Welcome back to Top 5 Tuesday, where I write about a bunch of books that you probably don’t care about in-between binging the Olympics using my father’s DishTV login on the official NBC Website.
As always, T5T is hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, so be sure to head to the main page to check out everyone’s ships!
I will admit, I’m not the biggest fan of romance in novels. (Wow, that just might be the understatement of the year!) Nearly 90% of the time, I find the romantic plot/subplot to be overwhelmingly disgusting and droll. What’s wrong with having a book without a romantic subplot?! (I will admit, my novel has the tiniest of tiny romantic subplots, mostly because I’m trying my hardest NOT to have one!) As such, it’s very hard for me to find “ships” that I’m on board with. Even when I was on Tumblr (I quit it because I couldn’t keep up with it, but I once had a moderately successful LOTR From Last Night blog!), I couldn’t get behind the “I SHIP IT!” posts. I guess I’m just weird in that way.
As such, these posts MAY be romantic in nature, or they may be bromantic in nature, if you get what I mean.
Anyway. Enough of my rambling. Let’s get on these ships!
Harry Creek & Robin Baker, The Android’s Dream
We’re gonna start things off with one of my favorite novels, John Scalzi’s The Android’s Dream. I love the dynamic that they’ve got: she’s sassy and he’s snarky, and they work together just well enough to survive the novel. (Whoops; is that a spoiler?)
I love the fact that Robin is not your stereotypical damsel-in-distress; she actively contributes to the problem they’re thrown into, and she ends up (SPOILER!) being the one that makes the final gut-punch to the villain at the end!
They’re both intelligent, their relationship grows rather naturally over the course of the book (as naturally as a relationship can grow when you’re being chased across the galaxy by a hit man with very few morals), and they have struggles. Just go ahead and pick up a copy of this book and see them for yourself!
Septimus Heap & Boy 409, Septimus Heap Series
SLIGHT SPOILERS! I first discovered the Septimus Heap series when I was in seventh grade. I picked it up because I freaking loved Harry Potter, and this had boy wizards but was set in a medieval-ish time period. Right up my alley, right?!
While we don’t actually get to see Boy 409 until the second book, Flyte, I love the dynamic that Septimus has with him. They’ve been separated for a few years after a traumatic Young Army training exercise where Boy 409 was lost, but they pick their friendship right back up, even though both of them have changed dramatically. Septimus (who was then known as Boy 412) has become the ExtraOrdinary Wizard Apprentice, and Boy 409 has been living in the Forest as a feral child, learning from the Wolverines.
Their friendship is great. They’re able to talk to each other still, able to help each other out with the tough decisions, and Boy 409 even learns a slight bit of magic when he stays with Aunt Zelda in the next few books.
Edward Elric & Winry Rockbell, FullMetal Alchemist
Their relationship starts out in their childhood, as they grow up as next door neighbors. Winry is a large part of Ed’s life, especially after he and Al fail to bring their mother back to live using forbidden alchemical methods, and she has to become their automail mechanic.
As the series goes on, you can see them start to grow and care for each other in a different way, which I thought was just the sweetest thing. I’m not a huge fan of the anime series (mostly because I’m a scrub and listen to dubs more than subs, and don’t like the English voice actors in Brotherhood, and I don’t like talking about the original FMA series…), so my view of their relationship is based solely on what I see in the books. Simply wonderful.
Paul Cravath & Agnes Huntington, The Last Days of Night
This is a book I picked up on a whim a few weeks ago, and ended up absolutely loving. I’m not going to tell you whether or not these two end up together in the end, because I think you’ll be surprised. But Grant Moore’s The Last Days of Night contains a strong female character who does what she has to do to get ahead in life,
She’s a woman in a prominent social position (even though she’s a singer)! in the late 1800s. Her life is carefully scripted by her mother, down to every single detail. He is a lawyer attempting to defend his client against the literal powerhouse of Thomas Edison. It doesn’t seem like a match. But somewhere along the way, they realize that they have to work together to solve the problems that land in their laps.
While Paul is initially head-over-heels with Agnes, as time goes on, he realizes what his role in life is and what her role in life is, and that there’s no way they can ever be together. But I encourage you to pick up a copy of the book. It’s an incredible novel and I am so happy I took a chance on it.
Martin Banks & Phillip, Magic 2.0 Series
I will say that I’ve only listened to the Magic 2.0 series on audiobook, so that may be skewing my view on this one. While Martin & Phillip butt heads a lot in the first book, by the second and third book they’re pretty good foils for each other, and every single one of their interactions is highly entertaining, mostly because Phillip is your stereotypical “This is how we do things” dude while Martin’s like “F*** that, let’s throw this at the wall and see what happens!”
I will say I attempted to read the free sample of the first book, Off to be the Wizard, a few years ago and couldn’t get into it. But when my now-ex offered me his Audible account information, I jumped on board and started listening to this one, which he recommended. The narrator is hilarious and uses all the right voices, and the situations, while a little far-fetched, are still relatively believable, even for a sci-fi/fantasy book (because it is science fiction, with some fantastical elements thrown in for good measure).
If you’re looking for something funny, and ready to throw someone around for being a moron (*cough* Martin *cough*), look no further than this series. You’re welcome.
So I ended up with two bromances and three romances. Not bad, I think. The only new book on this list is The Last Days of Night, too. I just don’t have time to read any more, which I think is really depressing. I set a goal to read 100 books in this new year, and I’m already 9 books behind. Hopefully, once I’ve graduated, I’ll be able to get this going.
For now, though, let me know what you think of my choices, and tell me why I’m right or wrong in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.