2024 Reading Diary Part 1!


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Book 1: Oathbringer (2017) by Brandon Sanderson, the third major novel in the Stormlight Archive saga, started the year on a high and exciting note.  I started it a couple of days agoI was hooked again from page one, and that was a pleasant surprise that wasn’t really a surprise. The book continued to grip me and while the second book, Words of Radiance,  is.often mentioned as a fan favorite, I enjoyed Oathbringer more. It’s length of almost 1,300 pages coupled with a busy new year schedule, meant it was pretty slow going, but I finally finished it on the morning of January 18. I’d love to continue but I think I need a break from this most epic of sagas. I did read a few chapters of the next main novel to see how it began and the story continued with no intention of reading further. Pluse, there is a novella, Dawnshard, set between books three and four, so when I return to the series, that will be next. (Read between December 30, 2023 & January 18, 2024)

Book 2: Sympathy for the Devil (2022) by Seth MacFarlane is a novella based on a script written for the third season of The Orville that couldn’t be filmed because of the pandemic as the story calls for location filming in Europe. Well I’d sure like to see this made into an episode and Seth hasn’t ruled out potentially filming it should a season 4 eventuate. (Read January 18)

Book 3: Dawnshard (2020) by Brandon Sanderson is the novella set between the third and fourth Stornlight Archive novels, and I really enjoyed this one as some secondary characters got their chances to shine as more of the Cosmere was tantalizingly revealed (Read between January 19 & 21 )

Book 4: Generation Ship (2023) by Michael Mammay was next as I’m a sucker for generation ship SF, and I had heard good things about this book somewhere on YouTube. I’m currently about a third of the way through and its more intenal shop politics than I had expected, but I’m still enjoying the story, and they are almost at a possible habital planet where some twist and turns and alien stuff surely awaits. I loved the last 20% and upon further reflection, I liked the earlier parts of the book more. I liked the characters. Those that could be classed as antagonists later in the book generally had good intentions and had likeable qualities earlier in the piece. (Read between January 21 & 24)

Book 5: Empire of Silence (2018) by Christopher Ruocchio is next as I feel ready to start another multi-book saga. I’ve heard great things about The Sun Eater series, and I’ve really enjoyed watching some interviews with Christopher. I previoulsy read the first 15 or so pages but didn’t feel ready to dive into another series, but now that I’m almost up to date with Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, I think it’s time to embark on another epic long reading journey, and I’ll have more free time than usual until early March.  And that was amazing. All the positive reviews were spot on. This was something special – one of those books that’s a reminder of how much pleasure can be provided through the written word as written by a master storyteller. And there was a lot of emotion packed into especially the ending which was heart-wrenching, and to think, the author considers this the lesser of his books. And he considers the second, The Howling Dark, to be his best.  I’d love to dive into that right now, but there is a novella set between the two, The Lesser Devil, which I feel I must tackle before the second novel even though it’s not necessarily necessary.  (Read betwen January 25 & February 1)

Book 6: The Lesser Devil (2020) by Christoper Ruocchio was next as I decided afterall to continue with the Sun Eater series with the first novella in the series set after some of the events of the first novel. (Read between February 2 & 3)

Book 7: Howling Dark (2019) by Christopher Rusccio was an unexpectedly fast read, but I am on vacation. And this was a really good follow-up to the first novel which went into some unexpected dark places, figureativly as well as literally – as the title suggests. I enjoyed it enough to want to continue straight on with the novella set some years later. By the way, the autho is smiling in the photo – his books seem to dark for an author that can smile, so I think he’s faking that smile. (Read between February 3 & 7)

Book 8: Queen Amid Ashes (2022) by Christopher Ruocchio is the second novella set in The Sun Eater universe, unlike The Lesser Devil, this explores an incident experienced by the main character, Hadrian Marlowe, the Sun Eater himself. Another rivetting and quick read. (Read February 7)

Book 9: Tales of the Sun Eater Volume 1 (2021) by Christopher Ruocchio (Read between February 7 & 9)

Book 10: Demon in White (2020) by Christopher Ruocchio was next as I just can’t drag myself away from this series, which I think like a lot of other readers is now my favorite SF series of all time. (Read between February 9 & 13)

Book 11: Tales of the Sun Eater Volume 2 (2022) by Christopher Ruocchio was kind of next as I just read the two shortest stories in it before going on to the next novel. I’ll return to the rest soon enough. (Read between February 13 & 20)

Book 12: Kingdoms of Death (2022) by Christopher Ruocchio was next as I’m certainly don’t feel the need yet to take a break from this great series. Given the title, it’s not really a spoiler to say that this is the darkest book so far, and the main character, Hadrian Marlowe did not have much fun nor reason to smile as the author is doing in the photo of his I grabbed. How can he smile after what he did to poor Hadrian? (Read between February 13 & 17)

Book 13: Ashes of Man (2022) by Christopher Ruocchio was next as I still can’t drag myself away, and I was probably always going to read book 5, Ashes of Man, after book 4, Kingdoms of Death, as the two books were conceived as one book that ended up being a little too long for the publisher.  These books are only getting better and better, and I loved the first book. I’m really glad I chose to start the series during this winter vacation. It’s really more of a Sun Eater vacation than a winter vacation. And it’s pretty safe to say now that this series is now my favorite SF series regardless of what I choose SF stands for in this case: science fiction or science fantasy. Although this is the shortest novel so far, I read it more quickly than I had expected thanks to a spending pretty much the whole of the evening of February 18 lost in the story. Now I’ll return to the second collection of Sun Eater short stories that I begun on February 13. After that, there is one more collection of short stories and another novella. Then I’ll be up to date until book 6, Disquiet Gods, is released in April. Or! I could buy it early as Bean books, with the blessing of the author, is selling advanced reader copy ebooks, which save for any remaining typos, will be the same as the published version. I may have to buy that if the need grabs me to get completely up to date before I return to work in the first week of March. (Read between February 17 & 19)

Book 14: Tales of the Sun Eater Volume 3 by Christopher Ruocchio was next, and I read the first story on Tuesday night which was a story I just couldn’t resist diving straight into when I realized who the main character was and when her story was set. After completing that, I almost took a break from the Sun Eater galaxy, but decided to push on and finish the collection, which I did in the first hours of February 23. (Read between February 20 & 23)

Book 15: Night Watch (2022) by Terry Pratchett was the change I needed from all those Sun Eater books, and it felt great to be in the hands of Pratchett’s witty and insightful and just plain brilliant sense of humor. (Read between February 23 & …)

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