What I’m Reading 5.0

26 Feb

Time for another What I’m Reading extravaganza. It won’t be as excruciatingly long this time!

Finished books as of 5/2/12:

Edge of Victory II: Rebirth
Tortall and Other Lands
Star by Star
Little Brother
Lies
Want to Play?
Star by Star
Heist Society
Dark Journey
Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream
Live Bait
Dead Run
Snow Blind
Play to Kill
Over Sea, Under Stone
Mastiff
The Dark is Rising
Dead Until Dark
Moon Child
Looking for Alaska
Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand
Traitor
Destiny’s Way
Force Heretic I: Remnant
Force Heretic II: Refugee
Plague
The Fellowship of the Ring
Catalyst
Dragon’s Time
Emma
Living Dead in Dallas
Club Dead
Dead to the World

As ever, we shall begin with the Star Wars novels:

The Final Prophecy by Greg Keyes – Tahiri, now united as a combined Jedi and Yuuzhan Vong, is sent with older Jedi Corran Horn to deliver a message to the Prophet of the Yuuzhan Vong Shamed Ones. What nobody knows is that the Prophet is actually Nom Anor, possibly the most self-centred individual in the known universe, who has been stirring up a revolt among the Shamed Ones for his own ends. They agree to take the Prophet to the living world of Zonoma Sekot, and are surprised by having to take priest Harrar and shaper Nen Yim along too. Harrar seems to be just curious and concerned about what the living planet means for the Yuuzhan Vong, whereas Nen Yim thinks the planet needs to be destroyed and carried the means to do so.

In a conversation between Nen Yim and Tahiri, it comes to light that the Yuuzhan Vong whose memories were implanted into Tahiri during her failed Shaping were actually those of Nen Yim, bringing the Jedi and the Yuuzhan Vong closer together. Nen Yim then realises what the secret of the planet is, and asks to be left alone to contemplate it. Nom Anor confronts and murders her, and then runs off to kill the planet. Despite the combined efforts of Corran, Tahiri and Harrar, he manages to infect the planet with a disease, and the planet blindly jumps to hyperspace.

The Unifying Force by James Luceno is the last of The New Jedi Order series and sees the resolution of the whole thing. I forget how this happens, and I’m only about three chapters in – so far Threepio and Han have been playing a game of Dejarik (the ‘let the wookiee win’ one) and that’s about all I remember. I remember it being good though!

Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris continues The Southern Vampire Mysteries – the Shreveport pack of werewolves are having a contest to see who the new packmaster will be. In the running are Sookie’s friend Alcide’s father, and a complete slimeball. Sookie is recruited to keep things honest. Meanwhile, Eric is trying to work out what happened when he lost his memory, and Sookie’s friend Tara is taken captive as a sort of slave by a violent thug of a vampire named Mickey.

Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris sees Sookie going to New Orleans to wrap up the affairs of her late cousin Hadley (on a random aside, I really like that name but now it shall forever be associated with a vampire who was a bit of a bitch when she was alive), the former girlfriend of the vampire Queen of Louisiana.  Matters are complicated when a new vampire rises from one of Hadley’s apartment closets and attacks Sookie and her new friend Amelia. It turns out that the new vampire is an employee of Sookie’s new boyfriend Quinn (there are a lot of Quinns in vampire fiction at the moment) who used to be a werewolf. Since vampires and werewolves really don’t like each other, this is a bit politically controversial. Also, there’s a lot of tension between the Queen and her new husband, and somebody killed a demon in Sookie’s garden.Oh, and somebody’s trying to kill Sookie, as usual.

Although it just gets darker and darker, I really do like these books. There’s such a sense of humour to them.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd – All Lily knows about her mother is that, when she was four, she killed her.

This isn’t my usual type of book, but it was in the bathroom, so I read it and enjoyed it. Perhaps ‘enjoyed’ isn’t the right word – I feel like I’m a better person for having read it.

It discusses childhood and racism and bees, honey and mental illness and what it can lead you to do. Definitely worth a read.

The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien is the final installment of the Lord of the Rings, and still doesn’t need any introduction. I’m still reading along with Mark at http://www.markreads.net.

Ok, that’s it for now!

Rounding up:

Finished books as of 26/2/12:

Edge of Victory II: Rebirth
Tortall and Other Lands
Star by Star
Little Brother
Lies
Want to Play?
Star by Star
Heist Society
Dark Journey
Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream
Live Bait
Dead Run
Snow Blind
Play to Kill
Over Sea, Under Stone
Mastiff
The Dark is Rising
Dead Until Dark
Moon Child
Looking for Alaska
Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand
Traitor
Destiny’s Way
Force Heretic I: Remnant
Force Heretic II: Refugee
Plague
The Fellowship of the Ring
Catalyst
Dragon’s Time
Emma
Living Dead in Dallas
Club Dead
Dead to the World
Force Heretic III: Reunion
War Horse
The Two Towers
The Final Prophecy
Dead as a Doornail
The Secret Life of Bees

So that’s 39 books, 133 days – one book per 3.4 days – up a bit from last time!

Currently still reading:

Greenwitch
Return of the King
Definitely Dead

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