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What Are You Reading?

A simple meme for an otherwise quiet Saturday!

Q: What are you reading?

I’m about halfway through The Ultramarines Omnibus by Graham McNeill, thus continuing my apparent tradition of reading Warhammer 40K omnibuses (omnibii?) over the holidays. (Two years ago I read Dan Abnett’s Eisenhorn Omnibus. Last year I read Abnett’s Ravenor Omnibus.)

The Ultramarines Omnibus consists of the novels Nightbringer, Warriors of Ultramar and Dead Sky, Black Sun, plus a related short story prequel. There’s a second Ultramarines omnibus as well (not-suprisingly titled Ultramarines: The Second Omnibus)…I guess I ‘ll get to that one next year. 🙂

I’m enjoying the McNeill stories quite a bit. There’s something to be said for fun stories. Full review coming soon…but so far I recommend the series if you like unapologetic action surrounded by top-notch world building and drizzled with a tinge of horror. (Ooh! Must remember that quote for the review!)

I see that The Black Library is re-releasing the individual volumes later this year (covers shown below). Huzzah!

So…what are you reading?

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28 Comments on What Are You Reading?

  1. I’m reading SUPERGODS: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human, by Grant Morrison. So far, it is really, really great.

  2. I’m reading Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard. Have had it on my shelf for a while, but decided to pick it up after reading his wonderful short story, “A Long Spoon” on

  3. I just started on Ray Bradbury’s DANDELION WINE. I recently bought all of the books in the Green Town trilogy. For me, it’s already shaping up to be a year chock full of “oldie but goodie” reads.

  4. Alan Ziebarth // January 3, 2015 at 7:19 am //

    Right now I’m reading Michael Connelly’s The Burning Room, a very good Harry Bosch police procedural. Next up in a few hours will be William Gibson’s The Peripheral. And after that, Assholes by Aaron James, a serious book about, well, assholes.

  5. Ryan Whitley // January 3, 2015 at 8:01 am //

    David Anthony Durham’s “The Sacred Band,” the final Book of his Acacia trilogy. About 130 pages from the end!

  6. The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux as part of my plan this year to read more non-fiction. As micro-histories and “travel books” rank pretty highly with my other two favorite non-fiction “genres” (science and military history), this hits both those categories.

  7. 1) Authority, book 2 in VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy;
    2) The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken, the 3rd book in Tarquin Hall’s Vish Puri mystery series;
    3) Making Money, a Discworld book by Terry Pratchett.

  8. David Greybeard // January 3, 2015 at 9:21 am //

    GOOD OMENS by Gaiman & Pratchett
    THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR 25, Stephen Jones, ed.
    And got a couple of comic books going:

  9. Really need to stop reading so many books at the one time 🙂

    1.’The Slow Regard of Silent Things’ – Patrick Rothfuss
    2. ‘Goodbye 20th Century – Sonic Youth and the Rise of the Alternative Nation’ – David Browne
    3. ‘The Way of Kings’ – Brandon Sanderson
    4.’The Dragon Reborn’ – Robert Jordan
    5. ‘Mr. Spaceship’ – Philip K Dick
    6. ‘Worm’ – Wildbow

    Just finished
    1. Walking Dead Compendium One – Robert Kirman etc
    2. The Drifting Classroom Vol 1. – Kazuo Umezu
    3. Stormbringer – Michael Moorcock
    4. Star Wars Red Harvest – Joel Schreiber
    5. Elric – The Ruby Throne – Julien Blondel etc.

    I have the Eisenhorn Omnibus somewhere in my too read pile. Might promote it a bit upon your recommendation.

  10. I just started PRINCE OF THORNS by Mark Lawrence. I got the trilogy for Christmas so I figured I’d dive into them to start the year off.

  11. Currently time-sharing between Carlson’s The Frozen Sky and Rambo’s Near + Far.


  12. Steve Oerkfitz // January 3, 2015 at 9:50 am //

    Just finishing up Peter Hamiltons The Abyss Beyond Dreams and am also reading Missing Reels by Farran Smith Nehme and They Do the Same Things Different There: The Best Weird Fantasy of Robert Shearman.

  13. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. If that destroys your perception of me, John, I just finished The Pro by Garth Ennis about a prostitute that gets super powers. Wendy, I absolutely LOVED Supergods.

  14. What was I thinking? You have all added to my already-too-long reading list. :S

  15. I “read” fiction almost exclusively nowadays with Audible. The current title is book 3 of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series. I’m enjoying it! Non-fiction, rules and regulations of what can and cannot be sold without permit at Arkansas farmer’s markets, lol.

  16. I’m reading the ARC of THE WHISPERING SWARM by Michael Moorcock…cause you gave it to me to read and said if I didn’t review it you’d hit me over the head with an empty bagel bag.

    I was reading ALMANAC OF THE DEAD by Leslie Marmon Silko but I put that aside to ward off the bagel bag.

  17. Warhammer40K has been awesome,especially the Horus Heresy. I also likedall the Inquisitor stories as well .Highly recommended,fans of military scifi,Paladins,Space Opera,and the vigor and detailing of british authors.

  18. I’m reading two books at the moment:
    A re-read of Arrows of the Queen (nearly finished with it) for my Valdemar Reading Challenge, and also Adrienne Mayor’s non-fiction title Amazons.

    The second book is an analysis of the evidence for and against the ancient Greek legends of the Amazon warriors and whether or not they were grounded in fact. So far, all the evidence she’s presented says “yes”.

    I’m really enjoying both reads.

  19. Ryan Viergutz // January 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm //

    Just finished:

    G Willow Wilson, “Ms Marvel Vol 1”
    Stjepan Sejic, “Ravine Vol 2”


    Justina Robson, “Going Under”
    Vernor Vinge, “A Deepness in the Sky”
    Otomo Katsuhiro, “Akira Vol 3”
    (not sure about name), “Power Faith and Fantasy: US and the Middle East”


    Bog so many books.

  20. Reading The City& The City by China Miéville.

  21. Finished: Paul Theroux, The Tao of Travel.

    Half down with a re-read (first read 1970) of The Hobbit.

    Have started: Our One Great Act of Fidelity (Rolheiser); Wild Company: (Mel and Patricia Ziegler); How to Travel with a Salmon (Eco); In Search of Lost Time (Proust); Confessions of a Freelance Penmonkey (Wendig).

    The next 25+ titles in the stack are all non-fiction or “literature” followed by a mystery (Sherlock Holmes) and a fantasy (more Tolkien).

    Anybody who says there is nothing to read is full of it. 😉

  22. Harry Blanchard // January 6, 2015 at 12:53 pm //

    Better late than never?

    Greg Bear – War Dogs
    Stephen Baxter – Proxima
    Andy Weir – The Martian
    Steinbeck – The Grapes of Wrath

    With the one last exception, it’s been a kind of hard sf reading project over my vacation. But I just got off a non-fiction jag (Excellent Sheep, and James Risen’s book “Pay Any Price”.) So some fun was required (again, with that one last exception).

    Although I have a few Warhammer books, I’ve been put off by them – I mean, most are 3+ inches think and they seem to proliferate like rabbits (so much so, there are websites on ‘where to start’ – not a good sign), and they’re dark, so I’ve been told. But, given folks here are reading them, I’ll put them back on my list.

    Also, glad to see I’m not the only person in the world who has to read multiple books at a time.

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