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.

The Bone Collector

I’ve seen the movie adaptation of Jeffery Deaver’s The Bone Collector at least a dozen times. It is probably in my top twenty favourite movies and it wasn’t until about six years ago that I found out it was based on a book. I learnt this after talking about books I was reading to someone I used to know through work. He recommended and leant me Deaver’s book The Empty Chair and I leant him Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs. I remember him saying that Deaver was very thorough in his research for his novels and as I read The Empty Chair it did feel like he had a in-depth knowledge of what he was writing about.

I enjoyed The Empty Chair and knew I’d have to get a hold of the other books in the series, but as time passed I just never got around to it. What with the everyday life stuff and trying to write and read other books I simply forgot about them until the other day. I was looking around Audible to see what I fancied spending my credits on and The Bone Collector jumped up from the deepest parts of my consciousness and instantly I knew it was the novel I wanted to download next. It was worth it.

The Bone Collector tells the story of a quadriplegic forensic criminalist (Lincoln Rhyme) who wants to die, and has been shutting the world off from him since the accident that made him a quadriplegic. Just as he’s found someone to help him die though the New York police come to him asking for assistance in solving a murder/kidnapping and after initial refusing their request he gives in and gets back to work. He requests the police officer who was first on the scene of the first murder to assist him, and from there the story unfolds.

There was obviously differences between the book and the movie but for the most part I could understand the reasons why the filmmakers made the changes, but I watched the film after I’d finished listening to the audiobook and found that I still enjoyed the movie. I understand that adaptations will almost never be 100% true to the source but as long as it has the same tone and outcome then I find that normally works well for me and The Bone Collector did.

I did look on Audible for the next book in the series but it, and the third one, are only available as abridged audiobooks and I’ve no interest in an audiobook if it’s abridged. So I popped onto Amazon and ordered the next two; The Coffin Dancer and The Empty Chair. I know I’ve read The Empty Chair before, but in the time since I’ve read it I’ve grown a lot as a reader so I’m keen to read it again. Despite a number of books on my To-Read list I think I’ll be fast tracking them and getting at least the 2nd book in the series read early on next year.

Throwing Out An Update

I’m lying tucked up in bed watching The Bone Collector trying to fend off a cold which I thought was gone but came back last night with all it’s little friends and attacked my immune system again. Generally I’m quite lucky in that I don’t really get ill, aside from colds, which always make me fuzzy headed. So I’ve gone from writing about two thousand words an evening to struggling to do a combined two thousand in the last two days.
So I’m lying here watching this film and I had the urge to write a blog post, so this will probably end up one colossal ramble 😀

This is one of my favourite movies, The Bone Collector. I’m a fan of Denzel Washington and I think he really pulls out an ace of a performance. I’m not a huge fan of Angelina Jolie but here she really shows her acting chops. The movies based on Jeffery Deaver’s book. Deaver is an author whose work I really should start consuming.

About a month ago I finished reading The Drawing Of The Three by Stephen King. This is the second book in King’s The Dark Tower series. This was a really good book, one which took me a fair amount of time to get through. The way King is writing these is difficult for me to read, but they are incredible fascinating.
After finishing it I started on Shutter Island, and I haven’t been sucked into it just yet. I’m thinking that I may put it to one side for a while, read something else and then go back to it later.

Writing wise my NaNoWriMo story has got a good shape to it now and I think when I go back to edit it I’m going to be able to add a lot to the places that I skimmed over and add a few more scenes to build the setting, the characters and the storyline itself. As I was about 9500 words short of the 50k I tried taking the story to the next stage and changed the point of view but I’m not feeling it hugely at the moment, I may scrape it later and make a follow up story of it. Not sure yet though.
I’m going to put the story down once November is done. As I said I have a really structure and I think my foundations are sound. In December I am going to go back to Project Apollo and get the final two thirds of this latest read through done and off to Owen for his thoughts.
There’s still a fair bot of work on Apollo but I’m aiming to have it done by Christmas.

I’ve mentioned that I’m planning on releasing a story via ebook early next year. This one is all but done, I’m thinking over notes from a beta reader and a couple of other people will be reading it in the next couple of months. Artwork is something I want to do right, I’ve been recommended a cover artist whose work I really like. I’m hoping I click with the artist (If they want to and have time to do it that is) because I have no idea of how I want the cover art to look. That’s a problem for next year though.

Right, I hope I haven’t rambled too much, I’m going to watch the end of this movie and then off to bed.