Turk’s Weekly Reading is Good!…Update (W2)

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March 27, 2017

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

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I talked about this one last week. I didn’t make much progress. Sam and Frodo are on the plains of Gorgoroth (great name and also a pretty good metal band) and are sneaking by some of the orcs camps. The one important part that I read this week was that they found out, by overhearing a conversation between two orcs, that Sam was right about Gollum still being alive. Hopefully I can make a little bit bigger dent in this book this week.

Nemesis Games (Expanse #5) by James S.A. Corey

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I am finally finished this one. I took a little while longer to get through it than usual but it wasn’t due to the quality of the book. It was fantastic in every way. It is easily my favorite book in The Expanse series so far and it might be one of my favorite books of all time.

I mentioned last week how much I liked that Nemesis Games actually has viewpoints from Naomi, Alex and Amos and how each of them had their own problems to deal with due to the central issue in the book. (I can’t really go into it because it is on hell of a major spoiler) I especially like Amo’s story on Earth. The dynamic between him and Peaches is great and it shows how much of a resourceful badass he really is. The ending had some pretty good comic relief when they got back together and the epilogue chapter shows that the protomolecule is still scary as shit. After it I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series (Babylon’s Ashes) and to when the TV series on SyFy catches up to this point.

The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories #1) by Bernard Cornwell

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This is the first book in the series that the Netflix series: The Last Kingdom is based on. I really enjoyed season 1 so when I found out that it was base on a book series I figured count me in. I started reading this guy last night. I was planning on leaving it for a couple months but season 2 just came out and I would like to catch up in the books past the second season.

As for the book I am not very far along. It is set in 9th century northern England. It is about the Danes attempting to conquer England and the English banding together to fight back. The story is set in first person through the eyes of Uhtred who was a son of a nobleman. He was captured and brought up by the Danes after they killed his father. The point I am at he is still being taught the ways of the Danes as a child. It isn’t a very long book so I should be done in couple days and on to the next one

-Turk

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