Actually, I don’t need too much room to read. Aside from what I read off the monitor in the computer room, all my reading is done in the living room. There was a time when I read in the cafeteria at work, with all the attendant noise, but I find that my attention is diminishing, and I now need silence to read.
This past year all my reading, with Art Browne’s one exception, was from paper and ink, physical books. The son has a new Kindle, so both his Sony Reader and his Kobo are available. Perhaps in 2015 I’ll save some money and download a few titles.
The following is a display of what I read in calendar year 2014, along with my usual comments and trivia. I exceeded 2013’s displayed list of 31, and managed to finish 34.
I’ll start with the two ‘James Axler’ series, as I did last year. I finally stopped buying them and still had five titles to read, to clear up my backlog. When I read ‘my’ last one, I noticed that I was a full year’s releases behind.
Deathlands – Nemesis, Chrono Spasm, Sins of Honor
Outlanders – Savage Dawn, Sorrow Space
Eric Flint – Grantville Gazette V
Lee Child – Running Blind, Echo Burning, Without Fail, Persuader, The Enemy, One Shot, Bad Luck and Trouble, The Hard Way
The Minutia V post that I recently published, where I claimed that ‘One Shot’ was my next Jack Reacher novel to be read, was originally written about two months ago, and I have finished it and two more recent titles since.
Clive Cussler – The Chase, Inca Gold, White Death
John Scalzi – The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony, Zoe’s Tale
Dan Brown – Inferno
James Rollins – Excavation, Subterranean, Amazonia, Ice Hunt
In another case of not looking for contradictions, but still finding them, I read in Subterranean, the following passage;
“We had been following the twisting cave through the mountain, winding ever higher, trudging beside the stream which coursed through it. I could feel the muscles in the backs of my legs burning from the constant uphill strain.
Suddenly it opened into a gigantic cavern. We must be near the outer mountain surface, because there were thousands, perhaps millions of bats, nesting here. We had to withdraw. Because of the dust, the mould, and the overpowering ammonia smell, we could not slog through guano, sometimes feet thick in places. We decided to wet pieces of cloth, hold them over our mouths and noses, and climb into the rushing stream to let it quickly carry us past the hazard.”
While it’s interesting imagery, and literary gimmickry, I doubt that caves and caverns are formed like this in the granite of the Andes. Even if they are, the glacier meltwater stream could kill them from hypothermia and impact with rocks, before they could climb out. Ignoring both of those quibbles, the story says they are moving upward. Which way is the stream moving? Rapidly downward, in compliance with gravity! Riding the rapids will just get them back where they started. Oh well.
A.H. Browne – The Saloon at the Edge of Everywhere
This is the first published tale from fellow-blogger Art Browne, over at PouringMyArtOut. While suitable for teens or young adults, it’s fun, and still has a thing or two to say about social morés.
Alena Graedon – The Word Exchange
Max Berry – Lexicon
Gregg Loomis – The Julian Secret, Pegasus Secret
Steve Berry – The Templar Legacy
Ryk E. Spoor – Grand Central Arena
A strangely named man tries to write an epic Space Opera as an homage to the great E.E. (Doc) Smith – and fails. I’ve read Doc Smith. This ain’t it! It does not have Doc’s crisp precision and vision. While interesting and enjoyable, this overly long tome contains lots of action and social statement, with a happily-ever-after ending. It is full of physics impossibilities (Vaguely attributed perhaps to God – or gods.), but no explanations.
Anthology – Science Fiction of the Fifties
This book contains 22 short stories by some of the masters, only a couple of which I read in my teens. The themes include some things we still worry about, and some we don’t; overpopulation, ecological collapse, social demand for uniformity, and miscegenation. The stories are from the 1950s; the book was published in 1979, and priced at $4.99. I didn’t purchase it until 1999, and paid $1.99. It sat on a shelf for another 15 years before I finally got around to it.
Uncle John’s Slightly Irregular Bathroom Reader
We all know what this one is. One- and two-page articles full of interesting trivia, useful for a short stay in the small room. Despite that, I read it in the living room. 😀
That’s enough reading about what I’ve been reading. Rest up, and return soon.