Weekly Journal August 16-22

Things are starting to fall into place this week but time is as always in short supply. I only wrote one book review and that is way below the three per week that is my goal. I promise improvements already next week. I read one great book and another good one this week.

At the moment I am enjoying The Technician by Neal Asher, I am sorry Sheri but I had to read it as soon as it arrived. The other book I have started to read is A Plague of Angels by Sheri S. Tepper. I expect to finish both next week.

I spent much time writing TV reviews and recaps this week. I am experimenting a bit with different ways of doing it. What do you think? I would love to get some feedback on what works and what is not working. Please comment or send me an email with critique or advice. That goes for my other posts too. My email is ove ‘at’ cybermage.se.

Notable posts this week

There has been a lot of interest in Out of the Dark a new military science fiction, with vampires, expected next month. Now you can read snippets from it.

My one review this week wasn’t even on Cybermage, it was on Temple Library Review. Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds is an excellent book with a retro-futuristic steampunk feeling. Please check it out.

I am having a look at the upcoming Fall season. This week’s post is about Chuck Season 4. One of my favorite shows, it returns September 20 on NBC and it will be running on Mondays this season. This season is about the hunt for Chuck’s mysterious mother played by Terminator star Linda Hamilton and it looks like fun. You might also want to check out Lost Girl and The Event.

No noteworthy news for the  SFF Pilot Watch but there was some casting news for Chuck season 4 and a new poster and an interactive story for Lost Girl. Syfy Renews Eureka for a 5th Season was good news for next summer. For more TV news see my weekly “New & Returning TV this Week” post tomorrow.

I keep “When is my favorite show coming back?” updated with premieres and finales for all my favorite shows. There were no updates this week.

Formidable Female Protagonists in Science Fiction this week

I prefer female protagonists and this series of posts is homage to some of the most formidable female main characters in science fiction novels or series. Maria Isabella Boyd was in Clementine, one of this week’s read. A wonderful steampunk adventure. The others are new to me or stuff I read a long time ago.

  1. Maria Isabella Boyd – Air Detective (Cherrie Priest)
  2. Podkayne ‘Poddy’ Fries – Modern Girl? (Robert Heinlein)
  3. Imelda – Scientific Detective (Ella Mack)
  4. Margaret “Meg” Murry O’Keefe – Time traveler (Madeleine L’Engle)
  5. Darwi ‘Dar’ Odrade – Sea Child (Frank Herbert)

Female Protagonist in SciFi TV this week

Chloe on Stargate Universe is one of the more controversial characters on that show (SGU) and that’s one of the reasons I chose her to represent first. There are one or two more females there I would like to follow up with later. TJ is a given but I am still figuring out if I should include Wray and Lt James, what do you think?

I think Chloe can be a great character on SGU if the writers give her half a chance. The trailer for season 2 looks promising.

New SF Books in September

Here is my pick for September: New Science Fiction Books in September 2010

New SF Books in August

New Science Fiction Books in August 2010 Revisited is definitely worth a look

Books Read this week

  1. Clementine (Clockwork Century book 2) by Cherie Priest (Subterranean Press)
  2. Engima (Harmony book 2) by C. F. Bentley (Daw)

Backlog of books

  1. Awakened Mage (Kingmaker Kingbreaker book 2) by Karen Miller (Orbit)
  2. Innocent Mage (Kingmaker Kingbreaker book 1) by Karen Miller (Orbit)
  3. Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds (Tantor Media) – reviewed on TLR
  4. Servants of the Underworld (Obsidian & Blood book 1) by Aliette de Bodard (Angry Robot)
  5. Palimpsest by Catherynne M Valente (Bantam Spectra)
  6. Julian Comstock by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor) [Review soon]
  7. The City and the City by China Miéville (MacMillan) [Review soon]
  8. Vishnu at the Cat Circus by Ian McDonald (Pyr/Gollancz) – a novella [Review soon]
  9. Ashes and Stars (Omega Point Trilogy book 1) by George Zebrowski

Books bought by me this week

  1. The Technician (Polity) by Neal Asher (Tor UK)

Progress rapport after the break

I have a hefty plan for reading this summer. Reading 46 books in two months. I am so screwed, hubris is what it was.

Read so far

Left to read