Thursday, February 17, 2011

An Update concerning Books

Whoa. I haven't posted since August 2010. I've been busy. Work, work, some work, and sometimes a weekend. I started posting on tumblr as well. Which appeals to me more, because of the massive amount of comic fans there.

I've read a few good books since last time. Here's what I remember:

The Passage by Justin Cronin. Excellent book. I was sad when it ended. I actually miss the characters. I thought it was a really good read for being such a long book. Alot of times, longer books have alot of fluff they don't need, but The Passage was interesting all the way through the book. It has alot of twists and turns, and it doesn't always end up the way you think it would, or the way you want it to. Which is what I liked the most about it. Most books are pretty predictable. Which can make them boring at times. As vampire fiction, The Passage managed to stand out against all the other huge stacks of VF out there today. One of my favorite books that I managed to read in 2010. Highly recommend it.

The Parasol Proctorate series by Gail Carriger. My first venture into Steampunk related reading. I really enjoyed this series. It's set in a Victorian era where vampires, werewolves, paranormals, and steampunk are the norm. There are three books in the series to date, with two more planned.

The Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre. The term I've heard most to describe these books is 'space opera'. Four books so far, and two more on the way, which isn't going to be enough for me. Initially I was drawn to pick up Double Blind because of the cover. I am a sucker for cover art. The books are well written and the plots keep you reading. I look for series to read, because I'm usually not content with one book. The more the better. Maybe by the time book 6 rolls around there will be more planned in the series.

OverWinter by David Wellington. Wellington is one of my favorite authors. He has written vampire, zombie, and werewolf fiction. All with new twists on the old myths and excellent characters. OverWinter is the sequel to the first werewolf story, Frostbite. Both are excellent books. OverWinter has new interesting characters, and elaborates on the existing ones. It has quickly become one of my favorite werewolf fictions of 2010. I can't wait to see what Wellington writes next.

Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter. One of my favorite subjects are skinwalkers. Native American legends of people who can shift into different animals, or just one, depending on what tribe they are from. Hunter writes an excellent Skinwalker series, with Jane being one of the more likable characters I have come across. She is a vampire hunter (which seems to be a running trend in books these days) but she ends up working for the vampires. The only part I didn't completely enjoy at first was the narrative when she was in her 'beast' form. It was choppy and frustrating to read at times. Once I got used to it, it kinda grew on me. The third book, Mercy Blade was recently released and I've just started reading it. There is a fourth one planned as well. Hunter also writes another series called the Rogue Mage series, which I believe deals with Angels and such.

And that's about it ladies and gents. Maybe more later. For now I have to get back to work and actually get something done.