Weekly Journal January 10-16

The darkness of winter is finally waning and the sun has been looking at us a few hours most days this week. Its has been twenty (thirty today) degrees below or more outdoors making it easy to stay inside and read. Which I did beside writing a bit about TV.

One good thing beside the fun at being back at work is the time you can spend on listening to audio while driving there, so I listen to the audio book version of The Lost Gate, the first book in Orson Scott Card’s new fantasy series Mither Mages. It was so good that I could not wait to listen to the rest. Coming of ages stories are one of my soft spots and this was quite a good one I hope to tell you about soon.

Somewhat to my surprise Citadel, the second part of Troy Rising by John Ringo arrived this week. I was expecting Harbinger of the Storm by Aliette de Bodard since it was sent more than a week before. But the ways of the Royal Mail is mysterious to say the least. Citadel was the expected space opera romp even if it suffered a bit from being the second book where the new is not so new. The main protagonist was undoubtedly a young female pilot with the nickname Comet even if the people from the first book figured too.

I was asked a few weeks ago if I could review a new steampunk novel and I said yes because the description sounded interesting. I have now read Steam Queen by Jack Hessey. It takes place in the wild west of Europe where independent city states fight wars with the help of mercenary trains. Erica a young disturbed woman joins one of the mercenary groups and all kinds of violence happens. An entertaining if somewhat thin book, my review will be along in a week or so.

The last book I finished this week is Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton. It has taken me a long time to finish because I found it easy to put down. It has so many viewpoints and characters that I almost gave up like my son did. But I am happy I didn’t because it is a great book, the last hundred or so pages made up for the fractured views in the first three hundred or so. I already started a bit on the next book in Legends of the Red Sun. It will probably take a while for me to make a review of this one. I am sure many would find this a brilliant book from the beginning but I prefer few main characters and have general problems with the ones with multiple ones.

The new season has some interesting new shows like Game of Thrones and Outcasts that I am really looking forward to. Chuck, Fringe, Human Target, Archer and SGU are the returning shows that excite me out of the genre ones. What is your take on the new television landscape?

I did not make any post about The Cape because I need to see more before I say anything more than it was uneven. Maybe next week.

Annual Posts

Monthly Posts

Monthly Review December 2010

New SFF Books in February

Read my recommendations here or click on the covers for a larger picture.

New SFF Books in January 2011

Click the covers for more information

Read this week

Click the covers for a larger image and linked titles for reviews.

  1. Nights of Villjamur (Legends of the Red Sun 1) by Mark Charan Newton (Tor UK 2009)
  2. Steam Queen (Steam Queen 1) by Jack Hessey (Lazy Day 201o) – review copy
  3. Citadel (Troy Rising 2) by John Ringo (Baen 2011)
  4. The Lost Gate (Mither Mages 1) by Orson Scott Card (Blackstone Audio 2011)

Please see my to be read list and request reviews

New Reviews of Earlier Reads

Click the covers for a larger image and the titles for reviews.

  1. Guardians of the Phoenix by Eric Brown (Solaris 2010)
  2. Dark Spires editor Colin Harvey (Wizard’s Tower 2010)

Please see my list of books pending review and request reviews

Arrived Books

Click the covers for a larger image

Bought by me

  1. Citadel (Troy Rising 2) by John Ringo (Baen 2011)