06 January 2014
01 January 2014
- Finish reviewing the Hugo’s
- Vote for the 2014 Hugo’s!
- Manage my time spent on school better (this was only reason I didn’t get more done this year…not enough free time…)
- Transition this blog into something else and keep up with other bloggers better
- Balance my reading between print, audio, and graphic novels better (more print and graphic novels please)
- Read more books published in the last year
- Run another race or two (dare I commit myself to a half-marathon???)
28 December 2013
- direct experience of any of five capricious gods (and demons) is possible; and
- rescue by hunky, sword-wielding, horseback-riding, sweaty muscle-men is not just possible, but AS WONDERFUL AS YOU IMAGINE IT TO BE; and
- sexytime is just a little bit unsettling; and
- people will literally chop your gods-damned head off.
13 October 2013
This was me preparing for a long night with inappropriate applications of caffiene well into darkness. I was writing, but unfortunately not reviews.
The news that I actually wanted to share was that I am caught up again on the Hugos. I actually finished Redshirts...I don't know...maybe a week ago. I don't have any conception of time anymore now that I no longer have Hugos to tick off the passage of time against. Either that or my brain is busted. Hmm, yeah, it's probably busted.
I just finished a really exhausting project so no caffiene tonight. Just sleep. But I should get to at least one review this week!
05 September 2013
02 September 2013
31 July 2013
I wish I had read Among Others last, it would have felt very fitting somehow. Oh well, only about 600 pages of Vinge to go now. I hope you're all having a great summer (all two of you...including my Mom).
07 July 2013
Despite my inactivity here, I am still moving forward and I hope to unleash a torrent of reviews soon as my workload is considerably lighter than the past 8 weeks. I should be back to regular posts in a matter of days...maybe a week? We'll see...
FYI this count isn't entirely accurate since it doesn't include All Clear, which I am currently listening to. Other than that, the last two are A Deepness in the Sky and Among Others.
30 April 2013
It took me nine weeks to read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell. It was an extraordinarily long book, but it wasn't nine weeks long. While I was reading it, I was also studying for the GRE and I may have watched an episode or two, or a season, of Downton Abbey when I wasn't jamming books in my face.
Now I have found myself back in school, still working, still a dad, and with just over a handful of Hugo's left, some of them being nearly as ridiculously long as Jonathan Strange. That is to say, I've taken too long to finish the Hugo's and now I'll have more reading with more urgent deadlines and all of my usual things to do and a lot less time to fit the Hugo's in.
I had originally envisioned that I would go back to this year, but I had also thought I would be done with the Hugos by then. Ha!
So, how do I now approach these final Hugos?
Well, to start, I should explain that I am a slow reader, or I should say that I am a careful reader. I read and re-read passages that are confusing, enlightening, awkward, or just rad. I stop and think. I drink a little wine. I figure reading a novel should be taken seriously and approached with the same gravitas that any thousands of years old craft deserves (kind of makes you wonder why I started this challenge right?) Okay, sometimes I read while Emmeline watches Powerpuff Girls or My Little Pony, but when I can, I like to have all my things arranged and I like to dig in. This challenge aside, I take forever to read even the shortest books and I like it that way.
When I started this challenge, I finished each book with days to spare. I was psyched, the books were shorter, I was staying up until all hours of the night and operating during the day on a tiny, coffee fueled replacement brain. Since then the books have grown longer, I've taken on more commitments, staying up past midnight has become a death sentence, my brain is real (and still tiny) and I've had trouble getting through any book in under two weeks. Erg.
With that in mind, my first thought was to just finish them out via audiobook, because it's possible that I could end up reading these until the end of time, but that's out because they aren't all available at my library. Also, apart being a little disappointed about not meeting my self-imposed goal, I'm not terribly depressed about the idea of continuing this for a little longer.
I don't know yet how easy it will be to balance my required reading and my Hugo reading, but with just few to go, I don' t imagine it will take me more than a few more months. I might take a while to finish the longer books and my posts might be a little irregular for the first few weeks, but hopefully I'll get into a groove soon and everything in the entire world will be perfect. Let's plan on that.
And if all else fails, instead of "64 books in 64 weeks", The Hugo Endurance Project will just have to mean that I'm "reading books to death". It might be a confusing goal at first but I assume the autopsy will clear it right up.