|2014 Reading List Update
||[Jun. 28th, 2014|06:25 pm]
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Well, instead of going with something I already owned, I ended up getting a couple of books out from the library instead. Two new additions to the list!
1. The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges
2. The Strain by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro
3. The Edge of Tomorrow/All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
4. The Fall by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro
5. A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin
The Fall was a pretty quick read, A Clash of Kings only took a little longer to get through.
The Fall and The Strain felt like an odd mix of horror and summer blockbuster. Everything involving the vampires is pretty creepy and fairly well done, but then you end up with weird stuff that kind of clashes with that tone. Things like the gangbangers and the luchador as vampire hunter were fun, but felt a bit out of place against the grimness of the rest of the book. I definitely enjoyed it though, and kind of love that the vampires feel like a mash up of Del Toro's different takes on the concept. Looking forward to getting my hands on Night Eternal and finishing up the trilogy.
A Clash of Kings was looong, but man did it pick up speed in the last 100 hundred pages or so. Picking out the differences between the book and the show was pretty interesting, and I think the perfect Battle of Blackwater would be a mishmash of the two. The novel's have done a wonderful job at foreshadowing and setting up plot threads that will develop into major things later on. I think it's done it much better than the show actually. Also, the way it fleshes out the setting and the world is heads and shoulders above the show. Good stuff.
Not sure what to move onto next. Obviously I'd like to get the next books in both series, but I'm tempted to crack into something new while waiting for them. Then again, I still need to finish A People's History of United States, so I'll probably just focus on that until I hear from the library.