Thursday, January 30, 2014

Book log 2

Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes teamup:
For Christmas I got this for my husband, one of the original LSH fans. We tried to buy the individual issues when the series came out but the place we had dropped in at were already out (and it was one of those rare icy snowy days in these parts, so we weren't inclined to go hunting for another ICS). But once it was out in compiled format, it was inevitable. It's been a while since I've read a comic; I had to steel myself for typoes or whatever. But it wasn't bad (although the use of quotation marks around "emergency landing" mystified me for a day or two, forcing me to put it aside, before I convinced myself to get past that). And there was one panel that actually made me smile. 

Barry Lyndon by Wm. Thackeray:
After seeing the movie by Kubrick (one of friend Jim Chadwick's favorites), I got curious enough to want to read the book. I had a vague memory of enjoying Vanity Fair, so I figured it might be okay. The book and the movie are different, but they both annoyed me in similar ways, so it may just be my reaction. It's the old thing of the unreliable narrator, and while in some ways that style works, I have to be in the right mood. The movie was interesting for the cinematography, and the book for style, but in both cases I cheered for the end.

Coming up next: Fortune Cookie Chronicles (Jennifer 8. Lee), Clash of Crows (George RR Martin). 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Book log 1

Trying to keep track of what I'm reading this year, and where better to do that than a blog? The first reads of the year were digital, because digital is easier to read with for me these days. And another thing about a quieter life (not by choice): You read more. So far this year:

• Game of Thrones: Book 1 (Song of Ice and Fire), George RR Martin
I have, or had, a copy of this around when it was a giveaway at my first RWA conference. Of course, the sucker was big and I had no time. I forgot all about it until, of course, the HBO series (I think it's HBO) came out and all the fuss began. Still ignored the books, because I still didn't have time. In the past few weeks, I finally got around to reading it, but in digital form. I can see why it's been a sensation. Now to see the first season of the show, when I get around it. 
• Spirit of Steamboat, Craig Johnson
A novella in the Longmire mystery series. To see the show on A&E (I think it's A&E; I watch a lot of stuff via OnDemand), you'd think it was a modern-day cowboy detective series sort of thing, but what's remarkable about the books is how much of the paranormal pops up. This story, however, is all history, relatively recent, and even has Japanese people, so I enjoyed it thoroughly. 

Coming up: the Legion of Super-heroes/Star Trek teamup graphic novel, Barry Lyndon by Thackeray,  The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer 8. Lee, and Clash of Kings by George RR Martin.