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Reading: June 2011’s Books

July 29, 2011 1 comment

Almost a month late, we have the June round-up posts. Games and television were up first, now it’s time for the books:

Terry is the only returning author this month and is proving something of a regular, appearing in four of the last six months.

Image sources: Terry, Cormac, Markus and Brian

There are four authors this month but I read nearly twice that amount of books. As ever, that’s because of one specific author. Including this month’s haul I’ve read ten of his books so far this year and eighteen in the past twelve months. Let’s get to it then: Read more…

Reading: May 2011’s Books

July 9, 2011 1 comment

Far later than intended, we have the May round-up posts, where I write a little about all the media I consumed throughout the month (June’s will hopefully go up next week, but haven’t been worked on at all yet). This month started with television, then came film, and now it’s time for the books.

Olaf is the only author returning from April, but Terry is back from February and Neil is making his first appearance since January. The other four are all new.

Sources: Olaf, Richard, Kurt, Neil, Yahtzee, Stanislaw and Terry.

I’m going to attempt to keep these relatively brief this month, with no more than a paragraph per book and to try and avoid wasting time making synopses and things, just a quick opinion. So without further ado:

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Reading: February 2011’s Books

April 4, 2011 1 comment

I’m still catching up with these, but unless procrastination gets the better of me March’s posts will arrive promptly in April once I’m off work (so probably the 6th onwards). This month the first monthly review post covered gaming (which was last  in January), the second was television, the third was film and we’re finishing up with the month’s reading.

Two authors again this month, with Terry still present (though no longer the dominant author) and Neil Gaiman usurped.

Image sources: Terry Pratchett and Ken Follett

There was one day in February where I didn’t do any reading, but also some slower work days where I found more time to read than I otherwise would, so overall I think the time I spent reading was probably up compared to January. Despite that there aren’t a lot of books this month, but for good reason. Read on:

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Reading: January 2011’s Books

March 9, 2011 3 comments

There are only two different authors for this month, but more than two books.

(Image sources: Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman)

As with the previous two posts I’ll use this space to explain when it is I read. On my four days off I read the way I always have throughout my life, in bed before I go to sleep. Currently I’ll read for about an hour from about 7am to 8am (I keep to work hours even on my days off as switching back and forth every four days is awkward).

On work days I don’t get home until about 8am and only have about three hours of free time each day so a dedicated reading session isn’t workable. However, on the way home I often take the train (I live just about within walking distance but I don’t always feel like walking for an hour after already working for the previous twelve) and have to wait for about twenty minutes at the station. Having a book with me also means I can read at break times if I’m there at an irregular time and aren’t with anybody else (which happens often). Sometimes there are work days when I read more than I do on off days.

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Reading: Discworld and Polish

February 26, 2011 Leave a comment

 

Two places, one of them fictional. What's the connection?

(Click here for the Discworld source image and here for the Eastern European one)

At the place where I work there are lots of people from eastern Europe, particularly from those countries who became members of the European Union in 2004 like Poland, Lithuania and Hungary. In fact Brits like myself are by far the minority, giving the place an international feel that I rather like, enabling me to interact with people who have uprooted themselves across distances further than I’ve ever travelled.

Generally they speak English very well, especially in comparison to my ability to speak a second language – a school trip to France quickly robbed me of the notion that I was anywhere close to fluent in French – but I thought it wouldn’t hurt if I learned a few of the basics. It doesn’t really take much to convince me to embark on projects like this anyway as I like learning new things, and in terms of usefulness and the availability of learning materials Polish seemed the best choice.

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Reading: Unseen Academicals

September 11, 2010 1 comment

Unseen Academicals cover

The UK cover above looks much nicer than the US one.

(Click the image for a link to the source)

I’m back from my holiday, and during that first weekend away I was able to sit down and read a book in large chunks, something I frequently put off in favour of other things that feel more demanding of long sessions (games in particular, but also TV, films and the internet). Most of the time I just chip away at a book a chapter or two a day.

The book was Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett, the thirty-seventh book in the main Discworld series (which doesn’t include the several Discworld books aimed at younger audiences and the non-Discworld ones Pratchett sometimes writes in between). The series has run pretty much as long as I’ve been alive and has undergone changes along the way, starting as straight-up parody of fantasy tropes and clichés before moving into satire, all the while maintaining a fair amount of consistency in the world. Like a lot of the later books, Unseen Acamedicals focuses almost entirely on the sprawling city of Ankh-Morpork, which itself has evolved from a typical medieval fantasy city into something more Victorian, the presence of magic and the quirks of the Discworld itself putting a unique spin on the various industries and services that steadily come together during the books.

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