Monday, December 12, 2011

2012 - The Plan

When I started this blog I admitted that I had been away from reading fiction for about 4 years. Not coincidentally the amount of time it takes one to earn a, or in my case 2, bachelor's degrees. I did a lot of reading in 2010 and early 2011 catching up on all the things I felt like I had missed in the realm of fantasy fiction. Namely Brandon Sanderson (hehe) but a few more as well. I started to feel like I had made huge headway, and began to think I had caught up, but alas, such is not the case. So I have made a plan. A simple, elegant, awesome plan to catch up on even more of the good things I have missed.

There are books coming out in 2012, did you know that? Even some fantasy books. Therefore, I have decided that I will find the books coming in 2012 that I desperately need to read, and will read all that seems possible by those authors, if I haven't read them yet. there are a few writers on this list that any fantasy fan who has not been under a rock for a while will recognize immediately. Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch, Steven Erikson, Jim Butcher, and maybe a few new entrants into the realm of fantasy story telling.

So, the plan:

Scott Lynch - The Gentlemen Bastards Series
Republic of Thieves - March 2012

This is a series that seems to continue picking up steam, and everything I have heard about it has been positive. I am very interested in starting my journey into the world of thieves, liars and bastards.

Total Books - 3

Brandon Mull - Beyonders Series
Seeds of Rebellion

Having already read the first book in this series, and having a complex love hate relationship with it, I am ready to get my hands on the next part of the adventure. Hopefully I can get an early copy like I did the first book and read it over winter break (fingers crossed)

Total Books - 1

Jim Butcher - the Dresden Files
Cold Days - Spring/Summer

I have read 4 books in this series, and cold Days will be the 14th printed. While this may seem like a daunting time investment the Dresden books can be one sitting reads, they are light, fast and fun. At least the first four were. I am looking forward to most of my spring filled with tales of fairies, vampires, ghosts and anything else that Dresden happens to blunder into.

Total Books - 10

Steven Erikson - Malazan Book of the Fallen
Summer..... all Summer.

Ok I have been threatening to jump into this one for a long time. 10 dense, long books are not an easy commitment, but I figure if I am going to claim to be a fan of fantasy fiction I have to read this highly praised series. I hope to finish them by August when Erikson is releasing a prequel book, but by then will I be interested in reading it? time will tell.

Total Books - 11

Mark Lawrence -The Broken Empire
King of Thorns - Aug 2012

I know nothing about this series but the little description I have read on Amazon, but I must admit it sounds fantastic. I cant wait to jump into these at the end of the summer.

Total Books - 2

Joe Abercrombie - The First Law Trilogy and More

I will admit right now that I know nothing about this author but for the fact that all of the internets is raving about his work. He is praised for his dark and gritty fantasy story telling that is infused with humor. Sounds good to me. So I have vowed to catch up on his back catalog.

Total Books - 4 (ish)

So if my count is correct I have 31 books on my list for 2012, it is not a lot (My record being 62) But many of these books are in the thousand page range, so its like reading 90 YA books (I am looking at you PoseySessions) plus there are a few things I still would like to get in between now and 2012. The final Mistborn book, the Alloy of Law, The Desert Spear, some Brett Weeks as well. So join me, and cheer me on as I take on what seems like a hefty challenge, heck I might as well make this one of my New Year's Resolutions, right?


Kailana said...

Oh, how fun! I splurged on Mark Lawrence for my birthday knowing little to nothing about the actual series and I really enjoyed the first book. I am really looking forward to the next book!

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