11 November 2011

Not About Books

Instead, a small note.
November will be a slow review month, as in... it will continue much as it started. It is nearing the end of the season for work and the workload has increased to compensate for the lack of time. This, for me, creates a lack in time for reading. I just can't get away with it like I could, before.

I won't say the blog is on hiatus, but I would say to expect a slowing in the posts until early/mid December. In the meantime, if it suits your fancy, I have a blog on tumblr.
Spoiler: It's not about books.

7 November 2011

2011 Goodreads Reading Challenge Complete!

I joined Goodreads in early August of this year, and quickly discovered the 2011 Reading Challenge, amongst other things. I quickly set my goal to a reasonable 20 books, and as I added more and more books to the read list I quickly discovered I had already gone past this goal. So I set it to 50, then 75, and, finally, 100.

100 is a good number. I haven't read 100 books in a year before, so it was definitely a worthwhile goal. Next year I will make it more of a challenge. Something crazy.

Some highlights for the year would be Geist (Philippa Ballantine), Just a Geek (Wil Wheaton), Wake (Robert J. Sawyer), Heroes 'Til Curfew (Susan Bischoff) and the Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson.

Anyway, Goodreads also provides this neat widget where I can display the covers of a number of books. And so, I present to you the last 100 books that I have read which, as of this post, accurately displays the books I read to complete this challenge. As I continue to add more books to my list, however, the display will change.. but I'm not worrying about that too much.

Note: The is image-heavy.

1 November 2011

2011 Goodreads Choice Awards


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Vote now for your favorite books!

If you're on Goodreads, check out the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards for your chance to vote for your favourite book, published this year, for each category. Or just look at all the nominees, or winner from the last two years, to add even more books to your to-read list. Like I did.

... So, so many books I must read.

The Unwritten Vol.2, Inside Man

The Unwritten Vol. 2: Inside ManThe Unwritten Vol. 2: Inside Man by Mike Carey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From Goodreads
Tom Taylor's life was screwed from go. His father created the Tommy Taylor fantasy series, boy-wizard novels with popularity on par with Harry Potter. The problem is Dad modeled the fictional epic so closely to Tom's real life that fans are constantly comparing him to his counterpart, turning him into the lamest variety of Z-level celebrity. In the final novel, it's even implied that the fictional Tommy will crossover into the real world, giving delusional fans more excuses to harass Tom.

When an enormous scandal reveals that Tom might really be a boy-wizard made flesh, Tom comes into contact with a very mysterious, very deadly group that's secretly kept tabs on him all his life. Now, to protect his own life and discover the truth behind his origins, Tom will travel the world, eventually finding himself at locations all featured on a very special map — one kept by the deadly group that charts places throughout world history where fictions have impacted and tangibly shaped reality, those stories ranging from famous literary works to folktales to pop culture. And in the process of figuring out what it all means, Tom will find himself having to figure out a huge conspiracy mystery that spans the entirety of the history of fiction.


Things are finally becoming clearer in this volume, and the overall plot is definitely stronger. Still, there is a lot going on and a few storylines to keep track of. It certainly is not less complicated, than the first.

The artwork continues to shine, and remains a strong point in the work. There is such a variety, too, and it remains strong when the story calls for a stylistic change. The last story at the end of the volume was a definite favourite - it reminded me of all of the cute stories I adored as a kid, and turned it into something terrible and hilarious and wonderful. I continue to enjoy the series and look forward to the next volumes.

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