Friday, March 4, 2011

Coveted Item of the Week: Book Sequels

My coveted item(s) of the week are books. I love getting lost in fantasy and consumed by the creation of other worlds, which means I'm drawn to long drawn out series. This means a lot of waiting if the series is not complete. There are some that I have been looking forward to that have just come out, some that will come out and some that are going to come out... maybe in the FAR future. And with the closing of my local Borders store, I haven't jumped out and purchased the hard copy immediately like I usually do. Plus I have been drowning in the George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series (which is very detailed world building) in anticipation of the HBO series The Game of Thrones coming in April. I read  before bedtime and it has been taking forever for me to get through this series because I have been so tired lately!  But it got me thinking of other books I have been waiting for in other series I adore

Coveted Item(s) of the Week: Book Series Sequels

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Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicals Day 2 by Patrick Rothfuss
Highly anticipated by fantasy fans and recently released, this is one of those books I was going to rush out and buy. But Because of the going out of business sale Borders is having I can't even find a parking spot. Name of the Wind was the first book in the series and it blew me away (no pun intended). I highly recommend looking it up just for good story telling.

Incidentally, the first book of the series was this man's first book. When he didn't have the second one immediately, fans were in an uproar. He wrote the most amusing blogpost about that predicament, which enraged many fans. My thought on it was "Good for him for telling us off!" We deserved it. Art takes time. Those of you who are Firefly fans may be interested in his proposal to Nathan Fillion...

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Pale Demon (The Hollows Book 9) by Kim Harrison
Also available recently and yet unobtainable for instant gratification because of the Borders going out of business sale. This is urban fantasy set in Cincinnati of all places. I fell in love with it from the first book and have been along for the ride ever since. It is, what I like to call, a "popcorn book". This style reads like a movie in that it is vivid, I don't have to think too much if I don't want to, and  I can just sit back and enjoy.

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Ghost Story (The Dresden Files Book 13)  by Jim Butcher
Yet to come. I am eager for this release because the previous book left us hanging at such an interesting spot. It is also another urban fantasy, set in Chicago. Harry Dresden is one of the most engaging characters I have ever read. I enjoy my time with him. Sci Fi (back before it was Syfy) had a series on very briefly based on this book series which I really liked staring Paul Blackthorn as the lead. Perhaps a bit miscast but still awesome. I'm glad the series continues though the show did not.

There are others... the next book in The Way of Kings Series by Brandon Sanderson, and of course the ultimate final book in The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan penned by Brandon Sanderson (I cried like a baby when Robert Jordan died but the good part is that it introduced me to Sanderson's writing). But those are so far in the future I think that I won't bother to list them here. Always on my mind though...

Will I get them?
Of course. But my need is not as great because I'm still plodding through Feast for Crows. And I won't get immediate satisfaction anyway because of the Borders closing. Grr.