There are a couple handfuls of good books I read in 2012 that deserve to be recognized, but here are my top ten. Judging the top three hurts my heart, because you could put them in any order and I’d be fine. It may be that their order is there based on order of being read. Hugh’s book was the first to really amaze me. He and T.C. and James, (the other authors in the top three,) have earned my loud speaker for everything they write. I have reviews for all of these books except James’s, because that will be up at SF Signal shortly. I hope to get these authors and more on my AudioTim podcast in 2013. Continue reading
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I finished this book a few months ago, but have been sitting on this review because I have such mixed feelings about it. I settled on 4 stars because it is written just as well as the other books in the series, but where this one fell short for me was in the likability of the main character.
Stan Resnick is a Special Forces operative in a war that has brought Big Brother out into the open across the world as nations fight tooth and nail for the last natural resources and best military technology. After his wife gives him one of the rawest of deals, all he has left is his job as a mercenary out in the jungle, where Big Brother can’t watch his every move. His best friend is the A.I. in his specially designed suit and the guy he has to work with is a product of Big Brother. Continue reading
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Reading T.C.’s Subterrene War Trilogy has been an interesting and memorable experience. The first book, Germline, blew me out of the water (my five star review). I’ve never read a book like that, and loved the personal connection I had to the main character’s journey. I loved that story and T.C.’s in-your-face-war style so much that I couldn’t enjoy any other books because they weren’t the next book in his series.
I stayed up well past my bedtime last night trying to figure out how best to purchase I, Zombie by Hugh Howey before he stops offering the chance to get it signed in “blood.” Click (here) to get yours with red ink splattered on the cover page and Hugh’s signature in red ink as well.
Here’s a video of how Hugh is signing these books: Continue reading
Moses Siregar III, author of The Black God’s War, kept me in my chair reading for like twelve hours straight to finish his book. In this second part of my video interview, I ask him about his approach to pacing that was so successful in capturing an entire Saturday. You can view all of the interviews on my You Tube channel. If you haven’t read The Black God’s War, I heartily recommend picking it up (my 5 star review). The ebook version is only $.99 at this time. Continue reading
Today, SF Signal posted a guest interview where I talked to T.C. McCarthy about his awesome Subterrene War series. SF Signal #140: Timothy C. Ward Interviews T.C. McCarthy is now live.
As you may know, I love podcasting. Hearing how-to advice from pros and their success stories has been like having my own life coach. T.C. has a very inspiring success story that started with a professor laughing in his face because he turned in a Sci-Fi story, and has led so far to being a Compton Crook Award winner for his debut novel, Germline, and signing a three book deal with Orbit Books. Continue reading