What I’m Reading

After a quick jaunt through the frigid cold of Titanshade, I’m back in Janloon and all the epic goodness that is Fonda Lee’s Jade series!

Still reeling from the emotional brilliance crafted by the incredibly talented Fonda Lee, I chose to move to Dan Stout’s phenomenal buddy-cop urban fantasy world of Titanshade as a palette cleanser. I actually met Dan in a critique group. He made a guest appearance, and was gracious with his insightful commentary about chapter 1 of The Devil’s Share! Just an all-around great guy, and a gifted writer. I’ll be flip-flopping between his series and Fonda Lee’s trilogy for the foreseeable future.

I have heard so much about this series that I had to dive into it. And five chapters in, all I can say is the hype doesn’t do it justice. I wish I could write like this!


With the “epic” recounting of a “slain” dragon out of the way, I’m back to Douglas Lumsden’s urban fantasy about a hard-boiled detective and the crazy cases he takes on!


With Kamaria in my rear-view mirror, it was time to move on to some truly epic satire. I’d recently listened to Fiction Fans Podcast where they showcased and broke down the story. So to the TBR it went!


With my high fantasy adventuring out of the way, it’s time to travel back to the stunning science fiction world of Kamaria!


Heading back to some good ole fashion high fantasy with Jeff Speight’s yarn about a half-orc and his mercenary band going up against some classic bad guys!


Jumping back into the Wind Tide series by Jonathan Nevair. This book has been described as Ocean’s Eleven meets The Fifth Element, so you know I’m stoked to read it!


Moving right along to the second book in this series. The first one was hilarious and well done! What’s cooler? I’ve connected with Douglas Lumsden on Twitter, and he’s going to read BLOODLINES! Hopefully he enjoys mine as much as I enjoyed his.


Fresh off my sci-fi adventure, I decided to go back to some urban fantasy. Magic, murder, mayhem with a decidedly tongue-in-cheek flair.


Back to some sci-fi I go! After I finished the thoroughly entertaining misadventures of Kinch Na Shannack, I had to check out T. A. Bruno’s IN THE ORBIT OF SIRENS, a critically-acclaimed indie that is out of this world.


It’s been an awfully busy couple of weeks since I finished DRAGON MAGE. Free promo of BLOODLINES, then release of the sequel PIECES OF EIGHT, then I have to work in-between all that, oh and Gilder to frame for it.

However, I did finish Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (delightful, intriguing, but not nearly as good as The Martian), and now I’ve moved back to some fantasy with THE BLACKTONGUE THIEF. I’ve read lots of good pub for this one, and I’m hopeful that my enjoyment of the first few paragraphs from the sample chapter I downloaded don’t taper off as the book continues. We shall see!


With my interstellar Greek tragedy completed, I’ve moved on to an epic fantasy tale in Rivenworld. Several book bloggers that I follow gave this rave reviews, and after reading the prologue, I was intrigued.


After finally finishing the edits on PIECES OF EIGHT, as well as a quick beta read for a writer friend, I’m back to published novels. Taking a break from the planet Earth brings me to the blue sands of Kol 2, and Jonathan Nevair’s science fiction debut. I’ve read several excellent reviews about this character-driven story, and look forward to hurtling across the galaxy to discover a new world.


While on the hunt for The Faceless Man and other Little Crocodiles, PC Grant comes across a serial killer who might just be a magic-wielding serial killer. What could possibly go wrong?


Fresh off facing off against the Faceless Man, I’m back for the next case starring apprentice wizard Peter Grant. This time, PC Grant is spelunking a haunted subway. What could possibly go wrong?


On to some magic and smooth (yet killer) jazz. I am so impressed by Aaronovitch’s descriptions, local knowledge and consistent wit and humor as apprentice wizard Peter Grant chases a murderer who somehow employs music to end its victims!


After the smart and witty inaugural case for apprentice wizard Peter Grant, I decided to go dark and gritty with Paul Cornell’s London Falling. Three coppers and an analyst face off against the terrible supernatural forces of London, using their unasked-for Sight to overcome the impossible. Sound familiar? I enjoyed the parallels between this story and my own, but Cornell’s diverged significantly in a lot of twisty (and sometimes gruesome) ways. I’m going to switch off between this series and Rivers of London until I finish both.


I’d heard great things about Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series, and finally got started on Midnight Riot. One chapter in, and I’m absolutely hooked!


After a quick adventure against an endless legion of Wyatts and the mysterious Hotel, it was time to read what all the fuss was about for Krystle Matar’s Legacy of the Brightwash. And this dark gas-lamp fantasy hasn’t disappointed so far. Matar’s style and vision are clear, the characters are rife with depth and personality, the setting is well-thought out, and the story itself is excellent.


After finishing the delightfully fun Gideon the Ninth, I’ve moved on to The Hotel at the End of Time, by Canadian indie author Michael James. An off-beat romp of an adventure full of pop culture quips, people with unusual powers, and quirky humor that is a hallmark of this author. Oh, and let’s not forget the terribly mysterious Hotel itself! A recommended read for anyone who likes their parallel universe stories with just the right amount of snark and goofiness.


So, what do I enjoy reading?

Glad you asked!

I mainly read science fantasy, high fantasy, crime / police procedurals, and urban fantasy. Favorite traditional authors include (in no particular order) George R.R. Martin, Terry Brooks, Michael Connelly, Jim Butcher, Michael Moorcock, Weiss and Hickman, Eddings and, of course, Tolkien.

Then tack on some great indie authors, including Peter James Martin, A.R. Pearson, Zack Brooks, Leigh Grissom, Nicholas Eames and Deck Matthews.

With today’s book market chock full of new and innovative storytellers, my TBR pile fills up quickly. Right now, I’m on GIDEON THE NINTH, a fantastically woven tale of science fantasy that is equal parts delicious and profane. Tamsyn Muir’s prose is brilliant. Her words flow and wander. Every sentence is thick with imagery, emotion and grit. I’m constantly amazed by each successive chapter, and I was hooked from the start.

While I do write reviews for the books I read, they’re typically short and sweet. I’m not much of a reviewer, but you never know what might happen down the road.