Saturday, May 30, 2009

Reading Update

I thought I'd take a minute to take a breather and give everyone a bit of an update on what I've been reading lately.

I've finished Deader Still by Anton Strout and hope to have my review up soon.

I'm in the middle of reading/listening to five books:

Chronicles of The Planeswalkers Part Zero by B. T. Robertson - Page 50
This is a difficult fantasy book to get into. So far my biggest problem is the quality of the writing. Many of the conversations feel very fake but I think I might be able to find some quality skills later. At least that's what I hope.

The Hornet's Sting by Mark Ryan - Page 14
A novel about a WWII spy. I'm still a bit early in the story so I'm not sure what exactly he did, but I know he operated in the Danish area of the European Theater.

Ghosts of War by Ryan Smithson - Page 83
So far this is a great novel by an Iraqi War Veteran. The library put it in the "Young People" section and I have to admit it fits. He uses very simple sentences but doesn't leave much of anything out.

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne - Track 17 of 37
Kind of a boring listen so far, but Jules Verne was always a favorite of mine when I was a kid. Probably all of those Disney movies that hooked me.

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks - Page 266
This is one of those books that got a lot of hype when it came out. And now I know why. There isn't much time spent developing the world or even some of the major foreign powers. But the characters hook you and you follow them through the years like an addict. You know the book is good when you start thinking of things using terms from the book.

2 comments:

Tia Nevitt said...

Love the snippets! I'm going to have to read The Way of Shadows sometime.

TK42ONE said...

A lot of people have mentioned that there is a lot of violence (like rape and children getting abused), but they made it sound worse than it actually was. I mean it's there, but it's not really described in graphic detail. But it's gripping so far. Lots of focus on the characters, not much on the world they live in (kind of like The Sword Edged Blonde).