Hey all! I’ve been gone for a little over a month with no updates. There are very good reasons for this, and I don’t feel like sharing all of them. Let’s just say what with the holidays, some personal stuff and a horrible stomach bug, I’ve been out of commission for the past four weeks.
I’ll try to post more on here though because I know that the six people in the world who read this blog really miss me.
Anyway, I wanted to drop in and post a list of my current list of books to read in 2013. So here we go:
Two Graves – Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child – The most recent Pendergast novel. I’ve been reading these books since I was about 14 years old and discovered Relic at the Fairport Public Library. Preston and Child never disappoint and I will read anything they put out with gusto. Two Graves was an excellent end to the most recent trilogy, and I look forward to their next offering.
Cold City – F. Paul Wilson – This is the first book in the final Repairman Jack trilogy, which is bittersweet. I love what Wilson has done with Jack over the course of the 15 Jack specific novels and the 6 Adversary Cycle novels, as well as the 3 young adult novels, and I don’t want it to end. I hate endings. Always have, always will. But every good thing must come to an end. I’m nearly finished with this novel, and Wilson still has the same gripping style that he’s managed to hold on to since 1984 when he first introduced the world to Repairman Jack. At least I have two more novels to look forward to until it’s all done.
Remember Why You Fear Me – Robert Shearman – I found this anthology at Barnes and Noble and it seemed interesting so I picked it up. Shearman’s tales are striking and poignant. I can only read a few at a time before I need to put the book down and think about them. He is not like any author I have ever read, and he manages to write stories that are both refreshingly light-hearted and soul-crushingly depressing at the same time.
Every House is Haunted – Ian Rogers – Similar to the previous book, I also found this one at Barnes and Noble, and it’s also a horror anthology. I haven’t started this one yet, but I have high hopes for it. Reviews compare him to Bradbury, Matheson and Serling, all of whom are reasons why I got into the horror genre.
The Twelve – Justin Cronin – I mentioned this one previously, and did start it but realized in the time since I read The Passage I forgot about 85% of what happened. I’ll need to re-read that before I start in on The Twelve. One of the drawbacks to reading 800 page epics multiple years apart. My memory isn’t what it used to be. At any rate the first hundred pages of The Twelve are excellent, and I’m sure the rest of the book won’t disappoint.
Sandman Slim – Richard Kadrey – I stumbled across this book by accident, and after reading the back I had to add it to my list. It’s about a hitman in Hell who escapes to the world of the living to seek revenge. It reminded me of Simon R. Green’s Nightside series so I figured I’d give it a shot. And if it’s as entertaining as it sounds, there’s a whole series waiting for me. Happy day!
A Once Crowded Sky – Tom King and Tom Fowler – This novel is about superheroes who sacrifice their powers to save the planet and how they deal with the aftermath of that decision. Being a comic buff, this immediately jumped out at me and I’m excited to check it out. Drawing comparisons to Alan Moore’s Watchmen, this novel sounds like it could push the boundaries of the superhero genre.
Hitchers – Will McIntosh – This novel is about a man who, after a terrorist attack, becomes possessed by the spirit of his dead grandfather and must find a way to banish the spirits of those who have returned. McIntosh won the Hugo award so he knows his stuff, and with how saturated the market is with vampires and zombies and werewolves, it’ll be nice to read a ghost story.
Seven Wonders – Adam Christopher – So this is pretty much the superhero novel I wanted to write back in 2011. It’s about a man who develops superpowers and is indoctrinated into a brand new world that isn’t all that different from the one he knew before. Sounds pretty awesome, and sort of makes me glad I didn’t spend too much time on Powerless.
Red Rain – R.L. Stine – It’s the guy who wrote the Goosebumps series writing for adults. If you need more of a plug than that then you’re on the wrong site my friend.
This Book is Full of Spiders (Seriously Dude, Don’t Touch It) – David Wong – Ok, seriously, if the title alone doesn’t make you want to read this novel, maybe knowing it’s the sequel to John Dies At the End will do so. If you haven’t heard of John Dies At the End do yourself a favor and pick it up before the movie comes out later this year. It’s an insane story about street drugs, monsters and the complexities of time and space. Read it.
Breed – Chase Novak – This one just sounded disturbing as Hell so of course I picked it up. It’s about a couple who undergo an experiment to have children, with horrifying consequences. The children are locked in their rooms every night and listen to terrifying nosies from their parents bedroom until eventually they become determined to discover the truth. It’s been compared to Rosemary’s Baby which isn’t shabby at all. Here’s hoping it’s more like the original than Son of Rosemary. Shame on you, Ira Levin.
Burned – Thomas Enger – Scandinavian crime-noir! Now that I’ve finished the Stieg Larrsson trilogy, and have read nearly all of John Lindqvist’s stuff, I have a craving for more fiction in a similar vein. Burned is the first in a series, so it’ll give me more to look forward to if I like it. After a female student is buried up to her neck and stoned to death, Henning Juul is hired to investigate the murder and is drawn into a nightmarish darkness. Sounds pretty freaking awesome to me.
Seed – Rob Ziegler – Post-apocalyptic future? Check. Government conspiracies? Check. Intelligent, living city? Check. Rogue agent bent on changing the future of the human race? Check and mate. What more could I ask for?
10 Billion Days & 100 Billion Nights – Ryu Mitsuse – Originally published in 1967 this Japanese sci-fi novel is critically accalimed. The novel is about Plato, Buddha, Christ, and the demigod Asura as they determine the systems of the world and travel into the future to witness the end of all worlds. It sounds so off the wall, unique and insane that I just have to read it.
The Islanders – Christopher Priest – This novel, from the author of The Prestige, is about a series of islands with varying names and changing locations, told by an unreliable narrator, and involves a murder mystery, a war, deadly creatures and worlds of wonder. Sign me up!
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline – This book has received rave reviews from pretty much every news source on the planet that I give a damn about, including Boing Boing and Daniel H. Wilson (who wrote the fantastic Robopocalypse). This book is so good that the film rights sold the year before it was published. It sounds like a combination of The Matrix and Neuromancer. It takes place in a futuristic world where the Great Recession has ruined the economy and people spend their time playing an online simulation game called OASIS. Clues are hidden throughout the virtual world and the lucky person who deciphers them all will become the controlling shareholder of the gaming company that runs OASIS. This is easily one of the books I am most excited to read this year.
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell – Everyone has heard of the movie by now I’m sure. I didn’t even see it. The idea of six intertwining stories that span hundreds of years and rely on mirroring symbolism and metaphor just sounds like it belongs on the page and not on the screen. I have no doubt this novel will be a work of art and will be breathtaking in its imagery and scope. I just hope I can get to it this year!
Other than these novels, there are some novels coming out this year that I will put everything on hold to read.
NOS4A2 - Joe Hill – I have been waiting three years for Hill’s next novel to come out. Horns remains one of my all time favorite books, and one of the best novels of 2010. His new one is about a man who preys on children, and the one girl who managed to escape from him. It will be amazing.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman – This is Gaiman’s first adult novel since Anansi Boys in 2005. There’s not a lot of information about it except that it’s a fairy tale about mystery, survival, memory and magic. Gaiman is one of my favorite authors of all time and I can’t wait for this to come out.
Joyland and Doctor Sleep – Stephen King – Yeah. That’s right. King has two novels coming out this year. Combined with Hill and Gaiman, this year hits the trifecta. Joyland is about a serial killer who stalks an amusement park. It sounds creepy and disturbing and perfect. Doctor Sleep is a goddamn sequel to The Shining. I don’t think I even need to hype that up.
It’s going to be a good year. Stay positive.