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Lora's Rants and Reviews

My own unapologetic opinions on books and writing. I DO NOT accept review requests but only review books I choose to read and I don't post reviews on Amazon. I'm also persnickity about genre and plot.

Currently reading

The Illumination of Ursula Flight
Anna-Marie Crowhurst
Progress: 6%
Paris: The Novel
Edward Rutherfurd
Progress: 54%
Unnatural Creatures
Maria Dahvana Headley, Neil Gaiman
Progress: 40%
Ashes of London
Andrew Taylor
Progress: 5%
Don Quixote
Roberto González Echevarría, John Rutherford, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Progress: 64%

Book Lists

A book recommendation list as requested by



1. Favorite books in all categories

This changes daily, I can't recommend just one!


2. Start to a series

The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick

3. By an author who's written over 5 books total

Stephen King. :P I recommend 11/22/1963

4. Classic Literature

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

5. Banned Books

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (It was banned in China).

6. Featuring an assassin

Theives World by Robert Aspirin

7. In a world with Dragons

Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffery

8. Male Main Character

Tarzan by Edward Rice Burroughs

9. Female Main Character

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

10. Retelling of another story

Beauty by Roblin McKinley

11. Book with a Gorgeous Cover

The Magic of Finkleton by K.C. Hilton

12. Debut book of any author

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

13. Fantasy in general

Mort by Terry Pratchett

14. Finale for a series

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

15. Graphic Novel

Elfquest: The Blood of Ten Chiefs by Richard and Wendy Pini

16. That you paid over $15 for (and was worth every penny)

Sorry, I just don't pay that much!

17. Published after 2010

The Winter Crown by Elizabeth Chadwick

18. Featuring a Pricess/Prince or Queen/King

The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick

19. Thriller

The Pines by Blake Crouch

20. You read because it was a bestseller

I never read anything for this reason!

21. Involving drugs

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

22. Memoir

Out of Africa by Karen Blixen


23. Favorite completed series as a whole

This will change in time but for now, The Merlin series by Mary Stewart.


24. Book with witches/warlocks

The Witches of Mayfair. I don't care if Anne Rice is out of favour, it was a great book and series.

25. Historical Fiction

So many to choose from... Legacy by Susan Kay

26. Ugly Cry book

I'm not sure I understand this.

27. Realistic Fiction

Flight of Dragons by Peter Dickinson. Seriously!

28. Dystopia

Logan's Run by William F. Nolan

29. Time Travel

Time Shifters by Shanna Lauffey, and all the sequels!

30. Elf or Dwarf Main character

Elfquest, the novel by Wendy Pini


31. Favorite incomplete series either by you or not yet finished by author

The Chronicles of the Harekaiian by Shanna Lauffey


32. Literary Fiction

Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks

33. Non-Fiction (Anything, cookbook, self-help, etc)

Turbulent Mirror by Briggs & Peat

34. Middle Grade Novel

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

35. Includes sword/knife fighting

Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny

36. Something mysterious is afoot

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

37. Diverse Reads (main character non-white/non-straight)

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

38. Wanderlust book

Toby Tyler by James Otis

39. Unreliable Narrator

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

40. Character with mental illness

The Three Faces of Eve by Corbett H. Thigpen

41. Sci-fi in general

 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

42. Paranormal Main Character

 Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

43. Horror

High Moor by Graeme Reynolds

44. Books with murder in them

The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe

45. Set in a time of war (real or fictional)

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

46. Set in the place you live

Timescape by Gregory Benford

47. Book with servants in some manner

Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

48. Book eventually adapted to a movie

Jaws by Peter Benchley

49. Book you've read more than once

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

50. A Good Zombie Book

I don't read zombie books!

51. A love story

Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson

52. Set in space

Revelation Space by Alaistair Reynolds

53. Multiple POV

Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin

54. Erotic for people who don't read erotic novels

The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks (see my review)


55. Written by an author who has died (recently or a very long time ago)

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens


56. Written by an author who is still living

The Tenth Chamber by Glenn Cooper


57. Childhood favorite

Thomasina by Paul Gallico


58. A long book (Let's say at least 450 pages minimum)

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin


59. Young Adult book in general

The Flight of the Griffin by C.M. Gray


60. Adult book in general

The Catacombs by Jeremy Bates