Cybermage’s Monthly Journal February 2011

Welcome to Cybermage and this February retrospect.

The beginning was programming, the middle a bit under the weather and the end spent in contemplation.

I read some mighty good books this month. Dan Abnett’s Embedded especially comes to mind. It is about a journalist embedded in a soldiers mind during a battle on a distant planet. Then the soldier takes a bullet just under his eye effectively killing his mind and the journalist has to take over and ‘walk’ the guy back. Dan is new to me but I wish i discovered him earlier, he is right up my lane.

Hellhole by Brian HerbertKevin J. Anderson also went down it is the first it is a surprisingly tight space opera with both rebellions and alien mysteries.

I got to finish a series this month Justina Robson’s delightful enchanted cyborg hero Lila Black is at roads end of the Quantum Gravity series. I finished Down to the Bone and it had some unexpected twists and turns you can expect a review of in the next few weeks.

I also watched some good TV. BBC’s Outcasts started a bit weak but it has been catching up. Now I can’t wait on episode 7 on Sunday. Outside genre one of my favorite shows Justified returned and I have been enjoyed two new series too Fairly Legal and Harry’s Law.

I am happy so many people found my When is my favorite show coming back? page.

Books Read

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  1. The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower book 3) by Stephen King (Penguin Audio 2003, 1st 1991)
  2. The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower book 2) by Stephen King (Penguin Audio  2007, 1st 1987)
  3. The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower book 1) by Stephen King (Penguin Audio 2003, 1st 1982)
  4. Down to the Bone (Quantum Bomb 5) by Justina Robson (Gollancz 2011)
  5. The Changeling (The Fae 2) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Audible Frontiers 2010, First 1996)
  6. In Fire Forged (Worlds of Honor 5) Edited by David Weber stories by David Weber, Jane Lindskold, Timothy Zahn, Andy Presby (Baen 2011)
  7. Hellhole (Hellhole book 1) by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson (Simon & Schuster 2011)
  8. Embedded by Dan Abnett (Angry Robot 2011) – Review copy
  9. The Sacrifice (The Fae 1) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Audible Frontiers 2010, First 1995)

Please see my to be read list and request reviews

Reviews of Earlier Reads

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  1. Owner’s Share (A Trader’s Tale book 6) by Nathan Lowell (Podiobooks 2011)
  2. Mockinjay (The Hunger Games book 3) by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic 2010)
  3. The Lost Gate (Mither Mages 1) by Orson Scott Card (Blackstone Audio 2011)
  4. Money Shot (Netherworld book 3) by Christopher Rowley (Tor 2010)
  5. Yarn by Jon Armstrong (Night Shade Books 2010)
  6. Catching Fire (The Hunger Game book 2) by Suzanne Collinz (Scholastic 2009)

Please see my list of books pending review and request reviews

Books Received

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Review copies

  1. The Dinosaur Games by Christopher Gordon (2011) – Review ARC

Books bought by me



  1. Center of Gravity (Star Carrier book 2) by Ian Douglas (Harper Voyager 2011)
  2. Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower book 4) by Stephen King (Penguin Audio 2003, 1st 1997)
  3. The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower book 3) by Stephen King (Penguin Audio 2003, 1st 1991)
  4. The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower book 2) by Stephen King (Penguin Audio 2003, 1st 1987)
  5. Home Fire by Gene Wolfe (Tor 2011)
  6. The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower book 1) by Stephen King (Penguin Audio 2003, 1st 1982)
  7. Down to the Bone (Quantum Gravity 5) by Justina Robson (Gollancz 2011)
  8. Moxyland by Lauren Beukes (Angry Robot 2008)
  9. Damage Time by Colin Harvey (Angry Robot 2010) – paper copy of ebook
  10. The Changeling (The Fae 2) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Audible Frontiers 2010, First 1996)
  11. In Fire Forged (Worlds of Honor 5) Edited by David Weber stories by David Weber, Jane Lindskold, Timothy Zahn, Andy Presby (Baen 2011)
  12. Hellhole (Hellhole book 1) by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson (Simon & Schuster 2011)
  13. The Sacrifice (The Fae 1) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Audible Frontiers 2010, First 1995)