I apologize for the lack of posting last week. We are currently in the process of setting up a new branch library across town and I spent most of last week unpacking boxes, shifting books, and other things. I went home most days with just enough energy to go for a run. Rinse and repeat this for several days and by Friday I had pretty much destroyed my immune system (allergies + exhaustion). That was just in time for my sister to be graduating from Grad school and Mother’s Day weekend which was spent down in Washington D.C.. I still mostly feel like ass but hopefully I’ll be able to get some posts up this week and chew through some of my review backlog.
I’m also going to try to avoid buying Diablo 3 this week…that probably won’t happen though. I’ve yet to finish playing Skyrim and Mass Effect 3, the latter because I don’t really want the story to end, and I had hoped those facts would keep me away but I’m not sure that’ll be enough.
So keep your eyes open for more content coming down the line.
Late as usual, thanks to the holidays plus a bout post-Christmas stomach fun (note: there was no actual fun had). I’m still considering doing a belated “best of 2011″ (with the obvious caveat being “things I’ve read/listened/played” which is a frighteningly small percentage of actual things released in 2011). Meanwhile I’m prepping for MAGFest X. Hopefully this year I’ll get some stuff posted from the show itself. The fun starts tomorrow and word is there are still tickets at the door; so if you’re a fan of games and are in the DC area you should definitely give it a shot. Anyway, hit the jump for some statistical fun…
I’ve things to bake, turkeys to eat, and dragons to slay so I’ll be back on Monday! I’ll be kicking next week off with some thoughts on Skyrim and catching up on my last couple of horror-centric reviews (American Vampire, Predatory Instinct, and Borealis). I polished off Wintertide in just about 2 days so keep an eye out for that one as well! In the meantime have a Happy Thanksgiving peoples and enjoy a little bit of Turkey day fun courtesy of The Oatmeal.
Things are a bit busy at work since we are down one staffer and prepping for our annual booksale not to mention the fact that my allergies (not helped by the move to fall nor the handling of moldy old books) make me want to curl up and sleep the mucus away. So, while I slowly plink away at my excessive backlog of reviews here is a summary of what I reviewed in August and September.
Since it is now October I’m also scouring the “shelves” (or internet) for some horror to read. I’ve actually had a better time of it this year and I’ve started reading Southern Gods (Blues + Lovecraft = Win) by John Horner Jacobs and I’m particularly looking to giving Black Light a shot, despite the fact that it is written by the guys who did Saw.
I apparently forgot to post about my vacation last week. Oops. Well, I’m back now and I’ve got a couple of reviews to work on. It was a fairly product vacation reading wise (I may have hoped for the sun and blue skies, but I will not complain too loudly about some rain) so expect to see reviews of these titles in the coming week or two:
A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin (a lot to process on this one)
The Ghosts of Watt O’Hugh by Steven S. Drachman
Ashes of the Earth by Eliot Patterson
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker
Not quite done but will be soon: Ghost Story (audio) by Jim Butcher
A slow month in the midst of several slow months. Packing all the George R. R. Martin books more-or-less back to back may not have been the most brilliant of ideas. I’m about a third of the way through A Dance With Dragons and will probably finish while I’m on vacation at the end of this week. I have a rather cumbersome stack of books on my desk but I’ll be browsing for some serendipitous finds before I leave. For a summer vacation I need at least one horror novel so I’ll see what I can dig up.
My obsession with all things SMod has stymied my audiobook listening. I’ve started a stopped listening to The Broken Sword, and Hexed (the latter was actually rather disappointing) but am maybe 25% through the latest Dresden Files book: Ghost Story. I did a nice little twitter shout out from Kevin Smith for my post about SModcast/SIR, which gave me a nice little geek high.
A Feast for Crows
George R. R. Martin
When it was first released A Feast for Crows was the target of a lot of anger for fans longing to reader more about many of their favorite characters. Roughly 400 pages shorter than A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows was a disappointment to fans more what it did not include than on the actual merits of its content. While on my first read through I’m willing to admit that I was amongst the displeased masses on my second read through I’ve come to appreciate many, if not all, of the different characters whose perspectives Martin uses in A Feast for Crows.
Continue reading →
June looks a lot more productive than it felt. I really fell off the wagon with the 30 Day Challenge Posts, I might still do a catch all for the last couple, but I think its time might be past. Summer is always a bit rough, what with the siren call of sun and fun but I’ve been trying to keep up with my reading. I’ve also been playing a lot of Dragon Age II. Despite my grumbling during pre-release I’ve really been enjoying it. With some minor exceptions Dragon Age II is in many ways an improvement over the first game. I’m almost done with A Clash of Kings which leaves me at sort of a crossroads. I had initially pegged A Dance With Dragons as a late July release but everywhere now says July 12. My ability to hold off and wait is extremely suspect so I don’t know if I’m going to attempt to buckle down and power through A Storm of Swords and A Feast for Crows (that’s a lot of pages for 13 days of reading). This will likely be a last minute decision. The bizarre decision on my part to read Evermore will tie into a few more YA reads starting with a review of Stephen Gould’s 7th Sigma; on deck are The Dead-Tossed Waves and Rot & Ruin. I am also in the middle of Hexed by Kevin Hearne (in audio) and even took a detour to checkout Preston and Child’s latest Gideon’s Sword (not-sff) in audio.
A day early but I figured I’d get a jump on this now.
In June on I plan on powering through A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Feast for Crows in order to be ready for A Dance with Dragons when it releases in July. I have a couple of reviews in the works for The Last Page by Anthony Huso (challenging and interesting), The Dewey Decimal System by Nathan Larson (semi post-apocalyptic thriller noir), Leviathan Wakes by S. A. Corey (crunchy space opera awesomesauce), 7th Sigma by Steven Gould (slick YA read), and Dreadnaught by Jack Campbell (new Lost Fleet series but I never finished reviewing the original Lost Fleet series). I’m almost finished with the audio version of Robert J Sawyer’s WWW: Wake and I’m chomping at the bit to move onto the next book in the Fate of the Jedi series (I hate the irregular publishing schedule with a fiery passion). I’ll also be trying to make it through my 30 Day Video Game Challenge which is slightly longer than 30 days since I missed a couple of days and I tend to take weekends off.
Read (or listened to) and reviewed in March:
Not too much else to say here. I’m currently working on a reread of Martin’s Game of Thrones. I finished The Crippled God and should have a review up later this week, though like The Wise Man’s Fear above, this is a difficult title to review. Once I’m done with Game of Thrones I have every intent in digging into Abraham’s The Dragon’s Path.