11.25.2016

Boy, my science fiction reading has been lackluster this year

Boy howdy, 2016 has not been a good year for science fiction reading. Out of the 24 books I’ve read so far, only eight were sci-fi. That’s only three more than what I read last year.

The list:

Kris Longknife: Mutineer - Mike Shepherd
Fortune's Pawn - Rachel Bach
Legion of the Damned - William C. Dietz
The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
Hunting Party - Elizabeth Moon
Sporting Chance - Elizabeth Moon
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
Parable of the Sower - Octavia E. Butler

It’s not like I don’t have good sci-fi books to read; I have an entire bookcase of them! The local public library has some good ones too, but I’ve been unmotivated to read any of them beyond the eight I already have.

I've always been more of a fantasy reader since I became a serious reader back in 2011. No idea why given that I have always heavily favored science fiction in other media. I think it's just because I'm a very picky reader in general and that makes it more difficult to find sci-fi books that I want to read. I know that there are tons of books out there that are widely acclaimed and "must-reads" but if I'm not into the story, I can't even force myself to read them. Add to it reading slump I'm currently in and I don't think this year is going to end well for the sci-fi side of things.

What I think I might do is pull any science fiction from the shelves that piques my interest even a little, then go through each one until I find one that hooks my attention. On the plus side, I did pick up a number of books recently that look like they might be good reads, so there's hope if not for this year, then the next.

9.24.2016

Books, books, books

It's been a while, hasn't it? I didn't intend not to post for over two months, but it happens. I was in a bit of a sci-fi hole for a while and had shifted focus to fantasy for a bit. But I've read two science fiction (though I'd sooner count one of them as speculative fiction) books this month and bought loads more before that. We'll start with the latter first. I hit the local Good Will last month and struck a surprisingly generous vein.

Fourteen books in all. Nine of them sci-fi and of those, eight were by David Weber because clearly I didn't have enough of his books already! A run down:

The Webers:

Worlds of Honor, Changer of Worlds, and More Than Honor (anthologies)
Dahak Trilogy: Mutineer’s Moon, Heirs of Empire, and The Armageddon Inheritance
Path of the Fury
The War God's Own

Everything else:

The Ecologic Secession and The Ecolitan Enigma - L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
The Thief’s Gamble - Juliet E. McKenna
The Wizard Lord - Lawrence Watt-Evans
The Phoenix Guards - Steven Brust
The Big Over Easy - Jasper Fforde

The two Modesitts apparently are no longer in print as individual books, but are available as part of omnibuses. Same deal with Path of the Fury which was reissued with a prequel as In Fury Born.

So yeah, I added greatly to my Weber collection and I'm planning on taking a picture of the whole mess at some point. I'm probably going to have to replace at least one of the Dahak books because it's starting to come apart at the spine.

But I didn't stop there and several days after buying that box of books, I made a trip to Barnes and Noble for still more books. I restricted myself to just sci-fi for this trip and made away with four tomes.




Archform was an impulse buy because I didn't even know the book was back in print. Honestly? The title has always intrigued me for some reason. I decided after reading Legion of the Damned that I wanted Andromeda's Fall. The First Casualty was another impulse buy and should tide me over until I can get the second Kris Longknife book. Great North Road caught my attention when it was first released years ago and I finally bought it after passing it over last year.

Moving on, I mentioned at the beginning of this post that I read two sci-fi/speculative fiction books this month - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card and Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler. I'm going to write reviews for both, but I thought I would jabber about them a little. Ender's Game was my second read through of the classic and I'm glad that I did. For however controversial Card is, no one can deny that he's a damned fine writer and Ender's Game is one of the greatest works of science fiction of all time.

Parable of the Sower is an odd bird because while it has aspects of post-apocalyptic fiction, it doesn't quite fit within that genre because while society is without question collapsing in the story, it still largely exists. It's more like a prelude to the post-apocalypse. It also doesn't fit in the science fiction genre as a whole because there's nothing science fictional about it. Because of that, I feel like it's more speculative fiction. I generally liked it, but the Earthseed religion that the main character creates and develops throughout the novel was one of my least favorite and weakest aspects of the plot.

I also read The Veldt from Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man and I plan on reading more of his works next month. I've neglected the man and his stories for way too long.

So, see anything you like? Have you guys read any of these books before?

7.08.2016

For those bent out of shape over Sulu being gay

So it was recently announced that Hikaru Sulu, played by John Cho, would be revealed as gay in Star Trek: Beyond. Apparently, there are people who have reacted negatively to this revelation and this is the only response I can come up with:

Seriously, folks, get over yourselves. It's 2016 and LGBT have been around since the dawn of time and are never, ever going way. They're human beings like you and me and deserve to be able to live their lives like everybody else gets to. Plus, one of the central messages of Trek has always been unity is strength, that we're stronger together than we are divided. Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations.

And if the Preparation H doesn't do anything for you, then try a fence post.

6.19.2016

RIP Anton Yelchin

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What an unfathomable tragedy. When I first found out that Anton Yelchin had died, I thought it was a hoax because of the reports that he was killed by his own vehicle in a horrific mishap. Unfortunately, it proved to be a sad reality and we've lost one of the bright points in the rebooted Star Trek. Aside from the 2009 Trek movie, I've only ever one other movie starring Yelchin and that was Charlie Bartlett. It was a pretty good movie, better because of Yelchin's performance and it made me want to see his other movies, which I never got around to.

Rest in Peace.

4.18.2016

Is it obvious that I like the Honor Harrington series?

The local library does a big book sale twice a year and while I normally wait until their bag sale on the weekend before buying a lot of their books, I decided to see what they had to offer last Wednesday and boy, am I glad I did.


I didn't know it until I checked the Honorverse Wiki, but I now have almost the entire main and the Saganami Island series (so far). I only need Flag in Exile and A Rising Thunder for the main, and whatever the third Saganami book is. I'm pretty well committed to this franchise now.

4.07.2016

Rogue One



Looks interesting. It's nice to see that the trend towards kickass female protagonists in movies is still a thing. Hopefully none of the main characters will disappear in the first ten minutes of the movie, only to reappear 40 minutes later with little to no explanation of where they were and what they were doing all that time.
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