Progress on Mt. Tsundoku

2020-02-16 03:41:10

We're well into the new year. I didn't make any resolutions other than the permanent one: work on the TBR pile. And I've even done a little of that, in the past few weeks. Links below are to my reviews.

I have finally--finally--finished reading Storm Front. I read the first fifty pages or so back in 2012, and there I left it. The story is passable, but altogether the book is average at best. If I didn't have a pretty solid belief that the series really does improve--and not just in the minds of its fans--then I'd probably break off here. But I do believe it will improve, so... I've begun the next book in the series.

I picked up ZZT in a bundle last year. I read Galaga and wasn't impressed, so I put off reading the other books. Happily, ZZT is a much better book than Galaga was.

I'm also making some progress on my project to read old scifi: I've begun reading Galaxy Science Fiction, January 1951, which begins the serialization of Asimov's The Stars, Like Dust. Having read the first installment of that... I'm not too impressed. Asimov has written much better books. Here's hoping the short stories in the issue are more rewarding.

On that note, I've also finally typed up some of my notes on stuff I've read in the past year for that project: A Stone and a Spear has some nice anti-war monologuing, and The Tunnel Under the World is almost painfully relevant.

Looking back, it was six years ago today that I finished reading Robert Frost's North of Boston. Perhaps this year I'll read New Hampshire. Can't let the TBR pile get too low, after all...