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2Oct/140

Reading Diary: Oct 2, 2014

I thought I would give a quick rundown on what I'm reading at the moment:

The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller
Age of Iron by Angus Watson

The Miller book has a very different feel than her previous works, thanks mostly to the liberal use of the 'F' word in the first 30-40 pages. But I seem to be enjoying it so far despite that. And I'm just 40 pages in the Watson book, but I like the sense of humor in it so far. I seem to dig his writing style, and the main character as well.

I'm also trying to read The Gathering Storm by Jordan & Sanderson. I've skipped books 10 and 11 (read plot summaries online) because I couldn't make it through either of those. I decided that if I wanted to finish the series, I would need to skip ahead to Sanderson's books. I'm about 100 pages into it, and still feeling a little burned out on the series, thanks to the previous 4-5 books. But I'll plug away every so often with the hopes the book will pull me back in.

30Sep/140

New Fantasy Releases: Week of Sept 30, 2014

Might as well start the blog off with this week's list of new fantasy releases!

-Rise of the King: Companion Codex, II
-Grimm: The Killing Time by Tim Waggoner
-The Brothers Cabal (Johannes Cabal Novels Book 4) by Jonathan L. Howard
-The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey
-Incarnate (A Spellmason Chronicle) by Anton Stout
-Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Keith R.A. DeCandido
-Die and Stay Dead by Nicholas Kaufmann
-Generation 18: The Spook Squad 2 by Keri Arthur
-The Iron Druid Chronicles 6-Book Bundle: Hounded, Hexed, Hammered, Tricked, Trapped, Hunted by Kevin Hearne

30Sep/144

Back In Action

After an almost 2 month break, I've decided to restart the blog. I really thought the blog was dead for good, but after some time away, I realized I missed it. Without the incentive of the blog, I was no longer keep track of new release dates, book deals, and just generally felt a bit disconnected. So I just renewed the blog for another 12 months (instead of 3-6 months like I had been).

While I was away, I did start a tech blog at jmcunningham.net. I enjoyed that initially, and know having a personal tech blog is good for my career. But, I didn't realize how much work goes into writing tech articles. I enjoy it, but the time it takes to write those blogs posts (ofter an hour or two) is time I would rather spend learning something new (or reading something fun!).

I don't know how many of you guys/gals will stumble across this site again, but for those that do...nice to see you again :)

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5Aug/14Off

New Fantasy Releases: Week of August 5, 2014

Below is this week's list of new fantasy releases:

-The Magician's Land: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy) by Lev Grossman (concludes the trilogy)
-Severed Souls (Sword of Truth Book 14) by Terry Goodkind
-Blood Games: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel by Chloe Neill
-The House of the Four Winds: Book One of One Dozen Daughters by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory
-Cast in Flame (The Chronicles of Elantra) by Michelle Sagara
-Downfall: A Cal Leandros Novel by Rob Thurman
-Revenant: A Greywalker Novel by Kat Richardson
-The Guild of Assassins: Book Two of The Majat Code by Anna Kashina
-Dust and Light: A Sanctuary Novel by Carol Berg
-Broken Souls by Stephen Blackmoore
-The Widow's House (The Dagger and the Coin) by Daniel Abraham
-The Wandering Dragon (Children of the Dragon Nimbus) by Irene Radford
-The Song of Albion Collection: The Paradise War, The Silver Hand, and The Endless Knot by Stephen R. Lawhead

3Aug/14Off

23 L.E. Modesitt Kindle Books On Sale for $2.99 (Today Only)

Today only, 23 (!) L.E. Modesitt, Jr. books are on sale in the Kindle store for $2.99 each. I believe this includes every Recluce and Imager book. I plan to pick up EVERY book in both series that I don't already own. You can find the deal here.

Edit: If you buy the Kindle edition, it looks like you can add the Audio book for $2.99 each too. So for $5.98, you can get the audio and ebook editions! (Note, I've only checked 2 books so far. I don't have time to buy all 23 before I leave for church..so doublecheck the audio/whispersync for voice price before you buy).