"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies... The man who never reads lives only one."-- George R. R. Martin
I love reading. I read novels, encyclopedias, textbooks, and nutrition labels. I read in the morning, in the afternoon, and at night. I read more than any sane person should be allowed to.
So it is perfectly understandable that my feelings about what I read are strong. It can be hard to find a good book. Half the time when I open a new book and get through the first three sentences I realize that Iíve read this novel before. Even the characters seem as familiar as familiar as a beige carpet. In short, the protagonist, who is always an orphaned seventeen year old -- beware, children, this is a very dangerous age -- and has a pseudo dark past. They will whine for pages on end, only shutting up for a few lines to let the plot flow somewhere in the background. The plot of course, is always the same. A watered down version of the heroís journey with strong emphasis on romance and none on the actual journey.
But itís the stupidity of the aforementioned characters that makes me want to scream. They all have a martyr complex. They are all absolutely determined to go through with the poorest plan in history, for no reason whatsoever.
And the structure: in the majority of novels Iíve had the misfortune to read, the sentences alone were enough to make a grown person cry.
So I decided to make a list of all the best books I've read, all of them more or less free from the aforementioned faults. There are also links by genre. Go ahead and take a look.