After last year’s impressive reading tally, I set the bar a lot lower this year but, even so, it looked like I was going to come up short of the 100 book mark. Over this past month, however, I’ve done some major catching up. Here are a few of the titles I enjoyed…
Half A War by Joe Abercrombie
The third and final instalment in Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea trilogy is epic fantasy at its high flying, action-packed finest. This one has all of the elements one would expect from Abercrombie – colorful characters, heart-stopping twists and, best of all, that wicked sense of humor I’ve come to know and love.
Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach
The second book in Rachel Bach’s (Aaron’s) Paradox Trilogy continues an SF series that stands out well above the rest. These books are smart, fast-paced, engrossing and, without a doubt, flat-out the most FUN you’ll have reading in recent memory.
Get Carter by Ted Lewis
I’m not a huge fan of noir-themed titles but this British classic, adapted into a movie starring Michael Caine back in the early 70’s, hooked me early and held my rapt attention through the entirety of my cover to cover single seating read. A brilliant and brutal crime novel that has restored my appreciation for the genre.
Sharpe’s Tiger by Bernard Cornwell
Having worked my way through most of George MacDonald Fraser’s similarly-themed Flashman series, I decided to give Cornwell’s historical anti-hero a shot – and came away mightily impressed. I loved this book and hope the rest of Sharpe’s adventures are as masterfully detailed.
Arcadia #4 by Alex Paknadel and Eric Scott Pfeiffer
This mind-bending SF series continues to, well, bend minds. Paknadel juggles intellectually intoxicating narrative elements to magnificent effect while Pfeiffer’s art dazzles in perfect compliment.
Descender by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
From The Underwater Welder to Sweet Tooth to Trillium, Lemire’s work is distinguished by its grounded, at times painfully real characters struggling in fantastic and surreal environments. In Descender, it’s Tim-21, a child robot who may be the key to averting a looming invasion. A delightfully sweet and compelling series.
FOUR against seven. They’re gonna need more guys!
What do we have here?!
Well, look who’s coming back to stir things up!
The boys convene in one of my favorite scenes in this episode.
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