?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Alternative Reading - Synchronicity swirls and other foolishness

> Recent Entries
> Archive
> Friends
> Profile
> my rpg writing site

July 19th, 2007


Previous Entry Share Next Entry
12:47 pm - Alternative Reading
While many of you are eagerly awaiting the latest HP book, I am now happily reading the latest book in one of my favorite series, The Sons of Heaven, by Kage Baker, the last, final (and 8th) novel in her excellent Company series. While I wasn't all that keen on the 2nd book of the series (Sky Coyote), I very much enjoyed all of the others, and I'm enjoying this one. I usually prefer standalone novels to series (although I very much enjoy reading separate novels all set in the same setting), but this is one of the best series I've encountered in a while. I've become considerably pickier in my tastes in the last decade, and occasionally wonder if I'm not enjoying fiction as much as I used to - then I encounter books by authors I love, like Alastair Reynolds or Kage Baker, and I again realize that what I do not enjoy nearly as much as I used to is mediocre novels. However, I have half a dozen authors whose work I consistently enjoy, and so I continue to find excellent things to read. Happy reading to all.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased

(9 comments | Leave a comment)

Comments:


From:halyn
Date:July 20th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
(Link)
I didn't know the 8th book was out, though I saw a new anthology by her on the shelves recently. Now I want it, I have to know what happens next!

Alastair Reynolds has often dazzled me with his worldbuilding, but I find myself loosing track partway through the book of his sprawling timelines and plots. It hasn't kept me from reading, though.
[User Picture]
From:heron61
Date:July 20th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I'm only partway through it, but Sons of Heaven is excellent, and pleases me especially because Lewis features prominently in it, and he is most definitely my favorite character.

Also, given that you share two of my favorite authors with me, who are your other preferred authors?

My current favorites are: Kage Baker, Alastair Reynolds, Ken McLeod, Cory Doctorow, & Robin McKinley, with honorable mentions given to Melissa Scott, Mary Gentle, Iain M. Banks, & Charles Stross.

[User Picture]
From:rjgrady
Date:July 20th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I've become picky to the point of barely reading fiction. So sad. To me, finding a good book is like falling in love.
[User Picture]
From:lupagreenwolf
Date:July 20th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Just wanted to let you know (whether you have brain weasels or not) that I'm really glad you're my friend :) Your sense of humor and intelligence are two of the reasons you're a joy to be around, and it's fun to get a bit of an insider's look at the gaming industry. Thanks for being here *hugs*
[User Picture]
From:heronheart
Date:July 20th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I agree that Kage Baker is a superb writer. Have you checked out any of Stephen Dedmans novels? I especially like "Shadow's Bite". You might also be interested in the free Kage Baker "Company" audio story at http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/spring2007/audio-rude-mechanicals-by-kage-baker/
[User Picture]
From:heron61
Date:July 20th, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I quite liked his The Art of Arrow-Cutting, Foreign Bodies didn't work as well for me, and I haven't read Shadows Bite yet. Thanks muchly for the link to the audio story, very cool!
[User Picture]
From:roniliquidity
Date:July 21st, 2007 10:43 am (UTC)

completely off topic

(Link)
This interview, arguably the tone, made me think of you. I thought you might dig it.
http://feministing.com/archives/007410.html#more
[User Picture]
From:heron61
Date:July 21st, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)

Re: completely off topic

(Link)
Thank you, not someone I'd heard of before, and the book looks absolutely fascinating. However, I am curious in what ways the tone of that piece reminded you of me.
[User Picture]
From:roniliquidity
Date:July 21st, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)

Re: completely off topic

(Link)
I couldn't really say, maybe the framing GBLTQ issues in an intellectual anti-conformity stance? It really wasn't more complex then I read it and thought you'd like it.

> Go to Top
LiveJournal.com