McCaffrey, Jordan, & Some SciFi

BradburyGermanMcCaffreyDumasProvost2013 is upon us and my reading date calendar is already getting full. I plan to participate in some exciting things this year, of which below is just part of them.

Dark cargo is hosting the year-long Ye Olde Booke Clubbe in which folks pick some classics to challenge themselves with. This year, I have picked 11 books to attempt, and perhaps even finish, by the end of 2013 that fit into YOBC. I have never read any of these books, so it should be educational if nothing else.

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, Sr.

The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas, Sr.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Sr.

Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

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I will also be doing several science fiction reading events the first part of the year. First off, Carl over at Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting The Science Fiction Experience that goes from Jan. 1st through the end of February. I have several For-Review books that are scifi and this reading event will encourage me to get to them sooner instead of later. He is also hosting a read along for Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey that I am most excited about – I read most of the series as a kid and look forward to this kicking me into a reread of several of her books over the year. These two events coincide perfectly with Little Red Reviewer‘s Vintage Scifi Month (January). For this event, I picked out several possible reads, though I am not sure I will get through them all:

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Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

Dark is the Sun by Philip Jose Farmer

A variety of Heinlein and Vonnegut novellas

I also have some things in the works with Mercury Retrograde Press, run by the most accommodating Barabara Friend Ish. Mercury Retrograde is a small press with several fine authors and I am looking forward to working my way through the catalog this year. I hope to participate in one or more read alongs of Mercury Retrograde books, along with reviews and author interviews. Of course, as things become more concrete, there will be the usual read along announcements to see if others are interested in joining Lynn from Lynn’s Book Blog, Sue from Coffee Cookies & Chili Peppers, and myself. Dark Cargo, by the way, was quite the instigator in getting the ball rolling on this.

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Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series read along is still going strong, co-hosted by Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings. Currently, we are on The Eye of the World and we’ll be at the 300-something-page mark this coming Sunday (Jan. 6th). If you would like to see the schedule or sign up to join us, click HERE. Also, here are Part I and Part II.

Being a read along junkie, there may be some Terry Pratchett and Andre Norton stuff coming out later, but again, I will put up announcement posts once those things are ironed out.

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6 thoughts on “McCaffrey, Jordan, & Some SciFi”

  1. Wow, you’ve got a lot of reading lined up. I’m also looking forward to both the sci fi events at the start of the year – the good thing about these is the books for Vintage apply also to Carl’s event 😀 Plus I’m reading the Anne McCaffrey book which I’m really looking forward to.
    Let the reading commence!!
    Lynn 😀

  2. I am so overwhelmed by the awesomeness of your reading schedule! I hadn’t heard about the Dragonflight read along, which is probably for the best, because if I had joined I would make absolutely NO progress on review books 😉 I am super excited to read what you all think though 😀

    1. I started Dragonflight last night and I haven’t read it since I was…13? Perhaps 15. I am reading a review book at work during lunch break, which allows me to read McCaffrey in the evenings guilt free.

  3. You will be busy and I like the variety of books. I hope you like To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s one of my faves and I named my cat after Atticus Finch.

    1. I think they made a movie out of To Kill a Mockingbird many, many years ago, and I have never seen that either. So, I will be going into this book completely cold on what it is all about. And that is part of the adventure.

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