Sunday, 20 October 2013

What I'm reading (the two month edition)

I didn't mean to take such a long break from posting, but my health took an unexpected turn and started kicking my backside. I'm definitely on the mend now though, and I have quite a few posts lined up to share. First though, it's time to catch up with what I've been reading. 

What are you currently reading?

I'm still in the middle of The Thousand Names by Django Wexler which continues to be more enjoyable than I thought I would find it given that is it mainly military based fantasy at the moment. The description of a fantasy version of Sharpe seems very accurate, but Wexler writes well enough and has created characters that keep me wanting to read on despite that. (Nothing wrong with Sharpe, it just isn't usually my cup of tea.)

Technically I'm still in the middle of Jeffery Deaver's XO but I've stalled. It's rather mehish and I've no real desire to go back. I suspect this might be a DNF.

What did you recently finish reading?

Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs. It was the reading equivalent of comfy old slippers. Not brilliant and much the same feel as her previous ones but enjoyable and good to curl up to. Then there was Bones Are Forever which was much the same, except for one bit where I want to shake one of the characters or throw the book across the room. Ryan really should have known better (especially with what is revealed later on), and I can't quite believe Reichs did that. I'm not too sure if I'll read the latest one yet.

Oor Wullie. It made me giggle, and again like comfy old slippers, but ones that were my favourite to start with for a reason.

Thankless in Death
- J.D. Robb. I really enjoyed the character interactions in this one, which is pretty much the only reason I'm keeping reading this series. It was great to curl up with on a wet afternoon when I was stuffed with the cold. 
Uncommon Criminals
, Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Story, Perfect Scoundrels - Ally Carter. Reasonably light-hearted teenage thief shenanigans? All over it. I have such a soft spot for this series, even if it does require a bit of suspension of disbelief at times. I finished the last one disappointed there wasn't more which is a big change from most of the books I've read recently.
Whiskey Beach - Nora Roberts. It could have been any one of her recent standalones, but it was a all right enough read especially as I was in the mood to know exactly what to expect. 
Magic Rises - Ilona Andrews. I really enjoyed it. I raced through reading it, and I can't wait to read the next one.

Red-Headed Stepchild, The Mage in Black - Jaye Wells. Red-headed Stepchild read like a first book, a little info dumpy and clunky in places, but I liked it enough to carry on reading. The second in the series read a little better, but I was quickly growing tired of the just about all the characters. I flicked through the other books in the series and that convinced me I really didn't want to carry on reading. I can see why they would appeal to people, but I just didn't like them enough to read any more.

The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson. I absolutely loved it! Definitely going on my to buy pile.

The Thief's Gamble, The Swordsman's Oath, The Gambler's Fortune, The Warrior's Bond and The Assassin's Edge by Juliet E McKenna. I'm absolutely head over heels for this series. It was a reread for me, but it's been such a while since I originally read them that I didn't care at all. I sort of resented the fact I had to put the books down to go to work or do other necessary things, and I savoured every word.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Not sure really. I just want to get The Thousand Names finished, but I suspect I will be buying and reading A Few Further Tales of Einarinn by McKenna as well.

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