Friday, August 26, 2011

Favorite Summer Reads Blogfest - part 2

 
This is my second installment for Cherie Reich's Favorite Summer Reads Blogfest. I couldn't help but pick more than one book. There's so many great books out there right now.

Fantasy:
George R.R. Martin is one of the greatest fantasy authors out there today. He's brilliant. Bloody brilliant! He breaks all the rules and makes it work. A Dance With Dragons is the latest installment in the Song of Ice and Fire series. I've waited a long time for the book to come out. It didn't disappoint. He's a genius world creator and can twist a plot like you wouldn't believe. Then his characters, oh, his characters. I've met him and attended a few seminars at a convention where he was on the panel. I like that he says "there are no good guys or bad guys in my books. There are only characters with flaws." Some characters that you hate at the beginning of the series, you start to like as it goes on. Ones you thought were good turn out to be not so good. You don't expect it. Martin does what you least expect and it makes his series epic.

Urban Fantasy:
You can never go wrong with the Dresden Files. Ghost Story is the latest book in Jim Butcher's spectacular urban fantasy series. It's funny, dark, magical, amazing, and something I can't talk about it. Yes, it seems weird, but if I even describe the premise of this book, it would give spoilers as to what happened previously in the series. Let's just say that Harry Dresden is In Between and a lot of weird, scary stuff happens.

The summer isn't over yet! I have two books I'm waiting for from the library:
1) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I've heard fantastic things about the book. The cover is creepy and the book trailer, well, you have to watch it for yourself!
2) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I realize I'm a little late getting on board with her trilogy, but a baby keeps you busy!

11 comments:

  1. I read The Hunger Games. It was my favorite of the trilogy. You won't be disappointed!

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  2. I'm really looking forward to getting into the Fire & Ice series and the Dresden Files. I have the first books in each...just need the time to read them. You'll have to let me know about Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I like the title. :) And I still need to finish reading The Hunger Games. So many books, so little time.

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  3. I need to get around to reading something by George R. R. Martin. I see him and his books all over the place.

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  4. I heard a lot of good things about Jim Butcher. I gotta check out his books. I've read RR Martins but he lost me somewhere amongst the masses. LOL.

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  5. I made my book group read the first Martin book. They're not fantasy readers but they loved it. I finished the second one on holiday, it was compelling and the characters blew me away, but I felt uneasy about some of the violence towards women. Not sure if I'm going to pick up the third because of that.

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  6. Hi, Christine! My dad has the George R.R. Martin books. I must borrow them! I've heard only great things about the Song of Ice and Fire series.

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  7. Lots I haven't read, though Hunger Games has come up on a few blogs lately.

    From your sidebar it looks like you've entered all the same blogfests as me :O)

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  8. great! thanks for the recs! and hunger games will be worth the wait =)

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  9. My sons are raving about the new GRRM book. I tried to read the first book (twice) but it's wasn't my kind of read.

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  10. Eek! I have so many books I wanted to get through before the summer is over. I don't think I'm going to make it. Miss Peregrine's is one of them. Let me know how you like it.

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  11. Ghost Story sounds particularly good.

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