I like to write, and I definitely love to tell stories, but part of being able to tell a good story is being able to recognize a good one when you read it. That, of course, implies reading, which I definitely am behind on!
My goal this month is to read at least one classical work, one work by a lesser-known author, and one work that is currently trending. Links to those reviews are posted.
The Classic: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – Mark Twain
I’ve started this one a couple of times, but I always quit because the Kindle version is formatted so jankily. I found an electronic copy at my library instead (woohoo!) and hope that this thing will be both more accurate and easier to read. If not, hopefully I can find a paper copy to borrow.
As a good Southerner, I must admit that some parts of the title do really put me off, but the idea of a sci-fi fantasy romp written in this time period does entice me. Mark Twain’s also my favorite author of the 1800’s, and what parts I have read of this book were fantastic. Here’s to finishing it!
The Lesser Known: Approaching Shatter (ECHO Volume 1) – Kent Wayne
This is a book by a guy I’ve been following online for a little while. I wasn’t sure I was going to do ECHO this month, but then I read this post. I bit the bullet and spent the $0.99 (was kinda surprised it was so cheap) on book 1. Based on my reading of the summary, the book is about when humans fuck up their Earth replacement, the planet ECHO, and a guy with a badass macho job has to get things done. Some of the reviews say that this military fiction is full of thought rather than just fight scenes and blood, so I’m actually excited to give it a whirl.
If you want to keep up with the guy who wrote it, it’s an interesting dude who writes on his Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha blog.
The Popular: Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
I wouldn’t read this except one of my IRL friends loaned me a copy. I started reading it already, and I can tell it’s going to be utter garbage, but I might as well finish it. I wasn’t even born in the 80’s, so how the hell does Cline expect me to get all these stupid references? Gah. Looking forward to reviewing this one on the blog.
The Leftovers: Something from YOU?
I love beta reading. If you have something you’d like me to beta read, shoot me a line. I’ll almost definitely purchase a copy of the book when it comes out, and I’ll definitely put a plug on this wee little blog for you.
Do you have a published book and a method of purchasing it that isn’t sketch as hell? Post a link in the comments! If I think it looks cool, I’ll put it on my list of books to consider for next month.
And now you know the real reason I posted this – to find new books! Thanks to all who contribute and satiate my needs.