Good morning, friends. Last week’s blog is coming to you this week because I was down with a migraine Thursday and Friday. So it’s a two blog week.
I’ve been talking a lot about writing lately so I thought it would be nice to talk about what I’ve been reading lately. This is supposed to be primarily a book blog, after all. Somehow I got into the habit of only blogging about my writing instead.
September was a bit of a slower month because I was reading The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan, which is the 5th book in the Wheel of Time series. That took me literally the entire month of September to finish, but I read a few other things during that time, mostly shorter things and a book that came off hold at the library.
The Fires of Heaven
I’ll save my actual opinion of this one for a podcast, but I loved it. Of course. Next…
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
This is the second book in the Gentlemen Bastards series. I absolutely LOVED the first book, The Lies of Locke Lamora. I really enjoyed this one as well, but not quite as much as the first one. I felt like the action didn’t really start until the last 3rd of the book, so it felt like there was a lot of filler in the first 2/3rds. I think that’s a pretty common issue when an author is working on a long series with the same characters. I’m hoping the rest of the books are more like the first book, which is super action packed. We’ll see what happens when I get a chance to read the next one. FOUR STARS.
Saga Vol. I & II by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
I picked up this series after reading a review on Goodreads by Patrick Rothfuss. It’s a really fantastic story and I loved the first two volumes. Both were available at the library, and 4-8 or whatever are available now, but for some reason there’s an ELEVEN WEEK HOLD on number three. I’ll never understand it. So I’ll be continuing the series in eleven weeks. Whoopdeedoo. FOUR STARS
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
I’d like to congratulate this book for being the worst thing I’ve read this year. I’ve enjoyed everything else but this exercise in poor execution. I think I understand what VanderMeer was going for. I think all of us dream of writing that completely unconventional but extremely effective novel. He did not. The first 1/3 was pretty interesting, then it took a strange turn and ultimately ended in the most nonsensical and disappointing way. Somehow, he’s decided that this story line should continue and wrote two other books that I will absolutely not be reading. ONE STAR.
That’s it. Not a terrible reading month but not a great one either in terms of quantity, and unfortunately one stinking pile of garbage really brought the average down. Jeff VanderMeer, I’d like a refund for the time I spent on your crap.
Anyway, here’s a cat. This unbelievably adorable kitten is available for adoption at the rescue I volunteer at.