The Books!

I’ve been reading quite a bit again. The thing is, it’s been the same book for weeks in one case, and in other case, it’s been the same book for MONTHS. Now don’t take this as meaning the books are uninteresting, which is what most of my blogs tend to be. This couldn’t be further from the truth. They’re both quite large books, and one of them is not in my normal wheelhouse.

The one that is just large is Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey. It’s the sequel to Leviathan Wakes, which was one of my favorite books I read last year. I’m a good way through the book, just haven’t finished it yet. It takes some time, clocking in at just short of 600 pages, it takes some time to get through. The first book in the series took me at least a couple months. I’m only a month in so far, so I’m not worried that I won’t finish it. If I keep seeing Captain Holden in the book, you’re going to keep me in. Now if only one of the characters in Leviathan Wakes was still around…

The book that isn’t just long but is also out of my normal wheel house is the monster Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. It’s a fantastic book, but I don’t read very much high fantasy. I read the book in 70-80 page chunks with long breaks in between. Once again, this isn’t a sign that I dislike the book. The book is just so dense and so full of characters and plots and ideas that it can just be hard to stay with it for a long time straight, at least it is for someone who’s more of a science fiction reader than they are a fantasy person. I’m trying to expand out of what I normally read this year, though. With this, I’m absolutely doing that. Add in Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore from earlier this year, and my book borders are expanding more than they ever have before. Who knows, I may actually read more literature this year than I have ever before. I want to at least finish A Game Of Thrones first, though. It’s too good not to finish out. Now I just need to break through the last 500 pages. That’s a long haul, even for a book I’m enjoying. Going through 300 pages to only have 500 in front of you can be a pretty hard thing to swallow. I’m making it, though, and I’m getting excited for what I think will be a fantastic story.

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