The Book Stack

So how’s things?

Over here, busy is the word.  The school year just ended and there’s only four weeks of training before Grandmas Marathon.  What little writing I’ve done has been world building for the next novel and fine tuning a query letter.

So, lacking any actual content, here’s the stack of books waiting for me:

The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines

Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty as Charlie’s Angels.  I picked this up a few weeks ago because I’ve read Hines before and I know he’s a good author.  This book hasn’t disappointed me yet.  It’s fun, charming, and turns some of the old fairy tales on end.  Even Steph, who is a very picky reader when it comes to fantasy, loved it.

The Unincorporated Man by Dani Kollin & Eytan Kollin

I saw this one in the store sometime back but didn’t have the money to pick it up.  After reading the recent Locus interview (PDF) with the authors, I had our local bookstore order it for me.  This will probably be the next one after the Stepsister Scheme.

WWW: Watch by Robert J. Sawyer

The first book, WWW: Wake was fantastic.  A blind girl is given an implant to allow her to see and while it works, it also lets her see the World Wide Web.  And there’s something growing out there.  Reading Wake just sent my brain into a fantastic fit.  I’m hoping that Wake will do the same.

Germline by T.C. McCarthy

McCarthy’s debut novel.  I received an ARC of this and hope to write a review for Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing.  The book itself doesn’t hit shelves until late July.  Kind of fun having a copy in my hands ahead of time.  This will probably come after the Unincorporated Man.

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Sanderson is one of the big stars in the fantasy world right now.  He’s the guy who was chosen to finish Robert Jordan’s epic Wheel of Time series and he’s one of the voices behind Writing Excuses, probably my favorite writing related podcast.  I’ll give this one a shot sometime this summer.

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Still On Earth (Despite Efforts Otherwise)

This morning on my 13 mile run blackbird tried to take off with my scalp.

This is not the first time such a thing has happened.  Back in June 2009 something almost identical happened.

I have a sense that today was more sinister.  The bird had its claws tangled up in my hair and I could feel them scrapping against my skull. Sure, maybe I got too close to its nest or maybe I startled it but I think those are just avoiding the real reason.

I think the danged thing was trying to lift me up for the Rapture.

Sqwak! "Repent and be Saved!" Sqwak!

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