Wednesday, July 16, 2008

New Poll

I haven't had a what-to-read next poll in a little while and it's kind of fun to let you all make my hard decisions for me, so I put up a new one. The choices are:

Crystal Rain by Tobias Buckell
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
Skyfall by Catherine Asaro
Ink and Steel by Elizabeth Bear

I'll read the winner once I finish reading Revelation Space and Young Miles (I'm going to start the latter because although Revelation Space is good, it has more description than my brain can focus on this particular week).

Work has been kind of hectic lately, and I've put in almost 10 extra hours so far this week, so I've been a bit too brain dead to actually get caught up on reviews when I have had a bit of time. I'm hoping to get at least one up this weekend, though. Next up is the Malazan novella Blood Follows, which I reread recently.


Anonymous said...

I voted for Crystal Rain. Not only is it fun romp through a fascinating dimension hopping universe, but Bucknell's newest book in the series, Sly Mongoose (book 3), has "space zombies." I mean, does anything else need to be said? So I vote for you to catch up on the first two books, Crystal Rain and Ragammufin, and prepare yourself for [echo] zombies in space.

Mihai A. said...

I will vote for Naomi Novik's novel :)

ThRiNiDiR said...

You're gonna have a blast with Young Miles. If you're interested Trin wrote a review of Blood Follows a few months ago - I also enjoyed it immensely. On topic: I voted for Crystal Rain, because you seem to be searching for something light, and it just doesn't get any better than this :).

ThRiNiDiR said...

...and the link to the review (man I hate "a-hrefing" in blog posts; Blogspot really has to do something about this.

Kristen said...

Joshua - Tobias Buckell's series does sound like a lot of fun from what I've heard. And I didn't even know about the space zombies until now!

Dark Wolf - Have you read His Majesty's Dragon? Hope you had a good business trip!

Thrinidir - I read about 100 pages in Young Miles last night; I found it much easier to read with the exhausting week I've been having than Revelation Space, which is very dense and descriptive. You also make Crystal Rain sound very good; I'm starting to hope that one wins. ;) I am in the mood for something light at the moment, but that may change after the next week or two is over.

Thanks also for the link to Trin's Blood Follows review. It was a great review and I missed that one somehow.

Mihai A. said...

The trip was pretty good, thank you :)
And unfortunately I haven't read "His Majesty's Dragon" and I have to aquire Naomi Novik's novels. I think I will buy them this autumn.

Kristen said...

Dark Wolf,

I'm glad you had a good trip. :)

I only have the first Novik novel but if I like the first one I'm sure I'll get the rest at some point.

Anonymous said...

I vote for "Crystal Rain." It's by an author unfamiliar to me (I have Ragamuffin on my shelf, but haven't read it yet). "Skyfall" is very light; it's more romance than scifi.

I read "Young Miles" this weekend. Bujold's writing is totally addictive. It's so fresh and crisp and clever, I can read all night. Friday night, after a full week's work, I stayed up until 3am reading it. The only thing I regret is that I haven't explored enough of new authors this year.

Kristen said...


Buckell will be a new author for me as well, and it looks like Crystal Rain will be next after Revelation Space. (Or maybe before since it looks like the hell week from last week is continuing into this week. Went back to it during the weekend and found I had no problem concentrating, then work started again and it killed all my focus.)

Skyfall looks like a romance from the cover but I just figured it was a case of inaccurate cover art. Oh well, should be interesting to read about Soz's family anyway.

I also read "Young Miles" this weekend (most of it anyway since I started it before then). It was very good; I enjoyed it a lot. Bujold is a new author for me this year; I have to get the rest of the Miles books now.