Saturday, 13 July 2013

2013 Reading Part 4

Another eight (nine and a bit actually though the rest will wait for next time!) books have been read. I've been in a few hotel rooms recently and some of these are older and therefore much shorter books anyway. Here we go...!

You may remember I'd got the entire Sherlock Holmes collection for free on the Kindle and this is the second one, where a betrayal in India has consequences that involve our super sleuth in a hunt for a murderer. Holmes gets his man... Watson gets the girl...

Wow!!! Long awaited, this is the final instalment of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time saga and in its entirety deals with one huge battle. Now that sounds a boring book, just one huge, stupendous battle, but somehow he and Brandon Sanderson who tidied up and edited Jordan's notes after his death, turning an intended single book into three books, managed to make this a gripping edge-of-your-seat yarn with the battle raging whilst the hero of the piece is locked in a personal struggle with Evil/Death/The Dark One all of his own. A worthy end to the series, I loved it.

It took a while to read the Robert Jordan book so I followed it with a book from the past. Sudden gets his guns out once more and involves himself in another range war in the American West at a time when men were men and women were glad of it...

I enjoyed this immensely too. Macro and Cato, our favourite Roman soldiers get involved in a political mess in Rome itself for a change, shoved into the Praetorian Guard under cover and under rewarded where they have to watch out for Emperor Claudius' back and save Rome from starvation. And in their free time...

As a youngster I read all of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan books, but never got round to the John Carter, Mars books. However, having watched the recent film I realised what I may have been missing and again - these are old books - downloaded the entire series for free. The first is the story from the film - almost... A belting read!

Back to Holmes and the most famous case of all. Escaped prisoners, servants with secrets, betrayed women, spectral hounds, Watson lusting after yet more women... By Jove, Holmes! Keep the man on a leash!!!

Cor, this was a bit weird - in a goodish way. A comic fantasy probably best describes it, the comedy being a bit hit and miss at times and the start of the book containing flashbacks with the same characters involved which got a bit confusing, but I stuck with it to the end. The main character, described in no uncertain terms as a bit of a swine who got much worse after he dies doesn't really er... live...(?) up to that... Enough genuinely funny moments to keep me at it though.

O.M.G.! Back to the 100% certain wow factor with this one, the second of Stieg Larsson's books about the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Here we learn much more of her back story and her partner from the first book, Michael Blomkvist makes a return along with a few other characters. Pounding storyline that never lets up and a wham bang ending that is making me itch to read the last book. (I'm being strong, it's not one of the one-and-a-bit books I've read since finishing it!)

Keep tuned, holiday season approaches and I have a new conservatory to plonk myself in and zombify myself in a good book! Part 5 coming to a blog near you...

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