The Books I Read, August 2022

Check out my Goodreads profile for links to all these books. I’ve sorted this post by author, not date finished.

By James S.A. Corey

  • Leviathan Falls
  • Auberon
  • The Sins of Our Fathers

I needed to finish the entire Expanse series to prepare for my panel on the series at CONvergence. These are all I had left. I started the month about 2/3 of the way through Leviathan Falls. Great series. Probably the best hard sci-fi I’ve ever read. (The sci-fi gets a little less hard and more metaphysical as the series goes on)

I’d warn anyone going into the series that I thought Abaddon’s Gate (Book 3) and Babylon’s Ashes (Book 6) were both mostly a slog to get through, but worth it, because the rest of the series is fire.

(INDIE) The Truthspoken Heir: The Stars and Green Magics Season One, by Novae Caelum

Note: that link is an affiliate link.

There’s a reason this serial was one of the two $10,000 prize winners in the Laterpress Genre Fiction contest earlier this year. I loved it then. My opinion hasn’t changed. So much drama! Novae was kind enough to send me a signed paperback copy too! (I’ll be returning the favor with Welcome to the Nexus when the time comes. Art trades are great! Why get retailers or the IRS involved when you both like each other’s stuff?)

Alien: Out of the Shadows, by Tim Lebbon

After listening to the Expanse series for months in audio, I needed something different. I listened to the 5 hour audio drama version of the book, not the 10 hour read of the original text.

By C.S. Lewis:

  • The Magician’s Nephew
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

I got the whole Chronicles of Narnia off Audible for 1 credit. I’m just listening through in the order they placed them, though I realize after looking it up that this wasn’t the publication order. I want to get the number of fantasy books I’ve read closer to my Sci-Fi book count, or at least keep improving on it, since I’m writing fantasy. I felt these classics should be part of that genre education.

(INDIE) By Blaze Ward

  • Escape
  • Return

(INDIE) By Anthony W. Eichenlaub – a fellow Minnesota author!

  • Of a Strange World Made
  • Upon Another Edge Broken

Blaze Ward and Anthony W. Eichenlaub are both indie authors I had the opportunity to chat with in person at CONvergence earlier this month. I brought Blaze’s entire Lazarus Alliance series ready to go for him to sign, and purchased Anthony’s entire Colony of Edge series at the convention. (All signed as well.) The Lazarus books are classic space opera. The Colony of Edge books are more classic sci-fi tales of planetary colonization.

As you may have noticed from the fact that I have 3 different series listed here, each with two books read – I hate reading series straight through, even though I’m notorious for buying them in one shot. I don’t care who you are, or how much I enjoy your work, if I attempt to marathon a series straight through without anything else breaking it up, I get really burned out on it. It’s not you, it’s me. I need variety. So, I bounced between the series. After two books apiece, I’m putting both series on pause until I’ve read at least 2-3 other books, and then I’ll be back for the next entry of each.

Total number of books read in August: 11

Number of those that are INDIES: 5

Total number of books read in 2022: 85

Currently reading: Guardian of Shadows (Nyx Fortuna #2) – by Michelle Manus (INDIE)

This series is one of the most stylistically comparable indie series I’ve been able to find to Planar Gates. Portal Fantasy FTW.

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