April & May 2018 – Book Haul

A list of Books I have purchased in the month of April and May. No, I haven’t read all other books on my TBR. Part of the joy of reading is anticipation… right? But I may have gone overboard this time. Hey, at least its within 2 months.

Also Fun Fact: I don’t own a Bookshelf. All those Books are piling on my 2 nightstands in 4 wonky Book Towers and are slowly reaching chest height… Hence a few more eBooks this month.

Also I am way too lazy to provide links here.

  • Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey (The Expanse #4)
  • Nemesis Gate by James S.A.Corey (The Expanse #5)
  • Arcadia by Iain Pears
  • Robin by Dave Itzkoff
    • A supposedly good and hearty Biography about Robin Williams.
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    • Hyped Book. Justified?
  • The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
    • A few Youtubers I follow recommended it and the premise sounds fun. Crime meets Hedgehog Day
  • Station Eleven by Emily St.John Mandel
  • A Gentlemen in Moskau by Amor Towles
    • Bought 2 times, Paperback and e-book. That’s what happens when you don’t keep track of your shit.
  • Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
  • Chronicles of the Black Company by Glen Cook (The Black Company #1-3)
  • Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller
  • The Anatomy of Story by John Truby
    • So I too can be a glorious writing prodigy
  • How to stop Time by Matt Haig
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (Nevernight Chronicles #1)
    • His stupid sales pitch on Twitter made me buy this for a dime
  • The Last Librarian by Brandt Legg (The Justar Journal Book 1)
  • Something Wicked this way comes by Ray Bradbury
  • The Hunger by Alma Katsu
  • The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
  • The Red Knight by Adam Nicholls (Traitor Son #1)
  • Steelhart by Brandon Sanderson (Reckoners #1)
  • The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan (Powder Mage #1)
  • The Crimson Brigade by Brian McClellan (Powder Mage #2)
  • Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan (Powder Mage #3)
    • Came as a Bundle and I am curious about the Steampunk Elements
  • Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (Broken Empire #1)
  • King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (Broken Empire #2)
  • Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (Broken Empire #3)
    • Also a Bundle. He better be good.
  • The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi (Old Man’s War #2)
  • The Last Colony by John Scalzi (Old Man’s War #3)
  • Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi (Old Man’s War #4)
  • The Human Devision by John Scalzi (Old Man’s War #5)
    • I read the first one years ago in German. Now to continue on.
  • Redshirt by John Scalzi
  • Raven Strategem by Yoon Ha Lee (Machineries of Empire #2)
  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries #1)
    • Won a Nebula. Sounds funky.
  • Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

George R. R. Martin and Stephen King Talk

George R. R. Martin and Stephen King at the Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque NM June 2016


…not my video, not my channel. Just sharing the awesome.

Writing Block and July Book Haul

Oh! Hi. Fancy meeting you here.

Have not written anything in weeks. Don’t know why. I think I may be afraid of delving into the details of the stories. Carving them out of the Blob of an idea I dropped out of my mind months ago.

And I also continue buying books without reading a lot. I mean I have 25 books read so far, but still I feel like I am behind because I bought so many.

Here’s the latest Haul, somehow this year is the year of Trilogies.

  • Misspent Youth [Commonwealth Saga Prequel] – Peter F.Hamilton
  • Judas Unchained [Commonwealth Saga] –  Peter F. Hamilton
  • Pandora’s Star [Commonwealth Saga] –  Peter F.Hamilton
  • The Three Body Problem [Three Body Problem 1] – Cixin Liu
  • The Dark Forest – Cixin Liu [Three Body Problem 2] – Cixin Liu
  • Death’s End –  Cixin Liu [Three Body Problem 3] – Cixin Liu
  • Ancillary Justice [Imperial March 1] – Ann Leckie
  • Ancillary Sword [Imperial March 2] – Ann Leckie
  • Ancillary Mercy [Imperial March 3] – Ann Leckie
  • Descender Volume 4: Orbital Mechanics –  Jeff Lemire
  • Monstress Volume 2: The Blood – Morjorie Liu
  • His Dark Materials [1-3] –  Philip Pullman

Hopefully this writing block is coming to an end soon.

Update and Book Haul June


well, yes.

Yes, I haven’t written anything. Not really.

But, I did add one short story to my overall Short Story book, based on a dream I had about an Elk. I wonder what direction all those stories will take. So far it worries me (besides them not being any good), that they might just be a wild mix of everything with no coherent topic or flavor. We’ll see, won’t we. If I ever manage to write more than a sentence a day.

Book Haul, no fancy pictures or descriptions…because I am a lazy person

The Farseer Trilogy: Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin and Assassin’s Quest
(Robin Hobb) –  Time to get started on this 15 Books in multiple Trilogies that are all interconnected somehow.

NOS4R2 (Joe Hill) –  Big fan of Stephen King, let’s see what his son has to offer.

The Diaries of Franz Kafka (Kafka & Max Brod) –  I like to delve into the mind of great authors / writers. I read an excerpt and know I want to know more.

Sleeping Giants (Sylvain Neuvel) –  There is a Robot. A big one. And other stuff.

The Book of the New Sun (1-4) (Gene Wolfe) – This just sounds a bit bonkers. Sci-Fi Fantasy. I am just curious.

Strange Heart Beating (Eli Goldstone) –  I need some sad stories.

Homo Deus: A brief History of Tomorrow (Yuval Noah Harari) –  I just want to know if this is good or just pretentious bullshit from an “intellectual” person.

Including Graphic Novels (which all had well above 100 pages, I go for the collected Volumes) I am currently on Book No. 23 in terms of my reading challenge for this year. I’m a bit behind, because the goal is around 60, but I was very, very lazy the past weeks. I hope to catch up.


Book Haul: Books I have purchased February Edition.

Here are a the three books I have bought in February.  Yeah just three. Gimme a break. My TBR is long enough.  Although I have a dozen more in sight.

Already read “A Man called Ove” and utterly loved it. Highly recommended.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2004 Winner of the Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies …Six interlocking lives – one amazing adventure. In a narrative that circles the globe and reaches from the 19th century to a post-apocalyptic future, Cloud Atlas erases the boundaries of time, genre and language to offer an enthralling vision of humanity’s will to power, and where it will lead us.

Goodreads Link

A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman


A grumpy yet lovable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

Goodreads Link

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee


The first installment of the trilogy, Ninefox Gambit, centers on disgraced captain Kel Cheris, who must recapture the formidable Fortress of Scattered Needles in order to redeem herself in front of the Hexarchate.

Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris’s career isn’t the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next. Cheris’s best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos Jedao. The good news is that Jedao has never lost a battle, and he may be the only one who can figure out how to successfully besiege the fortress. The bad news is that Jedao went mad in his first life and massacred two armies, one of them his own. As the siege wears on, Cheris must decide how far she can trust Jedao–because she might be his next victim.

Goodreads Link