Monday, 21 January 2013

Geek Monday: New Year's Reading

So I've started to get back into my reading again recently thanks to a few really good books that  I've been reading.  

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest (by Stieg Larsson)

I managed to acquire the whole of the Millennium trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest) thanks to my fiancĂ©e's Dad wanting to throw them out and giving them to me instead.  I've already finished the first two books which were amazing.  Usually my genre of book is Sci-Fi/Fantasy so I went into reading a thriller with some apprehension.  The first two books in the series had very good pacing with the first half of each book starting off slow with a sudden injection of pace that had the ends of both books finishing with a bang.  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest is different from the other two in which it starts directly after the events of the previous book (which was left on a cliffhanger) which means that it doesn't start slow but jumps straight into the action and in my opinion works fantastically.  I'm about half way through this book so far and I can't wait to finish it and see how this very well written series ends.

A Crown Imperilled (by Raymond E. Feist)

A Crown Imperilled is the penultimate book in REF's Riftwar cycle that start with 'Magician' and will finish with 'Magician's End'.  I've been a big fan of this series since I started reading it many years ago and I've read most of the sub-series that have been published (I need to read the Empire Trilogy and the Krondor series mainly) with my favourites being the Riftwar Trilogy (the original series) and the Serpentwar Saga.  This latest book from REF has me seriously hooked but I can't forgive the mistakes that have been made in terms of editing.  It would be nice for huge books like this to have somebody proof read it before publication because there are several small errors like grammar and spelling but there is one really big error.  Chapter 4 has one major character doing something in one part of the world with several chapters later that character is in a completely different part of the world and then in chapter 15 the character from chapter 4 has become a completely different character altogether.  According to REF this was due to him submitting an older version of one of the chapters (I'm guessing Ch.4 as this would make most sense as it would make sense with the character from Ch.15 replacing him) with the editing team not picking up on this.  I did ask for the paperback version of this book, where the error is supposedly corrected, but my parents accidentally ordered the hardback where it is still present.  Apart from this error the book is very gripping and I look forward to the final book of the cycle.

A Memory of Light (by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson)

So my final new year read is the final book in the Wheel of Time Series.  I came to this series after the previous 13 books has already been published but as soon as I started reading it I was hooked.  It took me almost a year to read all of them with some of the books were very hard going (and it was very difficult not to read too many spoilers on the Wiki as well).  But now the final book is out which means that I can read the conclusion of this epic series (which outlasted the author who sadly died needing Brandon Sanderson to step in to finish it but was actually the breath of fresh air it needed).

Thanks for reading everyone and I will be back for another Games Wednesday this week.

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