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I have been reading a lot lately, not sure why that is, perhaps it was the slower internet and not being able to stream all the TV that I used to watch but I am really enjoying it.  I am always looking for recommendations so comment away on what you have been reading that you like.  I will give it a shot.  At the current rate, I seem to be reading 100-200 pages a day.  So books are not lasting that long.

Recently Read:

George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. 
All 5 books back to back.  Amazing books.  Some of the best fantasy novels I have ever read.  Graphic descriptive battles, morally ambiguous characters.  Huge worlds and what not.  I really enjoyed all 5 books and look forward to the rest of the series.


Seth Gramme-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter. 
This is the same guy that wrote Pride and Prejudice with Zombies.  That was awful, I hated Pride and Prejudice, adding zombies made it about 1% better.  Adding Abraham Lincoln made this one about 5% better.  The writing was ok, but the story was lame.  Lincoln is a mere pawn in this story bending to the will of the vampires as they struggle to manipulate and shift power in the United States.  Too many Vampire rules were bent and changed in the production of this novel leaving me confused and disbelieving.  The one interesting side effect of the book was that it caused me to look up some of the historical facts presented in the novel to see where the author departed from reality.  It still sucked.

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle

I made it about 15 pages into this in about 2 hours.  Written in Olde English and damn impossible to read.  I already know the story, so I gave up.  I might try a modern adaptation but I cannot handle Shakespeare and I couldn’t handle this.  It felt like school trying to read it and I read for fun.

Currently Reading:

What an amazing story.  A Polish Cavalry officer is captured and interrogated by the Russians and sent to a work camp in Siberia.  He escapes.  That is as far as I have gotten so far.  It is an amazing true story.



On Deck:

The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

After finishing A Song of Ice and Fire, I went looking for some more high fantasy novels and this one came up.  Interestingly enough the Author is from Madison, WI.  I am looking forward to reading this one as it comes highly recommended by others who really liked Martin’s books.


The Thrawn Trilogy – Timothy Zahn

With the news of Lucas selling out to Disney.  The topic of Star Wars came up at work.  The guys have talked highly of some of the books.  After a bit of time on the net these books looked really interesting.

What are you reading?


2 Responses to Books

  1. jeff durand says:

    Hey P.Trick!

    Loved George RR Martin… I started reading those when it was just the first three books and the wait for the last two had nearly killed me. I wish that man wrote faster!


    This series I am linking will be wrapping up with the 13th book in the beginning of January. The author, Robert Jordan, developed a set of great characters, similar to GRRM, but without the moral issues. You’ll find no swearing, and carousing, but you will be drawn in to a great great story.

    I am rereading the last two books in preparation for the final book coming out. Believe it or not, I started reading this series nearly 20 years ago and have waited a long long time for it to end. Robert Jordan actually passed away of a rare blood disease 5 years ago, and another author, Brandon Sanderson, was picked by Jordan’s widow to finish the books and series. If anything, the writing has gotten better in some spots!

    This series, the Wheel of Time, is not for the faint of heart as nearly each book is close to or over 1000 pages, and as I said there are 12 so far. 13th being the end.

    You will F L Y through the first 4 books for sure as they draw you in with a fervor, but then the pace slows a bit, for books 5-9, and picks up with 10,11,12… It’s a story that you will really enjoy…

    Lots to read on it in many websites… but here is link to the books for sale, and then two sites which are invaluable in keeping the details for you so you dont need to have a notebook handy.

    Good luck! Tell me what you think!

    Good site!

    good infos….

    Take care!


  2. Pat Norton says:

    Thanks Jeff, I will certainly check it out. It looks really interesting. I think all 5 Martin books took me 3 months or so, This could be what gets me through winter! I hear it gets cold up here.

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