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2011 Reading Update #5

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A Dance With Dragons
A Dance With Dragons, George R.R. Martin. This is the latest book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. We’ve been waiting on this book for almost 6 years. I was so excited to finally have it. It’s good, but it moves at a very slow pace. There’s way too much filler. It doesn’t pack as big of a punch as previous books in the series. Hopefully we won’t have to wait nearly as long for the next book.

Ford County: Stories
Ford County: Stories, John Grisham. It probably wasn’t a good idea to read this after reading a George R.R. Martin book. Grisham doesn’t stack up. Ford County: Stories is a series of short stories set in fictional Ford County, Mississippi, which was first introduced in A Time to Kill. This book is alright, but it’s definitely not Grisham’s best work. A lot of these stories would make a good episode of one of the many TV procedural dramas out there.

The Girl Who Played With Fire
The Girl Who Played With Fire, Stieg Larsson. This is book 2 of the Millennium Trilogy. It is so good! I think I liked it more than the first book. There was some stuff early in the book that I kept waiting to be important later, but it didn’t really come back up. Maybe it’ll come back up in the final book, which I should be starting tonight.

Ready Player One
Ready Player One, Ernest Cline. This is the most fun I’ve had reading a book in a while. It’s set in the near future and the world has gone to crap. Most people go into this online virtual world called the OASIS to escape from reality. The creator of the OASIS, James Halliday, has died, and decided to leave his billions to the person who can find an easter egg that he hid in the OASIS. Halliday was obsessed with the 80s, so the contest to find the egg is filled with references from the 80s. The story centers on Wade Watts, one of the many players hunting for the golden egg. I’m more of a child of the 90s more than the 80s, but I got a lot of the references and I was geeking out the whole time I was reading this book. This book isn’t just one 80s reference after another. It’s about friendship, survival, living in the real world vs. the online world, how we make friends online, etc. I highly recommend it.

  • Last Argument of Kings, Joe Abercrombie
  • Awakening, Kate Chopin
  • Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
  • Go, Mutants: A Novel, Larry Doyle
  • Serenity Found, Jane Espenson
  • Incarceron, Catherine Fisher
  • Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks, Mick Foley
  • The Associate, John Grisham
  • Ford County: Stories, John Grisham
  • The Fourth Hand, John Irving
  • The Turn of the Screw & Daisy Miller, Henry James
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemison
  • The Walking Dead, Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars, Robert Kirkman
  • The Walking Dead, Volume 4: The Heart’s Desire, Robert Kirkman
  • The Walking Dead, Volume 5: The Best Defense, Robert Kirkman
  • The Walking Dead, Volume 6: This Sorrowful Life, Robert Kirkman
  • The Walking Dead, Volume 7: The Calm Before, Robert Kirkman
  • The Walking Dead, Volume 8: Made to Suffer, Robert Kirkman
  • The Walking Dead, Volume 9: Here We Remain, Robert Kirkman
  • The Walking Dead, Volume 10: What We Become, Robert Kirkman
  • The Walking Dead, Volume 11: Fear the Hunters, Robert Kirkman
  • The Walking Dead, Volume 12: Life Among Them, Robert Kirkman
  • The Walking Dead, Volume 13: Too Far Gone, Robert Kirkman
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire, Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest, Stieg Larsson
  • The Stormcaller, Tom Lloyd
  • I Am Number Four, Pittacus Lore
  • The Giver, Lois Lowry
  • The Day Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko
  • The Twilight Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko
  • The Final Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko
  • Busted Flush, George R.R. Martin
  • Suicide Kings, George R.R. Martin
  • A Dance With Dragons, George R.R. Martin
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller
  • Batman: Year One, Frank Miller
  • Either You’re in or You’re in the Way, Logan and Noah Miller
  • The Final Crusade, Chaite Naasiri
  • The Darker Mask, George Phillips
  • The Final Empire, Brandon Sanderson
  • The Well of Ascension, Brandon Sanderson
  • The Hero of Ages, Brandon Sanderson
  • Towers of Midnight, Brandon Sanderson
  • A Memory of Light, Brandon Sanderson
  • Titus Andronicus, William Shakespeare
  • Private Parts, Howard Stern
  • The Way of Shadows, Brent Weeks
  • Shadow’s Edge, Brent Weeks
  • Beyond the Shadows, Brent Weeks
  • The Optimist’s Daughter, Eudory Welty
  • The Dragonbone Chair, Tad Williams
  • Stone of Farewell, Tad Williams
  • To Green Angel Tower, Tad Williams
  • Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1 – Unmanned, Brian K. Vaughan