Mini book reviews

I’ve been reading a lot of good stuff lately, and haven’t written about it. I have no interest in doing proper reviews right now, just want to note down my thoughts in a couple of lines (or more). So here goes:

Iron Dawn, Jericho Moon by Matthew Woodring Stover

As soon as I got my hands on these books by Matt Stover, I dropped everything else I was reading and finished ’em. These are different from the Caine books I so love, but they’re still great.

The books are set in an alternate world and follow the adventures of a female mercenary (Barra) and her two companions a few years after the fall of Troy. It’s just so much fun reading anything by Stover; can’t wait till my copy of Caine: Black Knife gets delivered.

Barra is a really interesting character, and I hope that someday in the not too distant future Mr. Stover decides to write another book about her. For those familiar with the fantasy genré: to me she seems to be a cross of Caine and Druss the Legend; only female, and somehow smarter. I’ve only read the first of the Drenai books, and that was a while back, so the comparison could be faulty. I’m re-reading it now to verify…

Vertigo by Ashok Banker

Ashok Banker has written (or should I say re-written) the Ramayana in a six-part fantasy series, and I really wanted to read it. But was reluctant to start; was worried about being disappointed.

I picked up Vertigo just to get a feel for Banker’s writing, and was blown away! If I were to describe it in one word, the word would be raw. I can’t say anything more, but reading this one book has convinced me to go and pick up every book he’s ever written sometime soon…

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

I really like Gaiman’s writing style. It’s so fluid, and I can just keep reading pages and pages of his stuff. He is an excellent story teller; which is even more awesome than being a great author (to me).

Highly recommended to anyone who’s looking for a good read…

The Wheel of Time books, New Spring by Robert Jordan

I finished the entire Wheel of time Series (published so far) from May to July, and read the prequel novel, New Spring, in August. The Wheel of Time does not disappoint. I didn’t go in with a lot of expectations, and the books (especially the first five) made me reconsider reading a lot of other popular novels.

I can’t even try to describe the world that Mr. Jordan creates in these books. It’s huge, and someday soon I’ll have to re-read the series in order to get the details (and chronology) straight.

I loved the gender-reversal that he’s pulled-off here. Most of the powerful characters are female, and there are entire societies where women have the dominant role. It was quite interesting to read…

That’s all for now. Any book suggestions? I shouldn’t ask as I have so many unread books I have to finish, but it’s always fun to try something totally different.