Well, I like to read, I like to read a lot, and I think I can read reasonably fast. I can sit down and finish a decent length book in a single sitting, and some of my friends (JDX mainly) think this is somewhat odd.
So, after some stupid late-night talking between me and said friend, I’ve decided to try to read 10 books in three weeks. Now when I first thought of that I thought it sounded easy, I’ve since given myself a reality check, so I am altering my task ever so slightly. I shall read 10 books in as close to three weeks as I can manage. To prove that I’ve read them, for each book I’ll do a little summary and/or review, containing my opinions about them etc etc...
So here is the list, with a brief summary of why I chose to read them. (This is also the reading order.)
Double Eagle by Dan Abnett
- I love Dan Abnett’s work, I had a brief venture into 40k gaming, and I found I rather liked the 40k fiction. (Well Abnett’s work specifically, Eisenhorn above all.) Double Eagle is a Spin-off in the Gaunts’ Ghosts’ series, with a side character who I grew strangely fond of as a main character. (Bree Jagdea.)
Equal Rights by Terry Pratchett
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
- I read these books quickly and religiously. As a rule, all Terry Pratchett books are a joy to read, and I've yet to be let down yet. I’ve read nearly all the City Watch ones, and these (The Granny Weatherwax ones) are next on the list. I can also finish a Pratchett book in a day if I sit down, so they’re a slightly strategic choice.
Airman by Eoin Colfer
I got into the Artermis Fowl books rather later than I should’ve (16/17) but I found them funny and generally rather good. I saw this book on the selves of bookstores awhile ago and thought about getting it then, but the library got a copy in recently and it seemed a shame not to try to read it. I also like the idea of a human who’s born and was raised in the sky never having set foot on the ground. (I think that’s the premise at least...)
The Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman
The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman
The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman
- These are JDX’s picks. The ‘His Dark Materials’ cycle, yes it’s a trilogy, but my borrowed copies say they’re a cycle, and calling something a trilogy almost detracts things from it these days. When I was talking to him about this idea it seemed fair that I let him suggest a couple of things so that I didn’t just fill it all up with Pratchett’s (not a bad idea though). He said that they were good books, and that they made an impression on him. Well I’m feeling impressionable, so why not. (Also they don’t appear to be too thick either; again; tactics coming into play here.....)
Sabbat Martyr by Dan Abnett
- This is the 4th and final book in “The Saint” cycle of Gaunt’s Ghosts. I read the first three nearly two months ago and getting hold of a copy of the final has been a very difficult task indeed. In the meantime I’ve picked up tid-bits here & there, and done some re-reading, all only served to make me want this more, more and more!!! This being in 9th place is to serve as an incentive of sorts.
Sasha by Joel Shepherd
This wasn’t originally on the list and got on here purely by chance. Originally I was to have the MtG tie-in Dissension by Cory J. Herdon at the top of the list, but I had that with me when I was at Uni with JDX and I finished the book prior to it. (Guildpact) I sat bored in a tutorial for about 50 minutes before JDX showed how kind he could be by telling me “No.” when I asked if I could read it. Thanks. About 10 minutes later he changed his mind and was very gracious and let me read it to kill time, provided I could find another book.
So, I needed a new book, I was probably going to go with another TP, but the author had to be different otherwise I’d be reading too much of the same. (I’m already reading multiples of 3 authors). I chose this book because I liked the cover art not on it, but on its sequel, the latter prompted me to have a look at the original, and I rather like that cover art too. Admittedly I don’t know much about it, and to be honest, the blurb does sound a tad cliché:
Princess runs away from royalty, becomes action girl, and then finds that everyone wants her to be a princess again. Lots of fancy fantasy names, oh and the group of people who raised her see her as a ‘chosen one’. She must find her palce in the world, and more than likely, mature & grow as a person. It’s also part one of “A Trial of Blood & Steel”. Hmmmmm....
I am going to read it though. I haven’t heard about it before, and I’d like to read something that under normal circumstances I wouldn’t pick up, this is not a slight against the author, but I normally read Pratchett, Salvatore, G.R.R.Martin, Abentt, this guy’s name is new to me, that’s all.
So, as of Sunday, 12 October 2008 I start this silly little idea of mine and do rather a lot of intensive reading for a bit. This should be fun..... Oh look, it’s Sunday now, first up, Double Eagle....