Last year I blogged my reread of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell ahead of the US airing of the BBC miniseries based on the book, but a broken foot and a resurgence of major depression sort of derailed a lot of other plans I had then. This year, I’ve already blogged my way through the 1.1 million words of short fiction in Up and Coming: Stories from the 2016 Campbell-Eligible Writers, which was a sort of last minute idea I had just three weeks before Hugo nominations were due. I will be doing some Hugo blogging once the finalists are announced next week–surely there will be a few things I haven’t read–but I’m also going to be making Let’s Read! into a regular feature at SF Bluestocking.
Probably it will be three posts a week, though it could be more depending on how much time I’m ultimately able to dedicate to the project. My plan right now is that, at least until about July, I’ll be recapping Game of Thrones every Monday, publishing regular book reviews twice a week, Weekend Links on Saturdays, and then three Let’s Read! posts mixed in there somehow. First, though, I need to figure out what to read next. Because I’m indecisive and can write about pretty much anything (I’m very opinionated, obv), I feel like the only thing to do is to leave it up to my few readers.
So. Here are the options, with short pros and cons:
- The Magicians by Lev Grossman
I’ve heard a lot about this book/series, but it’s always struck me as fantasy for people who hate fantasy. I couldn’t get that into the show, partly because the characters are all pretty insufferable, but this could make the book really entertaining to read, and my hope is that reading the books would help me appreciate the show more.
- Dune by Frank Herbert
I know, I know, it’s a classic, but I’ve just never gotten around to reading it. However, I’ve been making a concerted effort in the last couple of years to read more classic SF works, and this is one that I’m practically unspoiled on. I’ve never even seen the movie. Just that music video with Christopher Walken in it for that song with the Dune reference.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I’ve recently started watching season one of the show, and I am in love with it. Maybe I would like the book?
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown
I haven’t been reading much YA stuff in the last year and a half or so, but this series is really popular and well-reviewed. Plus, since it’s YA, I don’t expect it to be terribly challenging. It might be a nice break from the more literary stuff I’ve been focusing on more recently.
- Armada by Ernest Cline
This book generated one of my favorite scathing reviews of the last year, and it has basically the same plot as The Last Starfighter. I’m almost certain that I’ll hate it, but it could be fun to mock.
- Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
I know almost nothing about this series except that it’s extremely popular in r/Fantasy. I know there’s been a Tor.com reread of it going on, but I haven’t read any of that, so it’s another series that I pretty much have no preconceived ideas about.
- The Apex Book of World SF
I bought the bundle of all four volumes of this ages ago and have never gotten around to reading much of it. However, I think it could be a great way to broaden my horizons, and I’ve been really enjoying reading more short fiction recently. However, I’ve also got an ARC of The Big Book of Science Fiction that’s coming out in a couple of months to get through, and I worry about getting completely burnt out on short stories.
- Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
I’ve read and enjoyed a couple of Sanderson’s short stories, but this is another very popular fantasy series that I haven’t touched and feel a little like I ought to give it a try.
So. Lots of options, and they’re all things I’d like to get around to eventually. What do you think?