The Upcoming ‘To-Read’ Pile

My ‘To-Read’ pile is lengthening, impressively.

 

Currently I am reading J.J. Harkin’s Angels Of Apocalypse, Part 1: Alignment.  It’s been a slow start to this one but I think it’s because it’s the first book I’ve read on my Kindle app on my iPhone.  Since I got my iPad though I’ve managed to get through more of it.  It has still been a slow start to the novel though but I appreciate what Harkin has been building and it’s now gaining some pace so I’m getting into it nicely now 😀   So I’m half thinking about what next to read.  At the top of that list are two books.  The first, Battlestar Galactica by Jeffery Carver and Dauntless (The Lost Fleet #1) by Jack Campbell.  I’m thinking the Battlestar Galactica tie in novel first.  I’m a bit of a fan and I’m eager to see some of the details that would have been missed in the TV show.  I’m keen to read Dauntless as well as it’s the first of six (I think) novels in this universe so I hope that it’s as good as it looks as I like getting stuck into a series of books again.  I like getting to know characters and universes, I love delving deeply into them and following individuals journeys over many novels and many years in the life of these characters.  Dan Abnett’s Gaunt’s Ghosts is a prime example of that.  If I remember correctly there is thirteen novels in this series and as I’ve read all of these now I have a real connection to the characters that have been in the books since day one.  In the last novel there was one sentence about a particular character that made me laugh out loud.   That’s what I would like to build.  I have stories which will be stand alone work but I also have stuff which is part of a bigger universe.  Where mine and Owens’s current WIP is set has the potential to allow us to play out any storyline we wish, well almost.  It has its restraints but those are few.  Our other big project we’ve worked on, Project Phoenix, is very restricted as it’s only telling one story and has a very narrow universe.  That’s not a bad thing in my opinion, it’s a story that has a start, a middle and an end.  Our universe in which Project’s Delphi and Apollo are set in are huge.  We can write as many novels as we wish, as many short stories as we wish because it is an almost limitless world.  As I come to think of it this is our most open universe, most of my solo work has a narrow storyline.

 

Didnt I start off talking about my ‘To-Read’ pile??? lol

Not That Normal Monday Feeling

Normally Mondays are not the most popular day of the week, but despite an irritating start to the day it has turned out pretty good.  I’m really getting stuck into Scott Sigler’s The All-Pro ( http://scottsigler.com/ ) and I’ve started reading an e-book on my iPhone’s Kindle app (the first time that I’m trying this) The book is J.J. Harkin’s Angels Of Apocalypse,  (https://twitter.com/#!/authorjjharkin ) which after only a few pages I’m enjoying so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in it.  I also listened to Michael Chrichton’s Jurassic Park, which is always a fascinating listen.

I’ve done some quite serious thinking today aswell, some of the changes that I want to make in the next few years look rather difficult, but more than achievable.  I’ve also been thinking about what I wrote last night and how I can elaborate on it.  Its one of those stories that I do not think that will ever see the light of day, but it could be something that I can exercise my writing ability on.  It is a very emotional piece which I think will be good to explore 🙂

Project Phoenix has also popped into my head a little as well and one major thought was crawling around my head until I had a proper revelation for a piece of the stories history.  I’m going to write a couple of little stories for Phoenix as well because I need to find a proper feel for one of the main characters.  So I’m going to throw him into a couple of demanding situations to see what he does.

I’m not going to declare a word count target to his this week, but I am going to have a couple of evenings where I will just be punching the keyboard 🙂