Archive for February, 2010

Book Worm

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

I hadn’t gotten much reading done the past few months. I’ve been busy with a few other distractions. I did get to finish reading two novels that I really wanted to read.

Sharra’s Exile (published in the omnibus, Heritage and Exile) by Marion Zimmer Bradley
A Clash of Kings (book two of A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R.R. Martin

Sharra’s Exile is indeed a nice rewrite of Bradley’s earlier Sword of Aldones. The story is fleshed out more while retaining some of the key plot lines from Sword of Aldones.

I am really enjoying A Song of Ice and Fire, and I have a feeling I might like the third book the best. Without spoiling anything, let’s just say the third book feels like the climax of the first part of the series. (I could be wrong, of course, but that’s my gut feeling about the third book.) After finishing the second book, I had to dig into the third book a bit and read the prologue, which starts with the same storyline as the first book.

I am currently reading Hamilton’s The Laughing Corpse. I have to agree that Hamilton is indeed an imaginative writer. I have to admit that I am at a loss as to who or what the killer is. Vampire? Zombie? Vampires don’t eat brains and zombies don’t have brains to be a smart killer, so who/what could it be that is feeding off people but is leaving no substantial clues? Interesting. I’m about halfway through. So far, I still enjoy Hamilton’s sassy writing style.

My current reading list:
The Laughing Corpse (an Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novel) by Laurell K. Hamilton
Year of the Unicorn by Andre Norton
Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Ancestors of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson
A Storm of Swords (book three of A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R.R. Martin
Gormenghast (the sequel to Titus Groan) by Mervyn Peake
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (I am on part three of book two, page 443)
The Spell Sword (published in the omnibus, The Forbidden Circle) by Marion Zimmer Bradley

What’s next on my reading list:
Crossroads of Twilight (book ten of The Wheel of Time) by Robert Jordan
The Transition of Titus Crow (published in Brian Lumley’s Mythos Omnibus) by Brian Lumley (or possibly Necroscope seeing as I enjoyed Lumley’s writing, I am curious if I might like his other series as well)
Dark Force Rising by Timothy Zahn

~~~C