1. Steve Rzasa says:

    Just finished The New Recruit by Jill Williamson. Awesome! (And yes, I’m probably biased…) Plus, the copy of Jeri Westerson’s Veil of Lies I’d put on hold at our library just came in, so I’m looking forward to starting that. It’s billed as a medieval noir — private investigator circa 1380s. Coolness.

  2. For my part, I’m re-re-reading The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by myself, and re-re-reading The Hobbit together and aloud with my wife. Yes, they are fairly good. 🙂 (We’ve also been enjoying a 1980s Dave Barry column collection.)

    Meanwhile, The Superlative Stream and a couple of other nonfiction books are on the way from Amazon. Next I shall need to order a certain award-winner Broken Sight.

    • John Otte says:

      I’ve toyed with the idea of re-reading Tolkein sometime soon. My to-be-read pile is finally starting to dwindle, but then, I’ve got like half a dozen books coming in the mail, stuff that I bought at the Conference. So it may have to wait for now.

  3. Kessie says:

    Oooh, what’d you learn about marketing? I’m sort of casually studying it right now, gauging the amount of work I actually want to do.
    I just finished reading Prophet by R.J. Larson, and it was a pretty good story. Too many Bible story redos, though. It made the various outcomes predictable. Good characters, though. I’m also reading a ton of WIPs and ARCs, and I probably shouldn’t talk about those just yet. (I will say that Curse-Bearer by Becky Minor and Bid the Gods Arise by Rob Mullin are titles to watch out for!)

    • John Otte says:

      The chief thing that I learned is that it can’t be all about me. It can’t all be “this is what I’m up to as a super cool (or not) author.” It has to be about information that readers of my particular genre would find interesting.
      The example that really stood out to me was Randy Ingermanson’s Advanced Fiction ezine. Randy keeps putting that out, offering a lot of “value” to the readers and little if not none of it is about him per se. It’s all free advice about writing fiction and marketing and time management and so on. Then, one day, he mentions that Oxygen is being re-released as an ebook and the next day, sales of Oxygen jumped so it was the 118th bestselling book on Amazon.
      That’s great information, but harder to put into practice, I’m finding.

  4. D.M. Dutcher says:

    Well, I finished reading Aquasynthesis (which I keep trying to malaprop as Aquaculture) by Splashdown Books, It was a good introduction to that press’s authors. I have The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty Ninth edition on tap, because it’s been a bit since I’ve seen what the secular spec fiction has been doing. I need to get back into children’s and YA reading, and one particular series I want to finish is the Couplers series from RealBuzz studios. Christian manga is really rare.

    And of course, the Avengers hit Blu-Ray yesterday… 

    • John Otte says:

      Ah, yes. The Avengers. I actually broke my rule because of them. Actually, it’s a house rule. We start our Christmas lists early in the Otte house. I had put the Avengers on my list, and the rule normally is, once it’s on the list, you can’t buy it for yourself. I went ahead and did that anyway. I was told I can’t buy anything else on my list.

  5. I’d definitely be up for any conference tidbits you care to pass along, John.

    I just finished The Telling by Mike Duran. In fact we’re just finishing up the CSFF Blog Tour for that one today.

    Like Steve, I’m reading The New Recruit by Jill Williamson. All of her books are such page-turners. I’m really enjoying it even though (or maybe, especially because) I worked with her on an earlier version of it.

    As soon as I finish, I’ll start Stephen Lawheads’s The Spirit Well, and somewhere in here I need to squeeze in Brian Godawa’s Enoch Primordial.


  6. Galadriel says:

    I’ve reading Jasper Forde’s Thursday Next series–absolutely hilarious metafiction–Harry Potter, and Discworld.

What do you think?