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December 1st, 2009 by Joe Nassise
Reading Instead of Writing

I’ve spent most of my posts on this blog talking about the art of writing but I have yet to touch on the other side of the equation – reading.  I think every writer should be a voracious reader and I try to live up to that goal myself.  I thought I’d take this week’s post to share my thoughts on some of what I’ve been reading over the last few days and would love to hear your thoughts on the same.

Here’s a smattering of some of the books I’ve enjoyed lately:

Print The Electric Church by Jeff Somers

I really enjoyed this futuristic techno-thriller about an assassin for hire working out of Old New York.  There was a good deal of action and gunfire, two things I like this kind of novel, and Somers did a nice job with the world building and history behind it all.  His Monks – cyborgs with human brains and enhanced robotic bodies eager to convert you to the faith – were creepy in the way that good villains always are, giving his main character, Avery Cates, a decent adversary to deal with throughout.

Unclean-Spirits-192x300 DarkerangelsThe Black Sun’s Daughter Series by M.L.N. Hanover

Unclean Spirits and Darker Angels

I read these books pretty much back to back and thought the main character, Jayne Heller, to be a refreshing change from a lot of the urban fantasy heroines that have appeared on the scene lately.  Jayne doesn’t have it all together and she makes enough mistakes to add a nice touch of realism to a setting that is full of the same kind of creatures and arcane mysticism that inhabits my own fiction.

M.L.N Hanover is a pen name for epic fantasy writer Daniel Abraham and I give him high marks for switching genres without missing  a beat.  I’m looking forward to more in the series.

street-magic1Street Magic by Cailtin Kittredge

A good mix of mystery and magic that brought out the dark side of London, this was my first introduction to the work of Kittredge.  I knew she had written several other urban fantasy novels as part of her Nocturne City series, and I always meant to get around to reading them, so when I saw this one on the shelf I thought I’d give it a try.  I was pleased with the characters and could see the larger landscape that she was starting to put together with this series opener, so I think I’ll be back for more of this one too.

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5 comments to “Reading Instead of Writing”

  1. Krista
     · December 1st, 2009 at 9:36 am · Link

    I added two of these to my Christmas wishlist. Thanks for the reviews!

  2. Carrie Vaughn
     · December 1st, 2009 at 10:49 am · Link

    Daniel’s a friend of mine and I got to read the Jayne Heller books as manuscripts. I think they’re great. Thanks for the shout out!

    Oh, and just wait until you read the third one… Vicious Grace, out next year. Best yet.

  3. Mosh
     · December 1st, 2009 at 11:57 am · Link

    *eyes the stupidly large pile of books he doesn’t have time to read as it is*

    *mentally adds the four novels in the blog post to the “to buy” pile*

    Please don’t take this the wrong way, but I hate you for making me want more books! 😉

  4. Sasha White
     · December 1st, 2009 at 3:31 pm · Link

    Ohh. I love the covers of the M.L.N Hanover books. Your comments make me want to read as well. Thanks for the recommends :)

  5. Jess
     · December 1st, 2009 at 7:44 pm · Link

    I have to admit, I’m starting to feel “over” all the dark fantasy. I think I glut on a genre and then need a break for a while, then I’m okay with it again . . . though lately I’m reading nonfiction.

    I’m dying to get my hands on the complete works of Thoreau, and a couple nonfic books I REALLY want to read – Slaughterhouse by Gail Eisnitz tops that list.

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