Books I Loved this Year

As the year draws to a close, I’m looking back over the ridiculously large pile of books I read this year and musing on those that really struck me for one reason or another. Of the many, I wanted to share these six with you:

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
Is it possible to write a story without dialogue that says so much? Yes, it is. People will either love this or hate it. I’m in the first camp The Slow Regard of Silent Things is an unutterably beautiful picture of one small life.

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin
N.K. Jemisin won the 2016 Hugo for this incredible tour de force. She breaks all the rules of writing and produces an enthralling tale of magic that may be science.

Incognolio by Michael Sussman
I had to laugh when I finished reading this. My Kindle brought up a list of “Other books like Incognolio”.
Let me assure you there are no other books like this.

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Billed as a horror, this is really a taught thriller with a particularly nasty ghost as the antagonist.

We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor
Come to the Bobiverse, you know you want to. It’s wild crazy, and full of nerd humour.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This one is simple, you either love the little book thief or your heart is a shrivelled black lump of lifeless stone.

The race to the Moon is getting serious

The Hills of Mare Imbrium speculates about a future in which humanity colonizes the Moon. In the real world, the race to the Moon is certainly hotting up, with the participants of the Lunar XPrize pushing to be first to the Moon. Right now, Team Indus appears to be in the lead with a possible December-January launch.

The United States and China both have announced plans to return to the Moon as a precursor to going to Mars.

I’m tweeting selected Moon news on #mooncolony and have set up a running ticker for this hashtag on this very blog page

 

Top 25 on Amazon

I set up this weekend as two of my free days on Kindle Select, then advertised through a number of free channels.
I wanted to see just how far I could get without spending anything, so went on to Twitter Facebook groups and three specific groups on Google+.
Hootsuite was a real plus in automating announcements to go out at suitable times on the far side of the globe while I was asleep in Australia.

Something must have worked. This morning, The Hills of Mare Imbrium is #25 in Amazon’s Space Opera category

The Hills of Mare Imbrium Amazon Stats 18-09-17

So excited to have my flash piece “Scatterlings” appear in the Twisted Tales 2016 anthology.

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Songs for the Dark Days

There are plenty of happy songs, but sometimes we need a soundtrack for the dark days. This is my go to list. The songs that make me feel I’m not alone because others have been there too.

Ed Sheeran – The A team 
Suzanne Vega – Widow’s walk
Robert Cray – I guess I showed her  
Leonard Cohen – Famous blue raincoat 
Deep Forest – Marta’s song 
Jimmy Nail – Big river 
Paul Simon – Graceland 
Bright Blue – Weeping  
Juluka – African Sky Blue 
Eminem – Stan 
REM – Everybody Hurts 
Counting Crows – Perfect Blue Buildings
Birdy – Skinny Love