Poll Results and other tidbits

Last week I asked all of you which author I hope will publish in 2013. Many of you voted for Sarah Waters. Some of you thought, J. K. Rowling. And even Charles Dickens received some votes. The answer, though, is Brandon Sanderson. In the summer of 2011 I read The Way of Kings, which is the first in  The Stormlight series. I hadn’t read Sanderson before so I didn’t know what to expect. I ended up loving the book and can’t wait to see what happens next. Sanderson has said that there will be ten books in the series.

Also I wanted to mention that I am joining Caroline this month in her group read of The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers. Powers, a veteran of the Iraq war, has received much praise for his first novel. Caroline quotes the first few lines in her post:

The war tried to kill us in the spring. As grass greened the plains of Niniveh and the weather warmed, we patrolled the low-slung hills beyond the cities and towns. We moved over them and through the tall grass on faith, kneading paths into the windswept growth like pioneers.

The discussion will take place on Monday, 28 January. Please hop on over to her blog for more details.

Also, over the next two months I’m joining Carl for his Science Fiction Experience. What I love about this event is that it isn’t a challenge at all. Instead, it’s an opportunity to read some science fiction and the only goal is to enjoy. No quota of books or anything. Read what you want and if you feel the need, write a review. This will be my second time joining Carl and I’m looking forward to it. It runs through February.

Both Caroline and Carl are wonderful hosts and bloggers. I hope some of you will be able to join us.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs, or reading. Not necessarily in that order.
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16 Responses to Poll Results and other tidbits

  1. Caroline says:

    Thanks for joining, the link and the kind words. 🙂

  2. petit4chocolatier says:

    Sounds great!! I love science fiction too 🙂

  3. The Hook says:

    Good luck and have fun!

  4. Carl V. says:

    I like the first lines of that Powers book.

    I believe I guessed Sanderson. Cannot recall now. I too am looking forward anxiously to the second book in the Stormlight Archive. The longer I wait the more tempted I am to re-read The Way of Kings just because I want to revisit that world so badly. I really connected with those characters. I do recommend the Emperor’s Soul novella as a good quick Sanderson fix. I think you would like it.

    • TBM says:

      I’m worried that I’ll forget what happened in the first book–but not sure I can commit to rereading it. Sounds like the next one won’t be out until next year–that’s a shame. But it does help my not buying books goal. So far completed one week out of 52. 51 more to go–that sounds like a really long time. I’ll check the library for the Emperor’s Soul.

  5. Colline says:

    A reminder nearer the time would be helpful as there are too many dates in my head to remember 🙂

  6. Adam says:

    Technically Sanderson has a book coming out tomorrow, although it’s not in his own universe. A Memory of Light is the final book in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series that Sanderson finished.

    His website says he has a book coming out May 14th, sadly it’s not in the Stormlight Archive though (his website also says he’s about 40% of the way through the first draft of Stormlight #2, so it should come out some time next year).

    • TBM says:

      I’ve heard that the next Stormlight won’t be done in time for a release this year, but I’m an optimist. Good for him for completing the final Wheel of Time series–that must have been a challenging undertaking. I haven’t read any of the series so I won’t buy the last one quite yet. Thanks for all the info Adam!

    • Carl V. says:

      Crazy to think the Wheel of Time series started 24 years ago. I bet you are excited about today, aren’t you? 🙂

      Also crazy to think that I’ve got myself committed to that kind of huge wait for The Stormlight Archive. What was I thinking when I let you fellow readers talk me into group reading The Way of Kings?!?!

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