The State of the Reader: 7/26/17

<–The State of the Reader: 7/19/17          The State of the Reader: 8/2/17–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Samples Read This Week

  1. The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid: Kept – I’m really on an AI/synthetic kick lately.  This has led me to a conclusion that I should have figured out years ago.  Like most of my revelations, it starts with VII.  I’m pretty sure my favorite genre isn’t fantasy, but rather science fantasy.  I actually really love the fusion of elements from both.  It makes me wish I’d recognized that in Star Wars when I was younger,  but I like it now so it’s okay.  Anyway, I loved this novel’s brutality and incongruence of having a teenage girl be a synthetic killing machine, and the book was really cheap on Amazon, so I bought it on Kindle.
  2. Faller by Will McIntosh: Kept (RWTR) – I really do seem to find myself repeating paradigms.  Like the book I just started reading this week, this is about utter loss of memory, but instead of just two characters, it’s everyone.
  3. The Bird Box by Josh Malerman: Kept – I almost didn’t.  The language seemed a little stilted and tangled, but by the second page, it showed it was worth its salt.
  4. Firstlife by Gena Showalter; Kept – I loved the tongue-in-cheek emails between what I’m assuming is a soldier or officer and his superior who is a general, but the former character opens up the first email with an almost insolent “Duuuuude,” to which the general reminds him that he should call him “Sir.”  The next email is the soldier using the title ad naseaum and still being completely insolent.  It was hilarious.
  5. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs: Kept – This is the book the unfortunate John Carter film was based on.  Apparently, the movie wasn’t terrible; it just had terrible release timing.  I read less than the first page of this book, and I love the language.  The price was too cheap to pass up.
  6. IQ by Joe Ide: Kept (RWTR) – Writers are often admonished for using prologues.  Anyone who doesn’t see the merit in the one for this book can shove it.  I decided to read it based on that alone.  It was chilling and terrifying even as it came off so simply.
  7. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: Kept – I’ve never read (what becomes) a post-apocalyptic story with such lush, prosaic writing.  We’re also introduced to at least two of the characters who survive the event(s) that cause the apocalypse.
  8. Timekeeper by Tara Sim: Kept – My Kindle was dying so I only read the first two pages of the sample, but I’m very interested in what the hell happened to 2:00.  I just disappeared.  Has daylight savings time become sentient?  I suppose I’ll have to read to find out.

Books Purchased This Week: 8

Title: The Diabolic
Author: S.J. Kincaid
Date Added: October 28, 2016
Date Purchased: July 20, 2017

Media: eBook/Kindle
Price: $1.99
Retailer: Amazon

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The State of the Reader: 11/16/16

<–The State of the Reader: 11/9/16          The State of the Reader: 11/23/16–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Currently Reading: 4

Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 27%

Holy shit did we just have a major “all is lost moment” in this book.  I read a bit of the dialogue aloud, because it was that poignant.  I’m not sure what book is on my to-read list tonight, but I really hope it’s this one.

Title: The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
Author: George R R Martin
Date Added: January 7, 2015
Date Started: February 8, 2015

Media: Hardback
Progress: 85%

I’ve finished the section on the Free Cities and am about to start the section on the lands beyond e.g. the Summer Isles, Yi Ti, Sothoryos, etc.  I’m almost finished this, and soon I’ll have to pick a new reference to read.

Title: Magonia
Series Title: Magonia
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Date Added: January 31, 2016
Date Started: October 1, 2016

Media: Paperback
Progress: 50%

I’m exactly halfway through this book and I’m really losing steam. Ever since Aza woke in the world of Magonia, I’ve found more things to critique. I really don’t like any of the Magonians *spoiler* including her birth mother *end spoiler* and I want her to go back to her world and Jason (since all of this is in the blurb, I don’t feel like I’m giving anything away). It’s like the author made these characters extremely unlikable, and that’s a poor choice for the “torn between two worlds” paradigm.  If Aza is supposed to feel connected to this world so that there’s some conflict when/if she gets the chance to return to her own, Ms. Headley needs to start portraying that better.  This seems more like it’s an “escape at all costs,” and I don’t think that’s what she was going for.

I’m debating whether to continue with this or not, but I want to see if the author can turn it around, and I am 50% through.

Title: The Ghost of Buxton Manor
Author: Jonathon L. Ferrara
Date Added: August 16, 2016
Date Started: October 17, 2016

Media: Kindle
Progress: 41%

This book keeps becoming more interesting as details about Rupert’s life are slowly revealed.


Fanfictions Finished: 0

In Progress Fanfictions Read: 0

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 0

Fanfictions Added to TBR List: 0

I was supposed to read the next chapter of Darkness and Starlight, but I keep having to push it back.  I think it’s on the schedule for tonight, and I may have to push it back again.  This week and the last have been really hard for me to keep up with anything 😦


Books Added to Goodreads TBR List This Week: 2

Title: Timekeeper
Series Title: Timekeeper
Author: Tara Sim
Date Added: November 11, 2016

This tale of an alternative Victorian world controlled by clock towers was brought my attention by the irrepressible Writing Hufflepuff.  I’m a bit of a closet fan of time travel, loops, and theory, which isn’t too much of a shock if you delve into the stories I love.  They all have an eerie time factor involved with them.  This YA has that along with a lovely same sex romance done right (according to the WH), so I’m excited to add it to my TBR pile.

Title: The Moonborn
Author: D.F. Lovett
Date Added: November 15, 2016

This was one of those weird situations where I heard about one thing from two different sources in a short amount of time.  I received a Twitter DM from the author D.F. Lovett the other day asking if I wanted to read/review his book.  Due to me not having any time and currently embroiled in four other books, I had to politely decline, but since I know how hard it is to be a writer and readers are our lifeblood, I did ask him what the book’s title was so I could add it to my TBR list.  Upon hearing the title, a memory sparked in my head, because I knew I’d heard the name recently, and after some rumination, I recalled that Pat Sponaugle had reviewed it here on his blog.

It’s heralded as “Moby Dick on the moon.”  Now I’ve never read Melville’s door stopper, and I’ve never really had any interest in doing so, but that being said, the blurb for Mr. Lovett’s book is enticing, and who knows?  After I read this, I may investigate the Cliff’s Notes for Moby Dick. 

Update 11/17/16: Because I’m terrible at source information, I didn’t realize I already follow D.F. Lovett’s blog What Would Bale Do?  So here’s the link to it so you can read more about his new book , follow, and support!


Total Books on Goodreads TBR List: 519
Change from Last Week: +2


Books Added to Goodreads To Be Reread List This Week: 0


Books Purchased This Week: 0


What are you currently reading and/or what’s on your radar to read next?  What would you recommend based on my current and recently added?  As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions!

<–The State of the Reader: 11/9/16          The State of the Reader: 11/23/16–>

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