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Picked up from [livejournal.com profile] almeda. I'm going to track which books I read this year. Last year I read 54
  • 'Date' below means the date I finished reading it;
  • Origin abreviations: [ARC] means advanced reading copy; [G] means gift or giveaway (free); [H] means part of the Hugo voting packet; [L] means I got it from the library; [N] means new book (retail); [O] means online book; [P] means proofreading; [R] means a re-read; [S] means secondhand.
  • Entries in Bold contain Hugo Award Eligible Material
  • The List )
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  • Go to the farmer's market. Bought:
    • Mesclun
    • Herb Bread
  • Go to Library:
    • Return one book: Above by Leah Bobet
    • Request three inter-library loan books:
      • City of Dragons by Robin Hobb
      • Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
      • Partials by Dan Wells
  • Catch up on social media:
    • LiveJournal
    • Facebook
    • Google +
    • Tumblr
  • Read other library book: Flesh and Fire by Laura Anne Gilman
  • Drink tea
  • Practice bodhran (13.5 minutes)
  • Listen to Ways of Wind and Water CD by Cheshire Moon
  • Work on sketch for Christmas card
  • Go for walk
  • Watch Farscape season 1
  • Write "thank you" card for Paperbackswap book that arrived this week The Heir of Night by Helen Lowe
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Books Read in September

  1. Sep 04: Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi, 2011, TOR, SF [N]
      He is an artist at camouflaging clues
  2. Sep 18: Priestess of the Eggstone by Jaletta clegg (Fall of the Altairian Empire #2) 2012, Journalstone, Space Opera [G]
      Chaotic story of rash decisions
  3. Sep 30: Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal (Glamourist Histories #4) TBD, TOR, Historical Fantasy [P]
      Venetian double-cross

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And this is a post about what I brought home from Chicon

Before the con I shipped a box of books to myself in Chicago to get them signed.
  • Robots: The Recent A.I. (a short story collection) I got signed by Rachel Swirsky, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente
MRK's and Cat Valente's Hugo nominated novellas were both in this collection. I was shocked that neither of them won.
  • Ravens In The Library (a short story collection) I got signed by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente, personalized
  • Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, signed
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch, signed
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, signed
  • Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire, signed
I also bought in the Dealers Room
  • Guardians of the Keep by Carol Berg, signed
  • Digger Vol. 1 by Ursula Vernon, signed
  • Digger Vol. 6 by Ursula Vernon, signed for a friend
Ursula did win a Hugo for Digger this year

Plus I picked up a number of free books while there
  • A Magic of Twilight by S. L. Farrell, DAW 2008
  • Hidden City by Michelle West, DAW 2007
  • God's War by Kameron Hurley, Night Shade Books 2011
  • The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schaffer, Night Shade Books 2011
  • The Emperor's Knife by Mazarkis Williams, Night Shade Books 2011
Plus a download card for
  • Barry's Tale a novella by Lawrence M. Schoen

There was a lot of new filk at this con, I bought 6 CDs
  • Queen of Spindles by Talis Kimberly
  • Hazardous Fiddle by Amy McNally & Friends, debut
  • Third Thyme's the Charm by Three Weird Sisters, debut
  • Ways of Wind and Water by Cheshire Moon, debut
  • Edges by Cathy McManamon
  • Bare Bones by Cathy McManamon, limited release
Many of you won't recognize the name Cathy McManamon. Let me tell you that this may be the first time you heard of her but it probably won't be the last. She has been writing and performing songs for a while, but only discovered filk in the past year. The other name people may not know is Cheshire Moon which is a new band including Lizzie Crowe, Susan Weiner, and Eric Coleman.

In case that wasn't enough shopping I also bought 2 pairs of hand knitted striped knee socks to wear with my kilt.
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Books Read in August

  1. Aug 05: Paloma by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Retrieval Artist #5) 2006, ROC (NAL), SF, Alien [S]
      The slim line between complicit and accessory
  2. Aug 08: Recovery Man by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Retrieval Artist #6) 2007, ROC (NAL), SF, Alien [S]
      The foundations of the series are shaken in the last hundred pages.
  3. Aug 21: Brave Men Run by Matthew Wayne Selznick (Sovereign Era #1) 2005, MWS, SF (Superhero) [O]
      I love the personal scale of the story
  4. Aug 30: Princeps' Fury by Jim Butcher (Codex Alera #5) 2009, Ace (Penguin), Fantasy [N]
      I wish we could follow one plot

July Media

Jul. 30th, 2012 07:48 pm
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Books Read in July


  1. Hugo Stories 2011 [H]
    • Jul 06: The Man Who Bridged the Mist by Kij Johnson, Novella, Asimov’s, Fantasy, With all the supernatural fluff, it is a story about choices and change
    • Jul 15: Ray of Light by Brad R. Torgersen, Novelette, Analog, SF,
      Submarine story
    • Jul 15: The Ice Owl by Carolyn Gilman, Novella, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, SF, A sad and anti-climatic tale of planet hopping
    • Jul 19: The Copenhagen Interpretation by Paul Cornell, Novelette, Asimov's, SF, Alternate History Reletivity
    • Jul 19: What We Found By Geoff Ryman, Novelette, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, SF, Quantum Geneology
    • Jul 22: Countdown By Mira Grant, Novelella, Orbit, SF, A moving story, like Titanic
    • Jul 22: Outbound By Brad R. Torgersen, Novelette, Silent Forge Press, SF, interesting story, but I'm unsure of the ending
  2. Project Stories,
    • Jul 18: Bonding to Genji by David Brin, Novelette, 1992, Murasaki (Bantam Books), SF [R,S] Haste makes waste
    • Jul 27: Vintage Seasons by C.L. Moore, Novelette, 1946, Astounding Science Fiction, SF [S] A "forbidden fruit" time travel story
  3. Jul 14: Embassytown by China Miéville, 2011, Macmillan / Del Rey, SF [H]
      Some interesting ideas, but a slog to get to the end
  4. Jul 17: Soulless by Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate #1) 2009, Orbit (Hachette), Period Fantasy [G]
      Delightful Tongue-in-cheek Victorian Urban Fantasy
  5. Jul 30: Buried Deep by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Retrieval Artist #4) 2005, ROC (NAL), SF, Alien [S]
      Lots of POV's for a detective story. Possibly the best of the series

Podcasts in July

  1. Writing Excuses (Season 7) by Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, & Dan Wells; Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); In Progress
      I just like to listen to writers talking about writing
  2. I Should be Writing #ISBW by Mur Lafferty, NonFiction; In Progress
      The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers
  3. SF SqueeCast (Season #2) by Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente, Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); In Progress
      A fun fannish interest panel, suffers a bit from remote connectivity format
  4. The Roundtable Podcast by Dave Robison & Brion Humphrey (Season #1), Speculative Fiction Story Workshop; In Progress;
      A chance to learn about writing from the mistakes of others

Vlogs in July

  1. MHS Hysteria Log: Eternity Clock (Mini-Series) by "Stagethane", Full Cast, Steampunk/Time Travel SF; Complete
      A series of short (4-8 minute) tongue-in-cheek vignettes.

Hugo Vote

Jul. 24th, 2012 12:18 am
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Is confirmed. I am done. In spite of minimal employment (and minimal budget) I have read 18 novels and over 36 shorter works published in 2011.

Now I plan to take a break from award reading till September. (I still get to make Hugo nominations next year) I already have over a dozen books published in 2012 recommended to me.

Projects

Jul. 16th, 2012 09:50 am
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I am a creative person. I draw, I paint, I write, I sing, I game, I organize. I am finding that lately I am committing to projects that spend my creative energy on things which aren't "My art". This is not a whine or a complaint it is an observation.

A major example this year has been "critical reading". I have read for entertainment/fun for most of my life, and still do. In the past couple of years I started Beta-Reading for writers. It lets me read stories, for free, before the rest of the world, and I get to contribute my opinion. That being said, being a beta-reader is not the same as reading for fun. I can't just fall into the immersive nature of the story, I have to pay attention in different ways.

I have also been reviewing Advanced Reading Copies on LibraryThing (dot com). Again Free Books. Again not the same as reading for fun. The big change this year is Hugo Award reading. This includes the "recently published binge" I did to come up with nominees, and reading the "Hugo Packet". At this point I have read (or listened to) about 70% of the nominated materials. It is all quality, but not necessarily stories I would normally read.

Another place my creative energy is going is Smoffing (Convention work). I loved helping to make ConCertino 2012 happen, but I am also glad it is over. 7Pi-Con is going to be amazing this year and you should all be there.

So now you know why I only posted once in the month of June.

My current project list:
Finish reading Hugo Novellas & Novelettes
Send in Hugo Ballot (next week)
Send in Pegasus Ballot (next week)
Write a review for "Tales From Super-Science Fiction"
7Pi-Con work
Post ConCertino Con Report
The "Sekrit Projikt"
Plan my trip to WorldCon

And after all that I can (I hope) get back to some painting.

June Media

Jun. 30th, 2012 09:21 pm
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Books Read in June

  1. Hugo Stories 2011 [H]
    • Jun 21: Marco and the Red Granny by Mur Lafferty, novella, The Hub, SF,
      They needed a cartoonist to compete in The Most Dangerous Game
    • Jun 24: Shadow War of the Night Dragons: Book One: The Dead City: Prologue by John Scalzi, Short Story, TOR.com, Fantasy, An exercise in excessive irony
  2. Jun 23: Deadline by Mira Grant (Newsfleash #2) 2011, Orbit (Hachette), SF, Urban [H]
      Needs more suspects
  3. Jun 26: Tales From Super-Science Fiction Edited by Robert Silverberg, 2012, Haffner Press, SF [ARC] 1950's Pulp Short Stories, some have aged better than others

Podcasts in June

  1. Writing Excuses (Season 7) by Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, & Dan Wells; Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); In Progress
      I just like to listen to writers talking about writing
  2. The Points Between by Christopher Wright, read by author, Fantasy; Season 1 Complete
      In the style of old time radio thrillers
  3. I Should be Writing #ISBW by Mur Lafferty, NonFiction; In Progress
      The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers
  4. SF SqueeCast (Season #2) by Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente, Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); In Progress
      A fun fannish interest panel, suffers a bit from remote connectivity format
  5. The Roundtable Podcast by Dave Robison & Brion Humphrey (Season #1), Speculative Fiction Story Workshop; In Progress;
      A chance to learn about writing from the mistakes of others
  6. Ravenwood by Nathan Lowell (Tanyth Fairport #1), Narrated by Author, Fantasy; Complete
      Adventure of a 53 year old herbwoman. Second Listen, I'm looking forward to Book 2.

Vlogs in June

  1. MHS Hysteria Log: Season 2 by "Stagethane", Full Cast, Steampunk/Time Travel SF; In Progress
      A series of short (4-8 minute) tongue-in-cheek vignettes.

May Media

May. 31st, 2012 10:15 pm
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Books Read in May

  1. May 07: Robots The Recent A.I. Edited by Rich Horton & Sean Wallace; 2012, Prime Books, SF [N]
      A powerful collection, with 2 Hugo winning stories, 2 stories previously nominated for Hugos, and 2 stories currently nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards.
  2. May 13: Soulbound by Heather Brewer (Legacy of Tril #1) 2012, Dial (Penguin Group), YA Fantasy/Romance [ARC]
      I can excuse "broad strokes" storytelling, but the lazy worldbuilding ruined it for me
  3. May 21: Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey, 2011, Orbit (Hachette), Space Opera [H]
      Heir to Downbelow Station
  4. Hugo Stories 2011 [H]
    • May 22: The Homecoming by Mike Resnick, Short Story, Asimov's, SF,
      Son's choices are very different from his father

Podcasts in May

  1. Writing Excuses (Season 7) by Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, & Dan Wells; Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); In Progress
      I just like to listen to writers talking about writing
  2. The Points Between by Christopher Wright, read by author, Fantasy; In Progress
      In the style of old time radio thrillers
  3. I Should be Writing by Mur Lafferty, NonFiction; In Progress
      The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers
  4. SF SqueeCast (Season #2) by Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente, Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); Complete
      A fun fannish interest panel, suffers a bit from remote connectivity format
  5. The Roundtable Podcast by Dave Robison & Brion Humphrey (Season #1), Speculative Fiction Story Workshop; In Progress;
      A chance to learn about writing from the mistakes of others

Vlogs in May

  1. MHS Hysteria Log: Season 2 by "Stagethane", Full Cast, Steampunk/Time Travel SF; In Progress
      A series of short (4-8 minute) tongue-in-cheek vignettes.

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It looks like I may have a couple of days to finish a novel before the Hugo Packet is available, so I am wondering what to read next. Let's have a poll

[Poll #1840076]
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Books Read in April

  1. Apr 22: Grave Peril by Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files #3) 2001, Roc (Penguin Group), Urban Fantasy [S]
      It had clever moments, but "Vampire Angst" was why I resisted this series in the first place. I'm done.
  2. Apr 30: Feed by Mira Grant (Newsflesh #1) 2010, Orbit (Hachette), SF, Urban [L]
      Well written and horrifying

Podcasts in April

  1. Writing Excuses (Season 7) by Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, & Dan Wells; Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); In Progress
      I just like to listen to writers talking about writing
  2. The Points Between by Christopher Wright, read by author, Fantasy; In Progress
      In the style of old time radio thrillers
  3. Escape Pod Edited by Mur Lafferty (Anthology), science fiction
    • Episode 338: The Trojan Girl by N. K. Jemisin, read by Mur Lafferty
        Slightly transparent cyberpunk fable
    • Episode 339: ”Run,” Bakri Says by Ferrett Steinmetz, read by Mur Lafferty
        A darker look at the time loop story
    • Episode 340: Golubash (Wine-Blood-War-Story) by Catherynne M. Valente, read by Marguerite Croft
        A SF story about wine that MRK didn’t write
  4. I Should be Writing by Mur Lafferty, NonFiction; In Progress
      The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers
  5. Pay Me Bug! by Christopher Wright, read by author, Space Opera; Complete
      A good story, early episodes suffer a little from inexperience
  6. Matcher Rules by Mary Holland, read by author, SF; Complete
      Is Novi Colony the Utopia it appears?
  7. The Hidden Institute by Brand Gamblin, read by author, SF; Complete
      Illegal schools don't do background checks?
  8. SF SqueeCast (Season #1) by Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente, Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); Complete
      A fun fannish interest panel, suffers a bit from remote connectivity format

Vlogs in April

  1. MHS Hysteria Log: Season 2 by "Stagethane", Full Cast, Steampunk/Time Travel SF; In Progress
      A series of short (4-8 minute) tongue-in-cheek vignettes.
  2. Doodling in Math by Vi Hart, performed by author, Non-Fiction; In Progress
    • A series that shows that math is fun
  3. My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart, performed by author, Comedy; In Progress
      She keeps getting better
  4. Megan Tonjes: Vlog Every Day in April by Megan Tonjes, Journal; Complete
      A Month in the life of a YouTube Singer/Songwriter

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For about 8 weeks this past winter I was reading for Hugo Nominees. Based on the ballot that came out today my reading was not in vein.

Best Novel
Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor) [read, nominated]

Best Novella
“Kiss Me Twice”, Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s) [read, nominated]
“The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary”, Ken Liu (Panverse 3) [read, nominated]
Silently and Very Fast, Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA) [read, nominated]

Best Novelette
“Fields of Gold”, Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse Four) [read]
“Six Months, Three Days”, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com) [read]

Best Short Story
“The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”, E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld) [read, nominated]
“Movement”, Nancy Fulda (Asimov’s) [read, nominated]
“The Paper Menagerie”, Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction) [read, nominated]

Best Related Work
Wicked Girls (CD), Seanan McGuire [listened]
Writing Excuses, Season 6 (podcast series), Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Jordan Sanderson [listened]

Best Graphic Story
Digger, by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press) [read]
Schlock Mercenary: Force Multiplication, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (The Tayler Corporation) [read, nominated]

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Hugo, screenplay by John Logan; directed by Martin Scorsese (Paramount) [watched, nominated]

Best Semiprozine
Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams [read]

Best Fan Artist
Randall Munroe [nominated]


The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Mur Lafferty [read, nominated]
E. Lily Yu [read]

While I am glad that so many things I know were nominated, I find I am also glad that there is more reading for me to do.
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Books Read in March

  1. Mar 02: The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells, 2011, Night Shade Books, Fantasy [L]
      An intriguing introduction to a complex multi-species world
  2. Mar 03: The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern, 2011, Doubleday (RH), Fantasy [L]
      Games aren't always black and white.
  3. Mar 10: The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn #4) 2011, Tor, Fantasy (Steampunk) [L]
      Fantasy with revolvers
  4. Mar 12: West Pacific Supers: Rising Tide by K.M. Johnson-Weider (WPS #1) 2011, Blue Moon Aurora, SF (Superhero) [G]
      The West Pacific Supers are worried about the new season. They have to deal with a big league draft pick, team trades, handling the press, and protecting the city.
  5. Mar 20: Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers; 2012, William Morrow (HC), Period Fantasy (Victorian Vampires) [ARC]
      This a collection of four episodes rather than a novel
  6. Mar 22: The Broken Kingdoms by N.K Jemisin (Inheritance #2) 2010, Orbit, Fantasy [L]
      Unique character viewpoint makes this book better than book 1

Podcasts in March

  1. Writing Excuses (Season 7) by Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, & Dan Wells; Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); In Progress
      I just like to listen to writers talking about writing
  2. The Points Between by Christopher Wright, read by author, Fantasy; In Progress
      In the style of old time radio thrillers
  3. Podcastle Edited by Anna Schwind and Dave Thompson (Anthology), fantasy
    • Episode 200: In The Stacks by Scott Lynch, a full cast recording
        Sometimes you read from the library, and sometimes the library reads you
  4. Escape Pod Edited by Mur Lafferty (Anthology), science fiction
    • Episode 335: The Water Man by Ursula Pflug, read by Christiana Ellis
        Welcome to the new economy
  5. I Should be Writing by Mur Lafferty, NonFiction; In Progress
      The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers
  6. Dark Currents by Lindsay Buroker (Emperor's Edge #2), Read by Starla Huchton, Steampunk Fantasy; Complete
      Lively mystery adventure
  7. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, read by Carolynn McCormick, SF; Unabridged CD (L)
      A powerful story of choices
  8. Space Casey by Christiana Ellis, Full Cast, SF Heist; Complete
      Second time through is as good as the first

Vlogs in March

  1. MHS Hysteria Log: Season 2 by "Stagethane", Full Cast, Steampunk/Time Travel SF; In Progress
      A series of short (4-8 minute) tongue-in-cheek vignettes.
  2. Doodling in Math by Vi Hart, performed by author, Non-Fiction; In Progress
    • A series that shows that math is fun
  3. My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart, performed by author, Comedy; In Progress
      She keeps getting better
  4. The Guild by Felicia Day (Season #5), Full Cast, Gamer Fiction; Complete
      It's time for Megagame-o-ramacon

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For the past couple of years I have been tracking my reading habits. I typically average 4 or 5 books a month. As we approach the end of March I have completed 24 books this year.

Ten novels and six collections were read because they were eligible for Hugo Nomination. Two books were free copies I received in return for promising to post reviews.

With all of that reading I am finding that my interest in audio-fiction has revived. I have been checking out podiobooks (Emperor's Edge book 2), podcastle (Happy 200th episode), and Escape Pod. I have started listening to I should be writing in addition to Writing Excuses. Production has resumed on The Points Between.

This week when I returned the library books, I saw that someone had just returned the Unabridged Audio (9 CD set) of The Hunger Games (which I had been hoping to read before I saw the movie). I could not pass the chance up, and now I am 2/3 the way through book one.

I still have stacks of books I can read, as well as some beta-reading I could do, but for now I'm giving my eyes a break and using my ears.
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In this story it is the year 2013 and super hero teams are like Major League Sports teams. While hero teams are government funded (to handle threats to big for police) that only covers about half the costs. The other half comes from corporate sponsors. Each team has a business office which is very concerned with public relations, team ranking, new costumes, contract negotiations and the spring Supers Draft when members of the teen leagues turn pro.

Of course not everyone makes it onto an official hero team. Some hire themselves out as private security, some become mercenaries or villains, and some choose to operate independently, fighting the crimes too “small” for the hero teams. These independent operators are the Vigilantes. Most people view them as “hero wanabees” with either powers too weak to join an official hero team, or no powers and just enough training and gadgets to make them dangerous.

This book takes place in an alternate history with a significant amount of backstory. Apparently sometime in the early to mid-twentieth century (when our world was fighting World War One and/or Two) the earth was taken over by aliens. Humanity prevailed but some alien tech was left behind (including some captured alien scientists) and mutants happen, but all of that was many decades in the past.

The primary focus is The West Pacific Supers, whose base is on West Pacific Island, off the coast of California (which I am assuming is Not-Catalina Island). At the start of the book they are ranked #6 in the West Coast Conference, and have spot #5 in the Supers Draft to pick a new team member. Unfortunately there is a bit of undercurrent in the team because two senior team members each want to pick someone they can train to be their replacement, so they can retire. An unexpected attack changes all those plans.

I enjoyed this book very much, and once I got into it I couldn’t put it down. The humor in the book is ironic without going all the way into satire. The characters are well thought out and believable. There are a dozen supporting characters that are as interesting as the West Pacific Supers themselves. I look forward to the next book.

Fans of the “Velveteen vs.” stories by Seanan McGuire, or “Playing for Keeps” by Mur Lafferty should read this book.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in return for agreeing to write a review.
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There are a couple more things I could read before I send in my ballot but so far it looks like my mind is made up.

Best of 2011 )
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I did a lot of reading this month so I could submit a well read Hugo Nomination. Twelve "books" in one month is a huge number for me (my average is 4). There is quite a bit of good writing out there.

  1. Feb 08: The Inheritance & Other Stories by Robin Hobb/Megan Lindholm 2011, HarperVoyager (HarperCollins), Fantasy [L]
      Burlap sacks, chickens, cats, & silver
    • Cat's Meat, by Robin Hobb, Fantasy; What lengths to claim what's yours?
  2. Feb 11: Snuff by Terry Prachett (Discworld #39) 2011, HarperCollins, Fantasy [L]
      A person is a person no matter how small
  3. Feb 14: Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London #1) 2011, Ballantine Books/Del Rey (Random House), Urban Fantasy [L]
      Like October Daye with a British accent.
  4. Feb 16: A Companion to Wolves by Sara Monette & Elizabeth Bear (Wolfheall #1) 2007, Tor, Fantasy [L]
      Brokeback Vikings
  5. Feb 17: The Tempering of Men by Sara Monette & Elizabeth Bear (Wolfheall #2) 2011, Tor, Fantasy [L]
      A lot of characters and plots to keep track of
  6. Feb 20: Clockwork Rocket by Greg Egan (Orthogonal #1) 2011, Night Shade Books, SF [L]
      Flatland 3D in space!
  7. Nebula Nominated Short Stories 2011 [O]
    • Feb 20: Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fantasy, A cultural identity story
    • Feb 20: The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees by E. Lily Yu , Clarkesworld Magazine, Fantasy, Change is the only permanent thing
    • Feb 21: The Axiom of Choice by David W. Goldman, New Haven Review, SF,
      There is no section 378
    • Feb 21: Shipbirth by Aliette de Bodard, Asimov’s Science Fiction, SF,
      It needed the previous story, The Shipmaker
    • Feb 21: Movement by Nancy Fulda, Asimov’s Science Fiction, SF,
      A brave story of different perceptions
    • Feb 21: Mama, We are Zhenya, Your Son by Tom Crosshill, Lightspeed Magazine, SF, The dangers of engineering different perceptions
    • Feb 21: Her Husband’s Hands by Adam-Troy Castro, Lightspeed Magazine, SF, Disturbing
  8. Nebula Nominated Novellettes 2011 [O]
    • Feb 22: Fields of Gold by Rachel Swirsky, in Eclipse 4, Night Shade Books, Fantasy, Afterlife, was missing a bit of something
    • Feb 22: Sauerkraut Station by Ferrett Steinmetz, Giganotosaurus, Space Opera, Challenges of a rest stop in a war zone
    • Feb 22: Six Months, Three Days by Charlie Jane Anders, Tor.com, SF/F,
      Is it Destiny or Control Issues?
    • Feb 22: The Migratory Pattern of Dancers by Katherine Sparrow, Giganotosaurus, SF, Price of a condor's flight.
    • Feb 22: The Old Equations by Jake Kerr, Lightspeed Magazine, SF,
      A time dilation story.
  9. Nebula Nominated Novellas 2011 [O]
    • Feb 08: Kiss Me Twice by Mary Robinette Kowal, Asimov’s Science Fiction, SF,
      How dependent are we on technology?
    • Feb 23: The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary by Ken Liu, Panverse Publishing, SF, The price of history
  10. Feb 24: Diving into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Diving Universe #1) 2009, Pyr (Prometheus Books), Space Opera [L]
      Space salvage, with an political plot
  11. Rachel Swirsky Recommends [O]
    • Feb 24: Diving after the Moon by Rachel Swirsky, Clarkesworld Magazine, SF/F,
      Science Fable
    • Feb 24: The Taste of Promises by Rachel Swirsky, in Life on Mars, Viking, SF,
      My brother the computer
    • Feb 25: Simulacrum by Ken Liu, Lightspeed, SF,
      Who is holding onto the past more, father or daughter?
    • Feb 25: Staying Behind by Ken Liu, Clarkesworld, SF,
      Tradition or reservation?
    • Feb 25: Valley of the Girls by Kelly Link, Subterranean, SF,
      Lifestyles of the rich and anonymous
    • Feb 25: Defenders by Will McIntosh, Lightspeed, SF,
      Aliens, Robots, Humans, & Diplomacy
    • Feb 25: In the Gardens of the Night by Siobhan Carroll, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Fantasy, A witch's curse
    • Feb 26: Houses by Mark Pantoja, Lightspeed, SF, A.I.,
      A quirky story
  12. Feb 27: City of Ruins by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Diving Universe #1) 2011, Pyr (Prometheus Books), Space Opera [L]
      Space Opera, Indiana Jones style

Books in Bold contain Hugo Award eligible content
maverick_weirdo: (Book Love)
  1. Jan 04: Consequences by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Retrieval Artist #3) 2004, Roc (NAL), SF, Space Opera [S]
      Well written in spite of it's messy ending
  2. Jan 06: Among Others by Jo Walton 2011, Tor (Macmillan), Fantasy [L]
      The power of nostalgia
  3. Jan 09: Promised Land by Connie Willis and Cynthia Felice, 1998, Ace (NAL), SF/Romance [S]
      I could tell going in it was "Science Fiction Lite"
  4. Jan 12: Maskerade by Terry Pratchett (Discworld #18) 1995, HarperPrism (HarperCollins), Fantasy [S]
      Never confuse Facts with Truth
  5. Jan 24: Welcome to Bordertown Edited by Holly Black & Ellen Kushner (Borderland Series #5) 2011, Random House, Urban Fantasy [L]
      Things are tough everywhere
  6. Jan 31: The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (Kingkiller Chronicler #2) 2011, DAW, Fantasy [L]
      Three novels in one cover.
Books in Bold contain Hugo Award eligible content
maverick_weirdo: (Book Love)
Specifically Tuesday is the day our local library gets in their interlibrary loans, this is allowing me to read potential Hugo nominees.

On my To Be Read pile from previous weeks is The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss and The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge. (I fell a bit behind on my reading with Arisia & getting sick afterwards).

This week they had for me: Midnight Riot (a.k.a. Rivers of London) by Ben Aaronovitch, The Inheritance by Robin Hobb, and The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson; as well as a couple of books which are not eligible for Hugo's but their sequels are The Broken Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin and A Companion to Wolves by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear.

When I went to the library to pick them up, the gave me a first edition copy of Berserker by Fred Saberhagen.

That should keep me busy for a while.

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