Reading Journal: January 27th, 2012

In my weekly Reading Journal section, I’ll post updates about what I’m reading and working on for Far Beyond Reality. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll also report here which books I’ve received for review from publishers.

As I expected when I wrote last week’s update, I ended up giving up on Seven Princes by John R. Fultz. It may be to some people’s tastes, but it just didn’t work out for me, as I explain in detail in my review.

Since then, I started reading Giant Thief by David Tallerman, a debut novel due out from Angry Robot Books next week. I finished reading it in a few days. I’m browsing through it again now while working on the review, which will appear on first before I post it here.

Next up I’m planning to read Strata, a science fiction novella by Bradley Beaulieu and Stephen Gaskell. That review will appear here in the course of next week. And what I read after that depends on a few things, including a possible assignment from I’ll let you all know next week!

And now, in the interest of full disclosure, here are the books I received for review from publishers since my last update, with some notes and info about if and when I’ll review them.

Boneyards by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. This is the third installment in Rusch’s Diving universe, after the excellent Diving into the Wreck and its sequel City of Ruins, both of which I reviewed for other sites. (The second book has a quote of my review of the first one on the back cover, and Boneyards has a quote of my review of the second book. I love seeing my reviews quoted on books – it’s one of my favorite things, together with hearing that someone read and enjoyed a book because of my review or recommendation.) I’ll probably review this one, but I’m not sure yet where or when the review will appear first.

Heir of Novron by Michael J. Sullivan. I didn’t read the Riyria Revelations series when it was still self-published, but I’ve read and enjoyed the first four novels since Orbit acquired the series. I reviewed the first novel for Fantasy Literature. I will definitely read this final omnibus, and the review will appear here on Far Beyond Reality.

Manhattan in Reverse by Peter F. Hamilton. I’m a fan of this author, and have read everything he’s written except for the last two books of his Void series, which I haven’t had the chance to read yet. Manhattan in Reverse is only Hamilton’s second short story collection. I’m definitely planning to read and review this.

Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey. This book collects for the first time anywhere Philip José Farmer’s epic Khokarsa cycle, including the never-before-published conclusion to the trilogy, The Song of Kwasin. The book’s description doesn’t really speak to me, and I’ve never read anything by Farmer, so this one is in the “maybe” category for now.

Strata by Bradley Beaulieu and Stephen Gaskell (electronic ARC). This is the novella I mentioned above, and the next book I’m planning to read and review.

The Straits of Galahesh by Bradley Beaulieu (electronic ARC). This is the sequel to the author’s well-received debut The Winds of Khalakovo. I haven’t read Book One yet, but I’m seriously considering trying to read and review both of these books back to back in the course of next month, depending on how my schedule works out.

And that’s it for this week’s Reading Journal! If you’ve read this far, please take a moment to let me know what you are reading this week!

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4 Responses to Reading Journal: January 27th, 2012

  1. Gerry Allen says:

    Currently reading Faith by John Love, thanks to you; Nano Comes to Clifford Falls, Nancy Kress’ short story collection; The Map of Time by Felix Palma. I try to have two novels and a short story collection or Asimov’s at any given time.

  2. Excellent – let me know what you think of Faith when you’re done. The Map of Time by Felix Palma is a book that’s very high on my list of things I plan to read when I don’t have any urgent deadlines.”

  3. Almarna says:

    I’m currently reading A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin and at the same time Das Labyrinth der träumenden Bücher by Walter Moers. The latter is a sequel to The city of dreaming books (which, as you can see has an English translation already). Go and read it if you haven’t done so yet, it’s hilarious and utterly awesome! At least I hope it will be in the translation as well…

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