Friday, January 6, 2012

Weekly Roundup January 6, 2012

I'm going to post a weekly update consisting of thoughts on what I've read that week, what I'm reading now, and what I'll be reading next.

I'll kick this off with saying that this week, after months, I finally finished listening to the Audible versions of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series.  I wouldn't even know where to begin reviewing these massive works of fantasy literature.  Suffice it to say that I love his characters and I have some issues with his plots.  For the most part he's great about introducing me to characters that I come to care about seeing them either succeed or receive their comeuppance.  However, I feel like there is a lot in these five books that could have been cut.  I frequently found myself wondering what certain scenes had to do with the grand scheme of things (at best), losing my grip on the big picture (in the case of the second volume, A Clash of Kings), or, in worst case scenario, just plain bored.

Will I read the next two books in the series when they are published?  I think so.  I'm still invested in Martin's characters and since he's killed off so many characters I was rooting for I'm interested in seeing who, if anyone, "wins" the Game of Thrones.

I posted my review of Lewis Black's I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas, an enjoyable respite from A Song of Ice in Fire in a number of ways. Its brevity and tone hit the spot, as it were, and, as an added bonus it helped me understand myself a little better.  I'll certainly be checking out Lewis Black's other books, Me of Little Faith and Nothing's Sacred.

I also started reading Stephen King's new book, 11/22/63, which, as I mentioned previously, I'm reading as a part of the read-a-long hosted by Grace over at Feeding My Book Addiction.  Aside from On Writing, I've never read a book by King before.  More of that when I post my review of the first three parts.  Look for that between now and the fourteenth.

Kindle tells me I'm currently fifteen percent through 11/22/63. So far, I love it.  Jake Epping is an English teacher who frequents a diner whose proprietor, Al, introduces him to a secret portal leading to 1958 and urges him to try to put a stop to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy five years later on November 22, 1963.

So far, the novel has set a wonderful tone, making me feel nostalgic for an era decades before I was born, but also for my own college town of Potsdam, New York.  Reading it I envision this sepia-toned past frozen in time but still vibrant and alive.  I look forward to finishing this.  I also have a firmer grasp on the causal nature of events, which makes for a welcome change from reading George R. R. Martin.

Up Next: The Godfather by Mario Puzo

I went to my public library for the first time in at least ten years and got a new library card.  Then I went home, logged into and put a couple of ebooks on to my wait list.  First to come up was The Godfather by Mario Puzo.  I love the movie so I thought I would give the book a read.  And since I was able to borrow it on Kindle for two weeks, it hardly gets any easier to borrow books from the library.

It feels good to be blogging again.  When I used this site (in its pre-Blogger incarnation) primarily for my fiction, I felt pressured to update when I had nothing to say.  While this will transition to a site mostly about what I'm reading, I'm excited about the prospect of giving my analytical mind something to work on while I try and create new fiction of my own.

I hope you'll stick around for the journey.

1 comment:

  1. The Godfather has been sitting on my shelf for a long time now. I'll see if I can squeeze it in this month so we can talk about it together!


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