February Reads!

February is shaping up to be a strong month for reading material. Here's what's on my TBR radar: The Flight of the Silvers by Daniel Price. I found out about Price's work Thursday morning thanks to Chuck Wendig's wonderful blog, and Price's contribution to it with his "Five Things" piece. It sounds like a terrific bit of alt-world sci-fi, and his publisher was gracious enough to offer up the e-book for a very affordable $2.99 on Kindle and Nook until Feb. 12. At 600 pages, that's a lot of bang for so few bucks, so go buy it!

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. Chalk this up as another discovery by way of the Wendig. If you aren't a regular visitor to his site, I suggest you become one immediately. He regularly hosts authors and provides reading recommendations, which is one of the reasons my TBR pile is always well-stocked. Annihilation sounds like another great sci-fi read about an expedition into the strange, uncharted territory of Area X, and is marketed as a cross between J.J. Abrams and Margaret Atwood, which is enough of a pitch to peak my interest. It's the first part of a trilogy which will continue with the publication of Authority in June and Acceptance in September, so you won't be left hanging for years waiting on a resolution.

Graveyard of Memories by Barry Eisler. I'm a big fan of Eisler's work, and any new John Rain story is a must-read. This one takes a trip back to Tokyo, 1972 for a peak at Rain's past and his early days with the CIA.

The Troop by Nick Cutter. The Troop sounds like a promising and scary trip into the woods, with a dash of bio-engineered horror. Stephen King called it "old-school horror at its best,"so bring it on!

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind by Michio Kaku. Admittedly, I've been negligent on reading Dr. Kaku's past works, despite being very interested in the topics he explores. His latest non-fiction work is an exploration into the brain, and promises to cover, among other topics, the recording of memories.This is the biggest selling point for me, personally - not only is this something I'm keenly interested on a scientific level, but it also happens to be central to my first novel, CONVERGENCE (coming soon!). And with that shameless plug, I shall wrap up this post...

What looks good to you this month? What's on your reading docket? Give a shout-out to some works that seem interesting to you in the comments below!

Michael Patrick Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

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