Current Reads: The Fractal Prince

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I am currently reading

The Fractal Prince
The Fractal Prince

By: Hannu Rajaniemi
Genre: Science Fiction
From: The library

Master thief Jean le Flambeur is out of prison, but still not free. To pay his debts he has to break into the mind of a living god.

I’m finally getting back into the swing of reading Rajaniemi. It always takes me a while to get used to the fact that it’s okay if I don’t understand some (or most) things about the world or the technology.

I’m also continuing with The Name of the Wind and still slowly reading Great Expectations.

Last week I finished

Last week I read a lot of graphic novels:
Runaways: Deluxe vol. 2 & 3 by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, et al.
Invincible: Ultimate Collection vol. 1 by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley
A Bride’s Story Vol. 3 by Kaoru Mori
The Unwritten Vol. 2 & 3 by Mike Carey and Peter Gross
I also read the Civil War and Secret Invasion Runaways/Young Avengers crossovers.

What might be next

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
I preordered this book, but it has been sitting unread on my shelf. I think i really need to pick it up soon, but who knows how much time the current books I’m reading will still take me. The Name of the Wind is one big book.

Current Reads: The Name of the Wind

This post is linked at “It’s Monday, what are you reading?”, a weekly meme that tells us what the blogosphere is currently reading. It is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. The links in the cover images take you to GoodReads.

I am currently reading

The Name of the Wind
The Name of the Wind
(The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)
By: Patrick Rothfuss
Genre: Epic fantasy
My copy borrowed from my sister

The most notorious wizard the world has ever seen, famed dragon-slayer, feared swordsman, his tale is part myth, part hearsay, part wild speculation… but Kvothe himself has vanished, taking the truth behind the flamboyant rumours with him. The world has settled without him, but his story still lives. And, for the first time, Kvothe is going to tell it…

I’m finally starting this series! I feel like reading books again, so of course I went right ahead and picked up the heftiest tome in my reach… I started reading this on the weekend, and so far I really like the writing style. It doesn’t feel heavy at all, which, for such a big book, is a strong plus. I like both Kote/Kvothe and Bast already, and am intrigued about their backgrounds, as well as the mythology of the world. Yay, can’t wait to learn more!

I’m not finished reading all those graphic novels yet, though; I’m continuing Runaways, and started with Invincible.

Last week I read

Fortunately The Milk Runaways Vol 1 The Walking Dead Vol 1
Fortunately, the Milk… by Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell
Runaways #1-18, the first Runaways story arc, by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona & Takeshi Miyazawa
The Walking Dead, Vol. 1 by Robert Kirkman

  • Last week I read Neil Gaiman’s whimsical children’s book Fortunately, the Milk… and found it really fun. This was the UK version with great illustrations by Riddell.
  • I finally read the first story arc of Runaways, and I really enjoyed it! I liked the characters as well as the compact storyline. The numbering of the issues and the collected volumes can get confusing with this series (which is why I originally first read the first volume of the second storyline, thinking it was the beginning of the series…) but that is like the only downside of it.
  • I also read the first volume of The Walking Dead, while I was sitting at the library waiting for someone to get to downtown to meet me. I wasn’t that into it, since the volume covered the story that is in the few TV series episodes that I’ve actually seen, so it was nothing new. I did like the art style, though, and found the original illustrated version of Rick Grimes more likeable than his TV counterpart. I don’t think I’ll be continuing with this series, though, it was just a nice pause at the library.

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Character names I love
A Sentence from Game of Thrones

A Sentence from A Game of Thrones

This post is linked at “The Friday 56”, a weekly book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

I think this little meme is a great way to promote some of my favourite books. The rules are as follows: Grab a book, any book, turn to page 56 (or 56% in your eReader) and post a sentence that grabs you. Remember to add your post to the link list over at the host blog, linked above.

A Game of Thrones
From: A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin – an epic fantasy series of war, power, family and betrayal

Generations of capering fools in motley have won me the right to dress badly and say any damn thing that comes into my head.”

– Tyrion Lannister

Character names I love

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday topic was about covers I’d like to redesign, but I was drawing a blank. I like highlighting beautiful covers, but don’t really want to think about the bad ones. Instead I decided to pick a topic I had missed, which was about one’s favourite character names. I love these names for how they sound, and some of them also for how well they fit the character in question.

This post is linked at “Top Ten Tuesday”, a weekly book list meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. All the links take you to Goodreads.

Maija’s Top 10 favourite character names

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Dracula Courtney Crumrin Vol.1 Soulless

1. Dorian Gray
From The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

2. Lestat de Lioncourt
From The Vampire Chronicles, by Anne Rice

3. Jonathan & Arabella Strange
From Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke

4. Marquis de Carabas
From Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

5. Ichabod Crane
From The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving

6. Genevieve Lefoux
From the Parasol Protectorate series, by Gail Carriger (introduced in book 2)

7. Lucy Westenra
From Dracula, by Bram Stoker

8. Aloysius Crumrin
From the Courtney Crumrin graphic novels, by Ted Naifeh

9. Raistlin Majere
From the Dragonlance universe, mainly Dragonlance Chronicles & Legends, by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

10. Lucy Honeychurch
From A Room with a View, by E. M. Forster

Current Reads: Graphic Novels

This post is linked at “It’s Monday, what are you reading?”, a weekly meme that tells us what the blogosphere is currently reading. It is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. All the links take you to GoodReads.

I haven’t felt like getting invested in a longer story, so I decided to catch up on some graphic novels, which might have many volumes but do take a shorter time to read. Some I already own, and some I picked up from the library.

I just finished

Locke & Key
Locke & Key vol. 2-5, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

This horror series follows the Locke family children who move into Key house after their father is murdered, and discover the mysterious keys of the house. I re-read volume 2 to bring my memory up to speed – I think I should’ve also read vol. 1 while I was at it, but all the copies were on loan from the library. Then I read through volumes 3-5. I was surprised that I was so into these! I couldn’t believe it – when I had first read the first and second volumes, I’d found the story interesting, but not compelling. Perhaps it’s because the story really picked up steam in these three volumes. I can’t wait for the sixth and final volume to come out!

Next up

November comics
I might choose any of these graphic novels next.

  • Kouta Hirano’s horror/action vampire manga Hellsing – re-read volumes 1-9, and then finally finish the series with volume 10.
  • Brian K. Vaughan’s run of the group of superpowered teenager Runaways – I have read one volume from the middle of the story a long time ago.
  • I borrowed the first three volumes of Mike Carey’s The Unwritten from the library. This is a completely new fantasy series for me.
  • And last but not least, I borrowed volume 3 of Kaoru Mori’s historical A Bride’s Story from the library.

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