The Young World by Chris Weitz. Little, Brown and Company. 373 pages. I’ve learned–and I’ve tried to teach my students–that there are significant differences between writing movie scripts and writing books. One might think that if you’re good at writing one, you’ll probably be good at writing the other as well. It’s not necessarily the … More Review: “The Young World” by Chris Weitz
The Final Day: A John Matherson Novel by William R. Forstchen. Forge Books. 480 pages. I am a big fan of William Forstchen as an author. He’s a history professor who writes science fiction and revisionist history with lots of Civil War bent. This is the third book in a series that starts with One … More Review: “The Final Day” by William R. Forstchen
One Year After: A John Matherson Novel by William R. Forstchen. Forge Books. 448 pages. As I mentioned in the last book review I posted here, I’ve been on a run of bad books lately, and had a hard time finding books that kept me interested. That’s lasted for a couple of months, and I … More Review: “One Year After” by William R. Forstchen
The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough. 480 pages. Del Rey Books. This book is pretty impressive for a debut novel. It’s polished and is very detailed. It’s also a unique idea. The concept of a space elevator or a skyhook, a stationary orbiting station that is hooked to earth and allows materials to be … More Review: “The Darwin Elevator” by Jason M. Hough
Armada by Ernest Cline. 372 pages. Broadway Books. Armada is a classic example of when you buy a book by an author simply because they hit it out of the park on another book that they wrote. It’s also an example of a one-hit wonder. Here’s the Amazon description: From the author of Ready Player One, … More Review: “Armada” by Ernest Cline
Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey. 532 pages. Orbit Books. If you’re a fan of The Expanse on SyFy or the book series, you’ll be familiar with the byline of James S.A. Corey, who writes the terrific futuristic series about mankind expanding beyond the solar system and fighting among itself. This is the fifth book … More Review: “Nemesis Games” by James S.A. Corey
NaNoWriMo is coming along swimmingly. So far, I’m ahead of schedule. I’m not killing myself off, both because I don’t have to and because I don’t want the quality of my writing to suffer (too much). But I wanted to take a moment to think about projects that didn’t make the cut. Sometimes you write … More Where do you bury the bodies?