What I’m Reading Now

Next update will be humorous fantasy books!

This page is going to be updated with the books I’m reading now. Well, at least some of the time. I will avoid the many DNF’s. That’s “Did Not Finish” for people who like me had never heard of such a thing. Until recently there were very few books I wouldn’t finish once I’d got past the first page. It would really take a lot to have me throw the book across the room, and even then I’d usually pick it back up again. Not now. I’m spoiled for choice. So, if a book doesn’t catch my fancy, it’s brutally put aside.

So with no further ado, the list is starting…with the most recent books at the top.

Great series. Really enjoyed the humour. The story arc has moved from being a band of misfits getting into hijinks, to adventurers exploring a world that is increasingly reminiscent of Tolkien’s—while also being quirky and original. That’s thanks to the powerful wizards whose mad lust for power becomes a little more prominent and world-threatening as the series goes on, so the adventurers are going to need all the help they can get.

I loved this story about a girl and her dragon…which must be kept hidden at all costs.

Mirren Calia has just the right level of audacity and common sense for me to want her to succeed, although I could never quite get why she was so scared of her father—apart from him being grumpy about dragons and not wanting them near his family. But it did create some nice tension.

A great adventure with twists and turns and high danger as the young heroine fights to save her dragon’s life.

Two very enjoyable books. The first is for people who enjoy a little dystopia in their fantasy/science fiction—and good amounts of twists and turns in the plot. The main character, like in most YA, needs to save the world with their pluck, ingenuity and good-heartedness. And it works. Lovely book. 🙂 The second — Empire of Silence — is perfect for hard core sci fi fans looking for a bit of epic worldbuilding not dissimilar to Dune. 🙂

The first two (below), are books friends and fans have been bugging me to read.

The everything winner “All Systems Red” from the Murderbot Diaries and New York Times Bestselling author, or whatever, Sarah J Mas’ “Throne of Glass”

To be fair to this one, it’s good. It’s really good. The writing is fantastic, and the main character is great, a cyborg type thing who has broken their programming and become a rogue unit. It’s compelling reading. But the unit was knocked out [taken offline] one too many tines for me to desperately want to cough up the $NZ 8+ for each of the books in the rest of the series. Being a cash-strapped author, I’m holding out for a value box-set deal. 🙂

Honestly, I’m part way through this one, and I wouldn’t normally read it, assuming it’s fantasy romance. But the book’s pacing so far has been excellent (with absolutely no romance yet). I’m intrigued to know what is going to happen to the thief, sorry, assassin. And more than that, as a professional, I can see other people have kind of taken some of the ideas and tried to imitate the style, and failed. So it’s really interesting to see the original and how it works.

That’s all there is for now. I’ve got some older reading to fill in – it’s going to be transferred from my blog. 🙂 Here.

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