Buccaneer Blogfest — What I’m Reading!

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In his book On Writ­ing, author Stephen King com­ments: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all oth­ers: read a lot and write a lot.”  So as a writer, when­ev­er some­one asks me, “what are you read­ing?”, I feel like I should have a response.  How­ev­er, I must con­fess that I real­ly don’t read a lot.  It’s not for lack of try­ing, but for lack of find­ing books that real­ly inter­est me.  The theme of the Buc­ca­neer Blogfest week 3 is “What You’re Read­ing”.   Not being much of a read­er, I am at a hand­i­cap, but dur­ing the week I will share the lit­er­ary cream ris­ing to the top of my Kin­dle Fire.   The prompt today invites authors to talk about the last books read and those cur­rent­ly on resid­ing on their night­stand or eBook read­er.

Saga — In addi­tion to writ­ing nov­els, I have a cou­ple of com­ic projects in the works.  I’m not a huge fan of comics in gen­er­al, but I have been enjoy­ing Saga, the new Image com­ic series by Bri­an K. Vaugh­an and Fiona Sta­ples.  It’s a Romeo & Juli­et space opera with quirky writ­ing, lots of action, and beau­ti­ful visu­als.  Def­i­nite­ly check this one out, even if you don’t love comics.

A Game of Thrones & A Clash of Kings — I loved the Game of Thrones tele­vi­sion show and am try­ing to stave off post-sea­son with­draw­al by catch­ing up with the books.  I haven’t read fan­ta­sy since I was a teen devour­ing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series.  (I nev­er did fin­ish that one and I’m sur­prised that it is still chug­ging on — to what end?)  I recent­ly fin­ished the first book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Game of Thrones, but I didn’t feel that it offered much beyond tele­vi­sion series.  How­ev­er, I’m a few chap­ters into the fol­low-up, A Clash of Kings, and I’m enjoy­ing it more because the tele­vi­sion show strays from it  for the sto­ry to feel fresh.  As a writer, I appre­ci­ate what  Mar­tin does with per­spec­tives with his char­ac­ter based chap­ters and I hope to incor­po­rate some­thing sim­i­lar in a hor­ror book I’m plan­ning for Nation­al Nov­el Writ­ing Month 2013.

Zom­bie Bible: What Our Eyes Have Wit­nessed — This is the sec­ond install­ment in Stant Litore’s Zom­bie Bible series.  Stant blends zom­bie action with Bible sto­ries to pro­duce thought­ful hor­ror.  What Our Eyes Have Wit­nessed  deals with Poly­carp, a promi­nent fig­ure in the sec­ond-cen­tu­ry church as he defends against zom­bie hordes invad­ing Rome.  What I love about Stant’s series is that it is more than just zom­bies plopped down in a Bible back­drop; rather, he gets to the heart of spir­i­tu­al­i­ty of faith.  What Our Eyes Have Wit­nessed has some enlight­en­ing things to say about com­mu­ni­ty, for­give­ness, and heal­ing.

This Is My Body: Ekkle­sia As God Intend­edKei­th Giles is an amaz­ing per­son who I’m look­ing for­ward to inter­view­ing on my blog in the near future.  He’s the co-founder of Paci­fist Fight Club, a group focused on non-vio­lence.  He also has a motel min­istry assist­ing the poor in Orange Coun­ty Cal­i­for­nia.  I’ve enjoyed his books in the past and want­ed to catch up on his lat­est, which deals with embrac­ing an authen­tic church com­mu­ni­ty.

Now, let me pose the same ques­tion to you: What are the last three books you have read and what is on your cur­rent read­ing list?  Com­ment and share.  If you are goodreads, be sure to friend me!

¶ Despatched on Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 9:12 am and sorted in Writing. ¶ { ReTweet }

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