Reading Journal: February 10th, 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.

Remember how I wrote last week that I didn’t get to read a lot, due to a bunch of factors I had no control over? Well, same story this week! The whole medical and moving thing still applies, but the main problem this time was my computer blowing up on me. Yeah. So for the time being I’m blogging on my wife’s tiny little netbook. Somehow I still managed to get some new posts up here, including my very first author interview and a few new reviews.

All I managed to read was the rest of Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper. I’m working on the review right now and hope to have it up on the site early next week. Yesterday I started reading Chasing the Moon by A. Lee Martinez, a fun comedic fantasy that’s more or less exactly what I need to take my mind off things like chronic pain and computers blowing up.

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the books I received for review from publishers this week:

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente. Well, I absolutely loved Valente’s novel Palimpsest, and I’ve heard mostly good things about Deathless, so I’ll probably read it fairly soon. (This also reminds me that I should post my review of Palimpsest here at some point, as it’s one of the few books I rated five stars over on GoodReads in the last few years. I’m pretty stingy with stars.)


Shadow Ops: Control Point by Myke Cole. Doesn’t this book just look like a fun escapist SFF adventure? Even the cover gives me that vibe, like an action movie you may feel a little guilty about liking but still end up watching from beginning to end. I’ll probably read this soon, maybe even right after my current read.


POD, by Stephen Wallenfels. I’d never even heard of this author or novel, which is rare. From the blurb, it looks like a fairly standard alien invasion story, but I’ll give it a try and let you know. I’m putting this on my “try fifty pages to see if I get into it” shelf.


After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, by Nancy Kress. The title is a bit unwieldy, but this is an author I’ve always wanted to read but never got around to. The plot summary looks very interesting too, including aliens, ecological disaster and time travel. This one definitely goes in the review queue.


Finally, I got this email from the good people at Night Shade Books on Thursday afternoon:

After reading about the cuts to public library funding in California this week NSB have decided to give something back, for every 10 new followers @nightshadebooks gets in the next 48 hours we’ll give a book to a Bay Area public library. If you could help us out with a tweet about it or spread the word in some other way that would be awesome!

For every 10 new followers @NightShadeBooks gets in the next 48 hrs, we’ll donate a book to a Bay Area public library!

Wonderful initiative, right? I’m a big fan of the local public library system here in San Diego. Please help NSB support Bay Area libraries by following them (@nightshadebooks) and spreading the word!

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

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5 Responses to Reading Journal: February 10th, 2012

  1. Redhead says:

    I really enjoyed Deathless when it came out last year, so I hope you enjoy it as well. Valente has turned into one of those authors where I buy her books the moment I see them, even I have no idea what they are about. I just got her “Myths of Origin”, can’t wait to dive into it.

    I’ve also got that Nancy Kress, and like you, I’ve never read her before and am very interested in this new novel (novella?). I can’t wait to hear what you think of the Myke Cole, that book is getting tons of press!

    • I hate to admit it, but I’ve only read Palimpsest by Valente. I tried reading a novella called Under in the Mere by her and couldn’t get into it, but I think that may have been due more to my state of mind at the time. I’m very excited about Deathless as well as the Prester John novels, and I really want to get into the Orphan’s Tales soon too.

      And yes, Myke Cole – tons of press! I got sucked in by all the positive reviews by bloggers I know and respect. I plan to review it here soon.

  2. I’ve read Monster by A. Lee Martinez, but haven’t check out any of his other stuff yet. I really liked Monster, and based on that I will probably be looking for more of his stuff. Since he doesn’t write series, I think it’s easier to fit into my schedule.

    I am currently listening to Control Point, about 6 hours in an am really digging it. I like Military Scifi, and like the added Fantasy elements to the story.

    I have one Nancy Kress novel on my TBL list, and will definitely look for her new one if it comes out in audio.

    • Well, Chasing the Moon was fun! I will review it here next week, and I plan to read more by A. Lee Martinez. I think he has a new book coming out in March?

      What you said about Control Point is what drew me in – military SF with fantasy elements. I can’t think of a lot of other examples of that particular mixture. It’s going to be my next read, and I hope it’ll live up to my expectations.

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