It's your call!

By the end of the day, I'll be done with Andrzej Sapkowski's The Last Wish (not as good as I hoped it would be) at work, and I'm halfway through Sergei Lukyanenko's The Day Watch (very good thus far) at home.

In an attempt to make things a bit more interactive, you guys now get the chance to select what novel I'll be reading and reviewing next. The nominees are as follow:

- Bloodheir by Brian Ruckley

- A World Too Near by Kay Kenyon

- Infoquake by David Louis Edelman

- Dreamsongs, Volume 2 by George R. R. Martin

- Viscious Circle by Mike Carey

- The Inferior by Peadar Ó Guilín

- Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds

- Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

- The Gunslinger by Stephen King

- Standard of Honor by Jack Whyte

- Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

I figure there's something for everyone on that list!;-) Vote by leaving a comment. . .

88 commentaires:

Aidan Moher said...

Kafka on the Shore is my vote. I've always wanted to read Murakami, and I'd love to hear your take on it.

~Aidan
A Dribble of Ink

Myshkin said...

I haven't seen a review for Bloodheir yet, so that gets my vote. Although I would be interested to see what you thought of The Gunslinger as well.

Anonymous said...

Bloodheir. Stuff that's not anywhere else goes to the head of the line.

Casey said...

Bloodheir or A World Too Near...I guess whichever one needs the most help if voting gets tight.

screech said...

The Gunslinger by Stephen King.

Ed S. said...

Another vote for Kafka. It's in the middle of my pile and it's been there for a while. I don't know whether to move it up to the top to be read soon or drop it down.

sadface said...

Infoquake. It deserves more attention than it has received so far.

sarku05 said...

I'd go with Bloodheir. How did you score that book? Advance copy from the Publisher?

ser mosh said...

I guess I'll throw my vote in for Bloodheir. I haven't heard anything about it yet.

Anonymous said...

The Gunslinger. I've just read Gunslinger Born and got my Dark Tower nerves tingling.

Ben/Eventine

Anonymous said...

I would go for Consider Phlebas. Banks´s Culture novels are really worth reading. :)

Roland said...

I'm interested in your oppinion about A World Too Near. I've read half the other books and I don't particularly care about the other half.

Noe said...

You should the read the Gunslinger

Erik said...

Consider Phlebas, just so you have read it. It's fantastic.

thornofcamorr said...

You havent read The Gunslinger? Wow, read that.

Anonymous said...

Dreamsongs 2 gets my vote. Though bloodheir would be nice too.

Yvan said...

Go for The Gunslinger

isis said...

The Inferior - because I'm reading that next. :)

ssgorik said...

The Gunslinger

jdp said...

Another vote for Bloodheir :)

Dark Wolf said...

My vote will go to The Inferior by Peadar Ó Guilín.

Amras said...

Definitely 'The Inferior'. I really enjoyed that one.

Anonymous said...

Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds or Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks.

I'm really interested in giving brit SciFi a go

darkteller said...

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, I'm quite curious about it.

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Peta said...

Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks! An excellent book.

Anonymous said...

I vote for Bloodheir.

Anonymous said...

I vote for Bloodheir.

Anonymous said...

Kafka. . . Murakami is great.

Shara said...

Kay Kenyon, A WORD TOO NEAR. I'm loving it so far. :)

Anthony said...

Bloodheir as well. I thought Winterbirth was a good book, so it will be interesting to see how the next book in the series will be.

Anonymous said...

Dreamsongs, Volume 2 by George R. R. Martin
...pour faire changement de tlm! Pat tu sais comment j'aime GRRM!!

-David

cecrow said...

Wow, generous of you; I'd got nuts if I let anyone else tell me what to read. Dreamsongs 2 is my vote, since I don't know whether both are worth pursuing. Other than the Gunslinger I don't know a thing about the others, so my second choice would be whichever you believe deserves the most exposure.

Anonymous said...

You've never read Kafka??? It's a must. But then there's Chasm City, one of Reynolds outstanding books, another must...except then I'm really curious about Bloodheir, no, wait on that one... But I really want to know if Infoquake is excellent...but I've just bought Consider Phlebas, so there's that, but then I'm reading Matter and loving it. Oh, dear, what to read first!

Anonymous said...

I'll add my vote to the kafka on the shore contingent, but only if you've already read the wind-up bird chronicle, which in my estimation is the best of murakami's books.

M. Scott Schroeder said...

I'd go with Bloodheir.

Robert said...

Personally I'd like to see your thoughts on "Bloodheir" because I haven't decided if it's worth reading yet or not...

Anonymous said...

There are a lot of exciting books on that list. I've only read Gunslinger and the Inferior. Both were really ground breaking in their own ways. But I guess Steven King isn't stuck for reviews, so I vote for the author with the funny name.

b.h.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see Bloodheir.

Graeme Flory said...

I'm really tempted to say 'Bloodheir' but I want to see what you think of 'The Gunslinger'...

Anonymous said...

Bloodheir has my vote. I'm really curious if the next book improves on the first.

Guinevere Seaworth

Meljprincess said...

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

ben1xy said...

Gunslinger please. I would like to hear your thoughts on it

Gabriele C. said...

After the disaster of Knights of Black and White, I won't wish The Standard of Honour on my enemies, let alone a reviewer whose blog I like. :)

I'd be interested in Bloodheir.

megaleafs said...

OUCH! Keep it Canuck, you know you want to read Standard of Honor anyways.

Anonymous said...

Kenyon, to see if it's worth picking up the first one.

Anonymous said...

I prefer to see a rewiev of The Gunslinger, but Bloodheir would be nice also.

Anonymous said...

For your own sake you need to read the Gunslinger first, we might not need a review of it, but you need to read it... and prepare to feel the need to read the next 6 books in the near future.

Mark Chitty said...

I'd love to find out what you think of The Gunslinger more than the rest, even though it's been around for long enough :) Also still waiting to find out what you think of The Dreaming Void....

polishgenius said...

I'll say Consider Phlebas, mostly because it was between that and Chasm City and more people have voted for CP.
Even though the latter is better...

Anthony Drake Mocony said...

Since Winterbirth sucked I vote for A WORLD TOO NEAR.

Kevin said...

The Gunslinger! I would love to read your review of the entire Dark Tower Series! If the Gunslinger does not win, please consider reading it soon.

Anonymous said...

Hmm intresting choices Pat, but would you do a review of A Feast for Crows By GRRM instead of the choices you have given

Jennifer said...

Dreamsongs. I just finished that, and I found myself drawn into the screenplays even, which I originally thought would be tedious.

Second place goes to the Jack Whyte volume, as it's on my shelf and you can tell me if it's any good.

Todd said...

Go with Gunslinger. I haven't read that one either.

Maurice said...

Kafka on the Shore, because it's one of my favourite books ever and I think you will really, really, really enjoy it.

mosquito wenzi said...

I vote The Gunslinger.

Benjamin said...

Bloodheir would be nice, but I loved The Inferior and would like to see more reviews of it.

Ilroy said...

Having finished Chasm City recently, I'd thoroughly recommend it as your next read. It can be read as a stand-alone, but having read Revelation Space, first, helps.

Anonymous said...

Gunslinger and Bloodheir

Patrick said...

As things stand, THE GUNSLINGER is in the lead, but it's neck a neck with BLOODHEIR.

KAFKA ON THE SHORE is in third position, but losing ground...

This is proving to be more fun and interesting than I thought it would be. We'll have to do it again in the future!:-)

KP said...

I'd like to see Bloodheir as I have yet to start Winterbirth and would like to know if the series will be worth while. I just finished Bright of the Sky so I know what to expect from A World too Near...

Anonymous said...

bloodheir

xs said...

The man in black fled across the desert and the Gunslinger followed.

Jeff C said...

I vote for Bloodheir! If you cant get to it, feel free to pass it on ;)

Anonymous said...

Infoquake!!!!!!!!

Liviania said...

I'm torn between Consider Plebas and The Gunslinger. I'll vote CB for the opening scene. It's always nice to get a chance to compare a reviewer's sensibilities to mine. (And my dad's. CB is one of his favorite books.)

Anonymous said...

Gunslinger, Its on my to read list and if you give it a good review I might bump it up from page 47.

Ben Langan

Icarium said...

i vote for infoquake, i need to have someone i trust review that novel that really looks awesome

Anonymous said...

My vote has to go to Bloodheir

Anonymous said...

Dream songs. I've heard good things so far. Liked to hear your critique on it. Then I can critique the critic.

Chris said...

Kafka on the Shore. For those of you who have it in the middle of your lists, move it up.

Lowkey said...

I vote Gunslinger, a fantasy classic from a non-fantasy author

Anonymous said...

Gunslinger if you haven't read it yet.

Anonymous said...

Bloodheir

Anonymous said...

gunslinger

Anonymous said...

Brian Ruckley "Bloodheir"

Anonymous said...

Chasm City by Reynolds.

Larry said...

I'm a bit curious to see what you'll make of that Murakami, but since you liked the one that came after it, you likely will enjoy that one a lot.

falkman said...

i wanted to vote for dreamsongs II, because i really like GRRM's short work. but as i favor the early short stories and they're all in volume I, i go with banks - consider phlebas, because it's the only book of the list i've read and surely every tasteful reader of it is going to have hours of joy, fun and excitement.

Anonymous said...

Infoquake - I definitely will read Bloodheir since I read the first book. Not true of Infoquake

Anonymous said...

Ah... difficult. Murakami is great, but I'd also like reviews of the Dark Tower Saga (just not particularly of volume 1, but you should probably start there...)

Anyway, I vote for Kafka on the Shore, thought it was a great read.

Adam Whitehead said...

Consider Phlebas by a mile.

WTH are people voting for The Gunslinger? What's the point of reviewing a book that millions of people have already read and your reviews won't really impact on? Possibly aside from Rowling and Tolkien, King is the most 'review-proof' author out there.

OTOH, Banks' profile in the USA is disgracefully low. Anything that can be done to raise it is definitely a good thing.

Patrick said...

Right now BLOODHEIR and THE GUNSLINGER are tied for first place.

KAFKA ON THE SHORE is a distant third, with CONSIDER PHLEBAS not far behind...

Adam Whitehead said...

Oh hell. I change my vote to Bloodheir then :-P

Anonymous said...

Bloodheir. I'd like to see if Ruckley can live up to Winterbirth

Anonymous said...

I'll throw my vote to The Gunslinger. I've been meaning to re-read it but I remember devouring the book in one sitting when I first discovered it way back in my Jr. High days.

Anonymous said...

another vote for King.