Well I say. Where did you guys all go for so long? Because I’ve certainly not been absent with neither explanation nor reason for the past few months.1
Just how long has it been anyway? I suppose I should go check that– August!? Nuh-uh. I don’t believe that for a second. Although I suppose that time would sort of make sense; it was not too much before then that I was thrust into a rather horrifying late shift at work which managed to eliminate any and all practical me-time.
Hannah will be looking at bringing another body on board in the new year and this is a fantastic idea. I’m currently back to early shifts — well, actually I’m off work for two and a bit weeks, booyah! — but who knows how long that will last for!
All that said, I have managed to read the odd thing here and there throughout breaks at work and in the time between head hitting the pillow and eyelids hitting the, um, eye bottoms?
So here are some of the things I’ve read between then and now (i.e., the ones I can actually recall), some of these might even get proper reviews!2
- First Lord’s Fury (Codex Alera #6 and Final) by Jim Butcher
Quite enjoyed this whole series; more than I thought I would given the series was essentially based on a challenge accepted to write something entertaining based on Pokemon and a Lost Roman Legion.
- The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) by Brent Weeks
Want more. Moooore. If you’re roughly a century old — in internet years — you may recall that I rather quite liked the first Lightbringer book. This one was no different. Well… It had different words. I just mean that they were also pretty good!3
- Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire #1) and King of Thorns (The Broken Empire #2) by Mark Lawrence
Hmm. I liked these volumes; quite a unique take on… I’m not even sure I can call it fantasy, but I suppose it still is. Takes grim to whole new levels though. I think Lawrence realised that it may have been slightly overdone in the first book as the second makes some (small) efforts to lighten the tone somewhat.
And that is all the stuff I’ve read in the interim that I can currently recall.
Right now I’m reading Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time #13) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. I told myself I was going to hold off on this one until the final volume — A Memory of Light — was released, and I was doing fairly well at keeping to it too.4
Then… Then my Kindle broke.5
I saw this sitting on the shelf, all lonesome and dust-collectingy and now here I am reading physical books capable of double-tasking as wheel stops for trucks and small aircraft.
I’m not particularly far into it yet, but it’s already got me rather quite excited. Sanderson is a great author, I knew that already to be sure, but his contributions to the Wheel of Time series are nothing short of phenomenal so far. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a review of this one out once done.
In any case, that’s enough from me for
another few months now! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas and will have an excellent New Year.
This statement may or may not be true ↩
You can imagine me saying yes while shaking my head Noooo here. ↩
In fact, if any of these books on my past-reads list would change my head shake from a ‘No’ to a slightly more circular/possibly actually ‘Yes’ motion it’d be this one. ↩
Not actually too far off though it seems, Amazon has listed A Memory of Light’s release date as Jan 8th 2013! At least for the Hardcover edition… Hm… Wonder if my wrists are up to the task? ↩
I’ll likely be replacing it with a flash new Kindle Paperwhite via Amazon vouchers received for Christmas ↩