Welcome to the latest installment of the Forward Motion Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour! We’ve gathered several writers from amateur to professional, and we discuss one topic for the month. This month’s theme is the to-read list.

Not many things actually stay on my reading list for long. I’ve got a robust county library with a healthy selection. Needless to say, if I can’t find what I need there, I have no problem using the interlibrary loan system. What a godsend in this time of recession, huh? I heartily recommend heading to the library if you can’t afford to purchase your own books.

Anyhow, below is the list of my current stack of books awaiting attention.

The Pile

* Humans, by Robert J. Sawyer,

This is the second in The Neanderthal Parallax series. I picked up the first one on a lark and was completely captivated by Sawyer’s writing. In the first, Hominids, Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit accidentally opens a door to an alternate Earth, an Earth where his people didn’t survive. Instead, the Gliskins continued on, becoming self-aware and building their society — they call themselves Humans. Sawyer’s worldview is fascinating as he not only dissects our world and culture, but creates another that is both alien and rooted in our Earth. This book, Humans, is about a Human geneticist, Mary Vaughn, who goes to Pondit’s universe, no doubt to be stopped short by a number of her Human perceptions as she learns more about Neanderthal culture.

The third in the series, Hybrid, is on my hold list at the library!

* Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer,

(Of course, I found his other books and checked them out. Who wouldn’t?)

In Rollback, we received a message from a planetary system far, far away. When Sarah Hallifax was in her late forties, she was the first to decrypt the message and headed the committee that sent a response. Thirty-eight years later, the aliens return a message. Again it’s encrypted, and again Sarah is asked to work on it. But she’s eighty-seven years old…

A multi-billionaire foots the bill for a new procedure, one that very few can afford. It’s a “rollback”, and it will make Sarah young again. She accepts on the condition that her husband, Don, is also rolled back. The billionaire agrees. Don’s procedure works wonderfully; Sarah’s, however, does not. She remains an elderly woman with a husband of twenty-five and a puzzle she must complete before she dies.

* Mindscan by… who else? Robert J. Sawyer

(I tend to obsess when I find a new favorite author.)

In this one, Jack Sullivan cheats death by copying his consciousness into an android form. He discovers love with another scanned android, Karen. Their love is interrupted by Karen’s son who is suing her for doing him out of his inheritance. Not to be outdone, Jack’s human body is still alive, having not done him the favor of dying on the far side of the moon. Jack the First has taken hostages and is demanding his life back.

Does that not just bring up all sorts of interesting possibilities? Man, I love this writer!

* Mercury Rises by Robert Kroese,

I got the first book, Mercury Falls, from Pixel of Ink as a freebie. It was a great book, full of absurdist humor, absolutely hilarious. It’s similar in flavor to Jennifer Government by Max Barry or The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

* 96 Hours by Georgia Beers,

I heard about this one at this year’s Golden Crown Literary Convention. I’ve never read anything by her before, so it’ll be interesting. To be honest, I haven’t read any fiction that has come out about 9/11. I’ve been told this is a great story, however, so maybe it’s time I gave it a shot.

* Alone by Gérard d’Aboville,

This is a true story about Gérard d’Aboville’s trek across the Pacific Ocean in a row boat. He left Japan and hit Washington state in the USA one hundred thirty-four days later. In the past I’ve read a lot about sailing; that’s what drew me about this book. It might be rowing, but he was still out on the water, having to survive alone. It intrigued me.

On Hold

And then there are the books I’m still waiting to check out!

* Hybrid by Robert J. Sawyer,

Because I HAVE to see how The Neanderthal Parallax ends, right? Duh!

* Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, Volume 1 by Joss Whedon,

I recently finished watching all of the Buffy series. My work schedule is such that I miss a lot of night time television. It was cool to see the series from beginning to end (and I was impressed that Joss was able to actually have an ending rather than be left hanging.) So last month at Can’t Stop the Serenity I found out there was a graphic novel series called Season 8! I am THERE! (Or…I will be when I get the book… Oh, you know what I mean!)

Today’s post was inspired by the Merry-go-Round Blog Tour, an ongoing tour where you, the reader, travel around the world from author’s blog to author’s blog. We have all sorts of writers at all stages in their writing career, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. If you want to get to know nearly twenty other writers, and find out what’s on their nightstands, check out the rest of the tour! On the 11th, the entry was by D. Anthony Brown. Tomorrow, see what David Bridger has to say on the matter! Happy reading!

So what’s on your reading list? Your nightstand? The table beside the couch? Huh? Anything interesting? I’m always looking for more books to read. Comment below! I’d love to hear about it!