Every Day Should Be Tuesday is now on Facebook!

I have finally created a much belated Facebook page for Every Day Should Be Tuesday.  If you like hanging out on Facebook, please do go visit and Like the EDSBT page.

 

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Pictures garner more social media hits – something you don’t want to miss!

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Review of The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu

Ken Liu has quite the reputation as a short story writer.  I haven’t read any of his short stories, but I enjoyed the first book in The Dandelion Dynasty, The Grace of Kings, and I loved his translation of Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem.  The promise Liu showed in The Grace of Kings is still present in The Wall of Storms, but unfortunately it’s weighed down by structural problems that should have been fixable.

How fricking cool is this cover?

How fricking cool is this cover?

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Vintage Science Fiction Month: The Tritonian Ring by L. Sprague de Camp

Vintage SF Month is hosted by the Little Red Reviewer.

I’m not typically a big fan of the meddling, minor gods trope.  It’s theologically incoherent and usually makes for nonsensical worldbuilding.  Neil Gaiman’s highly overrated American Gods is the worst offender.  Ken Liu does a bit better in The Grace of Kings and The Wall of Storms.  The Tritonian Ring works better, perhaps because it’s got a Clash of the Titans (the 1981 version, the good one) vibe going for it.  Gods who, like the gods from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, “were petty and cruel, and they plagued mankind with suffering.”  Only they’re way more over the top than anything we’ve ever seen on film.

Long story short, they decide our hero Vakar, a Prince of Lorsk, is the threat and begin meddling to cause his demise.  That, among other things, means an invasion by the Gorgons (not a coincidence, that name), who, among other things, defile the natural order of things by fighting in formation.  (Vakar approves of this, as he approves of other modern blasphemies such as writing and riding horses.)  The king’s magician consults a familiar, who tells them to “Send Prince Vakar to seek the thing the gods fear.”  So we have a McGuffin quest!  They just need to figure out what the heck the McGuffin is.

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Review of Ms. Marvel vol. 6: Civil War II by G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel is great!  As a character, and as a comic as a whole.  This volume is not.  It has issues, several issues.  The story is as disjointed as we have come to expect the art to be (my kingdom for another full volume of Alphona’s art).  And each individual issue has its own story issues.  Ms. Marvel has set a high bar though, and I’m not willing to give up on her yet.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Throwback SF Thursday Now Featured at the Castalia House Blog

Big News!  I have been invited to write a once-every-other-week column at the Castalia House Blog.  I will be writing Throwback SF Thursday posts over there.  My first post, a review of The Tritonian Ring by Sprague L. de Camp, is up now.  I’ve been following Jeffro’s work for as long as I’ve had the blog, and the Castalia House Blog has developed into a first-class blog under his editing leadership.  It has also become the place for discussion of older speculative fiction, at a time when discussion of older speculative fiction seems to be blooming all over the place.  What does this mean for the blog?  Very little, really.  Everything I post over there will get posted over here, only one week later.  I will continue to post reviews of newer works and sundry posts exclusively over here, as well as at least some Throwback SF Thursday posts.  (The Tritonian Ring is also my first read for Vintage SF Month.)

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10 Most Popular Posts in 2016

This isn’t a list of my ten best posts in 2016, which I might do, but would prove a much more difficult post to write.  Every Day Should Be Tuesday remains strictly small potatoes, and blog traffic remains subject to heavy volatility when I pick up outside links.  Nor is it a list of my ten most popular posts from 2016.  A few posts from November 2015 proved very popular over the past year, so I decided to do the ten most popular posts in 2016.

But I look at the most popular posts and I’m pretty happy.  The Nick Cole Fiasco post benefited from a signal boost on Cole’s Facebook page.  But the Ranking the Original Wheel of Time Covers and The Six Main Characters in the Wheel of Time posts weren’t linked anywhere outside, to my knowledge.  I’m particularly proud of the latter, an original essay.  I’m also pleased to see two posts from my new Throwback SF Thursday feature make it onto the list.  My quite recent review of Miles Cameron’s The Plague of Swords passed my ranking of the new Wheel of Time covers to make the list in just the very last few days of 2016.

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Reading Update 2016

I read 86 books in 2016.  That was slightly off the 96 books I read in 2015, but still the second most since I started a Goodreads account in 2011.  It’s also somewhat skewed by reading relatively more graphic novels and novellas and less epic fantasy and history–I read fewer pages in 2016 than in either 2012 or 2013.  But it was a busy year, and I’m pretty happy with what I was able to read.  Quality was pretty decent.  Average rating was 3.9 stars, and I rated well over a quarter of the books I read as 5 stars.

Without further adieu, my year in reading, arranged by star, with the caveats that it’s full stars only because that’s all Goodreads accommodates and some star ratings may change for books read but not yet reviewed.

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