What I Want To Read In 2015

I didn’t read any where near enough last year. I can think of a half a dozen books that I really wanted to read but just didn’t get around to (Wool, Pandemic, Feed, The Man in the High Castle, Soul Asylum and The Earthsea Quartet). Those are just the ones off the top of my head. Lets add in some shorter pieces by Dan Abnett (set in his Gaunt’s Ghosts series) and J.C. Hutchins novella series, The 33.
Then I’ve got novels by Justin R. Macumber, Terry Mixon, Paul E. Cooley, Armand Rosamillia, Mimi Black and Christopher Stocking. (Dan Abnett also has a full length Gaunt’s Ghosts novel out this year too, yes I’m excited!).
I’d also like to read the second Lincoln Rhyme book, The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver and the first Harry Potter book read early on this year as well.
I’d really like to get start on the fourth Dark Tower book as I finished the third recently, but as it’s taking me a while to get through this series by Stephen King I’m a little reluctant to make a start on Wizard and Glass while I’ve got so many other books that I’m itching to read. That said, if I get through enough by the mid-point of the year then I may dive into it. I was thinking about giving it a go as an audiobook but these Dark Tower books seem so complex I’m not sure I’ll absorb them as much as I would do if I read them. I am a big fan of audiobooks, but I do miss the odd thing while listening (interruptions while at work) and also, I’ve read the previous three books and I think it’ll feel weird not reading the other four.

These are all books I’ve already got, either on my bookshelf or on my Kindle app or my iBooks app.

I will be listening to a lot of audiobooks this year as well. I’ve got eight or nine in my Audible library already.

I’ve set a Goodreads target of 60 books this year. With the audiobooks, comic books and the shorter pieces I’m planning on reading I think I’ll manage that. If I’m well ahead of target early on I may increase it but I’ll see how I’m doing.

Audiobooks

I have listened to a lot of podcast books. For those of you who are unaware of podcasted novels they are books that are serialised, normally for free as well. Now I have listened to a lot of these over the last couple of years and have discovered some amazing writers like Scott Sigler, J.C. Hutchins, Mur Lafferty, Nathan Lowell, Phil Rossi and many more. For some reason though I’ve never really listened to audiobooks.

I have a few on my iPod but nowhere near as many podcasts though. Maybe part of this is because podcasts are free, but another reason may be because I’ve not enjoyed a couple of audiobooks that I did buy. A couple of which were also abridged and I felt I was loosing out a little because of this. Last week though I downloaded Stephen King’s On Writing and a zombie one, I forgot the name. Ill mention it in a future post. These two downloads have kind of opened a door in my head and I want to download more. This is logical for me because I am a slow reader and I work a job where I can have my iPod and listen to whatever I wish. I do need to get through more books and this may be the way that I can get more fiction consumed ūüôā

Mur Lafferty Shout Out

‘Mighty’ Mur Lafferty¬†is I think easily considered the Godmother of the podcasting world. She was one of the first and is still going strong. I’ve listened¬†to a lot of her work and enjoyed it for the most part but it never struck in the way that Scott Sigler or J.C. Hutchins do but her podcast for writers I should Be Writing is essential¬†listening. I¬†Should Be¬†Writing is very helpful to the new writer¬†and Mur Lafferty does not hold anything back. If she is feeling depressed, she talks about it. She is very easy to listen to and does some great interviews.

 

Lets get to Marco And The Red Granny though.

 

Think; Aliens with seven senses, artists, writers and death matches on the moon. You need more? Really? It is worth a listen to the first episode at least. Lafferty is a very strong writer and she creates some amazing characters here.

I listened to this today and absolutely fell in love with it, this is my favourite story by Mur Lafferty and I would love to see more in this universe.

 

The link to Mur Lafferty’s website is below and you can find everything that she produces there. This is an amazing person as well as a writer, please go by and check her out.

You can also find her work on iTunes and at Podiobooks.com

 

http://murverse.com/

A Little Target

I’m not going to reveal my writing goals this year like I did last year, because I missed each one of them, but I am going to let you all know that I am aiming to read twelve to fifteen books this year. So that’s about one a month, I’m currently about a hundred pages off finishing The Hunger Games (yes I started reading it last year, but im still counting it ūüėõ )¬† I would also like to knock out as many audiobooks as I can too. This is going to be a little more difficult as I do not really have the money to buy the audiobooks at the moment.¬† Paper books are different because I have about forty on my book shelve waiting to be read.¬† Audiobooks are great for me because I can listen to them while I’m¬†at work.¬† So to save myself a little money I’m going to raid the books on Podiobooks.¬† If you love listening to fiction¬†in audio form then I’d recommend checking their site out http://podiobooks.com/¬†You can also find them on iTunes.¬† Podiobooks¬†basically allows writers to release thier¬†stories in podcasts for free.¬† Personally I’ll only download a completed story as I like to hear it all in one go. It is a great idea and I have listen to many great writers works from there.¬† Scott Sigler, J.C. Hutchins, Mur Lafferty and a fair few others.¬† The most recent is Jeff Lane.¬† I listened to his story, Crush Depth, today and I really enjoyed it.¬† Here’s the link to his site http://jefflaneaudiobooks.com/

A few of the books I’m aiming to read this year are; The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, Dauntless by Jack Campbell.¬† That’s part of his The Lost Fleet series. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi.¬† Haywire by Justin R. Macumber, Dunne by Frank Herbert and The Man In The High Castle and Do Androids Dream Of Electronic Sheep, both by Phillip K.Dick

Escape Artists

The first podcast that I ever listened to was An Escape Pod episode, the first one in fact.¬† I’m one of these people who when I start listening to A podcast I listen to the earliest episode that I can find.¬† I had never really known of short stories until Escape Pod grabbed me and its been one amazing journey since then.

Escape Pod taught me that Sci-Fi is not just spaceships and robots.  It took me into worlds that I had never realised existed.  The Trouble With Death Traps by Marjorie James is one of my early favourites.  Feng Burger by John Aegard is still one that I think often about.  The Girlfriends Of Dorian Grey by Gregory Frost was also very impressive.  Here I could on for ages listing episodes that really hit home but that would just turn into A list of many episodes, Okay one more. Conditional Love By Felicity Shoulders really hit home.  A great story.

I’m A little out of date with the podcast now as my PC is still broken ūüė¶ so I havent heard how the Podcast is going.¬† I do miss Steve Eley¬†but I’m A big fan of Mighty Mur Lafferty¬†and I like what she has done with the Podcast since she took the reigns.¬† She has such an easy, warm approached that has to of come from many years podcasting that must make newcomers¬†feel at ease with the podcast before the story even begins, she’s A damn fine narrator too.

http://escapepod.org/

Pseudopod is the horror wing of Escape Artists.¬† I love listening to this podcast but it rarely ever shocks me.¬† It again did the same thing that Escape Pod did, in the way that it showed me horror is not just gore¬† like Hollywood would have us think. Alasdair Stewart and Ben Phillips are great with this podcast.¬† Stewart’s deadpan delivery of the intro and outro’s are fascinating and keep A heart to the podcast.¬† Again he is A fine narrator also.

http://pseudopod.org/

Podcastle¬†has been the only part of the Escape Artists family that I had not taken too, until recently.¬† As I mentioned my Pc is broken which means I cannot update my iPod so I’ve been working through some of the podcasts that I had laying dormant on my iPod and I finally gave Podcastle¬†A proper run.¬† I had listened to A few of the episodes but they had never really caught me. I’m not A big fan of fantasy.¬† I was never A man for Unicorns or Dragons and so on, but again Podcastle had done what Escape Pod and Pseudopod have done in showing me that these genre’s are wide open.

http://podcastle.org/

Fantasy is not just Elves and Wizards, Sci-Fi is not just alien invasions nano-tech and Horror is not demons under the bed or hockey mask wearing psycho’s.¬† All genre overlap into each other and this can only make fiction better.¬† These Podcasts have given me fiction that have made me smile, cry and sigh.¬† The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Escape Artists has given me more hours¬† of joy than I could possibly count.¬† I wonder how many people would like to buy Steve Eley¬†A drink and say ‘Thank You Dude’¬† I will forever be grateful¬†for what you have given me.¬† If it was not for¬†Steve then I may never have¬†discovered Scott Sigler, Phil Rossi, J.C. Hutchins, Mur Lafferty, Elizabeth Bear, Jeffery R. DeRego, Ted Chiang, The amazing¬†Tim Pratt and so many others.¬† As well as finding the podcasts like StarShipSofa.¬† http://www.starshipsofa.com/

If you like short fiction that look at these genre’s then check these links out.¬† They really are something special ūüôā