Drooling Over My To Read Pile

First, I apologize for not posting a Saturday Spotlight this past weekend. It’s my first time missing it, and I’m sorry. I took my brother in law snowboarding and developed a massive headache afterwards that left me not wanting to do anything but drink water and stare at my laptop. I read a lot of short stories last week, but none made the cut. I was going to mix it up a little and post the video I recorded, but I recorded in fast forward, so all my videos were two seconds long. At that point, I took the hint that I should just give up and call it a night.

So, now that I’ve recuperated, I’d like to share a little about what I’m reading. It’s sort of like a spotlight, but it also relates to those of us with larger reading piles than we can handle. I’m not going to list the ten books on my Goodreads “currently reading” list because some of them lost my attention and I don’t want to post negative publicity. I’ve learned that I wax and wane between genres and I am currently most interested in horror. That means the Epic Fantasy books have been put down. I know they’re good books, and so I don’t want to ruin the read by reading them when I’m not interested in that type of story.

This process has added up books that I’m currently reading, and I’ve already got a handful of authors and friends that have books coming out in March whom I want to read. It would be great to interview them for my podcast or at least review them to help spread the word, but first I have to finish the books I have.

I’ve narrowed my currently reading list down to two books that I need to finish before I move on to these March releases. The first is The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum. I’m about 200 pages in, and I’m really enjoying it. If you’re a fan of the movies, this book garners my highest recommendation. The dialogue is snappier than the movie, making you get deeper into the minds of the characters and even laugh at Jason for his quick wit. I don’t remember laughing at Matt Damon’s portrayal, and I like the book version of Jason Bourne better, even though Matt did a great job. The suspense is also more personal. My writing mentor, C.L. Dyck, recommended this book for its psychological tension, and I definitely see why. The set up of a man who doesn’t know his identity and yet finds he has training in murder and a secret bank account is a terrific way to show fear in a unique way. What I mean is, you don’t normally feel bad for assassins, but what if one forgot he was an assassin, then had to utilize those skills in order to survive, all while asking himself if he really wants to survive if it is to become a murderer. Awesome, just awesome. The movie is loosely based on the book, so I feel like I’m experiencing an even better version of the movie I loved.

The second book I’m going to finish is Summer of Night by Dan Simmons. I’m further in this book, past page 400 of 600. I’m glad I’m reading this in the paperback form (though I’m praying the last page doesn’t rip any further…) because I noticed that large books like this progress so much slower on Kindle, when I can read for an hour and only improve 3-5% on the total. This book has been an awesome read, however, so it’s been a pleasure to read through for hours at a time. I picked this one up as research for a Cub Scout zombie flash fiction piece I wrote a month ago. I set up a scary setting to come, but I wanted to read a horror book from the viewpoint of young kids. This book has been a great choice, as Dan’s Voice displays each character so smoothly that you don’t realize you’re in their heads experiencing this with them. More on that in my review after I finish the book. We’ll see if I get the courage to ask him for an interview…

In no particular order, here are the new releases I plan to read (will consider reading)  in March:

Enemies of the Cross by Greg Mitchell is the second book in his Coming Evil Trilogy. I enjoyed Book One this summer and even had lunch with him at The Ragged Edge conference with Ted Dekker and friends. Greg did a great job with his monsters and I enjoyed his characters. I am eager to enjoy this next part of the story, and maybe get an interview for the Holy Worlds Podcast. I just read a cool interview with Greg over at A Flame in the Dark.

Man, beyond this, the rest are up in the air. Like I said above, I really have to be in the mood for a book and I don’t want to get halfway through anymore books that I won’t finish. Here’s a list anyway:

I Am Ocilla by Diane M. Graham. This is a first person present, YA Fantasy book by a dear friend. Like I said before though, I’m not eager to read fantasy right now, and even less YA, so I don’t know. I’ve heard great things about Diane’s voice, and believe I’ll be blown away by her book, I just feel like I need to be in the mood for YA. I’m also going to be editing her audio reading of this book, so we’ll see how much I pick up listening to her read it. I have a feeling it will not be the best way to follow a book, but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make for her fans to be able to get the audio version.

Carpathia by Matt Forbeck. I started reading this and put it down because it was really good and I knew I wouldn’t be able to put everything else down to finish it. It’s an alternate history of the ship that rescued the Titanic survivors, and has vampires. I’m a member of the Angry Robot Army, so I got it for free. It would be cool to read it and interview Matt, but we’ll see. Matt is super busy with his 12 for 12 idea of writing twelve novels in a year in his Shotguns and Sorcery series, crazy guy, and his kickstarter campaign is still going to support that whacky endeavor (ends March 12).

Slices by Michael Montoure. I had him on the Saturday Spotlight twice for his excellent short stories in this collection. Now I need to finish it and get a review up for him, possibly an interview as well. This guy writes some really scary stuff, so I guess it makes sense that I give myself a break between frights. But, I’ve got to finish it so I can get to his collection, Counting from Ten, and the story he sold recently into the collection, Detritus.


Oh, and I almost forgot. Terri Blackstock‘s publicist reached out to me for an interview on the Holy Worlds Podcast regarding her new release, Downfall. I’m not one to turn down NY Times best selling authors when they request interviews, so I’m packing that into my reading schedule.



Okay, enough slacking, time to write so I don’t feel so bad about reading later.

Thanks for stopping by. What are you reading/looking forward to reading in the next month?

About Timothy C. Ward

Timothy C. Ward is a former executive producer and Hugo Nominee of Adventures in SciFi Publishing. He has been broke and lost on the other side of the world and now dreams of greater adventures from his keyboard in Des Moines, Iowa. This summer, he released his second Sand Divers book, Scavenger: A.I., where two parents use an ancient technology to fight a reproducing A.I. while trying to resurrect their deceased infant, and a new series that begins with Godsknife: Revolt, an apocalyptic battle for godhood in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss. Sign up for his newsletter for news, sales, giveaways and more: http://www.timothycward.com/newsletter/.

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