Cybermage’s Monthly Journal May 2011

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

May is one of the most interesting months of the year when it comes to television. Most season finales and the upfront for the next year. This year upfronts started about a week earlier as the networks  tried to trump each other in news. Genre shows took a severe beating but some of my favorite shows will return this Fall (Read the list). I have still not forgiven Syfy for cancelling SGU though.

Talking about the finales Fringe pulled a disappearance act, Supernatural a new god and Chuck a new Intersect. Love to have them returning this Fall.

On the reading side I did quite well with 16 very enjoyable books read. Fuzzy Nation is my favorite of the month.

Books Read

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  1. Daggerspell (Deverry book 1) by Katherine Kerr (Voyager 1996, 1st 1987)
  2. Bones of the Empire (Jak Cato book 2) by William C. Dietz (Ace 2010)
  3. City of Ruin (Legends of the Red Sun 2) by Mark Charan Newton (Tor UK 2010)
  4. Point (Josh Cumberland 2) by Thomas Blackthorne (Angry Robot 2011) – review copy
  5. De Vassa tändernas skog (Eng: The Forest of Hands & Teeth) by Carrie Ryan (Styxx fantasy 2011, 1st 2009) – Review copy
  6. Dead Reckoning (True Blood 12) by Charlaine Harris (Gollancz 2011)
  7. Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi (Tor 2011)
  8. A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire book 2) by George R. R. Martin (Random House Audio 2004, 1st 1999
  9. City of Ruins (Diving into the Wreck 2) by Kristine Katheryn Rusch (Pyr 2011)
  10. The Noise Revealed (The Noise Within 2) by Ian Whites (Solaris 2011)
  11. The Deserter (The Inferior book 2) by Peadar Ó Guilín (David Fickling Books 2011)
  12. The Hot Gate (Troy Rising 3) by John Ringo (Baen 2011)
  13. Shadow Chaser (The Chronicles of Siala 2) by Alexey Pehov (Simon & Schuster 2011)
  14. The Rogue (Traitor Spy Trilogy book 1) by Trudi Canavan (Orbit 2011)
  15. Embassytown by China Miéville (Tor UK 2011)
  16. Out of the Dark by David Weber (Tor) – reread

Please see my to be read list and request reviews

Reviews of Earlier Reads

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  1. The Road to the Rim (The John Grimes Saga book 1 read as part of To the Galactic Rim Omnibus) by A. Bertram Chandler (Baen 2011, 1st 1967)
  2. Antares Dawn (Antares 1) by Michael McCollum (Sci Fi Arizona 2009, 1st 1986)
  3. The Genius Gene (Catherine Fox Trilogy 1) by Howard Birnberg – Book Guild (2010)
  4. Wonder (WWW book 3) by Robert J. Sawyer (Ace 2011)

Please see my list of books pending review and request reviews

Books Received

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Review copies

  1. Initiate (The Unfinished Song book 1) by Tara Maya (Misque 2010) – review copy
  2. The Pandoran Age Chronicles (Omnibus The Rise of the Taloned Sire, The Pandoran War)by Dante D’Anthony – review copy from author

Free Books

  1. The Winds of Khalakovo by Bradley P. Beaulieu (Night Shade 2011)

Books bought by me


  1. Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi (Tor 2011)
  2. Dead Reckoning (True Blood 12) by Charlaine Harris (Gollancz 2011)
  3. City of Ruins (Diving into the Wreck 2) by Kristine Katheryn Rusch (Pyr 2011)
  4. The Noise Revealed (The Noise Within 2) by Ian Whites (Solaris 2011)
  5. The Deserter (The Inferior book 2) by Peadar Ó Guilín (David Fickling Books 2011)
  6. The Hot Gate (Troy Rising 3) by John Ringo (Baen 2011)
  7. A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire book 2) by George R. R. Martin (Random House Audio 2004, 1st 1999)
  8. The Rogue (Traitor Spy Trilogy book 1) by Trudi Canavan (Orbit 2011)
  9. Embassytown by China Miéville (Tor UK 2011)
  10. Shadow Chaser (The Chronicles of Siala 2) by Alexey Pehov (Simon & Schuster 2011)