Shiver Me Timbers! A Series Shake-Down – Part Four – With a Call to Arms for the Crew to Help Subdue the List

Shiver Me Timbers mateys!  Me Series be spiraling out of control!  Many of me crew lament and wail about how series never seem to be finished and are hard to keep track of.  That got me to thinking about what series still be languishing in the hold hoping for love and completion.  Now here be the thing, when I started the official tally, I realized that subcategories would be needed due to the sheer volume or me noggin would self-destruct.  So I will be splitting this up into multiple posts.  The six (!) categories thus far are:

This fourth installment will focus on series that be completed that I haven’t even started yet (Oh my!).  This list is in alphabetical order by author’s first name and then the series name.  Clicking on the series titles will lead ye to the series’ Goodreads page.  Clicking on the crew members names will lead ye to their reviews.  This will seriously be a long list so continue at yer own peril . . .

All authors whose works I have never read are marked with a *

  1. A.G. Riddle – The Long Winter * – sci-fi thriller duology about climate change;
  2. Alex London – Proxy – a sci-fi duology, the whipping boy for grownups;
  3. Andrew Taylor – Marwood and Lovett * – historical thriller trilogy where the first book be set during the Great Fire of London in 1666;
  4. Andrew Mayne – Station Breaker * – a sci-fi duology with space and mystery;
  5. Annette Marie – Red Winter Trilogy * – a Japanese based fantasy about a girl who is supposed to become the human host of a goddess;
  6. Barbara Sleigh – Carbonel * – a fantasy trilogy about a young witch and her talking cat.  Love me some talking cats;
  7. Benedict Patrick – Yarnsworld * – this dark fantasy quartet has some of the most awesome cover art around and sounds quirky and awesome;
  8. Brenda Cooper – The Glittering Edge * – a sci-fi duology with space and robots.  I own the first book and have been interested in trying the author’s work for quite some time;
  9. Brian McClellan – The Powder Mage Trilogy * – the crew has been trying to get me to read this series for years;
  10. Candace Robinson – Glass Vault Series * – this series was written by a member of the crew and I own both books.  I suck for not reading these already;
  11. Chris Beckett – Dark Eden * Sarah @ brainfluff put this sci-fi trilogy on me list.  Also crew member Mogsy @ thebibliosanctum gave the first book a five star review;
  12. Claire Fayers – The Accidental Pirates * – a story about a sea voyage and magic.  Arrr!  I own the first book of this duology;
  13. Corey J. White – The Voidwitch Saga * – a sci-fi trilogy about a psychic supersoldier;
  14. David D. Levin – Adventures of Arabella Ashby Series * – this trilogy has been described as steampunk sci-fi;
  15. Deb E. Howell – Touch * – a fantasy duology where a woman can heal but only at the cost of those around her;
  16. Django Wexler – The Shadow Campaigns * – I own the first book in this five book series.  I haven’t started the series yet because it be five books.  I need more time;
  17. E.D.E. Bell – Shkode Series * – Dragons!  I can blame this one on Sarah @ brainfluff;
  18. E.K. Johnston – The Story of Owen – Dragonslayer!  Plus I loved the author’s a thousand nights;
  19. Ed McDonald – Raven’s Mark Series * – this dark fantasy trilogy sounds awesome and involves raven tattoos coming to life;
  20. Elizabeth Bonesteel – Central Corps * – a sci-fi trilogy with mystery.  Recommended by Sarah @ brainfluff of course;
  21. Elle Casey – Drifter’s Alliance * – Another Sarah @ brainfluff recommendation.  This sci-fi series starts with “This book plunges straight into a card game with the highest stakes – a nineteen-year-old girl betting her virginity against a ship. I’m not giving too much away when I reveal that she wins.” Plucky indeed;
  22. Emily Skrutskie – The Abyss Surrounds Us * – pirate ships and sea monsters.  Arrrr!  (Plus I own book one of the duology);
  23. Glenda Larke – Watergivers – I already have another of the author’s series on me list to finish.  This is a fantasy series about water magic;
  24. Helen Harper – The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Magic * – well the title of this series says it all and Sarah @ brainfluff recommended it.  Surprise!;
  25. Ian McDonald – Luna * – a sci-fi trilogy about, well, the moon.  Apparently there are some related books coming out as well;
  26. Joe Abercrombie – Shattered Sea – with a series title like that and owning all the books, I should have devoured this fantasy trilogy already;
  27. J.Y. Yang – Tensorate * – I own the first of this novella quartet that seemingly defies classification.  I just have to find the right mood to read it;
  28. James Islington – The Licanius Trilogy * – Many of the crew has raved about this fantasy trilogy.  I hope to join them someday;
  29. Jeff Salyards – Bloodsounder’s Arc * – a dark fantasy trilogy where the blurb is kinda vague but which the crew seems to love;
  30. Jennifer Ellis – Derivatives of Displacement * – a YA series featuring four books and time travel.  The first book was recommend by guess who?  Sarah @ brainfluff;
  31. Joan D. Vinge – Cat * – a sci-fi trilogy about a half-human, half-alien orphan telepath;
  32. Joanne Hall – The Art of Forgetting * – Yet again Sarah @ Brainfluff strikes again.  A fantasy duology about a cavalryman.  I love ponies;
  33. Jon Skovron – Empire of Storms * – a fantasy trilogy with pirates and an excellent review by Mogsy @ thebibliosanctum;
  34. Joshua Palmatier – Throne of Amenkor * –  this trilogy deals with a female assassin and I own the first book;
  35. Jule Owen – The House Next Door * – a cli-fi series about flooding where the main character has been “confined to his house with only his cat, his robot and his holographic dragons for company.”  Time travel may also be involved;
  36. Kristy Cambron – Hidden Masterpiece * – This is a historical fiction duology dealing with the Holocaust in the past and also an art historian in the present.  I learned about this one from Amanda @ cover2covermom;
  37. Lea Doué – The Firethorn Chronicles * – a little bit different, this is a series of fairytale retellings where each book be a standalone.  The first book is about the twelve dancing princesses.  There be dragons!;
  38. Lesley Livingston – The Valiant * – a trilogy highly recommended by me nephew.  He since has became a teen and has given up reading.  But any book that captured his attention back then is worth a visit now;
  39. Linda Nagata – The Red Series * – I know I own the first book in this military sci-fi trilogy.  I might own the second down in the hold somewhere;
  40. Mark Alder – Banners of Blood * – a history fantasy series that deals with the Hundred Years War;
  41. Melissa Caruso – Swords and Fire * – a fantasy trilogy where a lucky 13 of the crew has given it 4 stars or more on Goodreads;
  42. Michael R. Miller – The Dragon’s Blade * – a dragon trilogy.  Arrrr!;
  43. Michael R. Fletcher – Manifest Delusions *Mogsy @ thebilbliosanctum lead me to this trilogy which she described as “my first thought . . . ‘Damn, that shit was a hundred different kinds of awesome.’”;
  44. Minette Walters – Black Death * – historical fiction duology about the Black Death;
  45. Mitchell Hogan – Sorcery Ascendant Sequence * – a fantasy trilogy;
  46. Paul Crilley – Delphic Division * – this duology deals with “the occult investigative unit of the South African Police Service.”;
  47. Pierce Brown – Red Rising * – a YA dystopian series, at this point I am only considering the original trilogy to be on the list;
  48. R.J. Barker – The Wounded Kingdom * – a fantasy trilogy about assassins;
  49. Rick Yancey – The Monstrumologist – This is a YA horror quartet about monsters.  I am sort of on the fence about this but super intrigued at the same time;
  50. Rob J. Hayes – Best Laid Plans * – Pirates!  A duology and I own the first book;
  51. Robert V.S. Redick – The Chanthrand Voyage * – maritime fantasy quartet, Arrr!;
  52. Sabrina Chase – Sequoyah Series *Sarah @ brainfluff told me about this sci-fi trilogy.  It sounds awesome;
  53. Sarah Beth Durst – The Queens of Renthia – I read the author’s into the wild series and remember liking it even if the plot has fallen out of me noggin.  This trilogy sounds fun;
  54. Shirley Rousseau Murphy – The Dragonbards Trilogy * – Singing dragons and talking otters plus the three books are available in an omnibus;
  55. Simon Morden – Down Station * – a fiery apocalypse takes down London in this duology.  Apparently it is a portal type fantasy;
  56. S.J. Higbee – Sunblinded – Okay I have Sarah @ brainfluff to thank for this series on the list too.  The difference?  She wrote this trilogy!  I bought all three books and haven’t read them yet.  I suck.  I swear I will get to these!;
  57. Steven Brust – Vlad Taltos * – dragons and I think I own the first book.  I don’t plan on reading all 15 at this point though;
  58. Tanya Huff – The Quarters Novels * – I own this fantasy quartet.  It has assassins.  I should read it;
  59. Taran Matharu – Summoner Series * – Me nephew loved this back in the day and gave me his copy.  I have to give this a shot;
  60. Tricia Levenseller – Daughter of the Pirate King * – The title sums up why I need to read this duology.  And I own the first book;
  61. Weina Dai Randel – Empress of Bright Moon * – This is a historical fiction duology about a concubine with ambitions;
  62. Wesley Chu – The Lives of Tao – I own this series.  I just need to read it!;
  63. William Ritter – Jackaby * – I have heard wonderful things about this YA quartet; and
  64. Yoon Ha Lee – The Machineries of the Empire – I have been told by me best friend that I have no choice but to read this series.  I own the first book.

So ye dastardly scalawags, out of these series are there any that ye believe should be purged?  Have ye explored these ports only to find insipid characters, messy plots, and wasted time?  Yer Captain wants to know all about it.  Save yer Captain and fellow crewmates from shores that should have remained unexplored.  Arrrrr!

In the meantime, keep a weathered-eye out for more lamentations about the uncompleted series I haven’t started yet and always remember:

Q: Where do pirates put their weapons?

A: In their enemies!

Hardy har har!

x The Captain

41 thoughts on “Shiver Me Timbers! A Series Shake-Down – Part Four – With a Call to Arms for the Crew to Help Subdue the List

  1. Well- I can say that I read the first book in the Shadow Campaigns by Django Wexler and I wasn’t impressed (and don’t plan to read anymore). But I don’t know if that’s helpful because I feel like you might like it? Generally my opinions are considered unpopular.

    Please don’t purge Luna it’s one of my favorites!

    And for the Tensorate- gosh this is so weird, because I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, the world building was unique, inclusive and diverse- but I haven’t had much desire to pick up the others. I felt like the first book worked fine as a stand alone and didn’t really want to read about the character that one centers around. I would give books 3 and 4 a try assuming the POV switches back but I’d feel weird reading them without book 2.

    I hear 99% positive things about: Machineries of the Empire, Ed MacDonald’s series, and Brian McClellan. This is so not helpful. I’m sorry. 😦

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    1. Ye and I seem to divurge on many books but I always like getting yer opinions regardless. I will certainly keep Luna. I am going to try the first of the Wexler books because I own it. We shall see if I like it. As fot the Tensorate, a lot of varied debates about books 2 – 4. So I guess I will just have to give the first one a shot (because I own that one too) and take it from there. Thanks for yer thoughts and for visiting the log. Arrr!
      x The Captain

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  2. Well, this looks like quite a project–I know i have something like 90some series that are unfinished by me, at last count and that was a while ago…I’d be afraid to make a list of even more new series to start! lol The first Tao book by Chu was fun, love the concept. I’ve read one of Huff’s Quarters books a loooooong time ago but remember loving it (even though things got kind of weird).

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    1. This has been quite the project and I am both glad to be doing it and looking forward to the end results. I have three more posts to go in this series before I be done with it for a bit. But the end be in sight. Glad to hear about the first Tao book. As for the Quarters books, most people seem to have vague thoughts of loving the first book and not remembering what it be about. I remain hopeful. Thanks for the comment.
      x The Captain

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  3. I think the Monstrumologist is worth trying. I loved the first book. The second was okay but still good, and now I need to read the third.
    I didn’t love the 2 Tensorate books I read, but they are okay. The story is interesting and worth trying at least.
    I’m just gonna save the links to your lists and visit them, especially this one, if I’m looking for recommendations.

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    1. The Monstrumologist books will stay on this list since the crew seems to think it has a good beginning. The Tensorate books seem to get worse with each book according to the crew. I will read the first one and go from there. I have links to all sorts of posts that ye write saved in me spreadsheet for future reads. I would say I am sorry to give ye more potential ideas for yer own ports for plunder list. But really that be the nature of being a book lover. I need more time and perhaps a second life. Arrr!
      x The Captain

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  4. Um. I’m not sure I should be here at all, given how responsible I feel for this overwhelming state of your TBR! But I just wanted to say thank you very much for buying the Sunblinded trilogy and hope that if you decide to keep it, you enjoy reading it:)). And if it makes you feel any better, my own out-of-control TBR has just had 2 more series added thanks to this list… The Powder Mage trilogy by Brian McClellan and the Tanya Huff Quarter series. We are both huge Huff fans and I’m not quite sure how this one has slipped past us…

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    1. Ah matey, but the books I have read that have been recommended by ye so far have pretty much been winners. So I cannot throw any of yer recommendations off the list without at least giving them a whirl. I shall certainly keep yer own books on the list. I just want to dedicate time to yer series and promoting it properly. Real life is a bit insane this year with lots of changes so I keep delaying it until I know I will be able to do so. So glad to add more to yer list. And good to know that Huff is a good writer for ye and Himself. Happy reading!
      x The Captain

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      1. Thank you, Cap. Your kind thoughtfulness is much appreciated. And I know what you mean about real life – ours is also more than a bit mental right now…

        I’m always delighted when you enjoy a recommendation – and many thanks for your generous acknowledgement:))


  5. Jeez, that’s long 😀 But hey, better too many interesting book(-series) than not enough 😀

    …and I can just repeat: READ THE POWDER MAGE TRILOGY! 😀

    ….Michael R. Fletcher’s ‘Manifest Delusions’ are all kinds of disgusting and brutal & weirdly intriguing? I still can’t make up my mind. Weird shit, try it out hahaha

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    1. Ye be the second (or third) person to tell me the Fletcher books are weird and gross and interesting. I am looking forward to seeing what they are about. Aye, for the powder mage. I bow down to the crew pressure on that one. And if ye think this list was long just wait until tomorrow’s unfinished series I haven’t started yet. Sigh. I can’t help it.
      x The Captain

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  6. Okay, so I actually don’t know ANY of these series. However, I blame Sarah @ brainfluff for everything, lol. Do you count the different trilogies of Valdemar as different “series”? If so, which ones have you not read?

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    1. Most of the time I do count the individual trilogies of Valdemar as separate series. Which ones haven’t I read? I have no idea at this point. Using this list:

      I have not read these:
      The Collegium Chronicles
      Herald Spy
      Family Spies
      The Mage Storms or
      Darian’s Tale

      Of course of the ones I have read the details are fuzzy. That be part of why I like reading yers and Jackie’s posts so much. Arrrr!
      x The Captain


      1. We’re reading the Mage Storms right now, and Darian’s Tale is up next! We’ll get to the rest on your list that you haven’t read in either 2020 or 2021. I can’t remember the exact list.

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      2. I don’t know if I have any urge to read the later ones but I will wait to see what the gang thinks of them once ye get there. Cause damn do I have a lot of series to catch up on already.
        x The Captain


  7. Only series i know of on this huuuge list is the Monstrologist? Milou has the whole collection and read it a year or two ago, she loved it a lot and i may be looking into it aswell some time

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  8. Ahhh there are so many on the list that I want to shove into your arms, but the three that I absolutely adore: The Shadow Campaigns (SUPER addictive battle scenes and awesome female characters), Monstrumologist (incredible gothic horror, gorgeous writing, and complex teacher-student relationship), and Machineries of the Empire (brilliant morally grey characters).

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    1. I am glad ye find so much of the list to be wonderful. That’s a second nod for the Monstrumologist series. The first book of the Machineries series is on me 19 of 2019 list so I will be starting that at some point this year. And great to hear about the Shadow Campaigns. It has been on the list for so long that I honestly know nothing about the plot (and I be cool with that). But hooray for good female characters. It sounds like that series should move up the list. And please by all means if there are books I should certainly keep, I wouldn’t mind more of that list. Arrrr!
      x The Captain

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      1. *rolls up sleeves* Well, if you insist!! 😀 I think the Manifest Delusions books are worth a read just to experience the WTF-ness of the magic system. I’ve never read anything quite like it. And the characters are all so deplorable but also REALLY addicting at the same time.

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      1. So, I read the originally trilogy and then immediately started the Gods of Blood and Powder trilogy (which, the last book in that trilogy comes out this November, I believe!) and honestly, I can’t decide which one I enjoyed better. They are both VERY good and I was mad at myself I waited so long to read them! I hope you enjoy them, whenever you check them out!

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  9. Alas, I can’t help you take any of these off the list. I haven’t read any of these series yet! (Though thanks to your list I’ll be adding a couple to my TBR as well.) Red Rising and Jackaby are on my TBR list already. And while I have read other works by Tanya Huff (and loved them) I haven’t read her Quarters Novels yet. I’m not sure why.

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      1. Yay! I do like Tanya Huff’s work, so I may re-start this series, too. Her Keeper series is my absolute favorite so far, though. I’m sad it was only 3 books.


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