Summer Reading List

Admittedly I’ve been in a sort of funk with my reading–I made the mistake of stocking up too heavily on non-fiction and I don’t have enough good fiction to break it up in between.

But I’m getting back on the wagon and knocking out some cool books this summer, starting with:

Another in a long list of history books about the westward expansion, specifically tied to Kit Carson and his exploits.

This dude was a one-armed Civil War veteran who explored the Mountain West. And I get to read it in his own words.

Haven’t red Heinlein in years and I need to fix that.

Cole and Anspach have been nuking the indie publishing game for almsot a decade now. This is the start of their “not Star Wars” series. I’m due to retry it.

First book in a prequel series that covers the origins of the Dune saga.

Gonna be a great summer, cats.

Larry Correia RT’d my MHI video

And now it has 30 something views, more than my other book reviews get.

I really don’t know what else to do with my YT channel a lot of the time…860 subs, but I’m pretty much The Mayflower Guy. My most successful book reviews have been about Robin Hood, Louis L’Amour, and a manga version of All You Need Is Kill.

wtf do you people even want.

Anyway, watch the vid. I’ll do some art vids after I record the Sanderson stuff I have on deck.

Decoupling from Amazon: Used Books Edition

Shout-out to my boy Case and his brothers for putting me on www.thriftbooks.com, which is at least comparable to Amazon with its free shipping. The used book market is really good over there, but you can find new releases too.

In my ongoing effort to spend less money on Amazon, this one is a huge help. I bought my first order from them last spring and I’ve done it numerous times since then. Go check them out.

Trying something new with Radcracker

Instead of doing several small episodes per week, I’ve decided to do one big episode of the main podcast. It’ll drop every Friday. Here’s the first one, and the next one lands tomorrow. They won’t all be 45 mins, but hey, sit down and turn on a game and listen to my opinions.

Sanderson Puts TradPub on Suicide Watch

Lol, but also, lmao.

Here’s the ELI5 version: Sanderson is the biggest name in fantasy pub right now. If his next bestseller was called Graham Bradley Is A Turd And I Have The Receipts, I would buy it and pimp it on my channel because it would be a fun book.

His readers all over the world love him. He proved this by launching a Kickstarter for 4 unpublished books, about which none of his readers knew a single thing. He set the goal at a modest one million dollars over 31 days. He got ten million dollars on day one.

A pensive bro might start asking himself why he even needs Tor or Delacorte anymore. Sanderson is now, famously, the one who knocks.

Can’t wait to dig into these books next year.

State of the Dread: April 2022

Writing


Last month I wrote the character roster and some of chapter 1 for HOWLING WILDERNESS, a new Engines tale. This month I will get at least 2 done.

Reading


I read 9 books, for the third month in a row. Would have been more but I’m training a guy at work, so I don’t have as much headphone time. I’m tackling a couple of big ones in April, too.

Audio


Radcracker will go back to 1 episode per week, it’ll just be longer.

Video


Got some new tech to improve the channel. I’ve also got ideas for regular content moving forward. Make sure you’re subscribed! http://www.youtube.com/c/GrahamBradley

Art


I drew a lot more in March, and some of it is getting digitized. One monkey off my back is the new podcast and channel art for my various shows.

Fitness


I started working out at home again. Now that it’s warm I can ride bikes with my kids.

That’s it, get back to work.

State of the Dread: March 2022

Writing

Last month I finished the pre-draft work for HOWLING WILDERNESS, a new Engines tale. This month I will get at least 2 of 8 segments drafted. I started the first chapter and I’m dealing more or less with three perspectives (two protags who will team up, and an antagonist who cheats.)

Reading

I read 9 books, including a re-read of Witchy Winter. I added another book to the best-of-year list, too. I’ve got two more big re-reads on deck for March, too.
Also, screw it, Quixote is a slog. I’m putting it on deck for audio. I committed to reading it in print but I just don’t care. Neither do you. Between that, Witchy Kingdom, and The Two Towers, I’ve got some big reads on deck. I will probably punt on Two Towers until I finish Quixote.

Audio

Sheriff Porter went live on Adventure Hour, and I post about 3 times per week on Radcracker. Subscribe, subscribe, subscribe.

anchor.fm/dreadpennies

anchor.fm/radcracker

Video


I did a video on YouTube and I’m going to refine my method on that going forward. I really want to make better-quality stuff and that might include scripted reviews of things, which isn’t bad. It just takes longer. I tried a few short reviews and they didn’t accomplish much.


Art


HAVEN’T DRAWN ANYTHING, HAHAHA. I’m working on a cover for Sheriff Porter.

Fitness


DIDN’T WORK OUT, I’M STILL OVERWORKED. GET A JOB GUYS, I NEED HELP. That said, intermittent fasting has me down about three pounds. Ever downward, lol.

Get back to work. Bye.

Geronimo and Bass Reeves: Tell the Story Right

https://anchor.fm/radcracker/episodes/Geronimo-and-Bass-Reeves-Tell-the-Story-Right-e1e6a59

Right there is a link to my podcast wherein I briefly review two books about lesser-known American figures. Geronimo was an Apache leader, and Bass Reeves was a marshal in the late 1800s. Incredible reads.

You can find the Radcracker Podcast on Apple, Google, Spotify, and more.