May Summary

A day early but I figured I’d get a jump on this now.

The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron

The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham

The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King

The Wolf Age by James Enge

The Door to Lost Pages by Claude Lalumiere

Sleepless by Charlie Huston

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.

March Summary

Read (or listened to) and reviewed in March:

The Ginger Star by Leigh Brackett

The Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones

The Black God’s Kiss by C. L. Moore

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi

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.

February ’11 Summary

I’m still having a struggle finding time and energy to blog.  Maybe as we get closer to spring the tantalizing thought of sunny days and soothing sight of blue skies will increase my energy.  Here is what I reviewed this past month:

Among Others by Jo Walton

Bloodshot by Cherie Priest

Clementine by Cherie Priest (audio)

Dreadnought by Cherie Priest

Fearless by Jack Campbell (audio)

Courageous by Jack Campbell (audio)

Black Gate 14

I’ve been delving into some older swords and sorcery titles over the last month but haven’t had a real chance to sit down and write any reviews. I’m just about done with the Planet Stories edition of Black God’s Kiss by C. L. Moore and read through The Ginger Star by Leigh Brackett (more swords, planets and sorcery). I also ready Howard Andrew Jones The Desert of Souls, which was every bit as awesome as I thought it would be so expect a review soon. March has a number of sequels coming out namely Erikson’s The Crippled God and Rothfus’ Wise Man’s Fear (which I actually forgot about).  I also have a number of arcs to take a look at (most with April release dates) and I sort of want to re-read Game of Thrones before April 17.  I also want to get back to my Erikson re-read.  I do plan on continuing to read more swords and sorcery titles as opportunity arises.  I’m also going to be away for PAX East 2011 next week so things will be quiet(er) here during that time as well.

January Summary

I swear I frickin’ clicked publish!!!!!!  Argh!  This should have been up Wednesday.  Here it is now.

Read and reviewed in January:

The Fall by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

Dauntless by Jack Campbell

Stonewielder by Ian Cameron Esslemont

Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card

Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

Cowboy Angels by Paul McAuley

Coming up towards the end of this week I should have a review up for Among Others by Jo Walton and next week I should have something to say on Bloodshot by Cherie Priest (I’m also listening to the audio version of Clementine). I don’t have anything big in the works at the moment and am pretty much grabbing books at whim.  I will tell you that I plan to grab Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones as soon as I am physically (or digitally) able to ( Jones is on the editorial staff of Black Gate which deserves a post all its own) since a swords and sorcery tale of Arabian adventuring sounds just about right.  I’ve paused in my reading through Stealer of Souls (the first Elric anthology) but plan to get back to that soon.  I guess, given my excitement for Desert of Souls and frequent perusal of the massive Black Gate issue 14 I’m sort of on a sword’s and sorcery kick.  I definitely want more and I’ve been hearing the silent call of those Conan and Lankhmar anthologies sitting on my bookshelf.  I mean check out this gorgeous cover:  

That is how you frickin’ do “dude with sword” on a fantasy cover.

A Quick Look Back at 2010 (also…December Summary)

No big year end posts for me.  No choices for best-ofs, I’ve enjoyed too much over the course of year to make some sort of arbitrary decision about which was best.  Some interesting stats…

In 2010 the blog had  aprox. 41,000  hits.  An increase over 2009’s 29,159 hits.  A fairly substantial increase.  I have no way to determine how that increase came about, but there it is (I suspect robots).  I made 127 new posts in 2010.  Not a bad number, but I have nothing to really compare it to so it is something of a meaningless stat.   I also had sort-of a semi-anniversary this year.  Technically speaking, on the basest of levels, I started this blog 2005.  Of course in 2005 it really wasn’t “this blog” and a was a much sadder, sorrier, thing than what you see now.  So while, technically it has been 5 years, in reality it has been closer to 3 (I moved the blog to wordpress in May of 2007).  However I didn’t really start posting reviews, or even posting regularly until October 2007 (there was a one paragraph semi-review of The Lies of Locke Lamora in August 2006).  As you can see determining when to celebrate my this thing’s inception is a bit difficult.

In terms of reading 2010 was pretty similar to 2009 with 73 books (more or less) read and reviewed over 2009’s 70.  I’m hoping in 2011 I can inch that number a bit higher.  What will 2011 bring?  Even I don’t know.  But I’m pretty excited to find out.

A quick take on December:

The Last Colony by John Scalzi

An Autumn War by Daniel Abraham

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin

At the Queen’s Command by Michael A Stackpole

SW: Fate of the Jedi: Vortex by Troy Denning

The Emerald Storm by Michael A Sullivan

Black Lung Captain by Chris Wooding

November Summary

November’s Reviews:

The Towers of Midnight by Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan

The House of Lost Souls by F. G. Cottam

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

The Mark of Nerath by Bill Slavicsek

Terror by Dan Simmons

In the coming months I’m going to work a bit harder on reading on my nook. Working in a library the siren song of free books, which often accumulate in rather large stacks as I check things out faster than I can read them, is difficult to ignore. Truthfully I’m getting a bit weary of the stacks of books littering my living space and my car; I’m starting to feel a bit claustrophobic. So I’m doing my best to track down digital versions of books I want to read whether it be from Barnes and Noble, Book Depository, Smashwords, or any number of other places that sell ebooks.  No big themes planned for December which, still being employed in retail, is typically an unnecessarily hectic month.  On a whim I’m going to be working licensed fiction into my reading a bit more; a result of curiosity more than anything else.  That’s it for now, I’ll be back later this week with a review of Scalzi’s The Lost Colony.

*gasp* A Timely September Summary

This month felt a bit slow for me and I’m not sure I was as productive as I could have been.  It didn’t help that late in the month the arrival of Community Season 1 on DVD seriously impacted my reading by being hilarious (also, Halo: Reach).  I have two more upcoming reviews for September reads: David Weber’s Out of the Dark and Nicholas Kaufmann’s Chasing the Dragon; then it’s onward to October’s horror reads all of which have me excited more on that after the summary.

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August Summary

I decided to try and get this done on time/early rather than late this month.  As usual here are a list of titles I reviewed in August:

Heretics by S. A. Swann
The Office of Shadow by Matthew Sturges
The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman (audio)
The Grave Thief by Tom Lloyd
A Book of Tongues by Gemma Files
Mission of Honor by David Weber
Warp Riders by The Sword (music)
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

I’m currently working my way through Col Buchanan’s Farlander and Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous With Rama.  The latter title is sort of a response to Mark C. Newton’s recent post on Genre Diversity (itself an extension of an early post about frontlist titles) calling for more coverage of backlist and indie published titles.  While I’ve done a smattering of indie titles, typically in the horror genre, I’m less frequent with backlist titles.  While I can’t promise the sort of epic and in depth reviews that the folks over at the SFF Masterworks blog are producing (Larry’s reviews in particular always make me feel bad about my own general laziness) I’ll at least make an effort to cover some more “classic” and backlist titles in the coming months.  I’m contemplating a horror binge come October (it being the month for that kind of stuff) so if anyone out there has suggestions let me know.

July Summary

Almost forgot…again.  In July I read and reviewed the following books:

City of Ruin by Mark C. Newton

Legacies by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

The  Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Backlash by Aaron Allston and Allies by Christie Golden (audio)

The Comet’s Curse by Dom Testa

Neverland by Douglas Clegg

Canticle by Ken Scholes

The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett

Whew!  Not too shabby.  I’ve noted with some horror that number of books sitting on my floor, or on my nook, has grown a bit large.  So this month I plan on making a start on getting through a nice chunk of that pile.  I’ve started with Mission of Honor by David Weber and am loving it so far (I’m predisposed to liking this one I know, but I’ll be damned if Weber isn’t a master at big military SF).  After that I’m excited to check out The Book of Tongues by Gemma Files, another fine release from the folks of at Chizine and a book whose supernatural + wild west elements will scratch the itch inflamed by my reading of the Deadlands: Reloaded rule book.  I forgot completely that I had Walking the Tree by Kaaren Warren sitting on my nook since I grapped the epub from Book Depository sometime back.  I also plan on getting back to The Emerald Storm by Michael Sullivan, the latest in the Riyria Revelations, which I had an advance PDF for but I stopped reading because the nook isn’t terribly efficient at reading PDFs.  I managed to finally grab a copy of Col Buchanan’s Farlander via Book Depository which I ordered alongside Black Lung Captain by Chris Wooding and Tome of the Undergates by Sam Sykes.  Last but not least Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins will hit at the end of the month and I have a review in the works for The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson which doesn’t hit the shelves until the 31st.  I also have a number of audiobook reviews to get to including: A Mighty Fortress by David Weber, the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, and the Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman so keep an eye out for those as well!

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Better Late Than Never: June Summary

Almost two weeks into July and I realized I never posted a June Summary (I also missed May…oops).  I’m sure no one but me cares but I find it somewhat useful to take a look at what I read over the previous month.  So in June we had:

Up Jim River by Michael Flynn

A continuation of the consistently great and awesomely epic series started in The January Dancer.  This is great character driven space opera that deserves a look from a broader audience.

Noir by Robert Coover

A dark, twisted tale of the titular genre that makes bizarre and engaging use of the second person narrative voice.

Triumff: Her Majesty’s Hero by Dan Abnett

A comic fantasy set in an alternative 2010 where magic has kept Elizabethan England alive and well.  Occasionally a bit too humorous for my tastes but something a bit different your adventure fantasy norm.

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Something of an homage to the great military sci-fi classics of yore stands tall on its own as one of the newer sci-fi classics of the aughts.

The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

The sequel to Old Man’s War is deeper and more intense then the first volume and explores the nature of identity an future leaning steeply towards post-human.

A bunch of my time in June was consumed by Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings, but I won’t say anything until the book is out for masses.  I have a couple of audiobook reviews just about ready to go since it has been a while since I’ve posted one of those so stay tuned for that.  If it wasn’t already obvious from the couple of reviews I’ve posted already this month I’m trying to work some more YA titles into my reading; particularly when I’m busy in other areas since I can fly through them pretty easily.  Next week I’m on vacation (yay!) and hopefully I’ll get some posts done and scheduled to go up while I’m away.  While I am away, however, I hope to work my way through a number of sequels to titles I’ve read in the past.  At the very least I’d like to makes some headway with The Grave Thief by Tom Lloyd, Canticle by Ken Scholes, and The Desert Spear by Peter Brett (with Heretics by S. Andrew Swann thrown in to shake things up a bit).  So stay tuned!