I’m in bed with flu at the moment, and that is what I’m blaming for the low frequency of blog posts, though it’s also possible that it is just me being lazy. Anyway, while laid up, I have been reading a lot of posts on my favorite websites, The Guardian for UK and international news, Slate and Vox for US news, Birth.Movies.Death for movie news, and most importantly io9 for nerd stuff. I read so much that I ran out of new stuff on any of those five sites to read. Then I remembered a site I used to include in rotation but which I hadn’t visited in a few months, The Mary Sue.
I found a great article about a selection of sci-fi to read as a limited time promotion. The article was written by one of the authors included, Nicole Kimberlng, and it is a feminist selection, which sounds great to me. The thing that often spoils good sci-fi for me is the dunderheaded, toxic masculine writing you sometimes find in it. This isn’t limited to sci-fi, of course but I hate to get invested in a story, start enjoying the tech and world building only to be confronted with a scene in a futuristic strip club or something distasteful like that.
I wanted the collection so I followed the link in the article to get it, and it took me to a site called Storybundle. At five dollars for four books, the bundle is a good deal and I was engaged by the writing samples. Unfortunately, Storybundle is hard to navigate on a mobile phone, which is where I do all my reading, to the point that text is tiny and disappears off the left and right side of the screen. It makes reading a book’s blurb a chore and I didn’t end up completing the transaction before getting distracted by other stuff.
I kept returning to the idea of reading a sci-fi book, which I haven’t done in a while. It’s all been comic books and movies lately, and that is not a balanced diet. I need some roughage, so I kept searching for sci-fi novels, even though they are not easy to discover. Io9 has a monthly round up, and I found a nice big selection on The Verge.
There were a lot of intriguing books there, but I found a place called NetGalley where new books are to be had for free, as long as a person has a blog where they can be promoted. Luckily I have this very blog, and so I signed up and downloaded a couple of books.
I guess this means there will be more book reviews on the site in the near future. This flu still has me in its grips, so it might be quite a few books that get read before it passes.
Anyway, while I’m reading other people’s books, there is nothing to stop you from reading mine, for example the one from the link below.
Galaxy Dog (Dark Galaxy) Start Reading the Dark Galaxy Trilogy
The first book in the Dark Galaxy Trilogy, always the best place to start, is Galaxy Dog. It’s a little more old-school and fun than a lot of the sci-fi that is around at the moment. It has spaceships, robots, battles, and brave warriors rebelling against an evil empire. Click the book cover and go to the storefront you prefer to buy it now, or follow this link.
This is a universal book link (UBL) and you will be greeted with a page displaying all the places the book is available online. Just select the storefront you prefer and, if you want, also make this your default bookseller. From then on, every time you click a UBL you will be taken directly to the book you are interested in, on the storefront you prefer. The UBL even allows you to go to the Amazon store that matches your region.