I’m back with a new Top Ten Tuesday, it’s been a while, but the semester is over which means I’ve got more time for blogging, and most importantly reading! This week it is about my top 10 books for 2015 so far, a nice way to wrap up the first half of the year. And when I’ve only read 20 books this year, it actually both makes it easy but hard to get to 10.
The finale of the Heroes of Olympus series, and perhaps (who knows) the end of the road for Percy Jackson (though we do know that he will ‘narrate’ the Greek Heroes book coming out on August 18, which I can’t wait for), and it’s been a long road, with 10 books, a number of side-books, and a whole lot of monster fighting. I’ve loved the series, and I think I started reading it in 2011 (I know I read the first Heroes of Olympus book in 2011 as attested by this post, so presumably the first series was sometime that year), which isn’t as long as some people, and I wasn’t as young as some people when they first started, but it still has been a long while (the first was out in 2005!). And I’m very excited for Magnus Chase! Despite all this, The Blood of Olympus wasn’t as good a finale as I hoped.
This is the most recent work of Christopher Tolkien which relates to Middle Earth (all his other workings of his father’s works are other tales). And in fact, this story has been told in two other books already. In The Silmarillion and in Unfinished Tales, and in the latter of these, I purposely avoided reading the section which detailed the story since I had this whole novel to read instead. So in reality this book is just a more complete copy, and perhaps more definitive (but not definite seeing as JRR himself did not finish it, and I always wonder what he’d think of the published stuff, and how he’d have written it) version.
I believe I found out about this book through a recommendation by Mira Grant in a video she did talking about her book Parasite, and I don’t regret following her advice. This was a great book, and an example of taking a very well known ‘story-type’ (zombies) and putting a twist on it, and doing it well.
The time has come for the first trailer of the finale! And gosh it’s exciting! I’m so pleased to see a lot of events from the book. These trailers never fail to give me goosebumps. And now we wait for November…
So I received this book for free from Dymocks in exchange for a review (Thank you). I got it without knowing anything about it, and read the blurb and was like “ugh I don’t think this will be my thing”. I mean, I don’t read romantic novels, ever, and sometimes romances have made me roll my eyes, but not here. I’m really pleasantly surprised. I really liked the story. I liked the writing style, it was creative, the inside of the book had nice ‘artistic splashes’, it had personality.
And the storyline was nice too, it wasn’t full on romance, it was simply a story of twins who have gone through hell, and how they cope with that, and find some love. It’s complex, and written in split perspective a few years apart, so that was really clever too. I’m very pleased with the book, and enjoyed reading it. It’s nice to be surprised.
This was a lovely novella by George R R Martin, and is apparently set in the same world as Game of Thrones, but a long time ago (since there were lots of dragons) and obviously the seasons changed (as here they are like ours instead of extended like in the book series). What I loved about it was the illustrations! They are stunning. The story has been published in three different occasions, and the latest, illustrated by Luis Royo is great.