I can't believe its really over...there are no more HP book to read. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was pretty much everything I hoped and expected. I did feel there was a lull for about 100 pages about 1/4 into the book, but after that...it was nonstop all the way to the end. There were scary moments, sad moments, laughs and happy moments. When it was over, I was emotionally spent. I needed to take a couple of days off from reading. I just wasn't read to jump into anything else right away. The HP series made me feel like fantasy used to when I was younger...caught up in the world and the characters like I was there, like the world was real, and the characters were real, too. I don't get that feeling very often anymore. I assume it is due to being older and losing that sense of magic I used to have. If nothing else, the HP series made me feel like a young reader of fantasy again, and that is probably the highest praise I can give. This will easily go down as one of my favorite series of all time.
Now that I have finished the series, I can finally watch the movies for books 6 and 7. The HP books also reminded me of something else: the total immersion I get when I read multiple books of a series consecutively, instead of reading each book 12 months (or more) apart. It makes me want to recommit myself to reading mostly completed series. So I am trying to resume my read of the Wheel of Time books. I had stalled out early in book 7, A Crown of Swords. I couldn't seem to read more than 5 pages before getting bored and moving to something else. But last night and today, I was able to read almost 100 pages (i'm now about halfway through the book). Hopefully that momentum will carry me through the end of the book, and the rest of the series.
I've always wanted to read a Baldacci novel, and when I saw an ARC of King and Maxwell on NetGalley, I decided to request it. I have not read any of the previous books in the series, and I have not watched any of the tv series based on these 2 characters. Thus, I am jumping into this series as a total newbie...
I've spent around 3 weeks trying to read this, and at the 80% complete mark, I'm sorry to say I've decided to stop forcing myself to read it and give up. Its not horrible by any means, its just kinda 'blah'. I never grew attached to the two main characters. Their romantic issues were off-putting after awhile. The story was also blah...I didn't feel we were given enough info about the motivations of the "bad guy" until it was too late in the book. And even after 80% complete, there is still no clear idea what the 'bad guy' is really plotting to do. Without knowledge of the real threat, I have trouble figuring out why I should care what is happening. There are plenty of good reviews for this on Amazon and Goodreads, but I fall in the minority that think the story is weak and the characters uninspiring. I definitely plan to read one of Baldacci's Will Robie books (since the latest was on sale in the Kindle store), but I don't feel inspired to check out the earlier books in the King and Maxwell series. I can tell Baldacci can write, though, so I have hopes that the Robie series will be a better fit for me.
A couple of books in the Saxon Tales by Bernard Cornwell are on sale in the Kindle store for $1.99. With the 7th book due out January 2014, books 5 and 6 are the ones on sale. You can find links to the Kindle editions below:
I read the first novel a few years ago and really enjoyed it.
I found this deal last night and just remembered I hadn't mentioned it on the blog. The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva is on sale in the Kindle store for $2.99 here. I've only read the last 3 or 4 (and the first one a long time ago), but anytime I see a Silva e-book on sale, I pick it up. Note that his latest book (The English Girl) is still on sale for $4.49, too.
Amazon is having their "biggest kindle book deal ever"...the list of SFF books are too long to list here (218 of 'em). You can find the entire list here, but I'll highlight a few below:
-The Novels of the Jaran: Jaran, An Earthly Crown, His Conquering Sword, and The Law of Becoming by Kate Elliott ($5.79)
-The Darwath Series: The Time of the Dark, The Walls of Air, and The Armies of Daylight by Barbara Hambly ($3.49) (Many of her other books, those published by Open Road, are also on sale for $1.99 each)
-Spellsinger series by Alan Dean Foster (Each book is $1.99)