Friday, December 31, 2010

Books read in 2010

I had a very slow reading year, this year. Not sure why. Sure, there was the baby, but he didn't show up until October.

Ah well.

As with writing, I hope to accomplish more reading in 2011.

A lot of these I've blogged about over 2010. Some I never got around to commenting on, for whatever reason.

But, here is the list;

+ The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle (ebook)

+ Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King

+ Slaine: The Exile by Steven Savile

+ The Sword of Rhiannon (a.k.a. Sea Kings of Mars) by Leigh Brackett

+ The Space Wolf Omnibus (Space Wolf, Ragnar's Claw, Grey Hunter) by William King (Warhammer 40K)

+ The Berserker Throne by Fred Saberhagen (ebook)

+ Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey (audiobook)

+ Of Berserkers, Swords and Vampires by Fred Saberhagen

+ The Sharp End by David Drake (Hammers' Slammers)

+ The Song of Roland (ebook)

+ Barbarians, Marauders & Infidels by Antonio Santosuosso (history) (ebook)

+ The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson

+ Dark Worlds #1 (ezine)

+ Casca: The Warrior (#17) by Barry Sadler

+ War of Art by Steven Pressfield (ebook)

+ Killing Trail by Charles Gramlich (ebook)

+ Steppe by Piers Anthony

I've noted the one audiobook and ebooks, for fun. All ebooks were read on the Kindle except War of Art which was epub format, so I read it on my Mac using the Barnes&Noble Nook reader app. (much nicer on Mac than the PC version, btw)

I noted Dark Worlds ezine because it was fairly large, but I think there are some other e-reads I forgot to note during the year. I need to be better about that in future.

I am surprised I didn't squeeze in at least one Warhammer read. (I did read the one Warhammer 40K omnibus)

My favorites were The Broken Sword and Of Berserkers, Swords and Vampires. Sword of Rhiannon rounds out my top three.

Happy New Year, see you in 2011!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Thanks to my few loyal readers.

Nothing to say here, other than "Happy Christmas!" (as the Brits say) and happy New Year (if I don't post again between now and then.)

Hopefully, in the new year, I'll have more posts about my own writing than others' works. :)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Leftovers and waiting

I have leftovers.

Not food.

Unfinished tales.

I need to get them sorted out and off my back. I suppose I could let them go, but part of me believes if I get these monkeys off my back and in their cages, I'll feel better about diving into something larger and new. Far past time I try my hand at a novel.

So, what do I have? Well, I can't give away much.

I have a weird western, a sword-n-planet and a space-opera idea I've been kicking for awhile that feels more leftover than new. I really need to crank out the rough draft.

It's the weekend. Time for caffeine in evening (though, that darn seasonal eggnog & rum are calling ;) )

I am also in my "don't buy anything for yourself" phase of the year. With my late November birthday and Christmas coming, I lay off the Amazon wishlist purchases.

The good news is that I have a pile of Amazon gift certificates waiting (Amazon Visa is a wonderful thing for a book lover.) I'll be getting any books I really want if I don't receive them as gifts. I just need to hold out until Dec 26th.