Yes, yes I am still working on an EMP-Solar flare special. This weekend I got distracted by David T. Zabecki's The German 1918 Offensives. Which is very interesting, but does not have a lot to do with either phenomena- Although I suppose the German flame out in 1918 does have certain metaphorical similarities.
Another cause for delay is that while I have read all of the originally intended novels, buried on my Kindle I found David C. Waldron's Dark Grid and Jeff Brackett's Half Past Midnight. Granted there is something a little ironic about storing novels about solar flares and EMPs on a Kindle. Seems like I am almost tempting fate.
I did see a nice posting on the Survivalist Board telling people about my reviews. It is nice to see people finding my reviews useful. Based on a few e-mails comments, the authors occasionally get a little annoyed with me. But most of the time I try and avoid getting too personal about it. I am fully aware that there are books out there that people just love, that I am half-hearted about at best. When I say that I didn't like a book, I am not trying to say (most of the time) that no one should like the book. That is the primary reason that I have the "Reality" and "Readability" criteria. To try and signal the books style without getting into many subjective preferences. Granted, I have found Readability to have a bit of an Achilles heel in that a low score (challenging reading) winds up applying to great, but challenging, literature (Joyce) and also books that are just a plain mess. I haven't figured out a way to correct that without adding too many complications.
If the two novels I noted above don't take too long, I suspect I will start the EMP-solar flare reviews next week.