Reading Update 1/16 – Smythe, Cole, Thorp, Bunker, Sullivan, Genesis

Handful of books around 30% that I’m jumping back and forth on. All are good, but the two spec fic titles, The Testimony and The Lost Castle are not hooking me like I want. Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp is the book Die Hard was made from. This is both very cool–like a DVD editors cut version but better because it’s a book–but also a bit I’ve seen this before, so that’s dragging too.

The Testimony is a collection of viewpoints from people in our time after a voice has been heard around the world. Some believe it is God, and most are using it to justify what they already believe. Interesting study on how an appearance of God might be received.

Here’s a sample from The Testimony

Later that day, drunk, I found the chip I got given a year before, that I then ignored when I fell off the wagon again, and I wondered if I couldn’t find a meeting, try to pick up where I left off. I was looking for the nearest one, on the net, when I realized that it would be full of people talking about how The Broadcast reaffirmed their belief in what they were doing, so instead I forgot about it, and decided to just stay as I was.

The Lost Castle is a highly anticipated third book in Nick Cole’s new zombie series. Unfortunately none of the plot so far has hooked me, and the characters I enjoyed so much in earlier books haven’t really had moments that have made this addition stand out.

Now for my audiobooks:

Just finished Santa Anna Gold, a time travel short story by Michael Bunker. Good job, and well done twist both on time travel and I the conclusion. Solid narration and production.

I’m a third into Age of Myth by Michael J Sullivan. I’m not a big epic fantasy reader–the Stavely series first book and Ed Robertson’s White Tree both stared out good but lost me in the middle. I’ve read Sullivan’s Ryria trilogy and really enjoyed it. This is a new book set thousands of years before, so same world but no spoilers. It is going about how I’d expect, with a gentle approach to fantasy mixed with interesting world building and an ominous future ahead. I like the characters and from my experience reading Sullivan, am catching bread crumbs for the mystery soon to unfold. Enjoyable with outstanding narration.

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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