Cybermage’s Monthly Journal June 2011

Welcome to Cybermage and this look at the month of  June.

This month has been interesting. It started with a hailstorm almost blowing us of a mountain top and then I went to my first con. Eurocon was everything I expected and more. I got to meet one of my favorite authors Elizabeth Bear. She is so nice and funny in person and at the sessions she participated in. Ian McDonald was there too, a very friendly and nice guy especially at the bidding party.  I never got to tell him how much  I love his books so I do it here instead. I love Aries Express and Desolation Road.

I am not as well versed in our local Swedish genre scene as I would like to but I think I have a new favorite there. I meet Åsa Schwarz at the con and have since then finished one of her books, it is a marvelous eco fantasy.

I also meet many new fascinating people there some I knew online before but now got faces on. Many thanks to the organizers and participants for the best Con I ever been too! Count on me to show up many more times.

Leviathan Wakes was my best new read this month. It is an fast paced space opera with coming-of-age, mafia conspiracies and much much more. All the Windwracked Stars and Fleet of Worlds where quite good too. I was a bit disappointed by The Book of Transformations and the new Lost Fleet series. Dreadnaught was just more of the same which was a bit disappointing.

Next month I am on holiday so I plan on reading a lot and maybe writing here a bit more than lately. There are some great books coming next month and my back log needs trimming.

Books Read

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  1. Patriots by David Drake (Baen 1996) – re-read
  2. The Pandoran Age Chronicles (Omnibus The Rise of the Taloned Sire, The Pandoran War)by Dante D’Anthony (Chronos Production 2010)- review copy from author
  3. Quozl by Alan Dean Foster (Ace 1989)
  4. All the Windwracked Stars (The Edda of Burden book 1) by Elizabeth Bear (Tor 2008)
  5. A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire book 3) by George R. R. Martin (Random House Audio 2004, 1st 2000)
  6. Fleet of Worlds (Fleet of Worlds 1) by Larry Niven & Edward M. Lerner (Tor 2007)
  7. En Död Ängel [A Dead Angel] (Nova Barakel book 2) by Åsa Schwarz ( Telegramförlaget 2011)
  8. A Talent for War (Alex Benedict book 1) by Jack McDevitt (ACE 1989) – reread
  9. The Book of Transformations (Legend of the Red Sun 3) by Mark Charan Newton (Tor UK 2011)
  10. Dreadnaught (Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier 1) by Jack Campbell (Ace 2011)
  11. Dragonspell (Deverry 4) by Katherine Kerr (Voyager 1998, 1st 1990)
  12. Dawnspell (Deverry 3) by Katherine Kerr (Voyager 1996, 1st 1989)
  13. Darkspell (Deverry 2) by Katherine Kerr (Voyager 1996, 1st 1988)
  14. Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse 1) by James S. A. Corey (Orbit 2011)

Please see my to be read list and request reviews

Reviews of Earlier Reads

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  1. Dead Reckoning (True Blood 12) by Charlaine Harris (Gollancz 2011)
  2. City of Ruin (Legends of the Red Sun 2) by Mark Charan Newton (Tor UK 2010)
  3. De Vassa Tändernas Skog (Eng: The Forest of Hands & Teeth) by Carrie Ryan (Styxx fantasy 2011, 1st 2009) – Review copy

Please see my list of books pending review and request reviews

Books Received

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Books bought by me

  1. Alba by Kristina Hård (Kabusa 2009)
  2. Carneval by Elizabeth Bear (Bantam 2006)
  3. Quozl by Alan Dean Foster (Ace 1989)
  4. Accelerado by Charles Stross (Ace 2006, 1st 2005)
  5. Almosor och Draken (Berättelser från Tabor 1) by Mattias Lönnebo (Bombadil 2011)
  6. Glastornen by K. G. Johansson (Wela 2011, 1st 2005)
  7. All the Windwracked Stars (The Edda of Burden book 1) by Elizabeth Bear (Tor 2008)
  8. By the Mountain Bound (The Edda of Burden book 2) by Elizabeth Bear (Tor 2009)
  9. Rule 34 (Halting State book 2) by Charles Stross (Ace 2011)
  10. Halting State (Halting State book 1) by Charles Stross (Ace 2008, 1st 2007)
  11. The Nine Lives of Chloe King by Liz Braswell (Simon & Schuster 2011)
  12. A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire book 3) by George R. R. Martin (Random House Audio 2004, 1st 2000)
  13. The Book of Transformations (Legend of the Red Sun 3) by Mark Charan Newton (Tor UK 2011)
  14. Dreadnaught (Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier 1) by Jack Campbell (Ace 2011)
  15. Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse 1) by James S. A. Corey (Orbit 2011)