Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Books, glorious books

As I've probably said here before, I've always got a book or two on the go. My to-be-read pile is huge and I often have to force myself to keep it from growing any bigger. So many good books to read and not enough hours in the day to read them. 

Anyway, as I've really enjoyed a few books lately, I thought it would be a good idea to mention them here. A couple of days ago, I finished the latest in Alex Scarrow's TimeRiders series. This one, The Pirate Kings, takes in all the fun of pirates (strangely enough) complete with sailing on the high seas, shooting and stabbing people and generally being scoundrels. Of course, there's plenty of history to go with the time travel. If you're new to the series, book seven isn't the best place to start. Get you to the first one and get reading.

Then there's The Doomsday Book which I'm about halfway through now. SF isn't usually my thing. I sometimes find it too clinical, too much from the head while fantasy is from the imagination and horror comes from that bit of reptile brain we like to pretend is long dead. Simply beacause it's such a great tale, I'm really enjoying this one. Highly recommended.

For an old favourite, there's Small Gods from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. I read this one a few years back and while it doesn't quite edge out Mort as my personal highlight, it's a close call. The Discworld series is in the twenties by now, and while some people would say to start at the beginning, I think you could read this one after reading just a couple of the others.

And this weekend, I'll be starting Peter Straub's Ghost Story and Tim Lebbon's Bar None which I'm really looking forward to.

Whatever you pick up next to read, enjoy it.

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