It has been a while since I posted my currently reading list. I meant to be doing this more often, but it just sort of slipped my mind. Life has been rather crazy at the moment.
Over the past month I have worked by way through a couple of books. The first one I cranked through was a hard Sci-Fi book called Blindsight
. You can actually pick it up as a free ebook over at Goodreads.com
. I have to say that I really enjoyed this book quite a bit. There are a lot of complex ideas going on here about consciousness, intelligence and the human psyche. It actually was picked up as the book of the month to be read over at the Sword and Laser podcast
. You also might want to know that Blindsight was a 2007 Hugo Award Nominee
, which makes the fact that it is free all the more impressive.
The other book that I read this month and the one that I actually just finished last night was Tahn. This was a free ebook that I picked up on my Kindle several months ago and just now got around to reading. Conceptually I actually really liked this book a lot. The basic overarching concept is that an assassin sets out to save the daughter of a noble family that his organization is assigned to destroy. The make story arch fro there focuses on the relationship between the assassin and his”hostage” as they struggle to understand each other. Thrown in for added complexity is the fact that the assassin needs to save children for the same fate as himself and you have the grounds for a great book. The
only thing that really got to me however is that there are a lot of christian overtones, which ordinarily would not be a big problem for me if they fit in with the characters of the book. Unfortunately for me though, they came across as just the author forcing christian values into every nook and cranny as she could and too often they felt forced and preachy. If you can get past that though there is actually a decent story of retribution and self-realization here.
So that leaves me now looking for my next book to read. I know there has been a lot of hype recently surrounding the new Game of Thrones series on HBO. I read through that first book over the winter and have to say I enjoyed it immensely. I probably ranks up there as one of my top books of all time. It was certainly a huge undertaking however and it took me near three months to get through. I don’t believe I am ready to quite tackle the next book that large. If anyone has suggestions for some new books to pick up let me know.