flameeyes!

Somehow, I totally missed the boat on this. Diego, if you read this, I am sorry to see you go, but you know that. Best wishes to you mate, we were better for having you with us.

bah. how did i miss this happening??

Spin

Resurrecting the Books/Reading portion of this blog. First up on the plate is Spin by Robert Charles Wilson. The merits of this book weren’t in the spell binding – it was an ok read, told in a flashback fashion until the reader (at the end of course) is caught up with current events. What’s noteworthy in this book is the concept for the book, which was a bit fresh. One day in the not so distant future, an envelope surrounds the Earth. It’s quickly learned that the field also has a temporal aspect, slowing time passage on Earth considerably. The rest of the book is basically how that temporal shift is exploited to figure out who did this and why, told by the main character, a doctor, about his childhood friends. Eh. It wasn’t a bad read, but it was a bit of a weak read. I can’t pan it too badly (critics are failed writers after all), because the next book I picked up from ye olde biblotech was Alan Dean Foster’s The Candle of Distant Earth.

I did not realize that this was the third in the series (which I haven’t read), but that hardly changes my opinion. I remember reading Foster’s book when I was younger, and I don’t remember them being this painful. Yes, painful. And droll. Ouch. I’ll probably get zinged for that, but I really had a hard time pushing into it, and actually gave up after only 30 or 40 pages. With some books that might have been too early, but the book wasn’t that big to begin with, so I figured this was enough to base a judgement on.

Next up will be Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds. I’m only half way through, but it’ll have to work hard to disappoint me now 🙂

Reading spree drawing down

Well, the pox sent me into a reading fit. Believe me, if you’ve been home for daytime tv, you know why. Unfortunately, I had pox on my hands too, so using the laptop was a bit tough on the endurance – so I read. A lot. 5 books down in a week. Just finished the sixth book on my stack (before you think my budget opulent – public libraries can be grand folks), Terry Goodkind’s Pillars of Creation. Many of us readers of fantasy were drawn into Jordan’s little world back when it was supposed to be little and simple, greatly disappointed over time as his trilogy became a 10+ book epic that has gone so wide and far that one book barely encompasses a day in his unwieldy cast’s lives. Goodkind is refreshing – sure, there are 9 or so books in the series now, but he’s never introduced more characters than he can safely deal with. Pillars was no exception, and in fact a welcome change – it followed two characters we’d never heard of, weaving them in and out of the saga we know about until the conclusion brought it all together again. Hats off to Goodkind, I look forward to reading the next two books in the series (I fell behind).

Also picked up a copy of Tad Williams first book in his new series today. If you’ve never read the Thorn, Memory, Sorrow series by Williams, you need to march out and get the DragonBone Chair. Now. I’ll wait. Yes, the first 100 or so pages take a while to build into it. You’ll forgive him long before you get to volume three of the trilogy.