Tuesday, May 15, 2012

In the Merry Month of May

Finals are now over, and with a handful of exceptions, I've got my grades in.  That means I can get back to doing what's important, as opposed to what's necessary. I'll be posting more updates, starting later tonight, with a review of Ari Marmell's YA novel False Covenant, one of the best books I've read this year.

Some of those updates will be over at Futures Past and Present.  It's been about six weeks since I posted anything there, and I'd like to make the site more active. I've got novels by Trent Jamieson, Mary Sisson, and a space opera by Eric Brown I've had on  the shelf for over a year that should be reviewed within the next three or four weeks.

I'm needing to take a break from several things for a few weeks, work being one of them and fantasy being another.  There are novels by David A. Hardy, Anthea Sharp, and Keith Baker that are in the queue.  I'm going to bump those back a bit.  I'll be reading mostly the above mentioned science fiction for the rest of the month.  The fantasy I'll read will be a couple of nominees for the Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best debut Fantasy.

I'll also be reading short fiction across a variety of genres and posting reviews where and when appropriate.  I haven't abandoned the Conan series and will try to post at least once in that series.  I've got a number of commitments to review books, and I want to finish most of them up by the end of June.  I'm thankful for all the review requests I've gotten, and I'll continue to accept them.  Probably just not many over the summer.  They're starting to feel like work, and reading fantasy, science fiction, historical adventure, horror, and detective/crime novels should be fun.

Summer should be a lighter schedule than spring was, for one because I'm not teaching, and two because soccer will be over after this week. There are some things I've not gotten to that I want to fit in, both in the fantasy and historical adventure fields.

Anyway, those are my plans for the next few months as far as reading and blogging are concerned.  Thanks to everyone who follows either of my blogs or just checks in from time to time.  April had the most traffic ever, and I appreciate all the page views and comments.


  1. Yeah, it's very important to enjoy your pleasure reading and not let the reviews become work. I've slipped on that on occasion in the past.

    Have a merry month (and summer)!

    1. Thanks, Paul. I'll still be reviewing and blogging, just cutting back on my commitments, at least for a while.

  2. I've gotten my grades in. Some lingering committee work today and then i hope to be finished.

    1. I'm the undergraduate lab coordinator, so I'm spending my day dealing with students who don't understand that merely showing up for lab is not sufficient to receive an A. They actually have to do the work.