February 25, 2013

Fantasy books

I haven't done a book post in a while. I've been on a fantasy kick lately, which may or may not have to do with the unpublished manuscripts I've been critiquing.

I finally got around to reading Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass last fall. The polar bears should have been enough to captivate me, but I loved the premise of everyone having a daemon companion that expresses their inner self. The book was fun and insightful, but I have yet to go back and read the rest of the series.

I read Lucienne Diver's Bad Blood. I liked the way she worked the Olympian gods on earth trope. The next in the series is out, but I didn't jump on it yet. Most recently, I read Richelle Mead's Succubus Blues. It was fun, full of spunk and voice, but I'm not sure I felt invested enough to finish the series. I guess I'm not into series as much as I used to be...

On a more philosophical side, I read Peter Ackroyd's The Plato Papers. I might have read it too fast and I'm still not sure I got all the minutia. But I found it a great allegory of Plato's cave.

My favorite of all the books I read in the past 6 months was K.M. Weiland's Dreamlander. I loved the how she meshed the real world with the fantasy/dream world. I highly recommend it.

Next on my list is Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife.

Thanks for stopping by!


Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for the recommendations. I've only read The Golden Compass. I'll have to check out some of the others.

Ali said...

Your book recommendations look great- Thanks Patchi!