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It’s always hard coming up with these list every year because I usually pick too many books to read and/or I end up reading different titles than ones I had originally planned on read. Having said that, I think it’s important to set goals and at least put some thought into what I want to read and what I would like to read. Also, it’s important to highlight the fact that I needd to read more as opposed to watching television or playing video games, and by coming up with a list, for me a anyways, it helps me me focus on at least attempting to achieve that goal.

Moreover, since I own a Kindle, a Nook, and a large collection of Hardcovers and paperbacks, I have tried to focus on picking and choosing titles from each format, which is why, in part, I picked the titles I did. I also picked titles based on series that I would like to continue, finish, and in some cases even start.

So without further adieu…

Fields of Fire by Marko Kloos

I have been sitting on this series of books for a number of years now, and last year (2018) I finally sat down and read the first four books in the series. Needless to say, I liked them, and intend to read the fifth book (Fields of Fire) and possible the sixth, Points of Impact.

 

VenusMercury by Ben Bova

I have been reading Ben Bova books for years – since I was in high school. I started with Mars and eventually read Return to Mars, both of which were decent reads. Over the years I have collected other titles in Bova’s Grand Tour series and have been meaning to read them. In a sense, reading Mercury and Venus is like starting at the beginning of the series.

 

Different Seasons by Stephen King

Like I have mentioned before, I am a huge Stephen King fan. Having said that, I am learning that I like short fiction by Stephen King as apposed to his longer works like It, which was kind of difficult to read and which I still haven’t finished yet, but might have to before the second movie comes out…

 

Green Mars and Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

I read Red Mars years ago and while I enjoyed it I never got around to reading the next two books because I got distracted by other things. Needless to say, it’s time to refocus and finish the series.

 

Depth by Lev A.C. Rosen and The Deep by Kick Cutter

These are two books by authors that I have never heard of before, but when I came across the titles the plots sounded interesting and fresh, so I figured what the heck. Again, Depth has been on my to-read list for a while so hopefully this year is the year I get it read.

 

Others

This is a pretty healthy list in of itself, but it is nowhere complete. I have also picked out a few books on writing that I would like to read as well as some Dragonlance books which I have been wanting to read since I was in high school and which have been gathering dust on bookshelves for years. But this is at least a starting point…

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terms_of_enlistmentI read Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos pretty much on a whim. I finished something else and hadn’t really thought ahead of when I was going to read next. Terms of Enlistment was on a list, but not that high simply because it is a part of a six part series. In the end I decided that not only would I read the first installment,  but I would also power through and read the second and third, is I ended up liking it. I ended up liking it. There was nothing truly great about it – it reminded me of Starship Trooper, which I read back in high school – but it was written well and kept me engaged. In short, its your typical military science fiction story surrounding a couple of characters who are in their first tour when the first intelligent life, outside the human race, is discovered. Off course, it’s on the worst of terms as this new alien species is taking over a human terraformed colony planet. From there it’s all action and explosions. Like I said nothing super special about the plot or story, but it was well written and kept me reading. Enough so that I’m already fifty pages into the next book of the series, Lines of Departure.

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.

 

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.

childrenIt’s getting towards the end of the year again and I’m starting to think about what I would like to read next year. I haven’t come up with a definitive list, but I have been thinking.

The worst part about reading is that there are only so many hours in the day and so many books to read. Worse still is the fact that there are so many great books out there that I have already read and would love to read again. So that got me thinking. What I would really love to start doing is to mix things up and focus not only on new material that I want to read, but other books that I would love to read again.

For example, a few books that immediately jump to mind are Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln ChildMars and Return to Mars by Ben Bova and West of Eden by Harry Harrison. I read all these book when I was in high school. Relic especially was a book that really captured my attention. It was brand new, nobody had ever even heard of Lincoln Child or Douglas Preston, or Penergast for that matter. Today there are over fifteen books in the series that started with Relic, with more coming out all the time. Same thing with Ben Bova and Mars. Mars is part of his ever growing Grand Tour series that began even before the publication of Mars and is still going today.

These books make up the Something Remembered part of my list. They are books that immediately grabbed me as a young adult and books that I still think about today.

west_edenThen there are books that are Something New, just been published but end up in the back log of things to read. The End of All Things by John Scalzi is in this list. Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos are another that spring to mind.

And then there is Something Old. These are books that were publish more than ten years ago; books that I know about but, again, are back logged in the list of things to read. This list can be pretty big, but a few examples of these would be Dune by Frank Herbert (which has been on previous years lists), Rama by Arthur C. Clarke, Venus, by Ben Bova, or Forge of God by Greg Bear.

The problem with many of these books is that they make up a part of a larger series. And while I love series, I also like to mix it up when it come to my reading. It’s hard for me to start with Dune, for example, and then read the next five books in the series, one after the other. If they are really good, it’s no problem, I did that with the first three book in John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War.

This, however, doesn’t even begin to touch books on my History or writing lists that I hope to read in the next year as well.

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