Steve P. Vincent’s Nightstand
Like many people, I have a shelf full of good intentions. Some books I’ve purchased and never found the time for. Others I had every intention of reading, but can’t find the time.
If a book makes it from the shelf to the side of the bed, there’s a good chance I’ll get to it at some point. Of course, the invention of e-readers has made this even more difficult!
Luckily, I tend to knock over the bulk of my pile over summer. Less sport to watch, more food comas to recover from, you know how it is.
So a few titles I’m eyeing off for the (Australian) summer:
Anna Funder, All That I Am
I read Funder’s first book, Stasiland, about a year ago. It’s a mesmerizing book based on her historical research, which reveals the mix of horror and absurdity of the East German police state. I’ve had All That I Am on the top of the pile for a long while. It’s her first fictional work and also happens to be set in a place and time I’m immensely interested in: pre-WW2 Germany. Unfortunately, writing deadlines have cast me onto the rocks more than once.
Michael J Sullivan, Theft of Swords
I’m picky with fantasy. I’ve got an aversion to the legion of Tolkien clones out there, but love a good hack and slash trilogy set in an original, enormous, well-built world. One of my favorite books is Magician by Raymond E Feist, and it was recommended to me by the same guy who pitched me Sullivan’s Theft of Swords. I’ve got all three in the series near my bedside, so if the first is any good it could suck up my reading time for a while.
Christopher Nelson, The Fire in my Eyes
This ebook has a special place in my heart. Chris is one of my regular beta-readers and also a longtime friend. I started reading this story nearly a decade ago, when he was writing it as a web serial. It morphed into a manuscript, but he set it aside to focus on his excellent Demon trilogy. He’s recently revisited the book and I can’t wait to read it. It’s sitting, waiting on my Kindle.
So there you have it, the three books next in line for me to sink my teeth into, as soon as I find the time…
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