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The Walking Dead, Vol. 10

Saturday, December 29th, 2012 No comments

The Walking Dead, Vol. 10: What We BecomeThe Walking Dead, Vol. 10: What We Become by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a step down from the past few volumes, but only a small step. There was a little too much whining from Dale and a little too much talking about how much Rick has changed. We did see a certain character return that I had been hoping to see again, so that was good.

The Walking Dead, Vol. 9

Saturday, December 15th, 2012 No comments

The Walking Dead, Vol. 9: Here We RemainThe Walking Dead, Vol. 9: Here We Remain by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this volume. It starts out focusing mostly on Rick and Carl, but other characters come in later. We find out the fates of the characters that we were unsure of at the end of the last volume and we meet some new ones. It seemed mostly like a setup volume, but it was still great.

The Walking Dead, Vol. 8

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 No comments

The Walking Dead, Vol. 8: Made to SufferThe Walking Dead, Vol. 8: Made to Suffer by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another great volume. It started out in the Governor’s camp right after our survivors escaped and showed the intervening time from their point of view. It quickly got the point where the last volume ended. There was a lot of action and the death toll was high. The fates of a lot of characters are up in the air. Once again, I can see elements that the TV show borrowed but changed up a little. My goal is to get caught up on the comics before the show resumes in February.

The Walking Dead, Vol. 7

Saturday, October 20th, 2012 No comments

The Walking Dead, Vol. 7: The Calm BeforeThe Walking Dead, Vol. 7: The Calm Before by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s been well over a year since I read volume 6. I had trouble remembering what was going on, but I enjoyed it overall. It did well at continuing the story along, but I feel it was mostly setup for what’s going to happen in the next issue [I just looked up and saw the title of this volume]. There was something here that just happened in the season 3 premier of the show, only to a different character. It has a nice cliffhanger that makes me want to read the next volume soon.

2011 Reading Update #4

Friday, July 15th, 2011 No comments

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The The Girl With the Tattoo, Stieg Larsson. This is the first book in the Millennium Trilogy. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the books and the Swedish movies based on the books. Now, they’re coming out with an American version of the first movie. This book was nothing like I was expecting. For some reason I was expecting fantasy, but it’s actually a mystery/thriller. The fact that it wasn’t what I was expecting might be why it took a while to get into it, but after a while I had trouble putting it down for long. It has 2 separate storylines that ended up coming together. I know some people had problems with that, but I thought it was cool. I definitely recommend it.

The Walking Dead Vol. 5The Walking Dead Vol. 6
The Walking Dead Vols. 5 & 6, Robert Kirkman. I’m still slowly working my way through this series. These 2 volumes were great. They were a change of pace from what I had seen recently, and I enjoyed them.

I’ve started on 3 or 4 other books. I can’t seem to focus on 1 for too long before something else comes along. Right now I’m focusing on A Dance With Dragons. My goal for this year was to read 15 books and Goodreads says that so far I’ve read 11 if you count the Walking Dead volumes. It looks like I’m going to hit that goal.

  • Last Argument of Kings, Joe Abercrombie
  • Awakening, Kate Chopin
  • 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, 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
  • 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

2011 Reading Update #3

Thursday, May 26th, 2011 No comments

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K. Dick. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while. It’s the book that the movie Blade Runner is based on and I wanted to read it before I watched the movie. It’s pretty good. I like these old school sci-fi novels. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic future. The main character is a bounty hunter whose job is to “retire” androids that have escaped to Earth. The movie was good too, but not quite as good as the book.

The Walking Dead Vol. 3The Walking Dead Vol. 4
The Walking Dead Vols. 3 & 4, Robert Kirkman. These 2 volumes were just more goodness. I really liked Vol. 3. I didn’t like Vol. 4 as much as the first 3, but it was still good. I need to get back to work on this series. Maybe this weekend.

The Way of Shadows

The Way of Shadows, Brent Weeks. This book is the first in The Night Angel Trilogy. It’s about a kid who is tired of being bullied and decides to become apprenticed to the city’s best wetboy. A wetboy is an assassin that has a magical power. I liked the story and I’m going to finish the trilogy. I doubt that it’ll be one of my favorite series, but it’s good enough.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemison. This was the latest Sword and Laser selection. It’s the first part of The Inheritance Trilogy. I liked it more than most of the recent S&L choices. A young lady is summoned to appear before her grandfather, who is the ruler of the land. He names her one of his heirs, which sets up a competition between her and her 2 cousins. She’s placed in a power struggle she doesn’t want to be in and at the same time she’s investigating the mysterious death of her mother. I think this is the first fantasy book I’ve read that was written by a black female. The author does a great job constructing the world with all the gods and the political stuff. I liked her characters and the way that she writes. As much as liked this book, I’m not sure I’ll be reading the other 2 books in the trilogy. The first one ended like a stand-alone book and I’ve heard that the second one focuses on different characters.

  • Last Argument of Kings, Joe Abercrombie
  • Awakening, Kate Chopin
  • 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, 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 Larson
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire, Stieg Larson
  • The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest, Stieg Larson
  • 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
  • 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

2011 Reading Update #1

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 No comments

I’m taking a different approach to talking about what I’m reading. This is mostly because I start of lot of books, but don’t finish them until much later. For the past couple of months, I’ve been spending more time than normal reading. I’m a little proud of myself.Some of these haven’t been touched in 2011, but I plan on getting back to them this year.

Towers of MidnightTowers of Midnight, Brandon Sanderson. I’ve made it about halfway through the latest Wheel of Time book. I’ll finish it eventually. It’s going pretty slowly. I have the same issues with it that I had with the last one. There’s stuff happening, but there are long stretches of nothing happening. I do think the stuff happening in this book is more interesting than the stuff that happened in the last book. Rand wants to do what!?!?

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, WitchGood Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. This is the latest Sword and Laser pick. I’m almost finished with and I really like it. It’s about the end of the world. The forces of Heaven and Hell are getting their forces ready for the upcoming battle. It’s a pretty funny book, though some of the jokes don’t work. Maybe it’s a British humor (I almost spelled it humour) thing, since both of the authors are British.

Batman: Year OneBatman: Year One, Frank Miller. I really like this one too. It’s a retelling of the origins of Batman, Commissioner Gordon, and Catwoman. I liked the Commissioner Gordon storyline more than the rest, but it was cool to see Batman learning to become Batman, making mistakes, etc.  Not surprisingly, the storylines of all three characters intersect in the end.  This makes me want to read more Batman stories, especially ones written by Frank Miller.

The Walking DeadThe Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman. I started reading The Walking Dead last year in preparation for the TV show. I read the first 2 trade paperbacks, which is comprised of the first 12 issues of the comic book series. It’s so good! It’s about the aftermath of a zombie outbreak. Like everyone says, it’s less about zombies and scares than it is about how people interact with each other. Read the books and then watch the TV show.

The First LawThe First Law Trilogy, Joe Abercrombie. I think I started reading The First Law Trilogy in 2009. It’s been about a year since I started on the final book, Last Argument of Kings. This is a great series for those who like fantasy series that are more adult than The Lord of the Rings or The Wheel of Time. If I were a recommendation engine, I would say something like “If you like George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, then you might like this series”. It’s a great read. I’ve heard that the last book isn’t as good as the first two. That might be the reason I’m not in a hurry to go back to it.

  • Last Argument of Kings, Joe Abercrombie
  • 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
  • The Fourth Hand, John Irving
  • 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 Larson
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire, Stieg Larson
  • The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest, Stieg Larson
  • The Stormcaller, Tom Lloyd
  • I Am Number Four, Patticus 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
  • 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 Dragonbone Chair, Tad Williams
  • Stone of Farewell, Tad Williams
  • To Green Angel Tower, Tad Williams