End of Summer Reading

I have not been blogging because I was in Europe for 3 weeks, and there is way too much to see there that does not involve a computer keyboard. I’ll post photos soon ūüôā

The good news is that I caught up on some reading while I was cruising around the Mediterranean! So, some brief book reviews:

The Count of Monte Cristo (Dumas)–I started reading this because we made port at Marseilles, where the book is mainly set. ¬†I have not finished it yet, though. ¬†The characters are good, but it is not as lively as The Three Musketeers.

A Wizard of Earthsea (Le Guin)–I have owned this classic for at least 5 years and just now got around to reading it. ¬†It is nice and small, so great for plane reading. It was an interesting change of pace; the tone of the book is very reserved, not personal like current fantasy (no first person/present tense here). I found the story entertaining and¬†unpredictable, and I look forward to reading more of Earthsea. 4/5 stars

Death Masks and Blood Rites, Books 5 & 6 of “The Dresden Files” (Butcher)–One of my husband’s friends got us reading this series and we are loving it so far; it’s basically a supernatural detective series. ¬†The narrator has a wonderful voice, and more details about the magical world fall into place with each book. ¬†The characters are great and the plots are page turners. ¬†And the books keep getting better. ¬†Books 3 and 4 are probably my favorite, but Blood Rites (#6) is up there as well. ¬†Death Masks loses points because I find Susan obnoxious. 4/5 stars and 4.5/5 stars

A Feast for Crows, Book 4 of “A Song of Ice and Fire” (Martin)–It was really a good thing I read this on vacation because otherwise it would have taken me months and I might not have finished at all. ¬†I already felt that this series was convoluted and ponderous, but it’s getting even more so. ¬†This book lacked focus, spending too much time with unimportant, uninteresting characters (the Greyjoy clan…), and even the climax was lackluster compared to the previous books. ¬†It also ignores all the best characters except Arya (who is trying to not be Arya) and Brienne. ¬†Maybe that means I will like Book 5? 2.5/5 stars

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