Weekly Journal August 23-29

I read three books this week. Neal Asher’s The Technician is clearly one of my favorite books this year.

I had to cut down on my TV reviews a bit to be able to read more. Got to find a balance there because I want to follow certain series. Writing five TV reviews a week is a bit much though. This week I only managed two.

Notable posts this week

  • Almanac of forthcoming SF Books is a new feature where I will tease upcoming releases before giving more detailed suggestions in my monthly picks.
  • Assorted New Blurbs and Covers for Veteran book 2 (Gavin G Smith)and The Hidden Empire book 4 (Jaine Fenn). Also for two new series by Gary Gibson and Alan Campbell respective.
  • 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.
  • The New TV Season for Science Fiction Fans (Fall 2010) is a brief on all the new and returning SFF shows this fall. Most of the shows have videos.
  • I am having a look at the upcoming Fall season. This week’s post is about Fringe Season 3. One of my favorite shows, it returns September 23 on Fox. You might also want to check out Chuck Season 4Lost Girl and The Event.
  • Two new shows and some casting news for the  SFF Pilot Watch this week.
  • 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.

100 Formidable Female Protagonists in Science Fiction this week!

100, that is cool. It was a quite popular post, it got almost four thousands hits on day one. Thanks for all the nice suggestions ! I also made an Index Page with index on author and character name.

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. Robinson’s Mars trilogy is the only one known to me but the other ones looks interesting too.

  1. Dana- Vessel of Understanding (Octavia Butler)
  2. Skeen – Gate Rooner (Jo Clayton)
  3. Katniss Everdeen- The Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)
  4. Marquelle Green Tamryn – She-Lord (Dara Joy)
  5. Nadezhda “Nadia” Chernyshevsk – Reluctant President (Kim Stanley Robinson)

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. A New Hope (2/4 Cavalry book 1) by Eric Johnson (Amazon kindle 2010)
  2. A Plague of Angels (A Plague of Angels book 1) by Sheri S. Tepper (HarperCollins 1994)
  3. The Technician (Polity) by Neal Asher (Tor UK 2010)

Backlog of books

I also made an updated review of Darkship Thieves by Sarah A. Hoyt on TLR and one of The Bloodstained Man (Netherworld 2) by Christopher Rowley here.

  1. Clementine (Clockwork Century book 2) by Cherie Priest (Subterranean Press 2010)
  2. Engima (Harmony book 2) by C. F. Bentley (Daw)
  3. Awakened Mage (Kingmaker Kingbreaker book 2) by Karen Miller (Orbit)
  4. Innocent Mage (Kingmaker Kingbreaker book 1) by Karen Miller (Orbit)
  5. Servants of the Underworld (Obsidian & Blood book 1) by Aliette de Bodard (Angry Robot)
  6. Palimpsest by Catherynne M Valente (Bantam Spectra)
  7. Julian Comstock by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor) [Review soon]
  8. The City and the City by China Miéville (MacMillan) [Review soon]
  9. Vishnu at the Cat Circus by Ian McDonald (Pyr/Gollancz) – a novella [Review soon]
  10. Ashes and Stars (Omega Point Trilogy book 1) by George Zebrowski

Books received for review

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

Books bought by me this week

  1. Do Unto Others (Freehold) by Michael Z. Williamson (Baen)

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