Posts Tagged ‘books’
When I pick up a book, I really do pick it up with the intent of finishing it. But these last 10 days or so, I’ve been having trouble sticking with any one book. I’ll pick something up, read half of it, pick something else up, read 20 pages, pick up an anthology and read two stories…. we’ve all been there. I can’t seem to stick with anything! Years ago, when asked “how do you decide what to read?”, my friend nrlymrtl of Dab of Darkness said she puts a ton of interesting looking books in a comfy reading spot, reads the first 40-50 pages of each one, sees which one grabs her attention, and then she puts the rest down guilt-free.
I took five books that have been sitting on my To Be Read stack, and did the same. I read 50 pages of each (or at least attempted to), and one or two really stood out as books that If i continue reading, I’m gonna finish. the books were:
Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey – Thomas Dunne Books, June 2016
Way Down Dark by J.P Smythe – Quercus Books, Oct 2016
A Lovely Way to Burn by Louise Welsh – Quercus Books, April 2016
Dead on the Bones: Pulp on Fire by Joe R Lansdale – Subterranean Press, Nov 2016
Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer – Tor Books, May 2016
Well? How did it go? Did 5 books 50 pages help me figure out what to read next? LOL, at least this is a spoiler free post, since the events I talk about in these books happen in the first 50 pages and I have no idea what happens next!
Starting tomorrow, I have four days off in a row. Without even having to take a single vacation day. Corporate America, sometimes I love you. There will be much turkey eaten, much pie consumed, much booze and chocolate inhaled. Also? Books.
Here are some reviews I’ll be working on:
fuzzy photo is fuzzy: they are A Fantasy Medley 3, edited by Yanni Kuznia, The End of the Story, the Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith, and Leena Krohn: Collected Fiction, edited by Jeff Vandermeer.
Once I’m done with that, my reward is to read these goodies!
I lied a little. I’ve already started reading RJB’s City of Blades, and will probably have finished it by Thanksgiving Day. Because RJB writes only awesomesauce. The others are Downfall of the Gods by K.J. Parker, I Am Crying All Inside, short fiction by Clifford Simak (hello Vintage month!), and Fable: Blood of Heroes by Jim C. Hines. I’m hoping for some chicken kicking and gargoyle shooting in the Hines, btw.
If you are lucky enough to have time off this weekend, how will you be spending it?
I read this stuff:
I’m in the middle of reading this:
of those, here are the books I’ve already written reviews for:
oh, none of them? blergh.
We survived the move! mostly because the professional movers moved all the heavy stuff. those poor guys, lugging everything up four flights of stairs. if professional movers start charging a thousand dollars extra per outdoor flight of stairs, that’s our fault.
the new place is huge, with a nicer view than the old place. I am not used to having to walk so far to the coffee pot. that could be a problem. ;) if we ever get the place somewhat unpacked, I’ll post some photos. We were short a bookcase before the move, and our oldest bookcase didn’t survive the move. So there are a ton of book boxes sitting around until the new bookcase we ordered arrives. Maybe we should have ordered 2 bookcases?
status of book reviews and such, because #books:
books i’ve finished and need to, like, review sometime:
The Gabble by Neal Asher – if you like super alien aliens, you’ll like this. as a collection, it’s got pros and cons, but it serves a good introduction to Asher’s Polity universe and his writing style.
American Craftsmen by Tom Doyle – I really enjoyed how this started, and Doyle’s written himself the foundations for a series that he could have a lot of fun with. I had some issues with the action scenes, but I’m an action scene snob.
books on the horizon that I’m planning to read next:
We get the keys to the new place on Thursday, the professional movers show up on Friday. Got just about everything packed up except the kitchen. Today we celebrated finishing packing the books.
I’ve done my favorite books of the year.
I’ve announced Vintage SciFi Month. See the bottom of this post for an important message*. (I’ve even started reading ahead of time for Vintage Month! never done that before!)
not much else to do but publish some boring statistics of my blogging year.
I reviewed 91 books. about 10 of those reviews were over at SFSignal.
I conducted around 40 interviews, here, at Apex Magazine, and also at SFSignal.
I got to attend some really fun conventions: ConFusion, AnimeMidwest, Context, and Grand Rapids ComicCon.
I learned how to use Netgalley. I am *not* an early adopter, so this was a huge deal for me. Files magically showing up on the kindle is sorcery, i tell you!
Including book (and a few movie, manga and tv show) reviews and a few commentary columns about geeky stuff, I wrote approximately 104,000 words. That’s slightly more words than Ender’s Game, and slightly fewer words than Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. nice.
The happiest of Happy New Years to everyone, and a huge thank you for goofing off with me on twitter, commenting on my posts, telling me about your favorite books and authors, and putting up with me when I simply would not shut up books I was excited about and geeky events I attended.
I’ll see everyone in January! when it’s time to turn back the clock!
* regarding Vintage SciFi Month radio silence: I am a jerk and didn’t e-mail back a lot of people who voiced interest in writing guest posts. I still would love to have you write something. Can be anything scifi-ish or fantasy-ish that is from 1979 or earlier: books, author bios, tv shows, movies, book cover art galleries, radio shows, award winners, geeky events, a short list of suggested books and/or short stories, etc. Send your guest post to me at redhead5318 at the gmail place. comment below or tweet me if you have questions.
As usual, I have attempted to not bring more books into the house and failed miserably. It might sound counter intuitive, but the more books that are piled up on the coffee table (and under the coffee table, and on the corner of the kitchen table, and on the table next to the bed), the less inclined I am to want to purchase more.
But, sometimes I can’t help myself. And then beautiful books show up in the mail, and before I know it I am surrounded by the happiness that is new books that have come to live in my house and be loved by me.
Here are my newest babies:
From Del Rey/Randomhouse comes a gorgeous edition of The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord. this is her follow up to The Best Of All Possible Worlds, but they can both be read as stand alones. Stay tuned for January, when I’ll have not one, but two articles about her new novel. I’m more than a little excited!
From Orbit (you know, the folks who spoil me rotten?) comes The Mechanical from Ian Tregillis. I had no idea he had a new novel coming out! But I sure was excited to pull this ARC out of it’s envelope. The Mechanical comes out in March, and so far the only thing I know about it is that since it has Tregillis’s name on it, I want to read it.