I have been neglecting this blog recently, and I thought it was about time that I did a recent purchase post. It is nothing as bad as last year over why I have been neglecting updating the blog – I have been distracted by working on my miniatures lately and I’ve been posting in that more. I don’t seem to buy as many books as I used to either, and it seems to take me much longer to get through them than I used to do. Reading in the evening seems to be a bad idea because I’m wide awake when I start reading a chapter then I’m starting to get tired and lose my concentration to the extent that words don’t really register anymore. At that point, I decide that there’s not much point in me continuing reading.
I have recently finished reading Judgement at Proteus by Timothy Zahn. Great book, as usual, but I can’t help but think that the story would have been better over two books instead of one. There seemed to be a lot going on in it and as it is only a 300 – 400 page book, it seemed to me that it was a bit too condensed.
I have been reading Pride by Rachel Vincent. Still not really impressed with the series, but I like it better than the previous two because there is less of the relationship rubbish between Faythe and Marc, but it still could have been improved upon. Rachel Vincent is by no means subtle in her writing when it comes to conflicts between characters and I am not certain if she is pro feminist or anti feminist, and my views on the series hasn’t really changed. She also seems to shy away from the interesting parts by bringing in unnecessary seeming conflict which is just as bad as Stephanie Meyer failing to write about action. Interesting premise, but lousy in the way it is delivered and she could have improved them if they had been rewritten slightly.
I am also in the middle of reading Frost Burned by Patrica Briggs. It is urban fantasy as it should be written, though I think it has suffered from the huge gap between publications since the last book in the Mercy Thompson series. There isn’t much that I could criticise it on, really.
I am making my way though A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin and I get the distinct impression that I will be seeing series two of Game of Thrones on DVD before I actually finish the book! I would have liked to see more from Jon Snow and Daenerys – it is almost as if the author forgets about them, suddenly remembers them and writes a chapter about them… Although I generally enjoy reading the book, I don’t like the way he handles Theon Greyjoy. I don’t really care about him shagging this character, or almost doing that to his sister…. It doesn’t really do anything for the story and in a similar vain, I don’t think that it is necessary that every time Tyrion is in the story that whores and brothels need to be mentioned… I mean, seriously???? Yeah, I don’t mind it if he goes there to see Varys, but I don’t need the details of his base urges…. Because the book is so long, I break off reading it to read a shorter book and then go back to it.
Now on to the books I’m waiting to arrive:
Remember Luke Gamble’s book from last year? This is his second.
I don’t know if anyone remembers this lady, but she was in a couple of BBC TV series in the mid 90’s – Vet School and Vets in Practice. I don’t normally go for celebratory anything, but as she’s remained out of the spot light, I thought it would be interesting to see how she has got on 15 years later….
This book is a fiction book. I don’t normally go for contemporary fiction titles, but as the book is about a vet (and written by a vet as well), I decided to give it a chance.
I am gathering books to read for what will hopefully be useful for my MSc study when I finally get back to uni. This book will be useful, even just for reference articles / papers. I am hoping to investigate Canis evolution.
And a couple of recent books which are waiting on my to-read list: