Nobody reads unless they really enjoy it. It’s easier to sit down and watch a movie or play video games for endless hours. But more than the enjoyment of reading is the fond memories one has about books he/she has read in previous years. For me, it is those books that make me come back for more. Unfortunately, I have read my fare share of books that, for lack of a better word, sucked. But its these are the ones that didn’t and kept me coming back for more and fueled my desire to pick up a new book and start reading.

Having said that, and now that I have compiled at least a partial list of what I plan to read next year, here is a list of books that I would read again in a heartbeat. And book Gods willing, will read again someday.

  • West of Eden series by Harry Harrison. Lots of books people tell you about a book and that’s what prompts you to pick it up and start reading. This series was the only one that I can think of that nobody mentioned to me beforehand, I just came across them on my own (although to be far, I read these my sophomore year in high school so it could be I simply forgot that someone told me about them). To best describe these books, it would be like Clan of the Cave Bear meets Jurassic Park. A great trilogy of books that has stuck with me all these years.

  • Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I am a painfully slow reader and while this book isn’t huge it is five hundred pages plus. Having said that, I raced through this book from front to back in about three days. That is speed reading for me. I have never done that with any book before or since. I have always wanted to go back and read it hoping that it catches me and pulls me in like it did all those years ago when I read it the first time. FYI, this was made into a movie and if you’re really interested in reading the book or have seen the movie and not read the book, the movie was horrible and very different from the book.

  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton and The Landoliers by Stephen King. I lumped these two together because I have already read both these books twice and would love to read them again. Both King and Crichton are masters at story telling.

  • Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. Like I’ve mentioned before, no matter how much I like a book series it’s hard for me to finish one book and move right on to the next. With this trilogy of books that’s exactly what I did. Whenever a book or books captures you like that, it’s best to just give and go until your done. I read these books when there was only three in the series. Now there are six. None of the latter three come close to the first three, but after finishing the final book in the trilogy – The Last Colony – I remember wanting more.

I’m sure there are others, but many of these are books I read while in High School and really had an impact on me as a developing teenager. They set the stage for me in terms of my goals in life, and set me on a path to becoming a (want-to-be) writer. Hopefully there are still books in my future that have as much an impact on me as these books did.

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Last year (2017), like most, I wasn’t exactly happy with the amount that I read. But hey, that’s how it goes – life often gets in the way and goals get pushed to the side. I was happy, however, that I finally read Dune. It had been on my list for a few years.

I must say, when it comes to this years reading list that I am a bit confused – or, maybe uncertain is a better word – on what to read. I have started way to many series and feel like I should focus and finish a few of them out before moving on to something that involves reading another new series. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin is one such book that is on my list to read this year. Should I stop there? Or should a power read straight on through and continue my Game of Thrones journey by immediately starting A Feast for Crows? Like I said, I’m not sure. I love the Martin books but often, when I finishing any book I like to mix things up and move onto a new book and/or new author. Plus these books are often over a thousand pages…It makes me feel exhausted just thinking about it.

Green Mars is another such book series. I read Red Mars when I was in college, so it has been years – years! – since I read it, but I still I remember lots of the detail about that book, which is always a clue to me that I really enjoyed reading it. That’s not to say that I couldn’t go back and read it again and realize that I missed or forgot a lot of things.

Mars Life by Ben Bova is yet another. I read the first two books – Mars and Return to Mars – years ago. More then that, however, is that these series of books are only a part of a broader arc of books known as The Grand Tour series of which there are MercuryVenus, and Saturn just to name a few. Some of them I have read – and not in order – while still some are at home on my book shelf waiting to be read.

Finally, there are the Han Solo Adventures books by Brian Daily. While I realize that the books that came before Disney acquired the rights for Star Wars are now labeled as non-canon, that doesn’t mean the books aren’t still worth reading. And with the new movie coming out, what better way then to get hyped up by reading something from the Star Wars universe even if it isn’t relevant to the upcoming movie?

Hopefully there will be more books added to this list, and hopefully in the coming year I can do a better job and get off my ass and reading a little more. This could easily be accomplished by putting down my XBox one controller and picking up my Kindle instead. Small steps…small steps.

starfist_1I’ve owned this book for a couple of years now, but only recently purchased it as a digital book. I don’t know much about it except that it’s science fiction and and probably (based on the cover) has space battles and lots of action. What can I say, I’m a sucker for these kinds of books, and the fact that there are several other books in the series, they must be half-way decent. That’s what I’m hoping, anyways.

foundation_2A few years ago I was excited at hearing that HBO was adapting the Foundation series into a television series. I hadn’t read Foundation at that time but I had read enough of Asimov’s other works to know it was most likely great, especially considering how people held it in such high regard. But as time past and still no television series, it became clear that there was a problem. And then, after a few more years I had forgotten there there was even talk about bringing the books to television. Which brings me to today and more news that a Foundation television series is in the works. Like so many other books that I have read that are supposedly being made into a television series, I will believe it when I actually see trailers and/or the shows themselves. In short, don’t hold your breath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I picked up Hominids and Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer as ebooks. I’ve read Flashforward by Sawyer but not much else, and as much as I liked Flashforward, these titles sound just as interesting so hopefully they are worth the purchase.

 

Even though I think the question Enrico Fermi asked his colleges that day in the lunch room while working on the Manhattan Project was a rhetorical one, the Fermi Paradox is one of my favorite topics of discussion and makes for great science fiction ideas. Here are some video that I have come across in recent weeks that do a good job of tackling these subjects.

a_call_to_dutyI recently purchased Heretics of Dune and God Emperor of Dune. I’ve owned these in paperback for a number of years but I decided to buy the digital version because, well, the more and more I use my ereaders the more I like them and they take up less space in my house. Also, I plan to make good on my promise to myself to start the series and read Dune, so these books will soon follow. I already own Dune Messiah and Children of Dune in digital format, so next will be Chapterhouse: Dune.

Also I purchased A Call to Duty by David Weber and Timothy Zahn, mostly because I noticed it dropped in price, plus I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Honorverse series of books by Weber so those will be on my reading list at some point in the future as well.

Anybody who has read this blog knows I love reading books that are going to be movies or at least being picked up to become a movie at some point in the future. These days there seems to be no shortage of books that have been rumored to be in production to become a movie or T.V. series, but so far nothing. If you are like me and are wondering what is happening with all these projects, well somebody at io9 was thinking the same thing and decided to write an update on what’s what with some of these projects. The more interesting projects to me are the ones surrounding the books for Red Mars, The Amber Chronicles, Altered Carbon, The Caves of Steel, The Mist, Alien, and the sequel to World War Z. There were some others that I didn’t know about, but all-in-all, a pretty interesting read. Check it out here.

I have a list of books that I want to read this year, but as always, I’m thinking my eyes are bigger then my book stomach. So, I have compiled a list of books that I shouldn’t have a problem reading and completing before the end of the year. And as always, anything beyond that is a bonus. Here’s my list in no particular order:

  1. Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  2. The End of All Things by John Scalzi
  3. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  4. Mars Life by Ben Bova
  5. Deadzone by Stephen King
  6. Dune by Frank Herbert

My thinking is pretty simple concerning this list. Scalzi, King and Bova are a few of my favorite authors. Dune because, well, I’ve been saying I am going to read it for a few years now and I never do. Well, not this year, and Relic because I read this book in high school, and to this day it is one of the best books I have ever read. Finally, Caliban’s War because I read the first book in the series, and now the series is on T.V. and if there’s one thing I love doing is reading the book before the T.V. series/Movie.

I’m not sure which order I will read these in, but Caliban’s War will probably be first and then Dune. After that, we’ll see what happens.

Happy New Year everybody.

It’s probably not a Dyson’s sphere, but Tabby’s Star is still weird.

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