Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 93/100
The Future of Hunger in the Age of Programmable Matter By Sam J Miller
Tor.com Original Fiction edition
Finished on 11/2/2017
Description: A group of friends, a pair of lovers, and the tussle between love, addiction, and what comes next. Otto, a former addict, grateful and indebted to his lover Trevor, is faced with temptation and the threat of disaster, but he’s fighting it. Fighting it in a future where matter can be reprogrammed and anything could happen, good or bad.
Genres: Science Fiction, LGBT, Dystopia
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 92/100
Cursor’s Fury By Jim Butcher
Finished on 11/2/2017
Description: The power-hungry High Lord of Kalare has launched a rebellion against the aging First Lord, Gaius Sextus, who with the loyal forces of Alera must fight beside the unlikeliest of allies-the equally contentious High Lord of Aquitaine.
Meanwhile, young Tavi of Calderon joins a newly formed legion under an assumed name even as the ruthless Kalare unites with the Canim, bestial enemies of the realm whose vast numbers spell certain doom for Alera. When treachery from within destroys the army’s command structure, Tavi finds himself leading an inexperienced, poorly equipped legion-the only force standing between the Canim horde and the war-torn realm.
Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery
I’ve scaled Mount Readmore for 2017. Of my goal to read 100 books and write 100 reviews, I’ve read 101 and written 101.
I was expecting it to be as difficult as pulling teeth, but instead I just had to read two or more books a week and I was on target. It was so easy that I read barely anything in the months of August, September or December and I still managed to complete my goals. I read several short stories, novellas and children’s books to complete my goal, but I also read some unpleasantly long door stopper epics to balance them out.
As I’ve nothing better to do, I’ve decided to start Mount Readmore 2018 one month early! And not only that, but I’m going to double my books-read this year from 100 to 200 hundred! Am I being ambitious? Probably. But I think I can succeed. Is it cheating starting a month early? Most certainly. But I don’t care.
‘Year Zero’ Book Review
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 91/100
Year Zero By Rob Reid
Finished on 10/28/2017
Description: An alien advance party was suddenly nosing around my planet.
Worse, they were lawyering up. . . .
In the hilarious tradition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Rob Reid takes you on a headlong journey through the outer reaches of the universe—and the inner workings of our absurdly dysfunctional music industry.
Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it’s a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news.
The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity’s music ever since “Year Zero” (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang. The resulting fines and penalties have bankrupted the whole universe. We humans suddenly own everything—and the aliens are not amused.
Genres: Science Fiction, Humor
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 90/100
The Guns of Empire By Django Wexler
Finished on 10/25/2017
Description: After their shattering defeats at the hands of brilliant general Janus bet Vhalnich, the opposing powers have called all sides to the negotiating table, in hopes of securing an end to the war. Queen Raesinia of Vordan is anxious to see the return of peace, but Janus insists that any peace with the implacable Sworn Church of Elysium is doomed to fail. For their Priests of the Black, there can be no truce with heretics and demons they seek to destroy, and the war is to the death.
Soldiers Marcus d’Ivoire and Winter Ihernglass find themselves caught between their general and their queen. Now, each must decide which leader truly commands their loyalty—and what price they might pay for final victory.
And in the depths of Elysium, a malign force is rising—and defeating it might mean making sacrifices beyond anything they have ever imagined
Genres: Fantasy, Flintlock Fantasy, War Fantasy, Military
Today I wrote 0 words.
I’m afraid that my hands are experiencing too much pain to finish typing NaNoWriMo. Unfortunately I’ve endured typing-endued finger pain for years, and NaNo (plus my August/September writing when I wrote 160,000 words) has brought that pain back. This is the end of NaNo for me!
My wordcount this month is ~17000 words. I hope all of you have better luck.
Day 16: 1705
Day 15: 1202
Day 14: 1002
Day 13: 0
Day 12: 389
Day 11: 922
Day 10: 680
Day 9: 2197
Day 8: 938
Day 7: -2245
Day 6: 1109
Day 5: 998
Day 4: 3410
Day 3: 12
Day 2: 2233
Day 1: 2239
Today I wrote 1705 words.
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 89/100
The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope By Jonathan Alter
Finished on 10/24/2017
Description: This is the story of a political miracle — the perfect match of man and moment. Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office in March of 1933 as America touched bottom. Banks were closing everywhere. Millions of people lost everything. The Great Depression had caused a national breakdown. With the craft of a master storyteller, Jonathan Alter brings us closer than ever before to the Roosevelt magic.
Genres: History, Nonfiction, Biography, Politics, America
Today I wrote 1202 words.
Today I wrote 1002 words.