Weekly Journal October 4-10

I am preparing for a new kitchen next week. The carpenters will start at seven every day! This might affect my blogging.

This last week has been quite hectic but I read some interesting books and watched mostly entertaining TV. I am starting to have some hope for The Event.

Notable posts this week

I finished the regular posting of Formidable Female Protagonists in Science Fiction last week. The result is 125 interesting protagonists that should satisfy most tastes here and there. The after-word and my own arbitrary top lists are out as well as a take on the Zeitgeist that created those females from 1940 to today. There is also a list of the ones I haven’t read yet. That is mostly for my own use so I remember to order them.

Chuck and SGU rocked this week.

Monthly Posts

New SF Books in October

November’s picks will be along on Friday. You can use Almanac of forthcoming SF Books (a new fresh one) to tide you over.

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

Books Read

I had pretty high expectations on Hannu Rajaniemi’s debut novel The Quantum Thief and you can read all about it in my review tomorrow. Earthseed was a pleasant surprise. It is a Lord of the Flies on a semi-sentient colony ship story. The final book in the trilogy Seed Seeker will be released in november.

  1. Earthseed (Seed Trilogy book 1) by Pamela Sargent (Tor 1983)
  2. The Quantum Thief (The Quantum Thief 1) by Hannu Rajaniemi (Gollancz 2010)

Reviews to be published

  1. Queen of Candesce (Virga book 2, Omnibus Virga: Cities of Air) by Karl Schroeder (Tor 2007)
  2. Sun of Suns (Virga book 1, Omnibus Virga: Cities of Air) by Karl Schroeder (Tor 2006)
  3. The Domino Pattern (Quadrail book 4) by Timothy Zahn (Tor)
  4. Damage Time by Colin Harvey (Angry Robot 2010)
  5. Children No More (Jon & Lobo 4) by Mark L. van Name (Baen 2010) – Review on TLR  October 5
  6. The Genius Gene (Catherine Fox Trilogy 1) by Howard Birnberg (Book Guild 2010)
  7. The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive book 1) by Brandon Sanderson (Tor/MacMillan Audio 2010)
  8. A New Hope (2/4 Cavalry book 1) by Eric Johnson (Amazon kindle 2010)
  9. A Plague of Angels (A Plague of Angels book 1) by Sheri S. Tepper (HarperCollins 1994)
  10. Engima (Harmony book 2) by C. F. Bentley (Daw)
  11. Awakened Mage (Kingmaker Kingbreaker book 2) by Karen Miller (Orbit)
  12. Innocent Mage (Kingmaker Kingbreaker book 1) by Karen Miller (Orbit)
  13. Palimpsest by Catherynne M Valente (Bantam Spectra)
  14. Julian Comstock by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)
  15. The City and the City by China Miéville (MacMillan 2009)
  16. Vishnu at the Cat Circus by Ian McDonald (Pyr/Gollancz) – a novella
  17. Ashes and Stars (Omega Point Trilogy book 1) by George Zebrowski

I also published a review of Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard published earlier on TLR.

Books bought by me this week

Amazon keep on delivering. UK is okay but I am really disappointed in the postal service from the US. It took over a month for them to deliver one single pocket book. This was from one of Amazon’s sub sellers of used books. Hell, I get books from New Zealand in shorter time than that.

  1. Orbus (Splaterjay book 3) by Neal Asher (Tor UK 2010)
  2. Chasing the Dragon (Quantum Gravity book 4) by Justina Robson (Gollancz 2009)
  3. Going Under (Quantum Gravity book 3) by Justina Robson (Gollancz 2008)
  4. Selling Out (Quantum Gravity book 2) by Justina Robson (Gollancz 2007)
  5. Keeping it Real (Quantum Gravity book 1) by Justina Robson (Gollancz 2006)
  6. The Compleat McAndrew by Charles Sheffield (Baen 2000)
  7. Earthseed (Seed Trilogy book 1) by Pamela Sargent (Tor 1983)
  8. The Sunless Countries (Virga 4) by Karl Schroeder (Tor 2009)
  9. The Quantum Thief (The Quantum Thief 1) by Hannu Rajaniemi (Gollancz 2010)
  • Paul

    Only recently found you site and it is a great resources for SciFi TV stuff. Thank you.

    How do you find the time to read so much?

  • Hi Paul,
    You are welcome.

    I try to read one or two hour a day, its not that hard when you only sleep six hour per night and your spouse don’t, then I usually take Saturdays off for reading. I read around 50 pages per hour depending on the text so it comes to around 900 pages per week.

    I should add that I have a very understanding spouse.