The Blade Itself – What I’m Currently Reading

It’s not really “reading” but actually What I’m Currently “Listening” to. I read many reviews that say one of the best audio books in fantasy is “The Blade Itself”. It’s the first book in the First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. I already had this book on my to-read list and was wondering what book to get with my audible credit, so after listening to a sample, I got it!

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This is my first read for this author, so I’m quite unfamiliar with his style but so far I’d have to say it’s very interesting (I’m about 20% through). The narrator Steven Pacey also does an excellent job narrating this book. I can tell who is speaking just by the tone and accent he uses for the character and he also does good voice acting, for example when the character whispers, when scared, when tired, etc. To make sure I’m not missing any details in the book I’m following the tor.com re-read of the book chapter by chapter. This way I also get to know the proper spelling of the characters’ names (I like to be able to visualize the spelling of a name to memorize the character better).

So far I don’t see a clear plot yet but I’m more familiar with the different characters and somewhat with the world they live in. The story line is easy to follow and there is a good level of detail when describing a scene which makes it easier to imagine.  Let’s see how the remaining of the book goes.

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A list of the 51 Best Fantasy Series

BuzzFeed Books posted an article about the 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written. Looking at that list made me realize I still have a lot of catching up to do.

First place comes “The Kingkiller Chronicles” by Patrick Rothfuss followed by “The Stormlight Archives” by Brandon Sanderson (which in my opinion should have taken first place) and  third “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin. The rest you’ll find in the link. It’s a good list and if you are a fan of the fantasy genre it would help to decide what to read next.

One thing I noticed was that two of my favorite series did not make the list, “The Codex Alera” series by Jim Butcher and “The Dark Tower” series by Stephen King.  I think those two should have been mentioned, both are great fantasy books in their own way with intriguing plots and well defined worlds and characters.

The Thorn of Emberlain Book Release Delayed

Just read some sad news on Scott Lynch’s blog. According to his latest post here , the author announced that the release date of the fourth book of one of my favorite series “The Gentleman Bastard Series” has been postponed til 2016 due to health issues. No specific date was announced but we can wait. Get well soon Scott!

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