A quick rundown of a few books I read over the past few months.
A Dance with Dragons is the 5th book in the Song of Ice and Fire series and it’s a damn good one. The book before this one, I found to be somewhat stagnant (but still good), but this one gets the series moving again, introducing some new characters, and throwing even more wrenches into the mix. As always in this series, there’s a great deal of cruelty, blood, and bawdiness. Unfortunately, we’re probably going to have to wait a great while for the next book.
I read one of Paul Auster’s stories a few years ago and was quite disappointed in it, so I was somewhat reluctant to read this book of three tales, but I’m glad I overcame that hesitation. The book is composed of three stories which are loosely connected to one another. They are wonderfully written and incredibly intriguing. All are set in New York and all feature writers and/or investigators who are driven mad by their tasks. A fun read.
Alain de Botton has a great way of taking sometimes complicated abstract ideas and writing about them in simple well written prose. This book is a nice little summary of the history of western philosophy as it applies to human shortcomings. It was interesting the whole way through and works quite well as a sort of book of soothsaying. It will make you feel better about life. A worthwhile few hours of reading.
DMZ: Friendly Fire was a very serious affair about a soldier who is charged with killing civilians, and the consequences of that. The DMZ series continues to be a good read with great writing and art.
The two Sandman books were good, especially Season of Mists, in which we meet all of Dream’s brothers and sisters, save one mysterious hold-out, and Dream gets the key to hell and has to decide what to do with it. The Dream Hunters is a standalone story based on traditional Japanese folk tales, and it’s a whimsical tale with great art.
Y: The Last Man (Vol. 1, Unmanned) is an interesting story told with fairly mediocre art and sub-par writing. The overall story is good, but I found the bad dialogue distracting. The series is quite popular though, so I’m guessing the quality picks up as the series goes on.