lizzardgirl: (books)
18: A Storm of Swords, by GRR Martin (mine)

19: A Feast for Crows, by GRR Martin (mine)

20: A Dance of Dragons, by GRR Martin (mine)

I'm planning a separate "Song of Ice and Fire and why you want to read it!" post so this just here to complete the statistics ;-)

21: Chasing Fire, by Nora Roberts (library)

This book reminded me why I like reading NR so much. It's because she just has a gift for writing groups of people in such a way that you want to belong there. Whether it's, as here, firefighters in the wilderness, or as in other books, friends in a wedding business, or dog rescue units, or what-not, she can write these groups in such a way that you really feel how much they depend on each other, how much they rely on each other and how they just are a unit and you want that too and love being a part of it through the book. They're open and accepting and tease each other and all and it's just awesome. I mean, this book is about firefighters jumping out of planes to battle with bushfires and I still wanted to be in that group. The mystery bit was a bit weak, I guessed in advance who would be revealed to be the baddie, but that didn't really matter because I loved the interactions between the characters so much.

22: XO, by Jeffrey Deaver (library)

Okay, so when I was younger, I was a big Deaver fan, but his latest books ... I don't know. Either it's that I'm just so jaded, or I know his shtick by now, or he just can't write anything original anymore, but this one was so utterly foreseeable it got really boring and I didn't care about any of it. I'll probably read any new book of his anyway because they remind me of how awesome I found his books when I was a teenager, but I'm not feeling it anymore.
lizzardgirl: (books)
16: George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones (mine)
17: George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings (mine)

Both re-reads.

And I must say, as unwilling as I was to be dragged into it all AGAIN (took weeks of my life last year :P ) they definitely hold up for a re-read. In fact, now that I know what's going to happen (roughly, there's so much happening, one is bound to forget stuff) it's really awesome how much foreshadowing there is. That is buried amidst so much other stuff that you never noticed it the first time round, but whenever something unexpected happened that punched you in the gut, you still had the feeling it made sense and now I know - it's because it was all foreshadowed and you probably picked it up subconsciously. It's unbelievable how much work must have gone into these books.

The TV series is not bad (apart from some parts ... *coughFlorencebloodyNightingalecough*) but these books are a whole 'nother league of worldbuilding and plot-crafting.

Needless to say I'm already knee-deep in Book 3.

Oh and if you want to share Thoughts about the series do so in the comments!! Expect spoilers for books and TV series there!

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