Thursday, August 01, 2019

What is Christopher Ruocchio reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Christopher Ruocchio, author of Howling Dark.

His entry begins:
The truth is, I haven’t had much chance to read anything of late. Between production on Howling Dark’s sequel and manuscript submissions at my day job, my reading’s been quite thin. If you’ll forgive me for going back a few months, the last book I really had the chance to sit down and read was Robert Hugh Benson’s Lord of the World, a dystopian SF novel written in 1908 set in a unified, communist Europe told mostly from the perspective of the man who becomes the last Pope. It was written by Father Benson (himself a Catholic priest) as a critique of H.G. Wells, then a J.K. Rowling sized celebrity, and his vision of technocratic utopian socialism, which Benson believed would...[read on]
About Howling Dark, from the publisher:
The second novel of the galaxy-spanning Sun Eater series merges the best of space opera and epic fantasy, as Hadrian Marlowe continues down a path that can only end in fire.

Hadrian Marlowe is lost.

For half a century, he has searched the farther suns for the lost planet of Vorgossos, hoping to find a way to contact the elusive alien Cielcin. He has not succeeded, and for years has wandered among the barbarian Normans as captain of a band of mercenaries.

Determined to make peace and bring an end to nearly four hundred years of war, Hadrian must venture beyond the security of the Sollan Empire and among the Extrasolarians who dwell between the stars. There, he will face not only the aliens he has come to offer peace, but contend with creatures that once were human, with traitors in his midst, and with a meeting that will bring him face to face with no less than the oldest enemy of mankind.

If he succeeds, he will usher in a peace unlike any in recorded history. If he fails…the galaxy will burn.
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