I read science fiction in June–
One Second After by William Forstchen
The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu and Ken Liu
The Crystal Deception by Doug J. Cooper
Eye of the World, The Wheel of Time series, book #1 by Robert Jordan
And also these books–
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
A New Hope by Robyn Carr
The New Black, Edited by Richard Thomas is an anthology of neo-noir short stories.
I began taking: Masterclass, James Patterson Teaches Writing
Notable in my reading life is that I have begun aggressively using the public library as a source for ebooks and audio books as well as actual paper books. Their digital two week check out policy pushes me to read faster, and more efficiently. Also, I found that I treasure each of the 14 days I have to complete a book if I have been waiting in the queue for some time. The Eye of the World is a long lovely read, which I had to work hard to finish in the allotted time. It was worth it.
I like scifi in the old fashioned tradition of Isaac Asimov. I Robot is good storytelling, which happens to take place in a futuristic world. That is my goal: tell a good story that is set in the futuristic world of my own creation.
After years of consuming truly excellent scifi on tv, movies and books, we all want a truly believable world. The story has to make sense within its own framework and within the laws of the natural world (unless the author can alter them).
I am striving to build a world in which interesting characters can tell us a story. The universe of my story has to work. The timeline must reconcile with logic. The geography has to not only work, but be accessible to intelligent readers. Characters must behave according to the parameters set out by the story. Even the science and math must be accurate.
Now, that’s intimidating. And I need to get back to writing.
What scifi do you love that is also good storytelling?
March 2015 should have been a big reading month because of a lovely beach vacation. Somehow, I failed to become engaged in reading, but enjoyed Mexico. I did enjoy books by two favorites: Nora Roberts and Robyn Carr.
The Right Path by Nora Roberts
Informed Risk and A Hero for Sophie Jones by Robyn Carr
There was another book on my list, but I abandoned it. I will not list it here, but I will say that the structure of the novel was difficult for me to follow. I had a tough time connecting with the characters, and even distinguishing between the narrators.
What I did instead of reading–limo ride in Cancun!
In April I read the three novels in The 100 Series by Morgan Kass. I enjoyed the first two seasons of the show, The 100, on CW which deviates from the books in a very interesting way. I am obsessed with the idea of humanity surviving for several generations on an orbiting station. Well done, Morgan Kass.
The 100 by Morgan Kass
Day 21 by Morgan Kass
Homecoming by Morgan Kass
The Secret Life of Cee Cee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain
2015 kicked off with the discovery of Enchanted, Inc series of light hearted supernatural detective novels by Shanna Swendson and a re-reading of a classic by Nathaniel Phillbrick.
Enchanted, Inc. (Enchanted, Inc #1) by Shanna Swendson
Once Upon Stillettos (Enchanted, Inc #2) by Shanna Swendson
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Phillbrick
Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips