Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Reading fool...

I have been tearing through books like... well, I don't really know what it is like. I just finished Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic and Baby and it was funny but Becky gets on my nerves sometimes because of how she handles certain situations. It really irritates me to the point where I wonder why I am even reading the book... but then I will hit a funny part and keep going. SK has a book out in Hardback that looks cute but I will wait till it comes out on paperback and save a buck.
On my road trip to VA I read Blood Noir by Laurell K Hamilton. It is the latest in the series of Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels and it is better than the last couple in the series although the ending felt rushed. The series started out pretty good if you like paranormal mystery type books but then as the series progressed it got very Romance novel-y and towards the end pretty pornagraphic. Overall they are good books depending on what you are looking for... and the latest one was getting back to the roots of how it started.
Also, along the paranormal genre I read all of the Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris. These are a lot lighter than the Anita Blake books. The main character, Sookie, reminds me a bit of Stephanie Plum from the Janet Evanovich novels.
Speaking of Janet Evanovich, I read Fearless Fourteen last month also. It was just as cute as all the rest in the series and was a nice change of pace from some of the dark Vampire books I was reading.
The other Vampire-ish series that I just finished reading last month was The Hollows by Kim Harrison. I was pretty disappointed when she killed off one of my favorite characters but I think her next book may due him justice... I hope. Again if you like this type of book, vampires, witches, bounty hunting, then this series isn't as dark as the Anita Blake books nor does it get too hung up on a bunch of made up metaphysical stuff but it isn't as lighthearted as the Sookie books. Of the three I liked this series the best although the alternate reality that the author has created seems a bit too far fetched even for a paranormal book about Vampires and Witches.
Okay, so after all those books, I was in need of something to read today and I scanned the bookshelves at Borders trying to find something to read... hoping it would just jump out at me. Finally I got to the Literature section and sitting eye level was George Orwell's 1984... I grabbed it thinking, "I like Sci-Fi and this is a classic, right? I am going to be a teacher maybe I should read something meaningful." So, we will see. I started it tonight in the tub and so far it is pretty good. I have read a chapter (30 pages or so) and I am very intrigued with this super scary world that has been set up. I will let you know how it turns out.
I also got Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card... my bro was reading it while he was here and he said it was really good and that he thought JK Rowling must have read it before writing Harry Potter because they were similar. I am really curious how "Harry Potter in space," as Nick put it, works.

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