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Podcasts in 2012

  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 (Season #1) by Christopher Wright, read by author, Fantasy; Complete;
      In the style of old time radio thrillers
  3. Podcastle Edited by Anna Schwind and Dave Thompson (Anthology), fantasy
    • Episode 165: The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu, read by Rajan Khanna
        A cultural identity story, Nebula Nominee 2011
    • Episode 198: Urchins, While Swimming by Catherynne M. Valente, read by Diane Severseon
        Russian Folktale with a twist
    • 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 305: Midnight Blue by Will McIntosh, read by Paul Haring
        A story about power and balance
    • Episode 314: Movement by Nancy Fulda, read by Marguerite Kenner
        A brave story of different perceptions, Hugo and Nebula Nominee 2011
    • Episode 335: The Water Man by Ursula Pflug, read by Christiana Ellis
        Welcome to the new economy
    • Episode 340: Golubash (Wine-Blood-War-Story) by Catherynne M. Valente, read by Marguerite Croft
        A tasting of history
    • Episode 348: Nemesis by Nathaniel Lee, read by Mat Weller
        We all have our battles to win or lose
  5. I Should be Writing #ISBW 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
  9. Pay Me Bug! by Christopher Wright, read by author, Space Opera; Complete
      A good story, early episodes suffer a little from inexperience
  10. Matcher Rules by Mary Holland, read by author, SF; Complete
      Is Novi Colony the Utopia it appears?
  11. The Hidden Institute by Brand Gamblin, read by author, SF; Complete
      Illegal schools don't do background checks?
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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 Hugo winning fannish interest panel


Vlogs in 2012

  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


  5. Title by Author (Series #0), Performer(s), Genre; Status
      notes

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.

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It turns out that not only do I enjoy reading genre fiction, I also enjoy writers talking about genre fiction. So even though I am not a writer, I currently listen to:

Writing Excuses Podcast by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Jordan Sanderson
I Should Be Writing Podcast #ISBW by Mur Lafferty
SF Squeecast by Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente
The Roundtable Podcast by Dave Robison, and Brion Humphrey

The last one is the newest, starting just a couple of months ago, however they seem to be doing well bringing on interesting guest hosts, and having entertaining discussions. Tomorrow they interview Seanan Mcguire, and next Tuesday July 31st Seanan will be guest host as they brainstorm another author's story pitch.

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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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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As many of you have probably realized I am a big fan of podcasting, the quantity and quality of material out there is amazing. Since 2006 the award for podcasting excellence in the speculative fiction genre is the Parsec Award

Any fan or podcaster can nominate; nominations will open April 15th through June 1st.

I am already planning on nominating Second Shift, Season 2 for Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

For podcasts of a non-syndicated nature: fiction stories, video or audio dramas, these works can only be nominated and judged for a single Parsec Award Year. When the broadcast/distribution window of a non-syndicated work extends across two or more Parsec Award Years, the work will be eligible during the year of completion.
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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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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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  1. Full Share by Nathan Lowell (Trader's Tales #3), read by author, Space Opera
    • Re-listened. Perhaps the best of the Ishmael Wong stories.
  2. Marker Stone by Paul J. Joseph (Through The Fold #1), read by author, Space Opera
    • A not bad opening/prologue, vocal quality is fair, story is good
  3. Beneath Ceaseless Skies Edited by Scott H. Andrews (Anthology), literary adventure fantasy
    • Episode 004: The Last Devil by Sarah L. Edwards, read by author, fantasy
      • An unusual tale of loyalty and choices
    • Episode 027: Great, Golden Wings by Rachel Swirsky, read by Scott H. Andrews, gaslamp fantasy
      • A touching vignette of the power of art
    • Episode 038: As The Prarie Grasses Sing by Sarah L. Edwards, read by author, fantasy
      • An unusual child
  4. Double Share by Nathan Lowell (Trader's Tales #4), read by author, Space Opera
    • Re-listened. A good story, but not an easy story.
  5. Podcastle Edited by Anna Schwind and Dave Thompson (Anthology), fantasy
    • Episode 138: Balfour and Meriwether in the Adventure of the Emperor’s Vengeance by Daniel Abraham, read by Paul S. Jenkins, Steampunk
        Fun period adventure with a philosophical twist at the end
    • Episode 153: The Ghosts of New York by Jennifer Pelland, read by Rashida Smith, Urban Fantasy
        We will never forget, unfortunately.
    • Episode 173: Who In Mortal Chains by Claire Humphrey, read by Julia Rios, Urban Fantasy
        Opening sentence: "I almost had friends in 1965"
  6. Owner's Share by Nathan Lowell (Trader's Tales #6), read by author, Space Opera
    • The startling conclusion to the Ishmael Wong stories. I'd say more if it weren't for *Article 37*
  7. Escape Pod Edited by Mur Lafferty (Anthology), science fiction
    • Episode 278: Written on the Wind by David D. Levine, read by Mur Lafferty, Alien
        Aliens fight over a "message in a bottle"
    • Episode 280: Endosymbiot by Blake Charlton, read by Mur Lafferty, A.I.
        We dream of something better than ourselves
    • Episode 285: Jaiden’s Weaver by Mary Robinette Kowal, read by Kij Johnson, Space Colony
        You never forget your first teddy-bear-spider
    • Episode 291: Shannon's Law by Cory Doctorow, read by Mur Lafferty, Bordertown
        The challenge of a kludge resistant domain
  8. The Spiral Tattoo by Michael J. Parry, read by Kylie Parry, Fantasy Mystery
    • It's not easy being the only pixie on the night watch, but having a troll for a partner helps.
  9. Subterranean Press Edited by Bill Schafer (Anthology) horror, suspense, and dark mystery
    • Winter 2011: The Tricks of London by Elizabeth Bear, read by Mary Robinette Kowal, Period Urban Fantasy
      • Supernatural CSI, in England, 1880s
  10. Digital Magic by Philippa Ballantine, Narrated by Author with partial voice cast, Futuristic Fantasy
    • Strong setting, weak ending
  11. The Graveyard Book1 by Neil Gaiman, read by author, YA Fantasy
    • The great moment was when he stopped reading at a suspenceful point in chapter 7 and the audience cried out "NO".
  12. StarShipSofa Edited by Tony C. Smith (Anthology) Science Fiction
    • Aural Delights No 2: The Second Coming of Jasmine Fitzgerald by Peter Watts, read by author, Science Fiction
        An intriguing S.F. procedural
  13. Shadowmagic by John Lenahan (Shadowmagic #1), read by author, YA Fantasy
      A lively story set in Celtic mythology
  14. The Prince of Hazel and Oak by John Lenahan (Shadowmagic #2), read by author, YA Fantasy
      A good story, short chapters are a bit choppy
  15. Second Shift (Season 1) by Brandon Crose, Andrea Shubert, & John Tanzer, Full Voice Cast, Fantasy
      Second time through it still suprises me
  16. Ashes by Abigail Hilton (Guild of the Cowrey Catchers #3), narrated by author with voice cast, Fantasy (contains sexual content)
      Everything Changes
  17. Eden by Phil Rossi, read by author, Speculative Fiction
      It claims to be Science Fiction, but it is more like a ghost story in space.
  18. Second Shift (Season 2) by Brandon Crose, John Tanzer & Myssi Cerebi, Full Voice Cast, Fantasy
      All “good” things must end
  19. The Ballad of Iron Percy by Edward Clark, read by Veronica Giguere, Fantasy (contains sexual content)
      A thoughtful and passionate story about choices
  20. Writing Excuses (Season 6) by Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, & Dan Wells; Panel, NonFiction (F/SF)
      I just like to listen to writers talking about writing
  21. The Afterlife Series by Mur Lafferty, read by author with additional voice by Jim Van Verth, Fantasy
    • Heaven (Season 1), A travelers tale of the Higher Plains
    • Hell (Season 2), The stakes get higher as the plains get lower
    • Earth (Season 3), You know what is worse than a whiny god?
    • Wasteland (Season 4), No rational deity would create a steampunk earth...
  22. The Tear Thief by Alain Bezancon (Emotein Art Project), read by Darren Eliker, Science Fantasy
      A simply told story which highlights the setting.


  23. Title by Author (Series #0), vocal type, Genre
      notes


1. I am counting this as an podiobook though it was actually a video. (A video of a man sitting behind a microphone reading a book and occasionally drinking water.)
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Books Read in October

  1. Oct 08: Spectyr by Philippa Ballantine (The Order #2) 2011, Fantasty [N]
      A good story, although it suffers a bit from "middle-book-syndrome"
  2. Oct 24: Restless Spirit by Matthew Schwartz (Novelette), SF [P]
      Mars has may risks, some more subtle than others
  3. Oct 28: Kraken by China Miéville, 2010, Urban Fantasy [N]
      A well balanced British satire.

Podcasts Listened to in October

  1. The Afterlife Series by Mur Lafferty, read by author with additional voice by Jim Van Verth, Fantasy
    • Heaven (Season 1), A travelers tale of the Higher Plains
    • Hell (Season 2), The stakes get higher as the plains get lower
    • Earth (Season 3), You know what is worse than a whiny god?
    • Wasteland (Season 4), No rational deity would create a steampunk earth...
  2. The Tear Thief by Alain Bezancon (Emotein Art Project), read by Darren Eliker, Science Fantasy
      A simply told story which highlights the setting.

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Books Read in September

  1. Sep 01: Disappeared by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Retrieval Artist #1) 2002, Alien SF [S]
      A brilliant story of conflicting cultures
  2. Sep 05: Stardoc by S.L. Viehl (Stardoc #1) 2000, Alien Space Opera [S]
      A bit more disturbing than your typical "Space Opera"
  3. Sep 15: Thirteen Orphans by Jane Lindskold (Mah-Jong #1) 2008, Urban Fantasy [N]
      An o.k. story, but for some reason it didn't thrill me
  4. Sep 19: Halting State by Charles Stross, 2007, SF, Urban [N]
      A virtual game turns into spy vs. spy, told in a tongue-in-cheek style

Podcasts Listened to in September

  1. Podcastle Edited by Anna Schwind and Dave Thompson (Anthology), fantasy
    • Episode 173: Who In Mortal Chains by Claire Humphrey, read by Julia Rios, Urban Fantasy
        Opening sentence: "I almost had friends in 1965"
  2. The Ballad of Iron Percy by Edward Clark, read by Veronica Giguere, Fantasy (contains sexual content)
      A thoughtful and passionate story about choices
  3. Writing Excuses (Season 6) by Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, & Dan Wells; Panel, NonFiction (F/SF)
      I just like to listen to writers talking about writing

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Books Read in August

  1. Aug 04: Transfigured Lady by Mary Robinette Kowal, Period Fantasy [P]
      In "rough" form it's a marvelous story, once it is polished it will be a gem.
  2. Aug 09: The Measure of Magic by Terry Brooks (Legends of Shannara #2) 2011, Fantasy [ARC]
      I can't decide if it was the fault of impulsive & immature characters, or a heavy-handed plot
  3. Aug 17: The Infernal City by Greg Keys (Elder Scrolls #1) 2009, Fantasy, RPG [N]
      I think people would get more out of it if they had played the game
  4. Aug 30: Lord of Souls by Greg Keys (Elder Scrolls #2) 2011, Fantasy, RPG [ARC]
      The various puzzle pieces end up coming together nicely

Podcasts Listened to in August


None, two podcasts I listen to finish their seasons in July, and have not been in a podcast mood this month.

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Released July 31st, 2011, runtime: 70 minutes, 21 seconds

Warning these posts will contain spoilers, it is best to listen to the episode first. You can listen to the episode Here

This is it )

July Media

Jul. 31st, 2011 10:06 pm
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Books Read in July

  1. Jul 05: Geist by Philippa Ballantine (The Order #1) 2010, Fantasy [N]
      An adventure where the intrigue is kept simple
  2. Jul 17: Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher (Codex Alera #2) 2005, Fantasy [N]
      The battle scenes took up a bit more than I would have liked, but overall a good story.
  3. Jul 28: Who Goes There by John W Campbell, 1938, SF [O]
      A classic
  4. Jul 30: The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland — For a Little While by Catherynne M. Valente (Fairyland Series) 2011, YA Fantasy [O]
      A petite poignant prequel
  5. Jul 30: Bearers of the Black Staff by Terry Brooks (Legends of Shannara #1) 2010, Fantasy [S]
      Familiar writing style, maybe a bit too familiar
  6. Shadow Unit, Season 3, 2011 [O]
    • Jul 31: The Small Dark Movie of Your Life by Leah Bobet (Episode 3.09)
        Wow, drastic end of Season 3, The Anomaly is resisting being studied.

Podcasts Listened to in July

  1. Ashes by Abigail Hilton (Guild of the Cowrey Catchers #3), narrated by author with voice cast, Fantasy (contains sexual content)
      Everything Changes
  2. Second Shift (Season 2) by Brandon Crose, John Tanzer & Myssi Cerebi, Full Voice Cast, Fantasy
      All “good” things must end

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Released June 14th, 2011, runtime: 58 minutes, 10 seconds

Warning these posts will contain spoilers, it is best to listen to the episode first. You can listen to the episode Here

WWSBD )
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Released February 26th, 2011, runtime: 49 minutes, 59 seconds

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Mike! )
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Released December 22nd, 2009, runtime: 54 minutes, 15 seconds

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Speculation )

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