My Terrible Addiction
by J. Andrews
"Hello, my name is J, and I'm a bookaholic." Who do I blame for my
addiction? Well, I could blame my teachers for teaching me to read.
I could blame my parents for encouraging this nasty habit. But I
think I must ultimately blame the authors. The good ones ensured
that my fixes were strong and overpowering. That just led to me
needing more of them, more of the same quality. It's the quality that's
difficult to come by. I've read countless boring, tedious, trite books,
trying desperately to find something good. Oh, it was horrible.
It still is horrible, but I've done pretty good the last few months.
Lately I've read Luck in the Shadows and
Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling and Voices of Hope
and Patriarch's Hope by David Feintuch. Feintuch's a fairly
recent addiction of mine. It began with The Still and then
branched out into his Seafort Saga books. Horrible, horrible. Good books
like these just feed my addiction.
So after I finished those four books, I needed some more fixes. My
preferred method of procuring them is buying online. So I placed
an order. Psi-Man #1 and #2 by Peter David (originally
published as David Peters), Traitor's Moon, the third and last
in the Lynn Flewelling series I was reading, and Star Trek: New
Frontier #9 and #10 by Peter David, due out in 2 weeks. Well.
All well and good that. I'd have a few fixes and then in two weeks, I'd
have a couple more. So then I get put in charge of ordering books
for my mother's book club. In order to use the coupons most effectively,
I have to put in a couple different orders, and throw in some books of
my own. Of course. So then I picked up Star Trek: New Earth
#1 by Diane Carey, I believe, and the third in Robin Hobb's Liveship
series. Bad. Very bad. That last was hardcover. You know your
addiction to an author is bad when you're unable to wait for the
So I have all these books arriving. Three are in the mail already. But
what to do until then? Well, I'll have to read one of the books I have
sitting around. But to read one I haven't read yet is risking reading
something horrible. So, instead, I'm rereading Robin Hobb's
Assassin's Apprentice, which will just lead to having to read
the next two in that series. Lesigh.
And what do I do once I read all those books on order? Well, there
are four other Psi-Man books if I decide the first two are any
good. Then there's the out of print book Analog's Children of the
Future that I've been wanting to get. I first read that in the library.
But after that? I don't know.. Feintuch won't have one out soon. Robin
Hobb certainly won't. Peter David.. well, he might, but probably not
for a couple months and then it might be Incredible Hulk or something.
I could branch out into more Peter David books, I suppose. I could
read the chapters Orson Scott Card has put up online from his new books
coming out. But that would make it so much more difficult to wait for
What to do, what to do.. if anyone reading this can suggest some
good science fiction or fantasy books, I'd much appreciate it. If it's
got yaoi or yuri themes, so much the better. Must. Get. Fix.
If this has woken up your own addiction, then let me plug Barnes
and Noble. (Go to dealcatcher first and get yourself