I spent most of Sunday reading

Last night, the oppressive heat wave finally broke. I spent much of the day indoors and trying to move as little as possible. I read. Specifically, I’ve been reading Stephen King’s Bag of Bones. Prior to that (while in Maine) I read his recent collection, Full Dark, No Stars, and enjoyed it and found myself once again […]

Why read the book?

Over on her blog, fellow Arlington Writers Group member, Colleen Moore asks, “Why read the book when you can watch the movie?” She has some interesting comparisons between movies that live up to the books. But she concludes by asking, “So, why read the book?” I think it is an important enough question to reproduce […]

My annual Asimov autobiography re-read

I started reading Isaac Asimov’s retrospective memoir, I. Asimov last night. I’ve written here often enough about my ritual, each April, where I read Isaac Asimov’s 3 autobiography volumes. I always read I. Asimov first, even though that was written last, because that one is a retrospective of his whole life. In the epilogue, Janet Asimov writes […]

Goals for 2012: Novel reading

Because of my focus on short fiction, novel reading has taken a backseat the last few years, and I imagine that will continue for the next few years. Novels are more of a time investment and with everything else going on, something has to take a backseat. That said, here are a few goals for […]

Goals for 2012: Short fiction reading

I’ve written about how I love short science fiction. Back in September I gave myself a goal of reading a piece of short fiction a day. In other words, 365 stories a year (or in 2012, 366, since it is a leap year). I’ve done pretty well since September and so my short fiction reading […]

Reason #67 to love short fiction

If you have to walk somewhere, you can read an entire short story on the way there. And another one one the way back.

What I was reading on November 28 over the last 15 years

Just because I felt like posting it: 1996: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury 1997: Today and Tomorrow and… by Isaac Asimov 1998: Nothing1 1999: The Eternal Footman by James Morrow 2000: Foundation2 by Isaac Asimov 2001: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris 2002: A History of the American People by Paul Johnson 2003: The Making of the Atomic Bomb […]

Reading Stephen King

Last week I wrote about my general experience with Stephen King books and a few days ago I posted my review of his latest novel, 11/22/63. Sometime in the fall of 2009 I started reading Stephen King again after not having read his books for several years. I decided I would start from the beginning […]

Recent and upcoming reading

So: I finished Jack McDevitt’s spectacular novel, Firebird last night. I read Jack’s story “Listen Up, Nitwits” in the Jan/Feb 2012 Analog last week. I read Jack’s story “Maiden Voyage” in the Jan 2012 Asimov’s last night. I started Stephen King’s 11/22/63 last night. I’ve got the concluding part of Heinlein’s “Methuselah’s Children” queued up. The October […]

Short fiction I read in October 2011

Here is this month’s list of short fiction that I managed to read. I’ve been aiming for one story a day from a variety of magazines. I think I did a pretty good job this month. Just like last month, the bold titles are, in my opinion, particularly worth reading. Old Fireball by Nat Schachner […]

Short fiction I read in September 2011

While there are still a few hours left in September, I doubt I’ll get any more short fiction read this month, especially since the Yankees open the division playoffs tonight at 8:30. You know where I’ll be. But since I wrote a while back about at least trying to read a piece of short fiction […]

How we remember the stories we read

When I look back over the list of books that I’ve read, I am sometimes amazed by how much I don’t remember. This is equally true for short fiction as it is for novels. Some books and stories stand out in my mind clear as if I read them yesterday, while others I know that I […]