Generally speaking, I have three to five books on the go at once. Equally generally, only one will be fiction - partly because that's about the proporGenerally speaking, I have three to five books on the go at once. Equally generally, only one will be fiction - partly because that's about the proportion of fiction to non-fiction I read, and partly because I tend to only want to keep one story in my head at a time.
There are a few authors in my life whose new publications are greeted with "drop everything you are reading and read this now". Philip Purser-Hallard is now one of these (less-than-a) handful. (Actually, it extends beyond dropping everything that's being read. I don't stop working, otherwise I'd get sacked and wouldn't be able to buy more books. But with these authors I tend to find myself squeezing reading in to every spare minute of the day, and I will look forward to waking up before the alarm so I can sneak in a few more pages, even if lack of sleep ends up leaving me terribly grumpy).
As I said in my review of The Pendragon Protocol, I'm rubbish at writing reviews. Just read this book, it's brilliant (read Pendragon first, though). Then you'll get to the end and be bloody annoyed that (taking the most optimistic definition of 'due out in 2016') you're going to have to wait 10 months for the conclusion.
On the other hand, that may just be long enough to use as an excuse to re-read Pendragon and Locksley shortly before the Trojans eventually arrive...
*** Just as I was typing this, my mother phoned. She's coming over for dinner tomorrow. Among other things, she let me know that she will be bringing her device with her. It took me a few moments to realise that what she meant is that she needs assistance with her new Android tablet. I am now going to spend the afternoon pondering just who my mother is allied with....more
Hmmm, slowly driving me mad with errors a spell-checker wouldn't notice, but you'd expect that a human would. A missing word, a homophone, an almost-hHmmm, slowly driving me mad with errors a spell-checker wouldn't notice, but you'd expect that a human would. A missing word, a homophone, an almost-homophone (entomologically instead of etymologically), and an "a" with a plural noun. And that's just the ones I'd noticed by 40%
*** The things that slow cars down are "breaks". Spacesaresometimesoptional. As are full-stops
*** Any collection of short stories is going to have some you like more than others. This collection seemed to range from 'meh' to 'OK', with nothing 'utterly brilliant' to salvage it. If I'm coming away mostly with memories of the errors, then unfortunately the stories weren't up to the usual Silence in the Library standard....more
24th December: wanting something light-weight to read while cooking/tidying/organising/etc, I started the first book in this series. I went for it bec24th December: wanting something light-weight to read while cooking/tidying/organising/etc, I started the first book in this series. I went for it because there was a comparison to Linnea Sinclair and it was free (I did realise it was the author herself making this comparison, but I figured with 'free' you have nothing to lose). Having finished the first book, I thought the comparison to Sinclair was perhaps a little optimistic (but only a little; not lots!) And given that this was a first book, there was clear potential for the author to be heading in that direction. Would I read the next book, for which I had to part with money? I wasn't entirely sure immediately.
30th December: Book 4 in the series finished (having read 2 and 3 in between, yes).
So, clearly an entertaining series. If you read this sort of stuff, you'll know what to expect, and it's well delivered. A meets B, some sort of misunderstanding and/or near-disaster ensues, but it's all OK in the end, and we all live HEA. As I've wittered on about before, what makes good SFR (for me) is that it's not simply R-set-in-space. For me, that's not enough to make SFR. I prefer this stuff as SFr, rather than sfR, if you see what I mean. Give me some story, make it vaguely non-contrived, then give me my HEA; the story and its not-too-contrived-ness comes first.
I will doubtless be reading book 5 when it appears....more