Vintage SciFi Month

January is considered Vintage SciFi Month (I found out this wonderful fact thanks to an awesome Twitter account). For the reading “non-challenge” (which is in no way competitive), a sci-fi book is considered vintage if it was published before you were born (in my case, I’ve got plenty of options–I was born in 1991).

There’s a little more information about the non-challenge on the creator’s blog here. For a more current post with a little more info, check out this post. Also, the creator and moderator of the Twitter account mentioned above are hosting a giveaway for The Book Of Frank Herbert, which is a collection of ten short stories by Frank Herbert that was published in 1973. Even though I really want to win, I’ll share the link, since I’m so nice! You just have to join the conversation about #VintageSciFiMonth on Twitter to enter the giveaway.

I’ve already finished one book (To Die in Italbar by Roger Zelazny), and I’m in the middle of The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells for my second. Shown below are two other books, both by Ray Bradbury, that I’m planning to read this month. As an ongoing personal challenge, I’ve also decided to finish Dune by Frank Herbert, which I’ve been reading on and off for a few months now!


So throughout January, I’ll be posting reviews of these vintage books (most likely the reviews with be shorter than normal… but we’ll see). If there are any sci-fi classics you’re reading, you especially love, or you’d like my opinion on, let me know! I’ll add them to my January to-read list.


Grand Returns

I realized the other day how long it had been since I’d written a review when I got turned down for an ARC of a book. On Netgalley, that has never been the case before and they suggested updating my blog.

After getting a new job, moving, and trying to settle in to a new routine, reading had been the last thing on my mind. But now that I’m settled… I’ve jumped into the “start a million new books” phase. I just started reading The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, Authority by Jeff VanderMeer, which is the excellent sequel to AnnihilationThe Way of Kings by a favorite of mine–Brandon Sanderson, and I’ve about finished Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds which rides on the blazing space cowboy trail left by Firefly. 

Devoting time to reading has been so refreshing… Damn, I just love a good book. Here’s to many more in both of our futures.


Happy Birthday to my Blog!

October marks the one year anniversary of what is now known as the Realm of Reviews. I recently have been slacking a bit on the review side of things. I have been stuck on the same books for so long that reading almost started losing its appeal. I have been trudging through Clash of Kings; I’ve also been trying to finish Mercury Rising on my Kindle, The Once and Future King, and have been reading aloud The Hobbit with a special someone. I also started Ten Big Ones (Janet Evanovich) but haven’t really got anywhere with it.

Instead of reading lately, I’ve been playing video games — a friend lent me Knights of Amalur: Reckoning, I bought Lord of the Rings: War in the North, I got Borderlands 2, and have still occasionally been playing Halo Reach. As for PC, I recently bought Knights of the Old Republic for $2, so I’ve been replaying that as well — and it is a LONG game! Along with gaming, I’ve been trying to catch up on some anime. I’ve been watching some Bleach — I am very early on in the series — and quite a bit of Naruto. As for other shows, I caught up on The Walking Dead to watch the season premiere, and my buddy lent me Game of Thrones season one so I will be watching that for a while, and perhaps reviewing the series when I finish it.

Aside from all these distractions, my roommate suggested a while back that I pick up a new book to help me get back into reading. I read Fight Club and was immediately reminded why I love reading. After Fight Club, I started Skyship Academy: Crimson Rising by Nick James, and it is fantastic. I hope to have the review up within the next week or two (once the book is finished). After that, Clash of Kings will be the next book to tackle. I only have about 200 pages left, so hopefully it won’t take too long. After that, along with slowly finishing the other already-started books, I think I will start my Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan) read-through. Since I am now in possession of the first six books, I think that is the best plan of action. Along with free reading, I will also be reading Meditations by Aurelius for a humanities course, A Raisin in the Sun for a theater course, and some assorted drama pieces for my critical reading/writing course.

Looking back at one year of writing reviews — about 54 of them — I realize how much my reviewing and understanding of writing has changed. I hope, by looking through my old reviews, anyone could agree. In the next year of reviews I plan to grow even more. Now, I am even writing some of my own stuff — short stories and the like. I hope to have another year of fun reading and writing ahead of me. I would recommend starting a blog (reading, writing, or otherwise) to everyone; it is incredibly satisfying. One of the most rewarding things about blogging about the books I have read is being able to look back on the impression each book left on me. Sometimes I find it hard to recall certain emotions or thoughts I had about a book, so it has been really nice to be able to reread my thoughts on them. This is especially true when I want to read a sequel to a book, but don’t want to reread the original book first (ex: Pearl Wars, and the sequel I’m reading now, Crimson Rising). It has been an excellent year blogging, and I truly hope to keep blogging for a good long while.

Read on, fellow readers!