30 March 2014

Reading Update

Sorry about that, I seemed to fall off the blogosphere for most of March.

There were plans to make changes to the blog, update things, look at new and exciting options, so I stopped posting for a bit. Then things didn't progress quite as swiftly as expected and the plans have been postponed for technical reasons. It looks like I'm sticking around here a bit longer.

Back in January I posted a list of books I planned to read. I figured I'd do a bit of an update, and see where I've gotten to. There are books that have been added as I've read them, and some that have been added as I've heard about them.

Seven Wonders by Adam Christopher finished early Jan

Banners in the Wind by Juliet E. McKenna finished 27 Jan

Noir Carnival edited by K. A. Laity finished 8 Feb

Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan finished 15 Feb

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss 13 March

Chicks Dig Comics by various 16 March

The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris 28 March

Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones 30 March

Clovenhoof by Heide Goody and Iain Grant 16 April

Dangerous Waters by Juliet E. McKenna early-May

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick mid-May

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie 27 May

The Merchant of Dreams by Anne Lyle June

The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones, completed by Ursula Jones mid August

The Copper Promise by Jennifer Williams end of August

The Time-Travellers Almanac edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer (I will have to dip in and out of this one as its a truly enormous anthology and looks like a book that deserves its own lectern)

Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman

The Shadowed Sun by N. K. Jemisin

Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough (I won this in a raffle chaotically hosted by the author)

The Bookman Histories by Lavie Tidhar

Tales of Eve edited by Mhairi Simpson

Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers (I read all the books as a kid, except the first one)

Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch

Drakenfeld by Mark Charan Newton

The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar

Further Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

On a Red Station, Drifting by Aliette de Bodard

The Last Watch by Sergei Lukyanyenko

In January it looked like a lot (and there was less than there is now), but I seem to be making solid progress. I expect I'll add more titles as the year progresses.

17 March 2014

Guardian Story

I'm proud and excited to say that I have a story in Guardians, a Fox Pocket anthology from Fox Spirit books.

My Guardian's Guardian is about a man returning to his old home, visiting his former guardian and comparing past glories with present decay.

Fox Pockets are small, pocket-sized books featuring short stories that can be read quickly, on a lunch break or a short commute. They're designed to show the range of tales, authors and talent that Fox Spirit work with. Guardians features an excellent range of fantasy, horror, science fiction and crime stories, each with its own take on the theme. The guardians come in many forms including angels, gargoyles, parents, police and dreams.

Guardians is the 3rd Fox Pocket anthology. The previous two are Piracy (which I also have a story in) and Shapeshifters.

Fox Spirit have loads of great books, and a range of really good blog posts too. You should totally visit their website.