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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.

I noticed that over at Whatever, John Scalzi has announced he has made his 10,000 post. Wow! My current count is right around 585…I guess I have some catching up to do. Anyway just a shout out to Scalzi and a well earned congratulations.

foundationEvery year I come up with a list of books that I would like to read. This year is a little different as I have finally put pen to paper and organized which books are at the top of my list. The list is rather large, but I least I have all these books together and which format the books are in so they are easy to reference when it comes time to start reading a new book.

For example, I have been meaning to read the Foundation trilogy for a while now, and with the series/Movie looming on the horizon, this is the year to start. For those books on my list I have organized them in which order they should be read and in which format I have them – nook, Kindle, Hardback, Paperback, etc.

This list also helps me keep a list of not only which books are in a series and how that series should be read, but I know which books in said series I have already read. Sounds silly, I know, I mean everyone should know which books they have already read, right? Well, maybe, maybe not. Take my Jack McDevitt books for example. The first book of his that I read was Chindi even though The Engines of God and Deepsix came first in that series. But that was several years ago. The book Omega of his is next on my list to read. Also with McDevitt books, you have two character series that he writes in: The Priscilla Hutchins and the Alex Benedict series.it

This makes things easier for me as I find it difficult to keep track of what I would like to read next, since my house is filled with books making is distracting; but also, since Science Fiction and Fantasy books all seem to come in trilogies or larger, it’s easy to sometimes forget where I am in my reading.

What I am reading at the moment is The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, neither Science Fiction or Fantasy, but still a book that I have heard nothing but good things about and have been trying to find the time to read for years. Another reason for the list. Also on the list of things to at least try and read this year are A Clash of Kings by George R. R. MartinThe Shining and The Dead Zone by Stephen KingCaliban’s War by James S. A. Corey; and Write-A-Thon by Rochelle Melander.

duneThere will be more to that list as I also like reading history and true crime books as well, but for now that’s what I’ve been up to and/or ready.

I am also trying to make an effort to finish books that I have started reading. There have been more than a few books that I have started in the past few years – last year especially – that I have started and then not finished, and thus have to start again. The Sword of Shannara is one such book that springs to mine, which is a shame because it was a book I got about 150 pages into and really enjoyed, but then got side tracked with other life emergencies.

levI’ve had Leviathan Wakes for a while, as well as some of its sequels, for a while. I held off starting the series, however, since there were (and still are) other science fiction series that I want to either start and/or finish. The fact that this is being made into a new series on the Syfy channel pushed me into reading at least the first book before the series begins. I’m assuming that this series will be a lot like A Game of Thrones in that each season will correspond to a single book, and in the case of Leviathan Wakes, I don’t see why it shouldn’t. The book is huge and covers a lot, and I still have a little more than one hundred pages left to go in the book. I do plan on reading its sequel, Caliban’s War, around this time next year before season two of The Expanse starts. Assuming there is a season two.

Ghostbusters_logo.svgSo yes, it is happening, Ghostbusters III is scheduled to start filming this summer. But don’t look for Bill Murray, instead look for Melissa McCarthy and her all-female Ghostbusters. I’m not saying that it’s a mistake that this movie is going to feature an all women cast, I’m just saying don’t screw it up because given the history of this franchise and the opinions of the fans, this could either be a really great movie or a horrible bust. Given that I’m a big McCarthy fan, I hope it does well, but taking into account of how much I enjoyed the originals, it better be done right.

itSeth Grahame-Smith seemed to come out of nowhere with the publication of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Then a few years later Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hit the shelves followed by a movie sometime later. I only bring this up because a few days ago I found myself sitting in a doctors office waiting for a family member with nothing but Hollywood Insiders and People magazines in front of me, not my usual reading. Trying to kill time, I picked up one of the magazines that seemed like it would hold at least a little interest to me and started to read. Close to the back was an interview with Seth Grahame-Smith and his “wishlist” of things he would like to do and/or accomplish in the near future. On that list was a re-make (or spinoff) of  The Gremlins franchise (I don’t know about any of your out there, but I loved those movies when I was growing up), as well as making a Beetlejuice sequel. Last on the list is a big screen adaptation for Stephen King‘s IT, which out of all of them I am most excited to see happening. I have yet to read the book, but it has been one on the list for a while even though it is a beast to read weighing in at a thousand plus pages. When I dug a little deeper into the filming of IT I found out that filming begins this summer, so I guess it’s time to take that book off the shelf and start reading.

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