I got home from work today and found a package on my doorstep. Not having ordered anything from anywhere, I got a bit excited. Packages are a good thing, right?
Oh, they most definitely are!
The good news:
It’s a book! YAY! Want to know how to get me all hot and bothered? Buy me a book. It doesn’t even matter what kind of book. Check out my library over on LibraryThing to make sure I don’t already have it, but really, any ol’ book will do. As someone who doesn’t own a TV, what free time I have is almost always spent nose deep in a book.
The better news:
This particular book was free. Yes, FREE! My favorite word in the whole wide world! LibraryThing has a program called Early Reviewers. Every month they post up a list of titles and descriptions, typically somewhere around 50 or so, and you “Request” copies of each one that interests you. They only have about 10-25 copies (or so – depends on the publisher) of each, so everyone enters into a lottery and folks are randomly selected to receive a book. Usually I get one about every other month or so (and once I even received two in a single month – oh that was a very, very good month!). All they ask for in return is that you write a small review of the book for their website. Goodreads also has a similar program called First Reads if I’m not mistaken, but I am not active there anymore (my upcoming post on social media will explain why) so can’t really tell you how it works.
The bad news:
It’s another series. Why are so many authors writing series? How about a solid story with a beginning, middle, and END! Yes, I love the series I am into… Martin, Sanderson, Rothfuss, Scalzi… hell I’m even rereading Jordan’s WoT series right now. But holy crap, guys, give it a rest. I long for the days of “one and done” storytelling where I’m not left dangling off a cliff for 3 or 4 years waiting for the next book to come out so I can get some kind of resolution (usually only to discover I will have to wait another 3-4 years, and another, and another, and another, etc.). Scalzi, in my opinion, is the best of the bunch when it comes to writing a complete story within each book in his series, but even his books struggle a bit (I think) when it comes to standing alone without any of the previous books backing them up (and really, it’d be damn tough to not struggle without being annoyingly repetitive… it’s a series for a reason, for Pete’s sake). Grab book four of Martin’s series and you’ll be lost within the first 4 pages if you haven’t read 1 through 3. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it gets a bit old after a while and more often than not starts to draaaag.
The even badder news:
It’s BOOK NINE in the series. Really? Seriously? I requested book 9 in a series I’ve never heard of? /faint. Well, if this stands on it’s own, great. If it doesn’t, it’ll have to be pretty damn compelling for me to grab the first eight books and catch up. I read a lot (over 11,000 pages so far for 2012), but that’s probably about 4-5 months worth of reading (hell, if each book in the series is 578 pages, that’s another 4600 pages /wobble). On top of the approximately 500 books already on my “To Read” list – some of which were gifts 2 birthdays ago (I know… I’m so bad).
That said, it’s still a book, so I’m a happy camper. I’ll get started on it when I finish The Fires of Heaven, which will probably be sometime early next week. And really, I can’t wait. I need a bit of a break from Jordan so this will be nice. New book! so excited.
What about you? What gets your mental motor running?