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Monday, December 08, 2008

In a book rut

And what shall we talk about today?

My reading is in a rut, I can find few books that I REALLY REALLY want to read. I was reading a travel book but after 50 pages found that my interest wasn't being held and ended up rereading the Diamond Throne by David Eddings.

I'm regretting this today because there are a few books I really ought/want to read/reread. (The Diamond Throne is ok I might add but not sure why I picked it).

I have a copy of Guy Gavriel Kay's "The Last light of the Sun" to read. I have had it in my to read pile for a few years. I've done this with Kay before and when I eventually pick it up I know I'll enjoy it. Kay is an excellent "Fantasy" writer and if you get the chance read "Tigana", "Song for Arbonne" or the "Lion of Al Rassan".

I could have reread Vernor Vinge's "A Fire Upon the Deep" - I've been meaning to for years. Why have I not bought Stephen Donaldson's "Fatal Revenant"?

Sigh.

I'm annoyed that I can't get hold of a copy of Connie Willis' - The WInds of Marble Arch short of paying £20 plus for the hardback. When/will there ever be a paperpack copy of this? There are a few other Willis about but all are hardback 120 page novellas and I am not paying £14 for 'em. Maybe I'll reread "Passage".

When I do go into book shops nothing excites my interest.

Anyone care to recommend some good books?

5 comments:

Attila The Mom said...

Oh geez, I wouldn't know where to start in fantasy. Just not my genre. Mysteries are what I read.

But I totally get what you mean about nothing jumping up and grabbing your attention. It happens pretty frequently.

Carin Fuchs said...

Sorry, I know next to nothing about Fantasy and have only read a few - classic - SF books.
Since your interest in reading seems to be wide spread what about: The shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón? Not your cup of tea?
If that's something you like to read I could name a few others as well.

Janine said...

Storm Constantine's Wraeththu series is worth a read.

Anna said...

Worth having a look on greenmetropolis.com for books you can't find. You might even find stuff that's only hardback - and you can create a wishlist and they'll email you when someone lists one of the books on your list.

diddums said...

If I think of a book I liked, I'll come back and mention it, though I remember we had different views about Battlefield Earth and Guy Gavriel Kay... as well as (I think?) Stephen R Lawhead. Maybe I should suggest something I didn't like, and you'd like it, LOL! (Using the discovery that I loved the same tea that Mum hated).

How about Icarus by Roger Levy? I couldn't even finish it.

Here's one I and my family loved: Cat who Came in from the Cold (Deric Longden).