Over the past few weeks I have been doing a hell of a lot of reading, I feel like I’ve been flying through the past couple of books. I’m still not nailing a book a week, but a book a fortnight isn’t bad going! So grab a brew and let’s have a gander and what’s been pulled off the book shelves.
The View from the Cheap Seats - Neil Gaiman
A collection of over 50 essays about times, experiences and moments important to Gaiman himself and influence so much of his work. His stories are touching, hilarious and sometimes heart breaking. Touching on the act of writing itself, his highs and lows from his earliest days to his greatest acheivements, ending on one of the funniest and truest accounts of venturing to the Academy Awards, a moment you could believe was pure fiction until you see the photographic evidence at the end. I devoured this book and can feel a real Gaiman kick coming on, especially after getting a bit of backstory to some of his most loved pieces, Stardust and Coraline.
Richard III The Malaigned King - Annette Carson
I’ll be honest, most of what I knew about Richard III wasn’t positive. I had him pegged as the murderer of the boys in the tower, misshapen and evil to his core. Blame Shakespeare. Carson has me questioning all of it and more. It’s pretty obvious to me, now, that we have been painted a truly backwards picture of the poor king, mostly because everyone went off what that git Thomas Moore had to say, and he wasn’t exactly known for being an honest John, was he? I would highly recommend that anyone into their English Tudor history pick this up and let me know if it changes any of your views!
Good Omens - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
After The View from the Cheap Seats, I knew I had to pick up something soon, and we already had this one randomly at home. There are some brilliant Gaiman/Pratchett stories in that book and going ahead with the book they wrote together, I felt like I got so much more out of it. A difficult one to get into, but once I really got into it I couldn’t put it down! The humour is so dry, the characters so fallible yet endearing. Mis-placed antichrists, the rising of Atlantis, Aliens, Angles, Demons, Holy Water and the end of the world, good ol’ Agnes Nutter seen it all coming, it’s just a shame her interactions couldn’t have been clearer.
Ready Player One - Ernest Clarke
This book. THIS book. I swear, I might have to give it it’s own post entirely because, hands down, one of my top 5 reads of the year so far. If ever you want a glimpse into the future, or a reason to get offline and get yourself some fresh air, Ready Player One does just that. I thought this might only appeal to hardcore gamers but I was very wrong. Not going to lie, I went offline for a couple of days after finishing this, much like what happened when I read The Circle! Sometimes you need a push to switch off!
Nemesis Games - James S A Corey
Ah I feel like this is the book in the series I have most been waiting for! Finally, 5 books in we get some serious backstory for Naomi, Alex and Amos. What can I say, I’m all about the characters! This is the first time we see all 4 main characters go off on their own adventures for 90% of the book and it did not disappoint. Being so character driven, but still with a cracking dose of space action and drama, it’s easily been my favourite of the series so far and probably the one I’ve read the quickest too! Now all I need is for the Mr to finish book 6 so I can get my hands on it!
What have you been reading lately? Any recommendations you can shoot my way?
Until next time,