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Dear Amazon

Dear Amazon,

If you could please send me another credit. I don’t care if it’s for legal reasons or what just give me more money to spend on books.

I’ve only got a few dollars left of the $60 you gave me and I still have like 163 samples left to read through. I’m bound to find more books I have to own and the credit I have left is just not going to cover it. Sure I’ve already bought four books but there are so many more out there I need.

So hook me up bitch.

I’m sorry I shouldn’t have called you a bitch, I take that back. Please don’t let that color your opinion of me. I hardly ever use that language and I was just trying to be cool so you’d like me.

Let’s get back to the purpose of this email. I want more Amazon money for books.

Please?

I’m serious here.

I need my fix man.

What’s up? Why you no send more money?

You know what? You’re a fucking bastard. You give me a sweet little taste and now that I’m hooked you’re going to make me pay?

How do you sleep at night?

Sincerely,

Give Me More Money Now!

Old Man’s War By John Scalzi

I picked this up from the library after reading and loving Redshirts. The premise wasn’t something I would normally read but because I loved Redshirts so much I decided to give it a try, and I am so glad that I did.

In the Old Man’s War when people reach the age of 75 they have the option of enlisting in the Colonial Defense Force (CDF) and fighting for humanity in the never-ending battle for land in space. Most, if not all, join because they will be made young again; though they don’t know how this is done. They serve for 10 years and then have the option to retire on one of the colonized planets; they can never return to Earth or even communicate with their families.

The book follows John Perry through his first year of enlistment and slightly beyond. He’s not what you normally think a soldier should be, then again since everyone is 75 none of them are. He and his wife protested against a war and he worked in advertising during his life on Earth. What I liked most about John was that, while he was a good soldier and was better than average, he wasn’t superhuman. What he accomplished and how he did it was believable. He wasn’t single handedly saving the day and constantly thinking of things others didn’t. He followed orders as much as he gave them.

The character development is wonderful; John Perry is just the right amount of not perfect so when he does something remarkable you aren’t rolling your eyes. The plot does a good job of skipping what could be boring parts and going straight for the action without leaving you asking what the hell is happening. I will admit there were a few small parts that I skimmed over when it started going into the science of everything. I love sci-fi but science has never been a strength of mine.

Overall I would rank this 4.75 stars out of 5. I have The Android’s Dream checked out as well and can’t wait to read it. I will definitely be reading all I can get my hands on of John Scalzi.

Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

I am a huge Ilona Andrews fan. As in when I’m reading one of their books I get so wrapped up in them I forget to eat. I never forget to eat. I always find myself wishing I read slower, wanting the book to last forever, but looking down and watching as the bar at the bottom of my kindle moves farther and farther. I don’t remember exactly when I started reading them or how I found their books, it was probably a recommendation from Amazon, but when I did find them I read everything that I could get my hands on. I’ve reread several of their books and they were in fact the only author that when all the publishing companies weren’t putting their books on kindle I actually bought a physical copy of Magic Bleeds. So it’s safe to say that I really like Ilona Andrews and I look forward to each of her book releases.

Surprisingly, or not if you read one of my previous posts, it took me some time to read Gunmetal Magic. I preordered it and it just sat on my kindle for quite some time before I read it. It wasn’t until I started reading it that I realized that I had put it off because as long as it was there it was something new that they had written that I hadn’t read and as soon as I was done I would have to go back to waiting. Needless to say I devoured the book and now I have to wait until November 27, 2012 for Steel’s Edge to come out.

Gunmetal Magic is set in the Kate Daniels world but the main character is her best friend Andrea. Andrea has got her own messed up past, and while it isn’t anywhere near the scale of Kate’s it has got its moments. The romance between her and Raphael is unique and I was never sure what was going to come next with them.

I loved this book and I can’t wait to read more books in this series, whether they’re about Kate or others in her universe. They are always so well written, and reading this after having just finished writing my first book, makes me realize just how much I have left to learn and grow as an author.

Reading

When I had a full-time job I was able to read more than I’ve been able to read while writing full-time. My old job was at a call center and we didn’t always have back to back calls or other things to fill our time. In the first 6 months of the year when I worked there I was able to read 130 books, crochet a huge afghan, and a crochet a baby blanket for a friend.

Since I quit I’ve read maybe 10 books.

It’s so easy to have Netflix playing in the back ground while I write, I get varying degrees of writing done depending upon the show (I evidently can’t write while Bones is on but put Deep Space 9 on and I’ll do anything to avoid watching that show). I haven’t yet found a way to read while I’m writing. I could try giving myself goals, if I write ____ amount of words then I can read a chapter. The only problem with that is that if the book grabs me I won’t put it down to write. Seriously I’ve had to stop starting books in the evening because if it’s good I won’t put it down and next thing I know it’s 4 o’clock and I have to get up for work in 3 hours. Finishing a book should have a more positive feeling than finishing an entire season of a TV show though, right now I just get fed up with myself when that happens.

“Way to go self you just watched 22 episodes of a TV show you’ve seen multiple times.”

I guess I’ll try giving myself goals and see how that goes.

I’m horrible at keeping goals I’ve given myself, I’m a very understanding task master and I know that about myself. I’ll accept the flimsiest of excuses.