In this section, I’ll occasionally post brief updates about what I’m reading and what I’m working on for Far Beyond Reality and the other sites I write for, just to let you know what you can expect on the blog, and (I hope) to generate some discussion. Don’t be shy – post a comment and let me know what you’re reading!
I’m currently reading two books. The Best of Kage Baker is an upcoming collection of the late, great SFF writer’s short fiction. I was a big fan of Kage right from the start, having picked up her debut In the Garden of Iden, the first novel in her brilliant Company series, back when she was still being published by Avon, then keeping up with her books through several publishing houses and impatiently waiting during the long period when the series didn’t have a publisher, until Tor finally snatched it up and released the previously out-of-print volumes and the long awaited sequels. The Best of Kage Baker is a collection of previously published short stories and novellas, including several great Company stories, as well as a large batch of previously uncollected stories – which should make this a book many Kage Baker fans are very eagerly awaiting. The Best of Kage Baker is due out in late April from Subterranean Press, and I’ll have a review up around that time.
The other book I’m working on is Seven Princes, the opening volume of the Books of the Shaper series by debut author John R. Fultz. I’ll save more info about this novel until I write the actual review, but for now I’ll just say that I’m not entirely sure yet whether I will actually finish reading it.
In other news, I’ll have a review of Hitchers, the second novel by Will McIntosh, coming up on Tor.com soon (and that review will appear here a few days later), and I’ll have a review of a novel from an excellent, woefully under-appreciated fantasy series appearing here later this week…
Your reviews really speak to me, with a clear yet expressive voice. Time will tell if our tastes coincide; frankly, I hope they merely intersect. Reviews that reveal literary intellect and human wit are few; yours seem to fit. All the best.
Thank you for the kind words! I hope the reviews here will introduce you to some books that fall outside of the area where our tastes overlap.
Hi, I mention you post on a Google+ page about the Company series and its potential as a gaming setting: https://plus.google.com/b/117012291154512779465/117012291154512779465/posts/CXbn6kp6N3u
Neat idea. There’s definitely potential there, and lots of options as far as historical periods campaigns can take place in. I wonder if everyone would end up wanting to be an Enforcer, though! 🙂
Thanks for your appreciation. My take is that Enforcers are hack-and-slash material. For a roleplaying game, I would say more social creatures such as Preservers are better suited. ^^