Sunday, February 13, 2011

What I Read While Stuck in Airports

I've been on the road for the last few days, traveling due to dayjobbery.  I've spent a lot of time in the air and in airports.  I had to make two connections to get where I was going and again to get home.  I took my Nook with me, loaded with stuff.  Unfortunately, you aren't supposed to have the things on during taxiing, takeoff, and landing.  Something about interfering with the plane's navigational system or something.  I'm not sure of the details. 

Anyhoo, before I left I bought and downloaded the Beneath Ceaseless Skies anthology.  This is a collection stories from the first year of the magazine.  I must confess to not being as familiar with the publication as I need to be.  That's going to change.  I'm only about a third of the way through, but the stories are top notch.  Less sword and sorcery than I prefer, but still good high quality, well-written pieces.  Worth checking out, and for three bucks, you will get your money's worth.  All proceeds go to the authors and artists.  Check it out, along with the magazine.  I'll be posting about it more in the future.

In addition to reading a business book and the current issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, I ended up getting a used paperback copy of David Drake's Other Times Than PeaceI pretty much only read this one on the way back while I couldn't read the Nook, so I only got about 130 pages into it, finishing the first two stories.  Still, Drake does a good job of pulling you into a tale with only a few words.  One of the things I like best about his work is that he draws on ancient history.  He's another author I need to read more of.

I still haven't started the latest McDevitt, Echo, and since he'll be at ConDFW next weekend, I need to get moving on that.  I haven't had much time to blog lately, but I thought I would pass along some recommendations on what I've read lately.  Expect a report on ConDFW when I get back.  Until then, look for at least one more post later this week.

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