I figured every Monday I would do a little update of what I have read for the past week. this year my goal is to read one book a week and one graphic novel every 2 weeks. It hasn’t been going well since I have been busy with work and other things so I figured a little blurb about what I have read might help motivate me to read more. There might be some minor spoilers but I will leave out the major ones.
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings #3) by J.R.R. Tolkien
This one is ongoing for me. I read a little on my phone each day and read the actual book about once a week. I didn’t read much this week but I am currently done the half of the book that follows Merry and Pippin through the battle at Minas Tirith and have barely started the part that follows Sam and Frodo. Sam has just rescued Frodo from the orcs and they are starting their journey across the plains to Mount Doom.
I do like these books a lot, and this one is the best of the 3, but I actually like the movies better. I think this is the only case for myself that I actually like a movie version better than the book version. I think a lot of it has to do with Tolkien’s prose. It just isn’t the easiest to read and enjoy and he tends to go off and over-describe something pointless. It is also tough for me to read something after seeing the movie. That being said I am looking forward to the end and am excited for The Simillarion and Children of Hurin afterwards.
Outcast Vol. 4: Under Devils Wing by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta
I read this is one sitting last Monday like I have for every other volume in the series. It is the 4th trade paperback in Robert Kirkman’s Outcast. He is better known for creating the extremely popular Walking Dead, which I also have read and purchase each time a new volume comes out as well, but should warrant some praise for this series as well. It is about demonic possession in a small town and a man (Kyle) that seems to draw demons to the ones he loves but also has some powers over said demons. In this particular volume Kyle finds out more about what he is and what exactly the demons want and we see a dark side from Reverend Anderson.
This volume was pretty decent. First of all Azaceta’s artwork is top notch as always. I am becoming a big fan of his The beginning was very slow but we did get some important information. The ending is where it made up for that. Wow. We shall see what happens in the next volume with the Reverend.
Nemesis Games (Expanse #5) by James S.A. Corey
This is the 5th book in the The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey. I love this series. It is amazingly done and I also highly recommend the TV version which is currently on its second season. I am about two thirds of the way through this book and wow. I mean WOW! It is already my favorite book in the series and I am not even through the whole thing. Probably one of my favorite books ever.
First off, one of the best parts of this book is that you get viewpoints from Alex, Naomi and Amos to go along with Holden (who is the only character to have a viewpoint in every book so far. You really get to delve into past of everyone in this book through these viewpoints and it is different but in a good way to see them scattered across this galaxy but having to deal with similar issues instead of all of them being on the same ship. The other part that makes this my favorite so far is the events caused by the OPA are of a massive scale. I know that this is science fiction but the things that happen are so devastating that I was shocked when reading it. This doesn’t happen often to me. (a couple weddings in a very famous series come to mind). I am very looking forward to finishing this and might break my rule of only buying paperback books and go out and get the next in the series in hardcover.