S.C. Barrus is reading…

Finished Reading

The Hobbit

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien book cover

I have a lot of books flowing around me like a maelstrom of fiction and knowledge.  I finally, after four months of reading, finished The Hobbit which I hadn’t read since I was a kid. I thought it was pretty great. I think I’ll read The Lord of the Rings pretty soon, meaning sometime this year, but not til I finish writing Discovering Aberration.

On Self Publishing

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki & Shawn Welch book cover Sell Your Book Like Wildfire by Bob Eagar book cover

I don’t remember if I mentioned before that I was reading How to Sell Your Book Like Wildfire, which was really informative, but was written for writers a bit further along in their writing career than me, but still great to learn and prepare.  I also just finished reading APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. This one was more about the actual tasks you need to do from step one to step 99 in the self publishing process.

Started Reading

After those to books, I’m done with informative non-fiction for a while. My brain is stuffed. I’ve decided to take it upon myself to read some steampunk books. Did a little research and found 3 novels which came highly recommended: Boneshaker, Infernal Devices, and Perdido Street Station.  Then I also bought a book called The Gangs of Manchester which is all about scuttlers, Victorian era youth gangs (which appear in my novel).


Boneshaker by Cherie Preist book cover

Ok, so I’m reading Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest, which featured an impressive prolog dripping with style, effectively pulling me into the world. But then it once it gets into the story proper, all that style sort of disappears and it turns into a pretty standard writing. Not bad, but standard. Still, it’s showing some promise, and I’ve heard tons of great things. I’m only 50 pages in. Tentatively excited for things to pick up.

Perdido Street Station

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville book cover

Meanwhile, I’m listening to Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville, in audio format as I commute to work (I love audio books so much!).  This book features some of the strongest prose I’ve heard in some time, and the world is utterly unique, strange and engrossing. It’s funny how a book can feel disgusting and beautiful at the same time, but Perdido Street Station is pulling that off so far.  Only 3 chapters in, but I highly recommend it already.

Read it if you can rather than listen to it, the narrator is sub par at best, his voice goes from really loud and full of bass to really quite from the beginning of every sentance to the end.  I found myself playing with the volume most of the drive just to keep myself from getting a head ache.  The narrator also doesn’t have much personality either, so I feel like some of the emotion is lost from the sentences as he reads them.

Going to Read

The Gangs of Manchester

The Gangs of Manchester by Andrew Davis book cover

I’ve read a lot about The Gangs of Manchester by Andrew Davis, and I’ve read a lot of articles which use this book as a reference, but I haven’t actually delved into the book itself yet. Sadly, this one is out of print, but it’s still available used on Amazon or as an ebook. The subject matter, dealing with the first uprising of youth gangs in England in the late 1800’s, is fascinating, and I’ve heard the book is an enjoyable read in its own right. Cant wait!


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