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Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Mar 15 2013 · 123 views

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Velox continually posts interesting blog entries about books and what he's reading/has read/will read. Which reminds me that I have such topics to blog about. But my blogging has been sparse, and I need to make such an entry interesting. But I hope that if you share my enthusiasm of reading that you will chime in.
 
Without further ado, a glance at my to-read list from now until May:
 
1) American Gods by Neil Gaiman--I'm currently reading this and loving it! Gaiman crafts a story so well that simply reading his tale is a joy. (Also, I have the 10th Anniversary hardback version, which looks as magnificent as it reads.)
 
2) Uglies by Scott Westerfield--A teen dystopia book/series that I'm borrowing from a friend. I'm seeing her next week, so I figure I might as well read the first one now and decide if I want to hold onto them until we visit again or just return the rest of the series if the first book doesn't hold up to my tastes.
 
3) Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton--I've seen the movie, but with it being released in IMAX 3D in 2 weeks, I might as well read it before seeing it. (Because, as much as I hate 3D (and post-conversion), if there was one movie to see in 3D, it's this one.)
 
4) Best of All Possible Worlds (Don't feel like looking this up)--I'll be borrowing this new sci-fi with a touch of romance from work in a few weeks. It's been getting great reviews.
(4.5--I wish I had time to also sneak in A Great North Road, another sci-fi geting decent reviews. But I think I'll have to borrow that from the library in a few months so I can keep on track reading things on my shelf that I own.)
 
5) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline--Gosh I just need to read this already! Have you seen the bombardment of positive "read now!" reviews on every geek site that gives it a paragraph of recognition?
 
6) Gone Girl by Gyllian Flynn--Another book I'll borrow that has been getting rave reviews, has been a bestseller since its release early last summer, and so is something I should read soon.
 
7) Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly--Borrowing from a friend due to her recommendation. I'm looking forward to it. Will probably read it on my lunch break while reading fiction at home.
 
8) In the Garden of the Beasts by Erik Larson--I heard this wasn't as good as his book The Devil in the White City, which is on my list for this year too, but since my grandma liked it she lent me her copy, since it's still being well-received.
 
9) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson--I'm sure you've heard of this. My friend got me it for my birthday 1.2 years ago and I've been putting off reading it because other books catch my eye. But I'm tired of waiting. Plus I bought the other two in the trilogy for $4 total.
 
10) Iron Man, Extremis by Warren Ellis--The graphic novel gets a rerelease in April right before Iron Man 3 hits theaters. Ideas from this story arc have inspired events in all 4 of the films Iron Man is in, so I'm looking forward to this bit of comic history.
 
Right now I'd better get back to American Gods.
 
-CF :kakama:

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You know, people keep mentioning about how great Neil Gaiman is, but I have yet to read (or even look into) anything of his. Any suggestions on where to start? 

 

But yeah, I definitely plan on reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (and the whole trilogy) at some point--let me know how that is! I should really read Jurassic Park, too, actually, but as I doubt I'll be seeing that in theaters anyway, who knows when I'll read it, haha. And after reading so many good things about Gone Girl, I'll probably have to get around to that some time as well. I also recently read my first graphic novel, The Walking Dead vol.1, and it's made me want to read more (I'll definitely be looking into some superhero ones), but I doubt I will for a while. 

 

I've read good things about Matthew Kelly, though I haven't read or listened to anything by him. It does sound like a great book. 

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Bionicle Raptor
Mar 17 2013 12:15 PM

Hooray! Jurassic Park! :P

 

Actually. The book has quite a dark tone when compared to the movie. As do many of Micheal Crichton books.

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ChocolateFrogs
Mar 26 2013 02:24 PM

You know, people keep mentioning about how great Neil Gaiman is, but I have yet to read (or even look into) anything of his. Any suggestions on where to start? 

Where to start for Neil Gaiman? Sandman volume 1 is a great starting point if you're interested in graphic novels/comics. American Gods is great an example of a pretty much perfect novel. If you want some light reading, he has some short stories online. Maybe google Cinnamon and A Calendar of Tales (that one is available to download as a PDF or ebook).

 

As for other graphic novels, (The Walking Dead sounds like you found a good place to start), I recommend Sandman, Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb, V for Vendetta, Carnage USA (Spider-Man), Joss Whedon's run in Astonishing X-Men, Hawkeye volume 1 by Matt Fraction, and Y: The Last Man by Brain K Vaughn.

 

-CF

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