Friday, November 30, 2012

2012 November Reading List

Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear – Beautiful cover art and the prose is like poetry. But once you strip away the beautiful prose and world building, you realize the story is pretty simple and boring. And it doesn’t end, waaah! Not interested in the sequel. 3/5 stars

Nine Princes of Amber by Roger Zelazny – Nice concept, but the narrator’s voice didn’t sit well with me. I might read the next books in the series if I happen to be in the mood for an adventurous, easy read, though not too soon. 3/5 stars

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman – I have a feeling this book is better enjoyed by male readers. Some things didn’t make sense. I didn’t hate it, but it didn’t engage me as much as Starship Troopers did. Now that one was fun! 3/5 stars

Dying of the Light by George R. R. Martin – I recognized several of the themes from A Song of Ice and Fire. Strange world and hard to warm up to. 3/5 stars

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – I’ve never pictured myself as a geek or big video game fan, but I quite enjoyed it. It was great for a debut novel and since it’s targeted at a particular niche of readers, it made me wonder what Cline will write next. 4/5 stars

The Stand by Stephen King – The first half was a pain to read, which surprised me because I had fully expected to like this book. I remembered watching the TV series in the early 90’s and thinking “Now this is a great story!” Things got much better once all the characters got together. 4/5 stars

Friday, November 23, 2012

"Cele 1001 de scorneli ale Mosului SF" TOC

I kept waiting for the "Making of" of "Cele 1001 de scorneli ale Mosului SF" to be complete so I could post the table of contents, but with all the excitement I now realized that I forgot to do it. So here it is:

"Literatură şi internet sau Despre „scornelile” Moshului SF" by Ştefan Ghidoveanu
"Scrisoarea lui Mil Neajlov din Deveselu, către fratele său, Grigorie, din Craiova" by Adrian Buzdugan
"Mecanism de autoreglare" by Ciprian Mitoceanu
"Defazaj" by Ioana Vişan
"Golem, golem" by Liviu Radu
"Exilul" by Ştefana Czeller
"Spaţiul fazelor" by Cristian M. Teodorescu
"Metafagie" by Antuza Genescu
"Pedepsa" by Raluca Băceanu
"Povestea ultimului şoarece de bibliotecă" by George Lazăr
"Glonţul din creier, lumea din ochi" by Lucian-Vasile Szabo
"Întoarcerea vrăjitorului" by Ana-Veronica Mircea
"Glitcherine" by Michael Haulică
"Regina Nopţii" by Narcisa Stoica
"Albiliţa" by Marian Coman
"O noua casă" by Roxana Brînceanu
"Spiriduşii albi" by Oliviu Crâznic
"Făuritorul de vise" by Sergiu Someşan
"Cartea cu scoarţe de argint, ferecate" by Florin Pîtea
"Cititorul Alfa" by Cătălin Badea-Gheracostea 

You can read about my story here.

Get the book at Gaudeamus book fair this weekend and don't miss the official launch on Saturday!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

2012 Gaudeamus: "Cele 1001 de scorneli ale Mosului SF" Launch

For my Romanian readers who are attending Gaudeamus International Book Fair in Bucharest this week, "Cele 1001 de scorneli ale Mosului SF" will have its official launch on Saturday, November 23, 13:30, at Editura Arthur's stand. Special guests are Stefan Ghidoveanu (editor) and Mihai-Dan Pavelescu. Some of the authors will be there too, unfortunately not me.

If you're going, I'm pretty sure you can get Steampunk, Dancing on Mars, and probably Venus too. That is if you don't have them already. :)

Happy book hunting!

Update: Here's a video from the official book launch at Gaudeamus.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Helion 2012 Prose Contest Results

According to the announcement on Helion website, the prizes for the 27th edition of the Helion sci fi short prose national contest have been awarded.

I Prize - hasn't been awarded.
III Prize, ex aequo
  • SERGIU SOMESAN (Codlea) for GICA;
  • CATALIN COFARU (Alba Iulia) for PASCAL;

I must say I'm a little surprised, but quite pleased with the result. Congratulations to all the winners!

I bet everyone is now wondering what a "sclipicios" is. Tee-hee! :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Human Instincts Spotlight and Interview

Thank you, Sarah, for spotlighting Human Instincts and interviewing me for your blog.

Human Instincts is available on, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, Sony, Smashwords. 

If you read it, please take the time to review it on Amazon and rate it on Goodreads. Thanks! 

And don't forget about the giveaway on LibraryThing.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Human Instincts Giveaway on LibraryThing

For those interested to read Human Instincts, here's a change for you to win a copy on LibraryThing. 25 copies have been enlisted in a two weeks giveaway so hurry up and request yours.

Human Instincts is available on, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, Sony, Smashwords. 

If you read it, please take the time to review it on Amazon and rate it on Goodreads. Thanks! 

Update: After a week, there are only 5 copies left. Hurry up and request your copy now! 

Human Instincts Review (11)

Thanks to Angela for reviewing Human Instincts for her blog.

"I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes science, mystery, or just a great read.  It was such a unique plot and book that it was made all the better!  This is a truly talented author and I would read more of her books anytime."

Human Instincts is available on, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, Sony, Smashwords. 

If you read it, please take the time to review it on Amazon and rate it on Goodreads. Thanks!