A Year in Books – 2016

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Following on from my end of year wrap up, here’s the 101 books I read last year (thanks to Goodreads for the massive image) That’s a lot of books and almost 8,000 pages more than last year’s total. Looking back at that lot, there’s a lot of really good books (there were one or two bad ones as well including a couple I didn’t finish and one or two I didn’t post on Goodreads). It’s hard to pick favourites but here’s some of the best full length books (roughly in the order I read them): Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig (this is currently on offer for $1.99. Just saying.) Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig The Bureau of Them by Cate Gardner The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish Young Slasher by S. Elliot Brandis Necrotech by K. C. Alexander Little Dead Red by Mercedes M. Yardley 50 Shades of Brain by Jeff Chacon A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Mallerman That last one would be my pick for best book I read all year, with Mercedes M. Yardley’s Bram Stoker award winning, Little Dead Red a close second. They’re all worth checking out though. Plenty of good … Read More

Metrics Monday – 24th February 2014

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Having said that the climate in Vancouver is pretty mild and we don’t get much snow, we’re now well into our third day of snowfall. I live downtown and it still hasn’t really settled on the roads – there’s some slush but not much else – but there is snow on higher ground and outside the city (maybe six inches in Burnaby where I work). The snow was supposed to turn to rain this afternoon but it didn’t so we’ll have to see what happens tomorrow. I’ve got a physio session in the morning but then I’ll probably take transit to work, it’s generally quicker and safer when there’s snow around. Anyway, word metrics. A disappointing 3,737 on The Ghost Smuggler last week. The slow progress is really down to the fact that I’m revising which means there’s not a lot of new words but still, I’d hoped to get further. I lost a few hours on Saturday because I was attending the WANACon online writing conference. I took part in five sessions including Mercedes M Yardley’s session on Writing in Stolen Moments and a very timely session on revision by Gabriela Periera and Julie Duffy. I missed the first day but … Read More

A Year in Books – 2013

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According to Goodreads, I read 38 books last year (some of which are short stories): That could easily be the largest number of books I’ve read in a year since I was a kid sitting in bed on a Saturday morning devouring Dr Who novelizations. Most of them (all but five I think) were ebooks and I’ve got a suspicion that’s part of the reason I’ve increased the amount of reading I do. I’ve always been addicted to buying books but the added convenience of having literally hundreds of books at my fingertips has reignited my passion for actually reading them as well. My increased focus on writing and a desire to read more to support that also helped. There were a lot of good books in there, only a couple I didn’t enjoy, but my top five reads are (in roughly the order I read them): The Dervish House by Ian McDonald NOS4A2 by Joe Hill The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu by Mercedes M Yardley Rotten Row by Chaz Brenchley Favourite of the bunch would have to be The Dervish House by Ian McDonald – earlier in the … Read More