The Old Man’s War Novels by John Scalzi

I’ve recently re-read John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War novels. Why? Well, I loved them first time around and didn’t realise how long it had been since I last picked them up. Add to that the release of the latest in the series, The End Of All Things, and I wanted to remind myself of all the details leading into this one. Despite buying and reading the new novel through the weekly novella downloads (The Life of the Mind, This Hollow Union, Can Long Endure, To Stand or Fall), I still wanted to go back and blast through them all in short order. I’m glad I did, if for no other reason than how entertaining Scalzi can tell a tale. Continue reading “The Old Man’s War Novels by John Scalzi”

2015 Half-Year Reading Update

Up to the end of June I’ve read 59 books this year. That’s pretty good going, and 6 more than I’d read at the same point last year. Some months have been better than others, but on the whole my target of reading 100 books this year is well on the way to being smashed. Have a look below for the full list of what I’ve read. Continue reading “2015 Half-Year Reading Update”

Reading Stephen King

I enjoy reading Stephen King’s novels, though I have read such a small percentage of his published works. In an effort to resolve this glaring oversight I decided to start tracking the novels and collections of his that I’ve read, hence the below list. Some of his novels I read in my youth and early twenties, but I’d like to try and re-read those, as well as making progress on the novels that I have yet to even look at. I’ve got years of reading ahead of me, even at my goal of one book per month. Slowly but surely, I’ll get there! Continue reading “Reading Stephen King”

2015 Goals: Reading

The last two years I’ve had one goal at the start of the year: read an average of 6 books per month. I fell short by a mere half dozen in 2013, but 2014 saw my total hit 121, a number I never thought possible. I also try and read more new releases each year, but not without including plenty of older novels – the mix works for me. This year I’m going to try and set out a few simple goals, and at present I can’t see many reasons for not being able to meet them. Continue reading “2015 Goals: Reading”

2014 Half-Year Reading Update

Well, the first half of 2014 has gone by rather quickly, and the way things are looking at the moment the year probably won’t hang around to let me take my time with it. I’m sure there is some sort of mathematical formula that can be applied to show that time goes quicker as you get older… Continue reading “2014 Half-Year Reading Update”

First Lines

the-temporal-voidI saw this over at N.E. White’s blog – she’s a fellow SFFWorld contributor – and I quite liked the idea of it. There aren’t many 1st lines that I can remember off the top of my head, but this one from The Temporal Void by Peter F Hamilton always sticks:

“Strangely enough, it was the oak trees which Justine Burnelli always remembered from the day Centurion Station died.”

I thought I’d go through my shelves, pick out some of my favourite books, and list them here. Would you read any based on these alone? Continue reading “First Lines”

The Joys and Pitfalls of Re-Reading

Have you ever read a book, let time go by, then have these fond memories of said book arise and then get the sudden urge to read it again? It happens a lot to me, which is why plenty of my reading is actually re-reading. I always try to cut down on this simply because it means that I have less time to read NEW STUFF. Continue reading “The Joys and Pitfalls of Re-Reading”