My TBR #38: Reading Outside of Your Usual Genre

As I mentioned in the previous post, lots of writing in the books, for my own work.

But I also had a great week of reading. And had a lot of fun on the To Be Read Podcast’s Episode #38 this week, where we had guest co-host PT Hylton, and talked about Reading Outside of Our Normal Genres. I thought it was a great show, and we should definitely have him back again.

If you listened to the show, you know I read a bunch of smaller things this week. I’ll just rattle them off:

1) I already mentioned here last week that I finished Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb last week. (And PT Hylton is reading book 3 of the Farseer Trilogy, making me intrigued to push on with that series sooner rather than later)

2) I read through Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days, a collection of his early DC comics. Some Swamp Thing, a good Constantine, and a very good Sandman. Mixed, like any anthology, but if you love his stuff and never got to this one, check it out.

3) I read “The Tragedy of Garass and Asher”, a short story about dragons that can turn into humans by indie fantasy author Kasper Beaumont, from her Hunters of Reloria world. It comes out on its own next month.

4) On the same night, I read “I, Night Angel” by Brent Weeks, which is kind of a short-story/novel lead-in that he write late one night when he was supposed to be working on something else. I really enjoyed his Night Angel trilogy about magical assassins (this isn’t exactly my favorite sub-genre of fantasy, just a coincidence I’ve read a couple in a row), and it was fun to revisit this world briefly. If you aren’t put off by discussion of torture, you can find the short on the Orbit website, where it was initially offered as a gift to pre-orderers of one of his Lightbringer books (which are on my TBR list.)

I do highly recommend the first trilogy, which is a ton of fun.

5) My son and I finished Bone 0: Rose. Both my wife and Michael LaRonn, my TBRpodcast co-host, didn’t like this one nearly as much as the main series. I ended up thinking it was solid, with a story that got going a little slowly, but liked it a lot less because of the art (a different artist who I’ve liked elsewhere, but his style looked a little unfinished compared to Jeff Smith’s original bone), the lettering (which was hard to read to my son at bedtime), and the lack of our favorite Bone characters. Still, it’s solid, and you can read it AFTER the main series (serious spoilers).

6) I continued reading Whole Earth Discipline by Stewart Brand and like it more and more. I’ll write more when I finish it, but it has given me a completely different perspective on Genetic Engineering and farming in general. Wasn’t expecting to be persuaded so easily, but he knows his stuff, and looks at it scientifically and pragmatically, but with a deep abiding love for our planet, wanting the best for it and everything that lives here. Every environmentalist (really, everyone) should read this thought-provoking book.

7) I started reading Out of Darkness by K. Caffee, Book I of Followers of Torments. I’ll write more when I finish it, and to give me something to talk about next week. It’s a fantasy novel that follows the development of an orphaned child born as a nameless slave and trained for arena combat.

Phew. I told you that was a lot.

Yes, if you happen to buy one of these from Amazon based on my recommendation links, they’ll throw a few cents my way as a thank you. Or go get the book out of the library (I love my library), buy it in a used bookstore, or borrow it from a friend. If it catches your eye, you’ll find a way.