Monday, September 26, 2011

Third Quarter books

Dance of Dragons -GRR Martin

I had high hopes for this book; and though it mostly dwelt on characters I like, pacing was glacial. I could go on, but that was the thought that stood out. I wonder if he might pass away before bringing the series to a close, and they'll have to tap someone like Sanderson to finish it off.

Blade Itself- J Ambercrombie
Before They are hanged
Last argument of kings

Needed to get some Epic Fantasy where the plot moved, the characters felt real, and everything came to a crashing conclusion. Second time this year.

Dune- F Herbert
Ghost Story -J Butcher
Shadows Linger -G Cook

I read Dune a couple of times in the past; age 10, age 20 something, and now age 30 something. It's a lot easier to follow now than it was a quarter century ago. strange that.

Ghost story was enjoyable; though the characters didn't develop as much as I would have liked to see, I thought it moved the plot along. Besides, the previous book in the series (Changes) had enough going on in it for a couple of books. I'm curious to see where Butcher will go from here.

War Breaker- B Sanderson
Way of Kings

All stuff I've read before, but I was killing time while waiting for my next audiobook credits to come in, or was reading them while concurrently listening to something else. Also was interesting to see Sanderson's growth as an author.

Diplomatic Immunity - LM Bujold

Finished off the VorKosigan novels again. Still love/hate (but mostly love) the end of Cryoburn. After a fairly vanilla book (enjoyable, but not her best work) Bujold writes a series of reactions which were some of the most effective scenes I've read/heard.

Macbeth - AJ Hartley/D Hewson

I'd never read/seen the play or watched a movie of it before, so I got the audiobook. It was interesting; the story as tough to deal with as season two of the "Slings and Arrows"

Golden Compass - P Pullman
Boneshaker - C Priest

Didn't realize that I got so much steampunk all in a row. Priest is kind of Steampunk horror, which I didn't expect. Golden Compass was a bit easier for me to stomach (I'm not a big horror fan) but things worked out a little too easily. Will probably continue to get their (Pullman and Priest's) books.

Fuzzy Nation - J Scalzi
Live Free or Die - J Ringo

Fuzzy nation is just fun, and I needed a change of pace after the steampunk. Honestly it felt like stepping up into clean, fresh, warm air after being stuck in dank, uncomfortable, cold basement for hours.

J Ringo is sort of fun- if he'd keep off the political theory and go for story, I'd enjoy his books more. Since I don't agree with him politically, when he climbs on his soap box it kind of sets my teeth on edge. I think he wants to be the SF's version of Ayn Rand.

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1 comment:

Leah @ Chasing Atalanta said...

One thing I forgot to mention when we were chatting about ADWD is that I liked the dragons a lot. So many fantasy authors give their dragons intelligence, which is fine, but it was a nice change to read about dragons as just big, fierce animals, eating whatever they want, whenever they want.

Also, if you like steampunk I also recommend Mark Hodder. I've got several new steampunk authors sitting on my shelf and I'll report back as I get through them.