Lots of reading this month for the anthology workshop at the end of the month, plus some line editing. I still managed to find time for some other reading, but it was a push. I got a new mystery from one of my favorites, started it, and immediately stopped. Turns out our newly retired hero has just been diagnosed with COPD. Having dealt with death—and […]
As I write this, it’s been 24 hours since I read this story, and I’m still blown away by it.
This week, I finished reading a bad book by one of my favorite authors. Well, “finished reading” isn’t accurate. “Paged through the last half” is probably better. The book was astoundingly bad. The author decided to go 50 Shades of Grey on me when she’d never written more than a fade-to-black sex scene before. But that wasn’t the worst. The worst was that her protagonist […]
I got very far behind in posting my Recommended Reading lists in 2011. I’ll try to do better in 2012 by posting the month after the list was compiled. However, I have to catch up on 2011 first. So here’s October. Everything you see below was written then. Enjoy! —— We had about six emergencies in our life in October, some involving health, some involving […]
The Business Rusch: Bookstores (Changing Times Part Six) Kristine Kathryn Rusch In September, I attended a science fiction convention in Leipzig, Germany. Leipzig is in the former German Democratic Republic, or what was then called East Germany. The science fiction fans who put on the convention had started a science fiction club before the Berlin Wall came down. The club focused on reading and so […]
In April, I deliberately read books that I thought wouldn’t suck me in (because the novel I was writing at the time wouldn’t let me get involved in other works, jealous novel that it was). As a result, my recommended reading list for April was unbelievably short. I more than made up for that in May, despite the fact that I was teaching a very […]
I spent most of April writing what I call a jealous novel. When I write some novels, they don’t want me to imagine much of anything else—particularly in the novel form. So I can’t read incredibly good books, those books that make you disappear into the world. I was left with mediocre to bad books or excellent short stories. For some reason, short story quality […]
I read a lot in December. Sadly, much of it wasn’t memorable. I checked my calendar (where I record what I read) to see if I had missed anything for the list—and was startled to see books that I barely remembered reading one week later. I’m also doing some very dishy research, so I’m reading a lot of salacious downmarket books from the 1950s, 60s […]