I’m on a huge sci / fi fantasy kick this year. I have always loved these genres, but usually I come up for breath with classics and literature. Not this summer: I’ve had a lot on my plate and I’m looking for my book equivalent of comfort food. I’m doing that by re-reading a favorite fantasy series, re-reading / finishing off a series I started around 15 years ago and never finished, and continuing on with a new-to-me classic sci fi series. Also: comics.
Here are the books I read in June:
A Song of Ice and Fire is a fantasy epic series centering on a struggle for power told from multiple points of view.
I honestly don’t know what possessed me to start the A Song of Ice and Fire series over again for the THIRD time, but I just felt like reading it. Maybe end-of-television-season sadness. Maybe it’s because I love it when I pick up new things to support my I’ve-spent-to-much-time-thinking-about-this fandom theories. Maybe I just like that I can read, enjoy, and not have to worry that I’m brain fried because I’m so familiar with the content.
Whatever the reason, I’m doing it.
I think that these might become a summer re-read for me (sort of how I re-read Harry Potter in the winter most years), even though that’s sort of insane…I mean, we’re talking around 1,000 pages a book here.
Children of the Mind (1996) by Orsen Scott Card
In the fourth book in the Ender Wiggins Saga, xenocide is impending. The human race has grown fearful of another sentient species and are sending a star fleet to destroy them. Can Ender’s children save them in time?
This book feels a lot more “out there” than the other books so far. It’s deep in the series, so that makes sense, but it’s just one of those things–it was totally engrossing while I was reading, but it would sound completely ridiculous if I tried to summarize it. As with the other books in this series, I really liked seeing how the various characters dealt with ethical questions from different moral perspectives.
Figuring out a reading order for this series is complicated. There’s an unresolved storyline at the end of this book, and I was a little disappointed to find out that the book that ties up those loose ends, Shadows in Flight, also connects the dots to another parallel series. So basically I’m going to need to read another quartet of books before I can finish up the thread I’ve already read for the series.
I’ll probably hold off until next year, but I’m doing it.
The Drawing of the Three (1987) by Stephen King
In the second volume of The Dark Tower series, Roland, the last gunslinger, must draw his unlikely companions to aid him in his quest for the Dark Tower.
I wasn’t a big fan of the first book in the series, but I remember liking some of the other books when I first read them at age 12 or so. I never finished the series, because my local library didn’t have all of them, so I am taking advantage of my grown-up bank account and reading them all.
This one was a giant improvement on the first. Everything was so much better: character development, world building, action writing, and pacing especially.
I really liked the mixing of time periods and the “real world” with the fantasy “moved on” world in which the novels are set. It’s a really interesting way to approach parallel universes stories.
Keep it weird, King.
On the comics front this month:
-Captain Marvel (2013) #15-16
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Make sure to put a big SPOILERS warning in your comment to warn others if you have ‘em.
Reading anything good lately?
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