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TOP TEN TUESDAY:  Books I Loved but Never Reviewed

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point, ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  

 

 

Since I started blogging in 2014 there is a huge amount of books I read, enjoyed but never had the chance to review, and I’m very happy of this Top Ten Tuesday prompt that will give me the opportunity of talking a little about them.

 

Of course the pride of place goes to J.R.R. Tolkien’s works, which I often mentioned but never examined in depth – and here is a thought for the future, when I might decide to finally write down my considerations, after a thorough reread of course. So, ladies and gentlemen, here are THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT, by JRR Tolkien

 

Another constant feature of my exchanges with fellow bloggers is of course DUNE, by Frank Herbert, that for me is the SF equivalent of Tolkien’s works as far as the impact on my imagination goes.

 

Moving to a different genre, there is THE DAY OF THE JACKAL, by Frederick Forsyth, one of my “blasts from the past, the high adrenaline story (probably fictional, but who knows?) of a skilled marksman and killer-for-hire whose target is nothing else but Charles de Gaulle. The man is a shadow, and as elusive as smoke, and the story of the hunt for this man is one of the best thrillers I ever read.

 

EYE OF THE NEEDLE, by Ken Follett is another novel that took my breath away: it follows a German spy working undercover in England during WWII and collecting information on the Allies’ defenses and troops deployment. He is called The Needle because of his penchant for a stiletto as a weapon of choice.  This novel is a successful blend of thriller and historical fiction, and a compulsive read as well.

 

THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins: I read this one on the recommendation of a friend and I enjoyed the dystopian setting as well as the main character, who shortly became a sort of template for many YA heroines – not always as successful in characterization as Katniss was.

 

HEROES DIE, by Matthew Woodring Stover is a very peculiar novel, because it starts as epic fantasy, following the adventures of Caine, the Blade of Tyshalle, a fearless hero, only to reveal at some point that the fantasy setting is an alternate world in which actors like Caine are sent to playact their exploits as a form of entertainment for the viewers of our modern world. It’s a weirdly hybrid premise, but it works very well…

 

WARCHILD, by Karin Lowachee is one of the most poignant stories I ever read: young Jos is enslaved by pirates who capture the ship he was traveling on, killing all the adults. To survive in such an abusive world he will have to go to horrible extremes and suffer the anguish of torn loyalties. A highly emotional story and one that literally tore at my soul.

 

Vampires are among my favorite supernatural creatures, and the main reason I’m so fascinated by them is that SALEM’S LOT, by Stephen King, is the first book I read focusing on them, and one I still consider a fundamental story in the genre. And that scene of the young, freshly turned boy, calling to his friend from beyond the window, is one that I will never forget.

 

CHASM CITY, by Alastair Reynolds, was my introduction to the author’s Revelation Space saga: it introduced me to his rich universe and to the horrifying concept fo the Melding Plague, a virus attacking nanotechnology and from there infecting the organic material in human bodies with implants. A city so ravaged by the Plague is the background for a nightmarish search for vengeance…

 

Are there some… unsung favorites in your bookcases?

26 thoughts on “TOP TEN TUESDAY:  Books I Loved but Never Reviewed

  1. Thank you for the warm welcome back! I haven’t read most of these, but there’s a bunch I recognize. I have also read The Hobbit which is an all time favorite but never reviewed it. I never made it all the way through TLoTR trilogy, only the first book and half of the second. Warchild is one of my group reads. And Ken Follett is also a favorite author for me though I have not read Eye of the Needle. Great list!

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  2. My list could have been very long, if I thought about all the books I’ve read before I started blogging. I’ve pretty much reviewed everything I’ve read in the past 9 years, though. You’ve definitely made me feel nostalgic with your list! Ken Follett and Frederick Forsyth! And Stephen King of course😀

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  3. Hobbit/LOTR and Dune were high school reads, genre foundations that I’ve never reviewed either. Ludlum is my Follett, thrillers I read the hell out of back in the day, but I’ve never reviewed one.

    Alastair Reynolds . . . I want to read, and have tried to get into a few books, but so far we haven’t clicked.

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    1. Reynolds is not an “easy” author, granted, and while Chasm City is self-contained and more easily approached, his Revelation Space trilogy requires far more… stamina and as so far defied any attempt at a re-read from me… 🙂

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  4. Wonderful list. I”ve read a few of these and like the comment above, I could probably come up with a very long list of unreviewed books pre blog. It might be interesting to go back and see if I could come up with an overall ‘feel’ of the book without doing a reread.
    Lynn 😀

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  5. Anathem, by Stephenson. Excession by Banks – although I’m not 100% sure that would survive a reread. Dune 4-5-6. I’m in the middle of reviewing my reread of Dune 3, and I’m lukewarm about that, but in my recollection it only got beter in the final 3 books. Also, Foundation 1-5. Give me about 4 more years to schedule in all those rereads, and I’ll remedy those non-existing reviews.

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    1. Excession is the one Banks novel, among those I read, that I felt less than enthusiastic about… And the Dune novels after God Emperor felt progressively complicated and hard to follow, but I would not mind a complete reread if I just could find the time for it! 🙂

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  6. Great collection of books here, some of which I’ve read and loved, and others completely new to me. I’m really happy to see Chasm City. I started with Revelation Space and was completely blown away by it, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each book I’ve read by Reynolds since then, though it has been a while since I’ve read one. Time to pull the next one off the shelf and give it a go. 🙂

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  7. You know I have been meaning to read something by Ken Follet but had no idea where to start. But you have given me the perfect one – I am definitely going to look for Eye of the Needle now! ❤

    AND HEYY!!! I have never reviewed The Hobbit either, you know! I mean, I have made posts on it for sure but never reviewed it! Hmmmm…gotta get to it! 😉 ❤

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  8. Hahahahah even without having reviewed Tolkien’s stuff or Dune, I know how much you adore them. 😉 At least this post gives you a super nice reason to go ahead with a good ol’ re-read! 😀 It also gave me a couple of books to add to my TBR. I really need to read a Ken Follett novel, for example. I think I have one of his books from a huge secondhand book sale from a very long time ago. Maybe I could start with that… Have you read Jackdaws? Worth trying as my first Follett someday? 😀

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