Holiday Edition: book picks & more

What a year

This has been such an amazing year. I now have a one-year-old daughter and am about to have a 4-year-old son. My books are getting neat things said about them. THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY just came back from the copy editor, and as soon as I finish some final December deadlines, I’ll be getting LOTUS on the final stretch before release in early 2016.

So now here we are in mid-December, and I just want to leave you with my thanks, as well as some book recommendations for yourself or someone on your gift list.

Happy Holidays and see you in 2016!

Book Picks

Good reads for next year

I wanted to put together a mammoth list of beer picks and book picks and all sort of other goodness. But I just didn’t get to it. However, I thought of all the folks I look to for holiday recommendations, and figured this year I’d send you their suggestions, along with a few of my own.

And now for Uncle Mark.

Uncle Mark’s 2016 Gift Guide & Almanac

I always look forward to Mark Hurst’s annual Uncle Mark gift guide, which always contains not only good gift ideas, but some recommendations on services, life advice, and even a few ways to make some simple tasks easier. Now that’s a present.

And now for the list of Scalzi

If you read me, there’s a decent chance you’ve also read science fiction author John Scalzi. (At least, that’s what Amazon tells me.) Each year in his Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide, Scalzi does 5 days of posts for various holiday recommendations, all supplied not by him, but by his readers:

And now, a few picks from me:

Station Eleven: A novel, by Emily St. John Mandel

Lyric, pensive, and beautifully written. I devoured this book and wanted more. More more more. It’s billed as post-apocalyptic and it is, but it is so much more. Read it and decide for yourself.

American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

One of the top modern fantasies, and an enduring story. The power of mythology meets the glitz of American culture—and boy oh boy, if that doesn’t spell trouble, then trouble must be spelled Shadow and Mr. Wednesday. Which it is, in this powerful, imagery-powered book that is a testament to Gaiman’s style and craft.

The last Discworld novel: The Shepherd’s Crown (Tiffany Aching), by Terry Pratchett

There’s a good chance you’ve read it, but crivens, some poor sod hasn’t and you should help with that. Young Tiffany is coming into her own—and as anyone knows from those tenuous years of early adulthood, sooner or later you stand between the light and the dark, the good and the bad—and you have to choose.

I’ll close with a plug for my own books.

The Rucksack Universe’s 3 books are available in e-book and trade paperback from your favorite stores, and you can also order direct from me through my own online store.

The Martini of Destiny

Home Sweet Road

Forever the Road

Bundles/Box Sets (available only direct):

E-book bundle

Signed paperback bundle

Happy Holidays!

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