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.