Monday, October 11, 2010

What are you reading this October?

It isn't uncommon for me to read one fiction and one non-fiction book every month. Not only is it fun, but I like the idea that I'm improving my life in some small way.

To paraphrase Charlie Jones, "In five years you'll be the same person you are today, except for the people you meet and the books you read."

Obviously this doesn't include picture books. With three kids in the house, picture books are a daily activity. We read them. We write them. My two little ones draw their own and staple the pages together. I guess that means they're self-published.

This isn't your father's space opera!
Credit: Dancing Lemur Press
Anyhow, coming off a September where I actually blitzed through four non-fiction business and travel books, it only seemed fair that October should be devoted to super-fun fiction experiences.

Enter Alex J. Cavanaugh, a self-proclaimed "sci-fi writer on a journey of discovery."

Alex's first published novel, CassaStar, comes out on October 19th. However--and I'm not sure if this was intentional or not, but--the Kindle edition of CassaStar is available now!

So three guesses as to what I'm reading this week, but you'll only need one.

Just to be clear, this isn't a review. But as a general synopsis, CassaStar follows the story of a young and tenacious spacecraft pilot named Byron. Determined to become the best pilot in the fleet, his talents come to the attention of a battle-hardened commanding officer intent on exploiting Byron's abilities.

Sound like fun? It is, so far. According to my Kindle e-reader app (I don't actually own a Kindle, so I use the free software version for Mac and iPad), I am only about 14% of the way in. But so far the story is compelling enough to hold my attention, and that's saying something!

What about you? What are you reading this month? Or what did you just finish that's worthy of recommendation?


  1. I finished "Pulse" by Stephen King not that long ago. As soon as I saw the word ZOMBIES on the back, I had to get it. I really like his spin on the whole walking dead thing

  2. Thanks for the plug! And I'd heard the Kindle version was available a week early. Reading it on the iPad? Is that not just the most awesome device ever?
    Thanks! Hope you enjoy it.

  3. Right now I'm reading Fantasy Fiction books. Ok, yes, things with vampires and the like. Lol. I find it interesting when authors can change up a world and give a different take on the same old, same old.

  4. @Ryan - I'm a little zombied out at the moment. Is it really THAT good? How does it stack up to Pride & Prejudice & Zombies?

    @Alex - No problem! Enjoying the book so far. And yes, the iPad is great. I feel so... Jean Luc Picard when I hold it.

    @Aleta - Agreed. It's so easy to say, "Well, that's just a Twilight clone," or, "That's just a LotR clone." But for me, it's more about the character personalities and the world building than it is about the general concept being similar to this or that. Still, I do hope the vampire fad continues to fizzle out, for a while at least. It's time for some new... blood. ;-)

  5. Ok, that isn't even a fair question, and you know it. It is, however, very good. One of the biggest draws is that it takes a pretty different direction than other zombie stories, especially toward the end.