June Bookshelf

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.

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My kind of SciFi

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?

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May 2015 Bookshelf

I just finished reading, The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman.

On my currently reading bookshelf:

A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America’s First Four Star General by  Ann Dunwoody

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes

The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Next up

Honeymoon by James Patterson

Justice is for the Lonely: A Kristen Kerry Novel by Steve Clark

Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen

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March 2015 Bookshelf

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!

What I did instead of reading–limo ride in Cancun!

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April 2015 Bookshelf

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

 

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