This thing still exists and I'm waiting for the machine to hurry up encoding stuff, so why not dump my reading list here in the meantime?
Last Saturday I finally got contacted by the author of The Dragon's Blade that his final novel in the trilogy was almost ready for release, and he emailed me an advanced copy of it.
I'm currently 33% through and enjoying it a lot, especially because I've seen Miller grow over the course of three novels now. He's also one of the first authors to reach out to me directly via email, and a good chap.
The second novel already improved a bunch over the first, especially in terms of how smooth it read and, with characters firmly established, it allowed him to play more to the unfolding drama than world building. This one does it even better so far, brings conflict from the start while still having a lot of material in the back hand. There's no recap period either, it goes straight into the matter again with no time or space wasted on things you should still remember. This can be tricky (I read the second book a little over a year ago I believe), but bit by bit you pick up the ends naturally.
Secondly, I've been working through War & Peace since January. I haven't been plowing through it at the speed I wanted, but that's mostly due to distractions from new releases.
I absolutely despise a lot of the characters, but love others, and think this one's actually far more interesting than modern heads may acknowledge. As someone who enjoys space opera type stories to begin with, this is an easy match anyway (even without the space). Now if only I could reach in and slap some stupid characters about for being retarded...
Last Saturday also saw the release of the surprise 4th Eisenhorn novel by Dan Abnett. This was planned as a short story, then became a novella, then a full novel, and then published as a novel with a host of short stories that the novel ties into the Eisenhorn/Ravenor mythos. Some of the stories I'd never read before, because they had no link to Gregor Eisenhorn or Gideon Ravenor, but now they're relevant and actually amazing.
So far I've only touched on the first chapters of The Magos itself, and spent time re-reading all the included shorts instead. It's been a great experience so far, especially after coming from a full trilogy re-read the past months. I was hoping to get the Ravenor trilogy done too before The Magos, but the publisher decided to only put the third Ravenor book onto Audible so far, and I so enjoy Toby Longworth's narrations...
Then, once I clear something off the list, I'll likely read Yahtzee Croshaw's newest novel, Differently Morphous. Yahtzee is best known for his Zero Punctuation series on The Escapist/Youtube, but his previous three novels have all been great fun. I'm glad he wrote another one so soon, with Will Save the Galaxy for Food only having released a year ago.
Funnily, this one's launching as an audiobook first, then a proper e/print book in around 6 months. Thankfully that's the way I like his works anyway - because he's narrating them himself.