July could well be a spotty month so far as blogging is concerned. As well as the usual work hassle, I’ve got a LARP weekend for the end of the month, and as a month-long project I’m renovating my bedroom/library. This means reduced reading time, but also unreliable internet access as I relocate to another part of the house. Nevertheless, I’ll always make room for science fiction, and I’ll bring as much of that to you as I can.
Thanks to last months finds, I’ve got a TBR largely composed of Star Trek and Warhammer 40,000. The issue with the Trek side of things is that the collection is rather incomplete, and I’ve ended up with bits and pieces of various series. Since I have the Prometheus trilogy in its entirety that’s my planned Star Trek reading for the month.
On the Warhammer side of things, I’m going to start by catching up the more recent releases. This means The Vincula Insurgency, The Helwinter Gate, Catachan Devil, and Silent Hunters are all on the schedule. I’m going to hold off on the omnibuses for now, but eventually plan to read one of those a month.
But all of that will come later. Right now, I have a backlog of reviews to write, and I don’t want to make that list any longer. So I’m going to start the month by clearing through some of my non-SF reading. That puts Ogres, Age of Age, and The Emperor’s Exile squarely in my sites for the first week or so of July. Hopefully this reprieve from distant futures will give me the catch-up time I need.
If I get the time, I’m also going to tackle two pieces of vintage SF in the form of The Fuzzy Papers and Foundation’s Friends. Neither of these is likely to take me very long, so I may well use them to break up my reading of tie-in fiction.
With all of this in mind, my TBR schedule ends up looking something like this:
- Ogres, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
- Age of Ash, by Daniel Abraham
- The Emperor’s Exile, by Simon Scarrow
- Fire With Fire, by Bernd Perplies (translated by Christian Humberg)
- The Root of All Rage by Bernd Perplies (translated by Christian Humberg)
- In the Heart of Chaos, by Bernd Perplies (translated by Christian Humberg)
- The Helwinter Gate, by Chris Wraight
- The Vincula Insurgency, by Dan Abnett
- Silent Hunters, by Edoardo Albert
- Catachan Devil, by Justin Woolley
- Foundation’s Friends, edited by Martin H. Greenberg
- The Fuzzy Papers, by H. Beam Piper
July is mercifully thin on the ground when it comes to releases, as I have more than enough to keep me going without adding to the TBR tower. But there’s still a few new books heading your way this month. Let’s take a look at them.
20th – The Lost Fleet: Outlands: Resolute, by Jack Campbell – The delayed release of this military SF has in no way dampened my enthusiasm for it.
26th – Newbury and Hobbes: The Albion Initiative, by George Mann – Another delayed release (though this one has been floating around for far longer), the climactic finale of this steampunk saga is almost upon us. I’m considering a reread of the series for September, but we’ll see how that goes.
Unknown Date – The Rose at War, by Danie Ware – This anthology gathers all of Ware’s Sister Augusta novellas and short stories into one volume, making it perfect for filling in those pesky gaps in my collection.
As always, there’s bound to be something I’ve missed. be sure to let me know in the comments what you’re looking forward to reading this month.