About Travel Reads

What is a good vacation without a good book? (Or am I just that much of an introverted geek?)

Anyway, one of the features of this website is that I regularly review science fiction, fantasy, and horror books and rate them on a scale of 1 to 5 palm trees. Some of these books were already in my collection, some I pick up at a store, and others are sent to me as review copies.

For a list of the books I’ve reviewed to date, go here.

The next five books in the review queue are:

The Art of Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Steampunk
By Hiroshi Unno
From Amazon: Art has always been one of the most vivid ways to express people’s imagination. Fantasy art illustrates the full range of human fears and dreams, from mythology, the Bible, and the artist’s own original and exciting stories. This book describes the history of fantasy art from Romanticism in the 18th century to the modern era by exploring the masterpieces of fantasy artists.
The Princess Bride, Deluxe Edition
By Willam Goldman
From Amazon: William Goldman’s beloved story of Buttercup, Westley, and their fellow adventurers is now available in a beautifully illustrated deluxe edition. This keepsake edition also includes fifty full-page color illustrations by Michael Manomivibul, full-color chapter openers, and a color map printed on the endpapers.
The Battles of Tolkien
By David Day
From Amazon: The history of J. R. R. Tolkien’s fictional world of Middle-earth is filled with epic battles in an ongoing struggle between good and evil. The Battles of Tolkien recounts many of the greatest conflicts mentioned in The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion. Commentary by Tolkien scholar David Day discusses how the people, tactics, and weapons influenced the outcome of each battle, and also how the legends of Middle-earth relate to the real-world mythology on which Tolkien based his famous literary creation. Maps and full-color illustrations help bring this rich universe to life, making it an invaluable reference book for Tolkien fans of all ages.
Those Across the River
By Christopher Buehlman
From Amazon: Haunted by memories of the Great War, failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family’s old estate — the Savoyard Plantation — and the horrors that occurred there. At first their new life seems to be everything they wanted. But under the facade of summer socials and small-town charm, there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk have lived with for generations. A presence that demands sacrifice. It comes from the shadowy woods across the river, where the ruins of the Savoyard Plantation still stand. Where a long-smoldering debt of blood has never been forgotten. Where it has been waiting for Frank Nichols…

(Read my NY Journal of Books review)

Swedish Fairy Tales
Translated by Holger Lundbergh and Illustrated by John Bauer
From Amazon: Wicked magicians, angry trolls, mysterious elves, and nimble gnomes are just a few of the characters that make up this charming collection of 29 Swedish fairytales. Tales of knights in search of princesses, forest creatures frequenting caverns, and wish-granting fairies are told in the spirit of tradition and imagination in this anthology. Spellbinding art — 50 color illustrations– by Sweden’s greatest fairytale illustrator, John Bauer, brings these folktales to life.

Also in the Queue

And more.


I’m also keeping track of books read and to read on Good Reads.


Would you like your book added to the queue? Just send an email telling me about your book to editor@thegenretraveler.com.

I’m also happy to review DVDs and games for the Wii platform … as long as they would appeal to a science fiction, fantasy or horror fan base.

Please note that my reviews are honest and from my personal point of view. If I like a book, I say so. If I don’t like a book, I say so. And I do my best to provide both good and bad points so that my readers can make informed decisions about whether or not the book I’ve reviewed is worth their while. Also, I try to explain why I liked or didn’t like a book because I know that others may have differing thoughts on those points.

Please contact me before shipping anything to me.

Also, please note that at this time I’m not reviewing ebooks … my queue of physical books (which are easier for me to carry around and read) is so long, I honestly can’t say when I’ll get around to reading digital-only books. Besides, I would just print them out anyway, which you are free to do and send me via mail. 😉

Feedback from Author’s I’ve Reviewed

“Thank you for your thorough review of Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle. We have had many, but none more complete and professional than yours. Thank you for taking the time.”

Frank McKinney
Author of 3 new bestselling books:
The Tap
Burst This! Frank McKinney’s Bubble-Proof Real Estate Strategies
Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle

Read my review here.