Ove’s Monthly Journal April 2010

I want to interest new people to Science Fiction, this vibrant genre of new ideas and wow moments, thus the 10010 Top Military Science Fiction Series and the new Formidable Female Protagonists in Science Fiction part 1, part 2 and part 3 in April.

I read 16 books in April, helped by the weather and  Easter holidays. As I am writing this, I see the brown grass, even some green grass coming out of the snow, there are still piles of snow lying around and our two weeks of spring is just around the corner.

Writing is fun, doing research for the articles is also fun as I had to go back to many of my favorites and recap a little of the adventures we had together. As a ‘punishment’  for that I got a long list of rereads to do, 20 something novels or series, sweet joy.

I am a bit backlogged when it comes to reviews but the unpublished ones are halfway finished or better, I dream of having a pile of 20 or so reviews ready for when ever I need them.

These are the most popular posts in April according to Google Analytics. I am a bit sad flickering pictures of SciFi is more popular than novels but I see where it is coming from.

  1. Amazing New SF Short Film: The Raven
  2. The Gates – an update on ABC’s New Supernatural Summer Show
  3. Spielberg’s Untitled Alien Invasion Project – Pilot Review
  4. Formidable Female Protagonists in Science Fiction part 2
  5. Interesting TV Pilots Round Up
  6. 10010 Top Military Science Fiction Series
  7. Formidable Female Protagonists in Science Fiction Part 1
  8. New Science Fiction Books in May 2010 there is a revised list up now
  9. Trends in Current Science Fiction part 4
  10. Casts for upcoming CW fantasy drama Betwixt

My backlog of reviews finished in April:

  1. The Crucible of Empire by Eric Flint & K. D. Wentworth (Jao Empire 2)
  2. Coyote Destiny by Allen Steele (Coyote Chronicles 2)
  3. Trade of Queens by Charles Stross (Merchant Princes 6)
  4. Gardens of the Sun by Paul McAuley (The Quiet War 2) review on Temple Library Review
  5. The Myriad by R. M. Meluch (Tour of the Merrimack 1)
  6. Wolf  Star by R. M. Meluch (Tour of the Merrimack 2)
  7. Pleasure Model by Chrisopher Rowley (Netherworld 1) review on Temple Library Review

Books read this month:

  1. Dust by Elizabeth Bear (Jacob’s Ladder 1)
  2. Chill by Elizabeth Bear (Jacob’s Ladder 2)
  3. Shadow of the Scorpion by Neal Asher (an Agent Cormac novel)
  4. Grindlinked by Neal Asher (Agent Cormac 1)
  5. The Line of the Polity by Neal Asher (Agent Cormac 2)
  6. Brass Man by Neal Asher (Agent Cormac 3)
  7. Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper 1) – audio book
  8. Half Share by Nathan Lowell (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper 2) – audio book
  9. Full Share by Nathan Lowell (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper 3) – audio book
  10. Double Share by Nathan Lowell (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper 4) – audio book
  11. Captain’s Share by Nathan Lowell (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper 5) – audio book
  12. The Sagittarius Command by R. M. Meluch (Tour of the Merrimack 3)
  13. Strength and Honor by R. M. Meluch (Tour of the Merrimack 4)
  14. A Mighty Fortress by David Weber (Safehold 4)
  15. South Coast by Nathan Lowell (A Shaman’s Tale in the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper) – audiobook
  16. Primary Inversion Catherine Asaro (Saga of the Skolian Empire 1)

I listen to a number of short stories mainly from my list of Science Fiction Podcasts and one stood out:

I curse the postal services in multiple countries as the books I ordered takes forever to arrive. How is it possible that a single book in an ‘envelope’ can takes 30 days from the US or in some cases even from UK to Sweden at this age? These books arrived this month (bought by me) some even on time, that’s what makes it so hard to understand why some doesn’t.

  1. Necromancer by Eric Brown (Bengali Station 1)
  2. Strength and Honor by R. M. Meluch (Tour of the Merrimack 3)
  3. The Sagittarius Command by R. M. Meluch (Tour of the Merrimack 4)
  4. A Mighty Fortress by David Weber (Safehold 4)
  5. The Orphaned Worlds by Michael Cobley (Humanity’s Fire)
  6. Deliverer by C. J. Cherryh (Foreigner 9)

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