Cybermage’s Monthly Journal January 2012

Welcome to Cybermage and this monthly retrospective.

It started with a happy new year and it still is.

Reading wise Ernest Cline‘s debut novel Ready Player One is Best read. All that gaming and 80’s nostalgia was fun. One of the greatest books of 2011 no doubt.  Of this years books I have to say Boneyards is the best read so far. I was a bit disappointing we didn’t get to explore the the mystic field of space ships they found but now I have something to look forward to in the next.

On the surprise side Mecha Corps was way better than expected. Fun military action. I am looking forward to the sequels.

I am happy with all my reading this month to be honest. League of Peoples and Legion of the Damned are series worth reading.

Television-wise  it is a new year too and I have had a look at the pilots. Not too shabby. Still not much space based science fiction, which is a downer. I would love to see the Adjustment Bureau as a serie. At the same time I am afraid Syfy might mess it up. There is also Beautiful People a pilot about a near future society where androids start to become self aware. We have a surprisingly good Swedish series called Äkta Männsikor [eng. True Humans] (SVT) with a very similar story (our androids are branded Hubots btw). But none of the pilots will be out this winter.

The Winter season so far… Chuck, Oh my god. Has left us. Not everyone liked the ending but I did. Too few series get the chance to have a planned exit like Chuck. Kudos to NBC for giving it. My other favorite series Fringe is up in the ratings but still in the danger zone. Newcomer Alcatraz looks promising as does Touch. Non genre comedy series Rob has also caught my fancy. The later maybe because he is a short guy with a tall beautiful wife like I.

/Ove

ps thanks for the 153.000 visits in January ds

Books Read

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  1. Giant Thief by David Tallerman (Angry robot 2011)
  2. Illegal Alien by Robert J. Sawyer (ACE 2012, 1st 1997)
  3. By Force of Arms (Legion of the Damned 4) by William C. Dietz (Audible Frontier 2010, 1st 2000)
  4. Expendable (League of Peoples 1) by James Alan Gardner (Harper Collins 2009, 1st 1997)
  5. Vigilant (League of Peoples 2) by James Alan Gardner (Harper Collins 2007, 1st 1999)
  6. Mecha Corps (Armor wars 1) by Brett Patton (Roc 2012)
  7. Hunted (League of Peoples 3) by James Alan Gardner (Harper Collins 2009, 1st 2000)
  8. Ascending (League of Peoples 4) by James Alan Gardner (Harper Collins 2009, 1st 2001)
  9. Radiant (League of Peoples 5) by James Alan Gardner (Harper Collins 2009, 1st 2005)
  10. For More Than Glory (Legion of the Damned 5) by William C. Dietz (Audible Frontier 2010, 1st 2003)
  11. For Those Who Fell (Legion of the Damned 6) by William C. Dietz (Audible Frontier 2010, 1st 2004)
  12. When All Seems Lost (Legion of the Damned 7) by William C. Dietz (Audible Frontier 2010, 1st 2007)
  13. When Duty Calls (Legion of the Damned 8) by William C. Dietz (Audible Frontier 2010, 1st 2008)
  14. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Century 2011)
  15. Boneyards (Diving 3) by Kristine Katheryn Rush (Pyr) – uk us
  16. A Fighting Chance (Legion of the Damned 9) by William C. Dietz (Audible Frontier 2011, 1st 2011)
  17. Ganymede (Clockwork Century 4) by Cherie Priest (Tor 2011)

Please see my to be read list and request reviews

Books Received

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Review copies

  1. Autogenesis by David Sikter (Wela Förlag 2012)

Books bought by me

      
     

  1.  Illegal Alien by Robert J. Sawyer (ACE 2012, 1st 1997)
  2. For More Than Glory (Legion of the Damned 5) by William C. Dietz (Audible Frontiers 2010, 1st 2003)
  3. Mecha Corps (Armor wars 1) by Brett Patton (Roc 2012)
  4. For Those Who Fell (Legion of the Damned 6) by William C. Dietz (Audible Frontier 2010, 1st 2004)
  5. When All Seems Lost (Legion of the Damned 7) by William C. Dietz (Audible Frontier 2010, 1st 2007)
  6. When Duty Calls (Legion of the Damned 8) by William C. Dietz (Audible Frontier 2010, 1st 2008)
  7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Century 2011)
  8. Faith by Peter Love (Night Shade 2012)
  9. A Fighting Chance (Legion of the Damned 9) by William C. Dietz (Audible Frontier 2011, 1st 2011)
  10. Boneyards (Diving 3) by Kristine Katheryn Rush (Pyr) – uk us
  11. Transmission (Ragnarok book 2) by John Meaney (Gollancz) – uk
  12. Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidon’s Children Book 1) by Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz) – uk us
  13. In the Lion’s Mouth (January Dancer 3) by Michael Flynn (Tor) – uk us
  14. Count to a Trillion (Book 1) by John C. Wright (Tor) – uk us