Most of the books shown and discussed below are either forgotten or seldom read. A couple of them are new within the last year, but not the majority of them. So I’m counting this as this week’s Friday Forgotten Book entry.
As promised, here’s my Summer reading list. It’s a rough draft, the product of thinking about what I’d like to read, or at least finish reading, with an eye to a little variety and a big push to finish some darn things that have been sitting here with bookmarks in them, partly read, for way too long!
So, here’s what I’ve come up with. In the last few years I’ve read about half of the things I had on my list, substituted other things and certainly didn’t read the books in the order I first listed them. This is a goal, not a law. So you can take it with a grain of salt if you wish, but I’m going to take a shot at it.
The Song of the Sky by Guy Murchie – non-fiction. One part meteorology, one part navigation, one part history of early flight, one part bird flight, one part flying lore, one part travel log. I’m about halfway through.
The Crimson Mask Omnibus by Frank Johnson – five pulp novels from the mid 1940s about a masked crime fighter. Light, fun. I’ve read Enter the Crimson Mask, the first novel, and am nearly finished with the second.
Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey – second in the SF series, which follows Leviathan Wakes, the first novel. There are two prequel e-stories which I need to read before this one. Not started yet.
The Black Lizard Book of Black Mask Stories edited by Otto Penzler – pulp short stories and novelettes. Stories from the best of the crime and mystery pulps. Very thick at over 1,000 pages, I’ve been reading this since February, but hope to finish it this summer!
D-99 by H.B. Fyfe – science fiction. Picked up on a recent trip to Robert’s Books in Lincoln City during our trip to the coast. Looks like fun in spite of the cover art.
The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng – fiction. This has been sitting on the nightstand for months. I really liked the way it started, then it got pushed aside by “deadline” books and I’ve never gotten back to it. I’m determined to finish it soon.
Naked to the Stars by Gordon R. Dickson – science fiction, also bought at Robert’s Books.
Lightspeed Year One edited by John Joseph Adams – science fiction. Collected stories from the print and e-zine.
Murder in the Wind by John D. MacDonald – mystery. One of Ed Gorman’s top picks, and George Kelley’s as well. I have read few of MacDonald’s stand alone novels, staying mostly with the McGee books.
The Human Division by John Scalzi – science fiction. I waited for the printed book to come out while many people were reading this in installments. Now it’s my turn.
Odd Man Out by Matt McCarthy – non-fiction, baseball. Though some of the contents have been called into question by a writer for the New York Times Book Review, all I’m after is an overview of what life is like in single-A minor league baseball, and this will do it.
Existence by David Brin – science fiction. A prequel to Brin’s best known Uplift series, it’s supposed to be excellent.
The End of Everything by Megan Abbott – mystery fiction. I’m way behind on Abbott’s books, but I’ll try to catch up with this one. After this, Dare Me would be next.
Cold Magic by Kate Elliott – fantasy, first in series, pretty good reviews, fantasy with a mix of science and magic.
Cold Fire by Kate Elliott – fantasy, second in the series.
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson by Kim Stanley Robinson – SF-F. I like Robinson’s writing, and got this as soon as it came out. It’s been sitting on the shelf since. I’m hoping to get to it this summer.
Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey – science fiction. Assuming I read Caliban’s War already listed here, this is the next (3rd) in the series.
Sword of Fire and Sea by Erin Hoffman – fantasy, Book One of The Chaos Knight. I bought this both for the cover and a review I read somewhere, and it’s been slowly moving up the fantasy book pile. Maybe this summer?
Naturally there are hundreds of other things I’d like to read this summer, but there’s only so much time. Have you got a Summer reading list you want to share?