Major Score! Writer: 1 Fate: -2


K, the title really is just my odd sense of humor and it will likely make little sense. I just think it’s silly.

So apparently I am one of the few winners of the Debut a Debut contest at Writing Aspirations. I’ve apparently won Ninja by Racy Li. It’s somewhat of a dark urban fantasy/erotica from what I can tell. I’ll be inserting it into my reading list now.
Additionally, I’ve managed to score quite a good collection of new books over the weekend, mostly from going to local thrift stores. The closest one to me tends to have a little section of scifi and fantasy, so naturally I migrate there from time to time. So here is what I got:

The Wilderness Four-1 / Across the Far Mountain by Niel Hancock
The Heaven Makers by Frank Herbert
The Abductors: Conspiracy by Jonathan Frakes (a.k.a. Riker from Star Trek Next Gen.)
Timeless Stories For Today and Tomorrow by Ray Bradbury
Sandkings by George R. R. Martin (huge score here)
Tales of the Velvet Comet #1: Eros Ascending by Mike Resnick
Orion by Ben Bova
The Best of Isaac Asimov by Isaac Asimov (duh, lol.)
Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Crack in the Sky by Richard A. Lupoff
Myth Adventures by Robert Lynn Asprin
The Deed of Paksenarrion (trilogy) by Elizabeth Moon
Krondor the Betrayal by Raymond E. Feist
TekWar by William Shatner (the Shat!)
Great Sky River by Gregory Benford
The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay
A Thunder on Neptune by Gordon Eklund
Redshift Rendezvous by John E. Stith
The Lost Swords: First Triad by Fred Saberhagen
The Lost Swords: Second Triad by Fred Saberhagen
The Complete Book of Swords by Fred Saberhagen

And from Borders:
The Seeker by Jack McDevitt
Jupiter by Ben BovaSo I really made out rather well. Some new stuff, some dorky stuff, and a lot of old hard to find near-golden age stuff. I love Golden Age scifi. All that stuff set in times when we knew so little about physics that you could get away with almost anything. Ahh, so great.

Also, figured I would post my ‘reading list’. This doesn’t include the books for my scifi/fantasy lit class though, but I intend to review most of the books that I haven’t read from that class.

Currently Reading: Venus by Ben Bova, Forever War by Joe Haldeman, and Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

1. Shadow Fall by James Clemens
2. Seeker by Jack McDevitt
3. Ninja by Racy Li (e-book, won it!)
4. The Elder Gods Book One by David and Leigh Eddings
5. Cell by Stephen King
6. Two Wizards by Darren Reid (e-book)
7. Nebula Awards Showcase 2004: Edited by Vonda N. McIntyre
8. Jupiter by Ben Bova
9. Mad Ship by Robin Hobb
10. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
11. The Locus Awards: Edited by Charles N. Brown and Jonathan Strahan

So that’s basically my ‘to read’ list for the time being. I didn’t want to make it horrendously large simply because that would be crazy. I unfortunately don’t have a Library Thing subscription so I can show random stuff from my book library and other such nifty features. I was under the impression that Shelfari had such things, but I can’t seem the find them. Maybe there is another site that I can do the widget thing for free.

Anyone else have a ‘reading list’ or some such?
And have you found nifty deals in your local area such as the thrift store I mentioned? (I didn’t mention the local library that has a ‘fill-a-bag-for-5-bucks’ sale during summer…my collection is upwards of six hundred books because of those things…)

Or, perhaps you know a neat website or some such that you found useful for finding amazing deals.

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

5 thoughts on “Major Score! Writer: 1 Fate: -2

  1. First off Congrats! And I am glad you enjoyed my brother’s music too. As for reading list … I am stuck in cyperland as I am slow reader. I need to work on my EyeQ program so I can read faster and more often.

    Good luck on the lists! If I hear about any sites, I’ll keep you posted. My brother is big into that. He went to Humboldt Univeristy for a while, English major, & loves writing, reading, etc.

    Until laterZ!

  2. How’s Ninja? *grin*

    You can get a Library Thing widget if you have the free membership; I haven’t upgraded mine yet, but I’ve got the widget. Go for it.

    (wouldn’t it be cool if the next contest included a free Library Thing lifetime membership?)

    Oh, and books… nice haul!!! You do know that you can also start trading online, right? I’ll point you to the good sites when/if you’re ready. Media mail rates apply… $1.59 to mail a book out…

    (I can hear the woman I know who owns a bookstore having a conniption)

  3. Well I haven’t started Ninja just yet. It’s in my ‘to read’ list.

    And yeah that would be cool to offer some sort of membership to something like Library Thing. Or maybe you could host a short story contest and offer some sort of prize such as a book on writing (lots have been coming out lately) or a signed copy of a book. Who knows, I think that would be cool.

    And yes, do point me in the direction of trading books! I’ve got a few I would like to part with!

  4. Hm, I don’t have a reading list. Normally I just do one at a time, and read anything that catches my eye, anywhere. I usually just borrow books from the library, and don’t buy much. But wow, you read a lot! Good luck on finishing your list! How fast do you read, BTW?

  5. I usually read a book or two a week, entirely depending on if I have time. I try to finish at least one. This week is a two-fer. lol. Just finished Venus and am reading Childhood’s End and last weekend I finished Forever War.
    It also depends on the size of the book and how into it I am. If it’s a book I am absolutely in love with I likely will finished it in a day if I have the whole day to donate.

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