The To Read List

My reading list has been build up again with stuff, some of it fun, some for review and some for research and general interest. I just wish that there were more hours in the day.

Currently reading:
American Gods, Neil Gaiman – This is a book that I read a number of years ago, and while I enjoyed it, read it over a couple of months/years, and probably didn’t get as much out of it as I am now. Selected as the first 1 Book, 1 Twitter crowdsourcing movement, the book is being read piecemeal over a couple of weeks, and I’m sticking with a couple of chapters a week to stick to the schedule. Thus far though, I’m really enjoying it, and it’s bringing back memories from when I first read the book.

The Burning Skies, David J. Williams – The follow up to the first book in the Autumn Rain series, The Mirrored Heavens, that I just reviewed, The Burning Skies continues the trilogy. I’ve only made it about a chapter or so of the way in, but I’m hoping to finish it up a bit faster than the last one.

Third Class Superhero, Charles Yu – This book is one that I’m burning through, and is a collection of short stories by acclaimed author Charles Yu. He’s about to release his first novel later this year, (which I’ll get to in a moment), but I wanted to read up on him, given the praise that’s been heaped on his short fiction already. So far, Third Class Superhero is a surreal, interesting and highly entertaining collection of stories.

Next to Read:
Learning to Eat Soup With A Knife, John Nagl – This book is a work on how militaries learn from their prior battles. A particular interest of mine at the moment is this very thing, especially as a historian – how do militaries learn from their past mistakes, and how to they use those lessons to prepare for the upcoming challenges? This book is quite highly acclaimed, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

Ambassadors from Earth, Jay Gallentine – One of the latest books in the Outward Odyssey series, this book focuses on unmanned space systems. Given the quality of the research and stories that this series is telling, I have high hopes for this one.

The Machinery of Light, David J. Williams – The third and final book in David J. William’s Autumn Rain trilogy, coming out tomorrow, and this book looks to finish up the series. Unfortunately, this one is somewhat contingent on me finishing Burning Skies. I am looking forward to finishing up the series.

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Charles Yu – This book is one that I’ve been really looking for. Yu, as noted before, has previously released Third Class Superhero, which I’m still working through. This book, which deals with time travel and parallel universes, looks to be like it’ll be quite a bit of fun, and hopefully, a little surreal like his first collection of stories. It’s his first novel, and already, it’s getting some good reviews from people, when the book isn’t out until September.

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