Favorite books in five words


This is a tag that has been making rounds last year (and we never picked it up, slightly overwhelmed by the task) – thankfully, it has also been suggested for this year’s Wyrd and Wonder. After some deliberations, and temptations from every side (yes, we’re looking particularly at you, Bookforager and Maddalena! :D) we decided to make our own rendition of the tag. Here it is!


Brent Weeks, The Black Prism (2010)

The Black Prism

“Rainbows everywhere! And female afflictions.”

Brian McClellan, The Powder Mage trilogy (2013 – 2015)

“Can You Shoot a God?”

Michail Bulhakov, The Master and Margarita (1967)

The Master and Margarita

“Magic and mayhem in Moscow”, or “Dancing with Devils. Dangerous Delights!”

Joe Abercrombie, The First Law trilogy (2007 – 2009)


“Beware the Bad Bald Guy”

R.J. Barker, The Bone Ships (2019)

The Bone Ships

“Bones Float. Creepy but True”

Adrian Czajkowski, Shadows of the Apt (2008 – 2014)

Czajkowski_Shadows of the Apt

“Invertebrate at WWII”


Adrian Czajkowski, Guns of the Dawn (2015)


“Jane Austen Enlisted in Vietnam”

Tim Powers, The Drawing of the Dark (1979)


“Will Beer Save the West?”

Jean van Hamme, Grzegorz Rosinski, Thorgal (1977 – 2006)


“Sensitive Viking from Outer Space”

Terry Pratchett, Small Gods (1992)

Small Gods

“Divine Tortoise’s Journey of Enlightment”

David Weber, Honorverse (1992 – 2018)


“Horatio Hornblower in Straw-Space”

We really enjoyed it – hope you did too! πŸ˜€

46 thoughts on “Favorite books in five words

  1. Beware the Bald Guy is only 4 words.
    And for female afflictions, you just wait if you thought it was bad in that book 😦

    Isn’t a “sensitive viking” an oxymoron? πŸ˜‰

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    1. And as for Weeks, I’m not really bothered by his fixation on female physiology, though I cannot help but notice he has one! πŸ˜‚ I enjoyed The Black Prism a lot, and intend to write a post on it one of these days. I’ll definitely continue with the series, but I admit reading Black Prism had been quite exhausting – I felt I needed a break πŸ˜‰

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  2. The Powder Mage trilogy was brilliant. Seeing those covers brings back fond reading memories. Have you read the Gods of Blood and Powder trilogy too? I haven’t read the final book yet but so far it’s been really good.

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    1. Yes, I have read the first two books in the new trilogy – I’m still waiting for my copy of the final installment, and should get it fairly soon (depending on the timeline for opening the libraries! πŸ˜‰)

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    1. No worries, Dave! We intentionally chose many less popular books to spread the love, so you can look at it as not being behind but having a lot to enjoy ahead! πŸ˜„

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    1. That’s the idea! And the spirit, Lashaan! Read it, read it, read it! (I’m chanting under my breath :P)
      Thorgal is pretty cool and immensely readable, and beautifully drawn, IMO, and when you remember there was a time personages such as Erich von Daniken and their cranky ideas ruled the social imagination… everything was possible then! Just check Marvel Eternals – compared to them, Thorgal is the epitome of intellectual subtlety πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    1. Well, look at the bright side – so much reading ahead! πŸ˜„ I think you’d enjoy the Lightbringer series, it’s a very good epic fantasy, well written, though not without its quirks. Worth trying!

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            1. It may be a good solution to certain reading problems… It’s just that I usually listen to books in the car, and that needs to take into account the reading interests of others πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thanks! That was the idea and I’m happy we delivered! πŸ˜€
      Would you like to try this tag? It’s plenty of fun, though it looks quite daunting at first πŸ˜‰

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    1. It’s a very universal one, I could use it to describe almost all Abercrombie’s books set in this universe 🀣🀣🀣


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