After taking another short hiatus from the Harry Potter series, I’m back to it this week with The Half-Blood Prince — and still loving the series. I can’t believe that I’ve taken this long to read it. I spent my hiatus with the second of the Inspector Vaara series: Lucifer’s Tears by James Thompson. While I enjoyed it, I’m glad to be back to — even though I know the Harry Potter series is turning “heavy” — considerably lighter fare than what that book was.
As I mentioned this past weekend, I do want to get back to reading books for the Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge, the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge and the Baker Street Challenge, and continue to only take two books out of the library at one time and one book per week from the to-be-read shelf in my office. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t be tempted to read, and to act on those temptations to read, other books — or start other series. Last night I put three e-books on hold at the library, all of which are a part of a series, or will be. I’ve already started one and hope to start the other two.
The three books are:
- A Clash of Kings, the second part of the A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin.
- The Name of the Wind, the first part of the Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss.
- The Informationist by Taylor Stevens, which has a planned sequel.
I already read A Game of Thrones on e-book from the library, but last time I checked it didn’t have the second one available on e-book. When I checked yesterday, though, it did. As for The Name of the Wind, I came to this one in a roundabout way. A patron at our library recommended another book with a similar name, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon, and when I mentioned it to another staff member, she recommended the Rothfuss book and series. I still want to get the Zafon book eventually.
I came across the third book, The Informationist, while browsing last night through the e-book selections our library has. In the description of this book, the heroine is described as similar to Lisbeth Salander, the heroine of the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. I thought since I liked that series, I might as well give Stevens’ book a try.
My name is Unfinished Person and I am a serial reader, much like Suzi Q Oregon of the blog Whimpulsive. Even the aforementioned challenges in which I am involved include series, for example, with the Murakami challenge, I plan on reading A Wild Sheep Chase and its sequel, Dance, Dance, Dance. Of course, many of the Christie books are series from Hercule Poirot to Miss Marple and the Sherlock Holmes books are most definitely a series. In fact, I’m hard pressed to think of many books that I read that aren’t part of a series.
So are you an addict of series, either books or movies, or both? What are some of your favorite series in either or both mediums? For me, my favorite all-time in both mediums would have to be The Lord of the Rings trilogy. What about you?
I now have a fan page on Facebook. If you’re not already a fan, come be one and you’ll get not only feeds from this blog there, but also my “microblog,” Unfinished, on Posterous. I’ve tried (unsuccessfully) consolidating that one and this one, but have been unsuccessful due to the incompatibilities between the two post by e-mail features of each, so I’m just going to keep them separate. The Posterous posts are more just “one-offs” anyway instead of fully-formed thoughts as the posts here are intended — and sometimes actually are.