Wednesday, January 11, 2012

High Fantasy at it's best.

A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very good start to the series. The main character Sparrowhawk is generally interesting and was easy to like. Unlike many other mage like characters he has flaws, and these flaws surface often. I really enjoy the magic system in this book as well, and the not knowing anybody's true name is nice touch. I could easily see myself reading the rest of this series.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

52 week book challenge!

I've always been a pretty casual reader, picking up a book here or there.  It wasn't until the past couple of years have I turned into a complete utter bookworm.  It all started with Richard Matheson's I Am Legend which is now my favorite book of all time.  I didn't want to put it down, and I took my sweet time with it so it wouldn't come to it's emanate demise.  After finishing the king of books, I started reading other books I had heard were must reads.  I couldn't believe the enjoyment I was receiving from these things and I was developing an addiction.

After perusing the net for book recommendations I found an awesome site called Goodreads which is much like Facebook for books.  While checking out  the site i discovered a neat little challenge.  52 books in 52 weeks.  I had to try it.  My first year I didn't do so hot, only read around 15 books but, I had a lot going on.  Now this year I dominated!  I didn't reach 52 but I came close and discovered some great books along the way.  Here are the stats.

Book Total: 30
Page total: 8106

Now the Top 5 books of the year


                                          and finally the #1 book of the year was........

Yes I know the final book is a trilogy but like the original star wars it's considered one entity.

If nobody has read any of these books go out and get them and read them, it's well worth your time.