As the semester finally begins grinding to a halt, I have high hopes of getting more reading done over the next month. Probably far too high of hopes, but there’s nothing wrong with aspirational goals. It’s a grab bag of books, but high on my list are finishing up a number of academic books I’ve started and let linger and getting an early start on reading vintage science fiction in anticipation of Vintage Sci Fi Month (in January).
Vintage Sci Fi Month
Academic Books to Finish
The Alchemy Wars by Ian Tregillis
Ian Tregillis may be my favorite new writer from the past decade. I have the first two books in his Alchemy Wars trilogy(?), The Mechanical and The Rising, but I haven’t read them yet. With book three, The Liberation, out in a couple weeks, now is a good time to start.
Remnants of Trust by Elizabeth Bonesteel
The Burning Isle by Will Panzo
Once upon a time I actually read ARCs in a timely manner. The Burning Isle I even requested. And I’ve had it for months now. Anyway, I’m looking forward to it. I don’t read enough straight up fantasy anymore, even if it does bear the dreaded “grimdark” label.
Blood of Innocents and A Shattered Empire by Mitchell Hogan
Speaking of straight-up fantasy, the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence could have been published in the 90s. And I mean that as a compliment. I enjoyed A Crucible of Souls, but I’ve been letting my review copies of Blood of Innocents and A Shattered Empire sit neglected. And how cool is that cover for book 3?
Death’s End by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu
Remembrance of Earth’s Past is probably my favorite science fiction series ever based on the first two books. The Three-Body Problem rightfully won a Hugo and The Dark Forest was criminally underappreciated. I really look forward to finishing the series with Death’s End. I just need to decide whether I should stick with the kindle version or go ahead and my a complete set of hardcovers.
Reading The Plague of Swords has me fired up to read more English history (I’m working on a 5+ year kick now). I will have to decide between Marc Morris’ biography of King John and Dan Jones’ history of The War of the Roses. I highly recommend their previous books, The Norman Conquest and The Plantagenets, respectively.
Everybody is talking about J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy and I have a copy sitting on my shelf. It will form a welcome addendum to Night Comes to the Cumberlands, I hope. On the fiction side, I’m very much looking forward to Ron Rash’s latest, The Risen.
I had better stop typing and start reading…