My Reading Resolution for 2015

red seasOr, where I lay out a bunch of books that I want to read but likely won’t.

So I’m already pretty heavily booked (ha!) up for the beginning the year, with interesting new releases from Pierce Brown, Jo Walton and Myke Cole in the immediate pipeline. And there are probably a dozen books in the next three months that have piqued my interest.

But in addition to new releases, there are several series that I have not finished, or, in some cases, read at all. Some have new titles coming out this year, some I’ve simply put off because I’ve been reading plenty otherwise. And there are several of my favorites from recent years (Words of Radiance, I’m looking at you) that I want to finally review.

I want to remedy that. So my resolution is to fill in the gaps and get caught up on the series that I have overlooked or set aside.

Here are the series and titles I resolve to get caught up on and review in 2015:

The “Gentleman Bastards” series by Scott Lynchrepublic of thieves

I’ve read The Lies of Locke Lamora already, so I want to get a review published. I still need to read the rest of Lynch’s series though. And the possible publication of The Thorn of Emberlain makes these a priority.

The “Broken Empire” and “Red Queen’s War” trilogies
by Mark Lawrence

I’m currently working on Lawrence’s Prince of Fools  the first in the follow-up series, “The Red Queen’s War”, but I also want to read his original series. Ideally this will be done in time to read The Liar’s Key.

prince of thorns

The Broken Empire Trilogy

prince of fools

The Red Queen’s War Trilogy

The “Powder Mage” trilogy by Brian McClellan

promise of bloodAgain, The Autumn Republic is coming in February so I want to get caught up to give it a timely and fair review. I’m plugging away at Promise of Blood, and will hopefully be able to finish The Crimson Campaign as well. Of course there are also a ton of short stories as well…

“The Expanse” series by James S.A. Corey

Caliban's WarAnd here begins the massive amount of Daniel Abraham. I delved into this space opera last year with Leviathan Wakes and loved it. With Nemesis Games coming, a new TV series set to premiere plus three books and a ton of novellas in between, I’m glad I have till summer to get caught up.

“The Long Price Quartet” by Daniel Abraham

price of springMy introduction to Abraham was this Asian-influenced fantasy series. It revolves around a culture whose economic and military might is based on the magic of imprisoned spirits. I read the first two shortly before starting this blog and I’d like to finish the series.

“Dagger and Coin Quintet” by Daniel Abraham

dragon's pathI know little about Abraham’s ongoing fantasy series, apart from it’s general high regard. The story takes place in a land formerly ruled by dragons, where war has broken out among the human survivors. The final title in this quintet comes out in August.

“Old Man’s War” series by John Scalzi

old man's warJohn Scalzi’s Old Man’s War was a revelation. A military fiction novel with plenty of heart that also serves as a sweet rumination on love and aging. Again, the latest novel hits stores in August.

“The First Law” series by Joe Abercrombie

blade itselfGrimdark is the flavor du jour of fantasy novels nowadays, and Abercrombie is known as “Lord Grimdark.” So I really should familiarize myself with his world of morally ambiguous antiheroes and ultraviolent action.

“The Demon Cycle” by Peter V. Brett

daylight warAnother major grimdark series, Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle  is set in a post-apocalyptic world where civilization has been destroyed by roving demons which attack from the earth’s core. The series follows a variety of characters from youth through maturity as they battle these demons.

“The Shadow Campaigns” by Django Wexler

shadow throneAnother popular flintlock fantasy series, “The Shadow Campaigns” follows a group of demoralized soldiers in a remote outpost as they fall under the spell of a charismatic and powerful general who leads with supernatural assistance.

“The Craft Sequence” by Max Gladstone

full fathomGladstone has gotten rave reviews for this new urban fantasy series. The series invokes dead gods and exotic religions in a world different from ours but filled with similar diverse cultures .

The “Farseer”, “Liveship Traders” and “Tawny Man” trilogies by Robin Hobb

I read Hobb’s latest “Fitz and the Fool” novel, Fool’s Assassin, without having read most of the previous series. While I enjoyed the book and felt it provided adequate backstory to where I never felt out of place, I still want to see just how the pair arrived at Fool’s Assassin, even if it’s going to take 8 books to get there.
Hobb

The Farseer Trilogy

ship of destiny

The Liveship Traders Trilogy

goldenfool

The Tawny Man Trilogy

fool's assassin

Fitz and the Fool Trilogy

“The Eternal Sky” trilogy — Elizabeth Bear

stelesI’m getting tired of the same Western European fantasy settings, hence my love of City of Stairs Not that there’s anything wrong with traditional fantasy, but sometimes you want something different. And Bear’s trilogy has been touted as just that, influenced by Genghis Khan and the Mongols.

“Aeon’s Gate” and “Bring Down Heaven” trilogies
by Sam Sykes

I enjoyed the Sykes‘ debut novel, Tome of the Undergates, but not enough to continue with this trilogy. especially considering their terrible covers. I LOVED his latest, The City Stained Redhowever, and that has me wanting to go back and explore this previous trilogy.
Skybound Sea

Aeon’s Gate Trilogy

sykes

Bring Down Heaven Trilogy

“Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne” — Brian Staveley

the-emperors-blades-coverThis is series just began last year, so I’m not too far behind. But the second novel, The Providence of Fire, is out in a couple weeks, so I’m already under the gun.

alloyOh, and there’s Brandon Sanderson’s Alloy of Law, in preparation of the next Mistborn Trilogy.

So that’s over 50 books right there (not counting the assorted novellas and novelettes that accompany them). I read over 75 books last year and probably have 20 planned already from my previous lists. And I want to reread Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicle. I’m sure I’ll get distracted along the way, and there are book group considerations, but I hope to get through most, if not all, of this series backlog. Then next year I’ll worry about “The Dresden Files” and “Malazan Book of the Fallen”

Wish me luck, and keep checking back to see how my progress is going — I’ll update this page so you can follow along.

About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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7 Responses to My Reading Resolution for 2015

  1. Hooda says:

    Whoa, that is a lot of plans. I can never manage to plan my reading – even if I try, i still end up reading other stuff that caught my eye in the meantime.

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  2. Pingback: Review: “Promise of Blood” by Brian McClellan | Relentless Reading (And Writing About It!)

  3. Miriam says:

    Wow, quite a list! I’m hoping to get around to the Gentleman Bastards series this year too – haven’t read any of it yet and hear that’s a big mistake!

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  4. Lies of Locke Lamora is outrageous fun. Dark, pretty harsh, but loads of fun.

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  5. Looks like you and I are in the same boat – so many of these I also want to either start or get caught up on. Especially Elizabeth Bear, Lynch Hobb and the Expanse series! never enough time!!

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    • The Expanse is a priority with the TV series coming, and ideally I’d like to get Lynch and Bear’s series read by mid March for their Tucson Festival of Books appearance. We’ll see.

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