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Reading List, 2011

March 18, 2011

I’ve always been a voracious reader, but I’m only starting to realize how important that is to an aspiring writer. You really have to read to keep up on trends and ideas, to prevent yourself from repeating stories. I wrote a story about a time-traveling historian who visits Tang Dynasty China to interact with a famed poet, only to find that several 2010 novels (“Blackout/All Clear” by Connie Willis and “Under Heaven” by Guy Gavriel Kay) deal with time-traveling historians, the Tang Dynasty and the poet in one or the other.

So I’m trying to get back into old habits and pick up on my reading. For enjoyment, yes, but also to try to prevent myself from retreading familiar ground. So, in no particular order, the books I’ve read since New Years.

  1. On Basilisk Station, David Weber
  2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
  3. The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
  4. The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss
  5. Star Wars: Vortex, Troy Denning
  6. On Writing, Stephen King
  7. Rite of Passage, Alexei Panshin
  8. Blackout, Connie Willis
  9. All Clear, Connie Willis
  10. Ethan of Athos, Lois McMaster-Bujold
  11. Brothers in Arms, Lois McMaster-Bujold
  12. Mirror Dance, Lois McMaster-Bujold
  13. Memory, Lois McMaster-Bujold
  14. Komarr, Lois McMaster-Bujold
  15. A Civil Campaign, Lois McMaster-Bujold
  16. Diplomatic Immunity, Lois McMaster-Bujold
  17. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Cory Doctorow
  18. Little Brother, Cory Doctorow
  19. Fallen Angels, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle & Michael Flynn

Please note, this does not include short stories, novellas, novelettes and other short form work. I enjoyed all of them, for the most part. The Vorkosigan books are among my all-time favorites, and Rothfuss is getting up there. Blackout and All Clear (one book, really, split into two by the publisher), however, were Nebula nominated this year, and I found them, while not bad, fairly tedious at times.

I’m also in the middle of 1632 by Eric Flint (as an ebook) and The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie (in print). Next to be read is likely God’s War by Kameron Hurley, For The Win by Cory Doctorow, or Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi (all three free ebooks from various legal sources on the Internet).

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