in some space battles, a few clandestine operations and a great story.  I, Jedi is by far my favorite novel in the Star Wars: Expanded Universe and Stackpole is my favorite author who writes in it.  If you were ever curious about fighter ace Wedge Antilles, the X-Wing series fleshes him out nicely.  Corran Horn is also one of my favorite characters within that universe.  I spent years reading Star Wars books just looking for references to him and his distinct abilities.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Its about a city of magic zombies.  If you need more than that, we can’t be friends any more.  Brandon Sanderson is my absolute favorite author and anything he writes deserves to be on this list, but Elantris was the first book of his that I read.  If you aren’t familiar with him, then check out something of his.  He’s pretty well known by now for making completely unique and interesting magic systems.  I specifically like the symbol based Aon magic in Elantris, but I also love the metal based magics from the Mistborn series.

Monster Hunter Intl. by Larry Correia
Monster Hunter Intl. (Hereafter MHI) is pretty much a summer action blockbuster in book form.  Monsters, guns, government conspiracies, an impending world ending disaster, werewolves, vampires and one-liners.  I could read this whole series over and over again whenever I just want to read about stuff being blown up in creative ways.  Its just good fun.

So, there’s a peak into my mind.  I’m not going to win any prizes for the width and breadth of my reading, nor my tastes, but there you have it.  I also prefer cider to beer.  I’m a heathen and I know it.  Good thing it doesn’t bother me.

Come back a bit later for news on WordKeeper (my tool to help authors set and keep their word goals) and big news on Impervious!  For now, I’m off to Kansas City for the weekend with my lovely wife to celebrate our first anniversary!  Out.

Updated with links to other participants:

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  • Those all sound like fun books. I really must give Brandon Sanderson a go. For a fantasy reader, I seem to have skipped the past decade of new epic fantasy… not sure how it happened. I have a lot of catching up to do!

    Great to have you onboard with WANAFriday.

    • Thanks! It’s fun to be on board! I love interacting with other readers and writers. 🙂

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  • Kate Swanson

    Where in your list is Lord of the Rings?

    • I can’t argue that LoTR is an absolute classic and provides the foundation for all modern fantasy. That being said…Tolkien is really, really wordy. LoTR is more a “once a decade” thing.

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  • I’m with Ellen there’s some fun in your selection. I know I stopped reading epic fantasy when I could only ever get book 2 or 3 off the shelves. Ebooks solve that problem.

    • Epic fantasy has always been my favorite genre. The scale of the conflicts, the magic and the fights. When I read it always looks so awesome in my mind. Sanderson is REALLY good at Epic.

      • Then I must finally give him a go? Where should I start do you think?

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  • I loved your comment about liking to read, “stuff being blown up in creative ways.” That’s funny. I think you should use that as your log line.

  • Thanks for participating, Seth! I’m psyched to see a Brandon Sanderson book on your list. 😀

    • I couldn’t leave him off! Brandon Sanderson is, pretty much, my hero. Thanks for letting me participate. I have to bring this stupid blog back to life.