Things I’m Reading During… AUGUST

For the past few months, I’ve had a theme for my blog.  This month, I’m beginning a definitive romp to find good comps for The Mercury Dimension.  As a result, I’m going to churn through a snootfull of alien books until God knows when.  I’m going to have a bunch of classics (because I’m pathetic and need to catch up).

The Classic: Hyperion – Dan Simmons

Hyperion_coverThis one is a more modern classic, written in 1990.  It seems pretty cool based of the artistic inspiration (Keats and the Canterbury Tales, to say the least), and I think it could either be fantastic or complete, utter garbage.  It’s well awarded, so at the least I expect it to be artful.

Another Classic: Solaris – Stanislaw Lem

solarisThis is the one I was most excited about when I began this month.  The idea of it is that there’s an alien which humans simply can’t communicate with.  They can tell the ocean planet is an organism, and there’s weird, organically-created structures that appear on the planet, but it’s supposed to be entirely inhuman.

Hailed as one of the most creative and innovative alien stories out there, I’ve got to try it.

The Popular: Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

space operaIf you’ve paid any attention to my BS posts, you know I love some disco.  I love ABBA.  I love space.  So when they’re making a book about Eurovision in space with a disco ball on the cover and the future of planet Earth is at stake?  YES.  ALL THE YES.

If this book disappoints me, I’m never trying anything fun ever again.

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 your book when it comes out (caveat is if it’s too sketchy a download or payment method), 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 reviewing for next month.

One of my primary goals is to support indie authors who are serious about their craft.  I hope to hear from you published and self-published writers soon!

Reviews from April Here

Reviews from May Here

Reviews from June Here

Reviews from July Here

6 thoughts on “Things I’m Reading During… AUGUST

  1. Marnie says:

    I keep meaning to read Hyperion.

    “If this book disappoints me, I’m never trying anything fun ever again.”

    This made me lol. I’m awaiting your review.

    And what the heck? Don’t people pretty much always go through Amazon?!

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      I’ll not spoil Space Opera for you right now, but it’s the last review I’m doing this month.

      I’ve seen some people have weird payable downloads for stories on a website. I have done downloadable free pdfs on my blog, and that’s sketchy enough, but going really anywhere beyond that is too far.

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