This isn’t going to be the hugest list, because these books are only the best. Not my favorite. Not somewhat memorable. To my mind, and my opinion only of course, these are the best. Whether it is their atmosphere, the writing style, I don’t know for sure. I just know that they have the following in common:
I have read them multiple times. I have them printed/downloaded/own them at least once somewhere. They emotionally impacted me. I remember them at least 3-many years later . . . yes, they have staying power on the mind. So, if you are looking for an exciting new book that I consider some top-notch wonderful work, look no further than this list. (Original is at the bottom and may cost.)
Fanfiction: Ranma 1/2: Hearts of Ice by Krista Perry: I physically used to read this story to my sister after high school. I actually read it at the authors website. A high degree of effort went into this wonderful piece. It takes the reader on a journey of the utmost emotion. It gets the art of writing fighting correctly (insanely hard), has a great amount of detail to visualize all your canon characters, as well as creating and growing new personalities into new and old characters alike. This author worked on this book for several years. It can be found on my list of favorites on Fanfiction.net and on Archive of Our own. I don’t have the same degree of time, but I am trying to go through and review it again as I can.
Summary: Shampoo casts a spell with dragon blood and sends Akane to the realm of gods and demons. Ranma decides to get her back, and nothing – not even insanity or death – will stop him. Hearts of Ice is complete as of 6/20/2009.
Rule Breaking Book
Fanfiction: Pretender: Hero’s Heart by Mirage: Oh momma, I love this book! It’s not done yet, and I am still waiting for updates, but it’s so good. It hasn’t obviously been around completed for years because it’s still being written, but it’s still so good, it needed an honorable mention. The linkup is to Missing Pieces where it can easily be found. If you are a Pretender fan, then you should really know Missing Pieces. It is the place for Pretender Fanfiction. A Hero’s heart has such a simple summary I almost missed out on this great piece. I bypassed it several times until I was finally like, might as well. Best idea ever. Best. Idea. Ever. To have clicked that story.
When Jarod and his clone are presumed dead and further cloning attempts prove futile, Raines is determined to find another way. He finds it in Dry River, Arizona.
Fanfiction: Gundam Wing: Zero Soul by Vegie Kun: When a great writer writes fanfiction. For some reason, this book captured the very depth of the series for me, while introducting new concepts. It felt canon, yet refreshing and new. I loved it, and even this many years, I still love it. Zero Soul touched on so many emotional levels. Seeing Relena in a new light, feeling Hero come to his own fears and realizations, awesome fighting, and so much more. You just can’t go wrong with Zero Soul.
Summary:Who says there can only be one ‘Perfect Soldier? What if there was such a way to create a weapon that could rival the WingZERO pilot? Nearly two years after Mariemaia’s coup d’etat, a new but familiar threat rises out of the ashes to reclaim the Earth and Colonies. Their weapon of choice? Something the Gundam pilots can never hope to defeat less they risk inciting another war.
Best Original Fiction: Okay, in order to enjoy this you are probably going to have to fork over some money unless the authors are in some kind of program that you have. Still, if you like original work, then these? These books are more than worth it. (Currently one of them is in select, so if you have select, you could pick it up to read for free. I don’t have Amazon affiliation so no worries. The other one currently is also free. Quite amazing.)
Dropcloth Angels: This is a masterpiece in sheep’s clothing, I am telling you right now. Supremely underrated. I knew it before it was published. There was a site once called Authonomy where authors tried to get published with Harper (Long since expired and gone) where I read it, word for word, and I salivated over it when I discovered the author published it. It is mature, to the highest degree. This is horror, and the cover does it no justice. This is better than horror though, this is fantasy horror because our main character is a hooker with an imaginary monkey.
Let that sink in. A hooker with an imaginary monkey. It’s a cannibalistic serial killer, with the ‘hero’ being a hooker with an imaginary monkey.
Yes, the monkey plays a part in it all too. I loved this book, so I hope you consider checking it out. Here is the summary:
He came, He sawed, He ate…
All that are left behind of the victims are their heads, placed together with the painted angels, rendered in the victim’s own blood. The acts, captured on video, are sent elsewhere… Now Zoe Beaupre, a hooker with an imaginary monkey and sister of the serial killer’s latest conquest, must band together with a mismatched posse of saviors in order to bring him down. Little does Zoe know, but the deeper into the madman’s world they trek, more and more is revealed about snuff films…and Gideon, the puppet master who will stop at nothing to see her dead.
I have a feeling there were some external issues why it never landed big. Yet, the writing. It’s big and it’s good. Never disappoints.
Gastien by Caddy Rowland: Top book of all time? Yes. This is a five book series, but my favorite is book one, with some of book two. However, there is a very big warning that this is extremely violent and sexual in nature. And yet? It’s so good. This book just . . . FEEL. My favorite is book one where we see a young boy learning to live. And I mean live. Survival. And he puts his own life on the line to live the way he wants. He does everything, even goes way too far, for his dream. (Once again, extreme warning. I did not need this book to be so graphic to enjoy it. I would have enjoyed a version actually without all the sexual detailed content. This book couldn’t be the same with the sexytimes removed of course, and the more risque stuff . . . I think I gave enough warning.)
Currently free right now. I don’t know if it will stay this way.
Gastien has dreams far bigger than a mere peasant has a right to. When he flees the farm for Paris, the late nineteenth century bohemian era is in full swing. Color has always called to him, beseeching him to capture it on canvas and show people a new way of seeing things. His father belittled his dream of being an artist and tried to beat him into giving it up. The dream wouldn’t die, but Gastien would have had he not left.
He also yearns to become a great lover. After the years of anguish he has endured at the hand of his father, it would be heaven to feel pleasure instead of pain.
However, the city of Paris has a ruthless agenda. Unless a man has money and connections, Paris unfeelingly crushes dreams and destroys souls. With neither of the required assets, Gastien faces living in alleys, digging in trash bins for food, and sleeping where a man is often killed for his threadbare blanket.
Left with only his dreams, Gastien stubbornly pushes on. He vows that absolutely nothing will stop him, not yet realizing what keeping that vow might mean. Sometimes the “impossible” is possible – but the cost can be extremely high.