buying some new books. Thinking maybe of buying then the Broken Empire, Prince of Nothing, The Red Knight, Dune, Bloodsong, and The Name of the Wind. By the way what do people on the board think of the Iron King [considering buying it] as well as And the Mountains Echoed?
If you really want to get the most out of the bolded series, plan on spending some serious time on them - Prince of Nothing, especially. It's not something to pick up lightly and hope to toss it off. IMHO, it's worth the time investment. Others may feel otherwise.
The Name of the Wind is an introduction to a puzzle. Clues are dropped along the way, which you may or may not pick up on. Again, another start to a series that is worth the investment of time.
Dune, of course, speaks for itself. It is one of those books that inspired many that came after. but sometimes when you read such a work (that inspired so many others) it may feel cliched, simply because so many others copied it.
Over the summer I've read the following-
The Day Of The Triffids-John Wyndham.
Very moving book. Nothing cosy about it at all.
Wide Sargasso Sea-Jean Rhys.
Lush,evocative and very atmospheric. Wonder if I'd enjoy it even more if I'd read Jane Eyre.
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold-John Le Carre.
Possibly my favourite book of the year so far. Brutal and often depressing it's still fascinating, completely authoritive and very readable.
Perdido Street Station-China Mieville.
Good prose, a wonderful setting and interesting musings on the human condition. It is however far too long with rather tedious pacing. The Weaver is a brilliant creation though.
Re: Wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre - two very different experiences.
Always wanted to read The Spy who came in from the Cold. Le Carre is a great writer - I've enjoyed many of his other novels. Don't know why I haven't read the one that started it all yet.
My favorite character from Perdido Street Station was Lin, the Khepri who was Isaac's girlfriend.
Summer is coming to an end, as is my reading time. Boo!
I'm still reading Shadow and Betrayal by Daniel Abraham, not far off finishing the first book. I am enjoying it, but as I feared it's not quite hitting me as much as The Dagger and the Coin. I'll keep going with it, as it is continuously getting better, but it's not a good sign when I pick up another book while already being in the middle of one.
ETA: I also picked up a shitload of books the other day from various charity shops and cheap bookstores, despite my promise to not pick up any more books until I'd finished my to-read pile There's quite a few in there that I'm keen to read, including The Lovely Bones, The Reader and The Rivers of London.
Oh, put down The Long Price Quartet at once then, and pick it up some other time. Sometimes you've got to be in the right frame of mind to really get into the mood of a book or series.
The Lovely Bones, while I didn't read the book but merely saw the movie, kinda pissed me off. there's some parts in it that rang so false to me that it ruined the experience.
I'm still on Book 3 of the Dagger and Coin series by Abraham. I'm giving it all the time it deserves, going back and forth to previous books, and stretching it out as much as possible.