I think if you want to be a writer, you have to read. You have to read the best that you can find, not just the popcorn stuff. I love short stories so often I am attracted to anthologies. I’m slowly picking my way through various anthologies now. I think I’m going to start writing reviews.

I am curious to see what people on my friends-list are reading.

My reading current list is:

Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (Paperback)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0446677248/104-9270641-4288747?v=glance&n=283155

I’ve been very much enjoying this anthology and looking at the change of perception. After reading some of the stories in this anthology, I decided to change the race of one of the characters in the Phoenix Chronicles. Styles has much of the flavor of the personality to a friend of mine, but also from inspiration from this anthology.

Shadows Over Bakerstreet
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0345455282/104-9270641-4288747?v=glance&n=283155

This has been very fun to read. I love a Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman. Very creepy.

Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0451460367

Neil Gaiman also stands out with “The Problem with Susan.” It is very weird. I need to share it with Michael. It is about why Susan didn’t get to go to Narnia Heaven in the Chronicles of Narnia.

Books I am going to look up:

Counting Heads by David Marusek
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0765312670/104-9270641-4288747?v=glance&n=283155

The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show: A Novel (Plus) (Paperback) by Ariel Gore
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060854286

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0439531640/104-9270641-4288747?v=glance&n=283155

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