Continuing into The Bachman Books, the next novel was The Long Walk. I'd heard about this one years ago and never read it, but always thought the concept was an interesting one. 100 teenage boys (if it were written today instead of nearly 40 years ago, I'm sure it would have included girls as well) gather just … Continue reading The Long Walk
Stephen King's Rage was a bit of a challenge. Writing about it is also a challenge - this is a book that was written when the world was a very different place.
I just finished reading The Director by David Ignatius, which was a pretty good read. The main character of the story, Graham Weber, is the new director of the CIA, charged with modernizing an agency that is widely disliked and distrusted. Not to mention the growing doubts surrounding the agency's effectiveness in the wake of global intelligence leaks.
Warning - if you haven't read the first book, Fortune's Rising, there are spoilers here. I've done my best not to give away anything from the second book, but I'm writing this under the assumption that you've either already read the first, or don't care if I ruin some of the surprises. As much as I enjoyed the first installment of the Outer Bounds books, the second one was far better.
The first book of the Outer Bounds series by Sara King, Fortune's Rising is a pretty good bit of sci-fi. The background is well set up, which is tricky to do. One of the challenges with writing believable sci-fi is that planets capable of supporting life are not a dime a dozen. They don't just happen, and when they do they're incredibly far apart, making it unlikely they'd be able to form any kind of shared governmental structure. Despite what Star Wars would have us believe 😉
I just finished reading Star Sand by Roger Pulvers. It was... Okay. I've been on a bit of a WWII kick recently. It started when Lynne and I watched The Man In The High Castle on Hulu. That book is definitely on my must-read list. That probably explains why Star Sand jumped off the page at me...
I'm not normally one for New Year's resolutions. I don't have anything against them, they've just never been something I've been into. This year I'm making an exception. I'm going to read more. I've loved reading since I was a kid, but lately I've been making less and less time for it. I miss it. … Continue reading 16 in ’16
I just finished Stephen King's Finders Keepers, the sequel to Mr. Mercedes. The first book isn't really required to enjoy this one, but I'd definitely recommend it! Like Mr. Mercedes, this book focuses less on the supernatural and unknown that Stephen King is so well known for, and more on the mystery and suspense of the story. Another … Continue reading Finders Keepers
This weekend is my town's annual used book sale, which is always a good time. An old gym in the back of the Town Hall building is filled with tables. Those tables are then filled with books. And then more books. So many books. It's wonderful. I (and my wife, who spoils me) have been to a … Continue reading So Many Books