Monthly Journal August 2010

August has been a busy month for me so I have only finished 11 books and written 9 reviews. I am still trying to find the right balance of things to write about. I love books but I also love tv so I would like to do both with slightly more on books. A tv program only lasts an hour, a book can last for days. I still intend to write a review of every book I read but some of them might be shorter. With the upcoming tv season I intend to cover each new show or season as it starts up and then return to them a bit further in to the season.

I think Aliette de Bodard is the most impressive new author (new to me) I read this month. Her Servant to the Underworld is a different kind of fantasy outside the normal comfort zone of western fantasy. One of the best read of the year so far is Neal Asher’s The Technician set in the same AI controlled Polity as his Agent Cormac books I also read this month.

The final score when summer is over is 21 out of 46 books of my goal to read this summer. Hubris is what it was. I will continue to pick from the list but I am afraid now with September’s Pick and the fall there is way too many interesting new books coming in.

Last month I had a stunning 126% increase in unique visitors and to my surprise this month continues with a modest 25% increase! I expected a drop after that exceptional rise. This month a great deal of the increase can have to do with my series Formidable Female Protagonists in Science Fiction which celebrated 100 protagonists last week! The series received 7.679 hits compared to July when it received 3.250 hits and even got a mention in Genreville. I had a record breaking 22.568 unique visitors in August compared to 18.045 in July, 7.967 in June  and 7.925 in May.

Great thanks to all the friendly people out there.

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Popular 5

  1. Formidable Female Protagonists in Science Fiction Part 20
  2. New Science Fiction Books in September 2010
  3. Samantha ‘Sam’ Carter on Stargate SG-1 [Female Protagonists on SF TV]
  4. Chloe on Stargate Universe [Female Protagonists on SciFi TV]
  5. Interesting TV Pilots Round Up

Popular book reviews

  1. Fire by Kristin Cashore (The Seven Kingdoms 2) (8) January 21
  2. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris (True Blood 10) *New* June 10
  3. Review of Mission of Honor by David Weber (HH 12) *New* July 8
  4. Eye of the Storm by John Ringo (Hedren War 1) *New* January 16
  5. Harmony (Harmony 1) by C. F. Bentley (Daw) Review *New* July 29
  6. Live Free or Die by John Ringo (Troy Rising 1) Review *New* February 24
  7. Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay 1) by Chris Wooding (Gollancz) [Book Review] *New* August 12
  8. Victorious by Jack Campbell (Lost Fleet 6) ↓ (3) May 27
  9. A Mighty Fortress by David Weber (Safehold 4) ↔ May 5
  10. Stealing Light (Shaol sequence 1) by Gary Gibson ↓ (6) July 22

This is the list in comparison to last month’s list, the value in parenthesis is last month placement.

The spread in time is maybe less significant than the genre selection. My visitors seems to like about the same kind of books I do.

Popular TV

  1. Samantha ‘Sam’ Carter on Stargate SG-1 [Female Protagonists on SF TV] *New* August 7
  2. Chloe on Stargate Universe [Female Protagonists on SciFi TV] *New* August 21
  3. Interesting TV Pilots Round Up *New* February 20
  4. The Event Ordered to Series ↓ (2)  May 8
  5. Sarah on Chuck [Female Protagonists on SF TV] ↓ (1) July 16

Seems like hot chicks is popular on the internet, who knew?

Books read this month

  1. The Colony (The Colony book 1) by Ray Harper (The Book Guild 2010)
  2. A New Hope (2/4 Cavalry book 1) by Eric Johnson (Amazon kindle 2010)
  3. A Plague of Angels (A Plague of Angels book 1) by Sheri S. Tepper (HarperCollins 1994)
  4. The Technician (Polity) by Neal Asher (Tor UK)
  5. Clementine (Clockwork Century book 2) by Cherie Priest (Subterranean Press)
  6. Enigma (harmony book 2) by C. F. Bentley (Daw)
  7. The Black Lung Captain (Tale of the Kitty Jay book 2) by Chris Wooding (Gollancz)
  8. Awakened Mage (Kingmaker Kingbreaker book 2) by Karen Miller (Orbit)
  9. Innocent Mage (Kingmaker Kingbreaker book 1) by Karen Miller (Orbit)
  10. Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds (Tantor Media) – reviewed on TLR
  11. Servants of the Underworld (Obsidian & Blood book 1) by Aliette de Bodard (Angry Robot) on TLR

Backlog of books read earlier

  1. Survival Kit by Frederik Pohl (Granada)
  2. Palimpsest by Catherynne M Valente (Bantam Spectra)
  3. Retribution Falls (Tale of the Kity Jay 1) by Chris Wooding (Gollancz)
  4. Julian Comstock by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)
  5. Absorption (Ragnarok book 1) by John Meaney (Gollancz)
  6. The City and the City by China Miéville (Del Rey)
  7. Vishnu at the Cat Circus by Ian McDonald (Pyr/Gollancz) – a novella [Review soon]
  8. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest – Clockwork Century (Tor)
  9. Ashes and Stars by George Zebrowski – Omega Point Trilogy 1 (NEL)

Books received for review

  1. A New Hope (2/4 Cavalry book 1) by Eric Johnson (Amazon kindle 2010)

Books bought by me this month

  1. Do Unto Others (Freehold) by Michael Z. Williamson (Baen)
  2. The Technician (Polity) by Neal Asher (Tor UK)
  3. The Colony by Ray Harper (Book Guild Publishing)
  4. Children No More (Jon & Lobo 4) by Mark L. van Name (Baen)
  5. Clementine (Clockwork Century 2) by Cherie Priest (Subterranean Press)
  6. The Unincorporated War (The Unincorporated Man book 2) Dani & Eytan Kollin (Tor)
  7. The Black Lung Captain (Tale of the Ketty Jay 2) by Chris Wooding (Gollancz)