January Reading List

Heading back to school sometime in the afternoon. Managed to read a few more books while I was here.

1984 by George Orwell. While it wasn’t a difficult read, it took me much longer to finish it than I expected for a book of it’s length. A good part of the book deals with Orwell’s dystopian image of the future. I’d say it was an ok read. It just didn’t hook me though. It’s not for everyone.

Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress. The book involves the “Sleepless,” a group of people genetically modified before birth to eliminate the need for sleep. This along with other modifications allows them to rise to the top of their fields, leading to jealousy and animosity from the normal “sleepers.” As soon as the whole ‘sleeplessness = godmode’ part came into play, I knew exactly why Daphu recommended it to me. 🙂 I thought it was a fun read.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini. Haven’t watched the movie. Heard that it sucks. This novel however, the first of the Inheritance series, is great. It goes along a similar tone to the LOTR series, but its differences make it quite interesting. If you enjoyed the Abhorsen series (which I read during this past summer), I think you’d like this too.

Eldest by Christopher Paolini. Second novel of the Inheritance series, sequel to Eragon. About a third longer than the first, still very much enjoyable. It’s unfortunate the third book hasn’t come out.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman. It is a short book, with about 160 pages. I like how the main character isn’t stupid. The text also makes great use of your imagination. Good read.

Besides books, I’ve also been reading the manga Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Amuses me. Apparently babies can kill.

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Discussion (2)¬

  1. Matthias says:

    About Eragon, did you see this? http://everything2.com/title/Comparisons+between+the+plot+of+Eragon+and+Star+Wars

    A friend of mine mailed me the text and I had to guess what story it describes.
    I’m not saying Eragon was bad and I’m not saying that the similarities are intentional, there are also some things that happen in Eragon which haven’t got anything similar in Starwars but I thought the fact that you could describe both stories so good with the same text was funny.
    I read Eragon too and I liked it (well I still like it but right now I don’t read it).

    Although I haven’t read Coraline (or any other book besides Good Omens written by Neil Gaiman) I watched a Doctor Who episode he wrote the story for and now I’m pretty sure that his other books can’t be bad, he has some really cool ideas 🙂

    Thanks for the recommendations anyway 🙂

    • Jimbo says:

      After I read the 3rd Eragon book, my interest dropped sharply. The excitement I had for the series kinda faded. It wasn’t a bad read, but it dragged a bit and lacked the pace the previous two had. I dunno if I’ll take the time to read the next book.

      And Neil Gaiman is great. American Gods, just read it last month, is a great read. Starts off a bit slow, but depth of the writing really shows and just flows from there. Stardust is a quick but fun read too. Movie was good too.

      And LOL. That link is great. Never saw it that until now.