Category Archives: Books 2012

Lovecraftian Horror recommendations

As a follow up to my last post: If you enjoy Lovecraftian horror, I cannot recommend two books more strongly. I read both of them in 2012 so I won’t be putting detailed reviews of them up as part of the 2013 reading list material, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring them up given the last book’s content.

14 by Peter Clines

This was quite possibly my favorite book from last year. I read it late in the year and was blown away. I had just finished a fairly dull and boring collection of Lovecraft inspired short fiction when a friend recommended this book. It blew me away. After the collection proved that so many authors, some quite good, didn’t get the core of Lovecraft’s work, 14 comes and shows how it is done. Basic premise is that a guy moves into a new apartment building and things seem a little odd. Like, the building is creepy and on further exploration there are certain places that the laws of physics seem to be bent in very odd ways. Almost nothing happens for three-quarters of the book and all it does is build up the tension until you are utterly convinced that when something does happen, it will be very, very bad.

There was one point that I actually jumped in my chair. A bit of formatting on my kindle made it so that one of the discoveries by the main character was right at the bottom of the page and in a different font, so just as the main character was relaxing after another chapter of exploring the apartment building…. *pow!* It was very well done.


Space Eldritch by various

This book is a collection of short stories all based around Lovecraftian science fiction. Not the same collection I mentioned in the 14 section above. This one is really good. It is all Lovecraft inspired horror set in space. Most of the stories take place on spaceships of one type or another. One story is even from the point of view of aliens. Some set in the future, one that spans from ancient Egypt to the future of FTL space travel, one that involves using secrets man was not meant to know to travel the stars (and the consequences of that). The stories are many, varied, and almost all of them are above average to excellent in quality.

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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Books 2012


New books 2012

The only major resolution I managed to keep in 2012 was to read more new (to me) books. Many were short stories and a fair amount of them were free kindle books. This is the list of all the new books I read this previous year:

The Third Wave
Atlas Shrugged
A Fire Upon The Deep
Earth Strike: Star Carrier book 1
Be The Monkey
Pocket Full Of Spells
In Her Name: Empire
The Trilisk Ruins
Thomas Paine’s Common Sense
Ready Player One
Distrust That Particular Flavor
Write Good Or Die
On Writing
Crush It!
Cognitive Surplus: creativity and generousity in a connected age
Blink: the power of thinking without thinking
Why We Suck
DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education
How We Decide
Everything Is Going To Kill Everybody
Social Engineering: the art of human hacking
Matakeo: echoes of the past
The Biofab War
The Honor Of The Knights
Outliers: the story of success
Year Of The Dead (sustainable earth)
Right Ascension (edge of apocalypse)
Influence: psycology of persuasion
Civil Disobedience
Lacuna: demons of the void
The Book of Deacon
Why Ayn Rand Is Wrong and Why It Matters
The ass is a poor receptacle for the head: why democrats suck at communication, and how they could improve
Rear Echelon
WWW1: Wake
Defining Conservatism: The Principles That Will Bring Our Country Back
The Stars My Redemption
The Last Question
A Brief History Of Time
When All Hell Breaks Loose
WWW2: Watch
WWW3: Wonder
The Unincorporated Man
CONTENT – Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright and the Future of the Future
Dawn of War (blood war trilogy)
God, No! Signs you may already be a atheist and other magic tales
The Year of Living Biblically
Bad Radio (The Emergent Earth)
How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 months
The Nedist Way: How to reach the next level (in real life)
The Invasion
The Unincorporated War
The Unincorporated Woman
The Unincorporated Future
Hell to Pay (nightside #7)
The Age of Reason
Beware Dangerism!
Information Wants To Be Shared
The Unnatural Inquirer (nightside #8)
Just Another Judgement Day (nightside #9)
This Book Is Full Of Spiders
Quarter Share (solar clipper trader tales #1)
The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny (nightside #10)
A Hard Day’s Knight (nightside #11)
Legion (Brandon Sanderson)
Why School?
On Silver Wings (warriors wings #1)
Space Eldritch
The Witch Watch
Shadows of Freedom
Lauren Ipsum
Cold Days
Going Interstellar
Sword Art Online #1
Sword Art Online #2
A Haystack Full Of Needles (TED book)
Sword Art Online #3
Sword Art Online #4
The Trilisk AI
Make Love Not Porn: Technology’s Hardcore Impact on Human Behavior (TED Books)
Beyond the Hole in the Wall: Discover the Power of Self-Organized Learning (TED Books)
Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance
The Book of Cthulhu
Sword Art Online #5
Sword Art Online #6
Sword Art Online #7
Sword Art Online #8

Edit: Most surprising thing learned? Twilight is more accurate to the original Dracula then a lot of other modern vampires, at least in one respect. Dracula could walk in the sunlight just fine.


Posted by on December 31, 2012 in Books 2012