Book list triple threat

Neither new books, nor in any particular order. Hell, did not even read them all in 2021.

Fiction

  • Mistborn trilogy – Gripping enough, long slog, well-thought magic system. (Brandon Sanderson)
  • The Alloy of Law, a sequel that became the 1st part of another Mistborn trilogy. Gritty steampunk setting, the mix & match of magic powers didn’t do it for me. Meh. (Brandon Sanderson)
  • Reckoners trilogy – Almost fine for YA. Forgettable. (Brandon Sanderson)
  • Earthsea Quartet – Rich and beautiful, seems a bit dated or familiar, since it set standards encountered in later works in the genre. (Ursula Le Guin)
  • Farseer trilogy – Intricate world building, the 1st person POV suits. Curiously, the 2nd book is the best of the series. (Robin Hobb)

Prose-wise, Le Guin and Hobb lead by a wide margin vs Sanderson. The two also go beyond the usual hack-n-slash and shed light to the more mundane labors of daily life in a largely medieval world. A documentary on castles/ forests/ ports could certainly use a few of Hobb’s descriptions and terms.

  • The Lacquer Screen – A detective novel set in Imperial China, of a particular subgenre called gong’an. I enjoyed the ambience of Tang period, while the whole read is quite old-fashioned. (Robert van Gulik)

Comic Books

  • Watchmen – Superb. (Moore/ Gibbons)
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – I expected to like it more, I think. (Miller)
  • Blacksad (#1-5, integrated version) – Sublime artwork, storylines good but uneven. I had already read #1-3 some 15 years ago. (Canales/ Guarnido)

On the pile

  • The dispossessed (Ursula Le Guin)
  • Watership Down (Richard Adams)
  • Ship of Magic (Robin Hobb)
  • Superman: Red Son (Millar/ Johnson/ Robinson/ Wong/ Plunkett)
  • Batman: White Knight (Murphy)

And a sole non-fiction entrant to the pile:

  • The Body: A Guide for Occupants (Bill Bryson)

2 thoughts on “Book list triple threat

  1. I read the Mistborn series awhile back, and I wasn’t blown away either. (Neither was Ethan.) I’m currently trying to plod my way through Ulysses, but it’s tough. Also, reading through a bunch of non-fiction by Mises and V. Ostrom, and on Metternich and Bismarck.

    • Interesting links there (and a keen comment of yours, on the governance of fantasy worlds), thank you. Ulysses seems tough enough from a distance, so a no-go so far (the same applies for Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin), maybe someday. Some non-fiction is always needed, for good measure (even more after a fantasy binge).

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