I've been trying to read a book a week. Let me put this in a different perspective. I've been trying to ONLY read a book a week, because I have no self control otherwise and will spend way too much money on books. I've been doing very well at it too. I have one week to make up for but I'll get to it sometime. Here's a list of what I've read so far and yes I know most of them are quite juvenile.
1. The Hunger Games-Suzanne Collins
2. Catching Fire-Suzanne Collins
3. Mockingjay-Suzanne Collins
4. Foundation-Isaac Asimov
5. By week. Whoops.
6. The Amulet of Samarkand-Jonathan Stroud
1-3 is a series. I'm not much of a reviewer but here goes nothing. It's about a futuristic North America called Panem that is made up of 12 districts and the Capitol. The districts rebelled against the Capitol and lost. The books pick up 74 years after the rebellion. Every year each district is required to send two kids, or tributes, to fight to the death in the widely televised Hunger Games. The protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, volunteers to take her sister's place in the Games, and is caught up in events much bigger than she ever anticipated. I don't want to give away much, but I loved reading these books. Anyone who likes young adult sci-fi should give it a shot. I'll give the overall series an 8/10
Foundation. It's one of those classic sci-fi novels that I just never got around to. Hari Seldon developed psychohistory, which is a form of mathematics that can predict the general future. His predictions say the Galactic Empire will fall and a barbaric period lasting 30,000 years will ensue. Seldon also predicted that he could reduce that number to 1,000 if he starts a "Foundation", a society of scholars and scientists with a planet of their own for the sole purpose of preserving all of humanity's knowledge. The book covers the first 150 or so years of the Foundation as they face complete disaster time and time again. If you like clever sci-fi as much as I do, this book is a 10 and a must read.
The Amulet of Samarkand. It's a witty book and very entertaining. It's actually the first of three so I'll let y'all know how they are too. But basically, the story follows Nathaniel during his first years as a magician. 11 year old Nathaniel was embarrassed publicly by an ambitious young magician in the government, Simon Lovelace, while his master, Mr. Underwood, stood by. Having lost all respect for his master, Nathaniel, now at age 12, summons the djinni Bartimaeus to help him get his revenge against Lovelace. Of course Bartimaeus is trouble and Nathaniel learns the price of ambition first-hand. Another good read, though for a younger audience. 7/10.
That's it for now. I'll be back for more later, and if anyone has anything for me, lay it on me.
Slow start to 2012 for me, busy busy!:)
1)"Lose weight without dieting" by David Nordmark
I have never read a diet book before but this free kindle book actually stood out for me. Not because it's "Not Dieting" but because it compares "Unnatural" habits we form to the animal Kingdom where most Animals will stop eating when they're hungry, drink when they're thirsty.etc. A good read
2)"The art of the put-down" ed by Winifred Coles
Brilliant collection of famous funny and derogatory remarks :)
3)"Stargate SG-1: Sunrise" by J. Frances Crane.
Really good read for any SG-1 fan.
4)"The Secret History of the world" by Jonathan Black
Really interesting look at the growing consciousness and mythical/ Spiritual history of the world. Sometimes a bit "Foil hats all round" for me but very interesting all the same.
5)"The Psychopath test" by Jon Ronson
Couldn't put this one down. Ronson takes a detailed look at the "Hare Checklist", the criteria used to diagnose psychopaths. A fairly well rounded, interesting and sometimes funny look at the definition and history of psychopathy.
6)"The Enterprise of Death" by Jesse Bullington
Absolutely loed this book. It centres around a young african slave forced into service by a necromancer. It never went where I though it would but I loved every minute.
7)"Hitler's Canary" by Sandi Toksvig
This is actually a children's book but I love Sandi Toksvig. Very enjoyable little story about the German occupation of Denmark and the Danish resistances effort to get all danish Jews out of the country. Made even better by the fact that the story is loosely based on Toksvigs Danish Grandmother who was a member of the resistnace.