Mats 25 (or more likely 18 or 19) book challenges 2013

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Mats 25 (or more likely 18 or 19) book challenges 2013

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1matluvsbooks
Redigerat: okt 8, 2013, 1:23 pm

Ok 3 years running i have come up short, this is going to be the year i achieve 25! Didnt read anything that really stood out last year, hoping for better quality and quantity. I have Ringworld, The Illiad and Song of Achilles waiting to be read to get me started.

1. Ringworld Larry Niven
2. The Iliad Homer
3. Song of Achilles Madeline Miller
4. A Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin
5. A Clash of Kings George R.R. Martin
6. A Storm of Swords(Part 1) George R.R. Martin
7. A Storm of Swords(Part 2) George R.R. Martin
8. A Feast for Crows George Martin
9. A Dance with Dragons(Part 1) George Martin
10. A Dance with Dragons (Part 2) George Martin

2OscarWilde87
jan 2, 2013, 6:10 pm

Welcome to the group! I'm sure you'll make the 25 and hope you find better quality in the books you read this year!

3matluvsbooks
Redigerat: aug 9, 2013, 7:23 pm

1. Ringworld Larry Niven - I love the imagination of some of the ideas of future civilizations and possible worlds in this book, some of the science such as the exploding galactic core and breeding for luck kind of grated on me instinctively and seemed a little out there. I found the dialogue and scene description a little clunky and hard to follow at times. However there was always something interesting around the corner even if the plot wasn't particularly special.

4Lakenvelder
feb 18, 2013, 1:43 pm

Good luck, It can be a challenge and I hope you find books that are hard to put down.

5matluvsbooks
maj 27, 2013, 5:12 pm

2&3 The Iliad-Homer and Song of Achilles-Madeline Miller - Thought these two would compliment each other so bought them together. However found them worlds apart. I found the classic Iliad pretty much unreadable, I just couldn't fight past the constant reference to every characters family/god lineage every time they were mentioned and for I think the first time ever didn't finish a book I started, I simply ended up reading the outline of the story at the beginning of each chapter. However Song of Achilles was excellent, really created a vivid world and portrayed strong emotions which I just couldn't get from Iliad. One of the very rare instances where I've enjoyed a remake/rework more than the original.

6matluvsbooks
jun 28, 2013, 10:20 am

4. A Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin - Best thing on TV and the story is just so good can no longer wait to find out what is going to happen! Have to say they've done a good job on TV of reflecting a brilliant story combining fantasy with political power conflict. The characters are so well written and the dialogue hilarious. Most of all nobody is safe and good and bad is not a dichotomy but a spectrum which all characters display varying degrees of each. I love it.

7matluvsbooks
Redigerat: aug 9, 2013, 7:22 pm

5.A Clash of Kings-George R.R. Martin- More of the same, not quite the twists and shocks of first book but another good installment.

8matluvsbooks
Redigerat: aug 9, 2013, 7:31 pm

6.A Storm of Swords(Part 1)-George R.R. Martin - An epic series and story but judged on its own a little less action packed. Arguably the humour is even better though, some of the language is coarse but that just adds to its gritty, believable character exchanges. Nice to see the motives of the 'bad guys' being explored, showing that life isn't just black and white, most stories just write off the 'bad guys', with this the more the character stories are developed the harder it is to see just who are the real heroes and villains and indeed if real heroes or villains even exist in the traditional good v evil sense, very much like the real world in some respects. It does suffer being part 1 though as it ends very abruptly and uneventfully. Now im up to date with the tv series(there or thereabouts) so its unexplored territory cant wait.

9matluvsbooks
aug 28, 2013, 6:00 pm

7. A Storm of Swords(Part 2)-George R.R. Martin - Wow! Definitely the biggest page turner of the series. The 2nd part more than makes up for lack of action in part 1. It is relentless, non stop shocks, thrills and spills. Its so much fun following the many, many characters developing stories and testament to the author that you really care about what happens to them all...and plenty happens to a lot of them in this one. Its amazing how much is crammed into one book. Epic doesn't do this series justice.

10matluvsbooks
Redigerat: sep 11, 2013, 3:55 pm

8. A Feast for Crows - George Martin - Well after the last instalment I guess this was always gonna be a bit of a come down. With lots of new characters also being introduced this is a bit of a slow burner relatively speaking in the series, also certain characters are not featuring in this book as their stories are told in next one, unfortunately they are some of the more interesting characters. Still ticks the story on nicely though and finishes with a cliff hanger. I actually like the way Martin is gradually expanding the world and introducing the new players and how they integrate into the story both past and present.

11matluvsbooks
okt 3, 2013, 5:06 pm

9. A Dance with Dragons - George Martin - Same sort of book as Feast which is understandable considering they are parallel time wise. Feels like its a bit of a plateau at the moment and the groundwork is being laid for another crescendo. Its still good and the hooks are so deep its still compelling but it has definitely lost a little bit of bite. Plot wise I think Storm of Swords part 2 contained so many events that its left a natural dip, which is forgivable if it sets up a finish that the series deserves.

12matluvsbooks
okt 8, 2013, 1:30 pm

10.A Dance with DragonsPt2 - George Martin - This book was more like the unputdownable Storm of Swords Pt2, especially last third, Martin shows that his lust for killing off major characters is not fully satisfied and the whole story taking place outside of Westeros seems to be tying itself up which I think is a good thing. Couple of story arcs now very much on knife edge and I don't quite know how I am going to manage waiting for next instalment!