Reading Journal: February 3rd, 2012

In my weekly Reading Journal, I’ll provide a brief update on what I’ve been reading and what’s on the horizon. In the interest of full disclosure, I will also list which books (if any!) I’ve received from publishers for review.

Well, to be honest, there hasn’t been a whole lot of time to read for me this past week, due to a variety of factors that were mostly based in reality ― rather than far beyond reality. Some medical stuff and some things related to my upcoming move kept me away from books. I’m also still on the learning curve in terms of setting up this blog, but I’m starting to get a handle on things. In either case, all of this resulted in not very much reading time for yours truly.

I read ― and enjoyed ― the novella Strata by Bradley Beaulieu and Stephen Gaskell. I was planning to post the review here this week, but I’m very happy to report that has agreed to post it. I’ll share it here a few days after it goes up at

Aside from that, the only other SF&F I’ve had the chance to read is the first few hundred pages of Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper. So far, it’s been an enjoyable but somewhat conventional fantasy novel, but we’ll see where it goes from here.

So, that’s not a whole lot of reading this past week. I’ll have to pick up the pace if I want to keep providing original content here!

As far as books received from publishers this week, well, not a whole lot to report there either, but just in the interest of full disclosure:

– I received a galley of Orb Sceptre Throne, the newest Malazan novel by Ian C. Esslemont. I’m definitely reading this one because I’m a big fan of Erikson & Esslemont, but it’s probably going to be a while because I’m a bit behind on that series…

– … and just today I received a copy of Chasing the Moon by A. Lee Martinez. Based on the book description, this looks like a fun, comedic fantasy. I’m really looking forward to this one and plan to read and review it here soon.


And that’s it for my reading journal this week!

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2 Responses to Reading Journal: February 3rd, 2012

  1. Redhead says:

    I’m very interested in your review of Strata. I’d never heard of Bradley Beaulieu until a few weeks ago, and now his name is popping up everywhere!

  2. Yeah, he’s definitely starting to get more visibility. The second book in his main series is coming out soon too. I don’t know if you follow me on Twitter or anywhere else, but I’ll announce there when the review of Strata goes up on I can only post it here about a week later.

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