2013 in Books

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If you want to be a better writer — READ! I read 12 books in 2013. Here they are.

The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell

In the middle years of the ninth-century, the fierce Danes stormed onto British soil, hungry for spoils and conquest. Kingdom after kingdom fell to the ruthless invaders until but one realm remained. And suddenly the fate of all England and the course of history depended upon one man, one king.

In 2013 I read books 3-6 in the Saxon Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell.  I want to say they average around 300-400 pages. The central character in these books is a warrior named Uhtred of Bebbanburg. Born a Saxon, raised a Dane, these are stories of savage warfare and how history was shaped in what would become England. As of now I’ve read all but 1 book in the series. I’m sure Cornwell will be writing more of these.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers.

I had planned on reading this book for a while. The fact they were turning it into a movie made me finally open it up. I enjoyed it. I took it out early this past year. But I never saw the movie. Classic Sci-fi.

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

This past year I finished book 3, A Storm of Swords, in George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire… which you probably know by the name A Game of Thrones.  I have started book 4 already… but I took a break half way through it to finish some other books that have sat in my library. I will pick the series back up this year.

The Dark Tower by Stephen King

Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is King’s most visionary feat of storytelling, a magical mix of science fiction, fantasy, and horror that may well be his crowning achievement.

I have been told by so many people that I need to read this series. I finally gave in. I love it. It’s fantastic. It can be kind of weird at times… but just like King was growing as an author during the writing of this series, the reader also grows. I just recently finished book 4 and it was the best one yet. I will be starting book 5 shortly! I can’t wait.

Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian

This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship’s surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of a life aboard a man-of-war are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

Master and Commander: Far Side of the World is one of my favorite movies. So, naturally, I decided to read the book. This is the first book in a series spanning 21 novels. It is my plan to read all of them someday. I hope to start book 2 sometime this year. Among all my other series I need to finish.

Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead by  Neil Strauss

You can tell a lot about somebody in a minute. If you choose the right minute. Here are 228 of them.

I usually don’t read books like this… but it was given to me so I gave it a try. It’s a very insightful book about fame and madness. This book contains excerpts from hundreds of interviews Neil Strauss has conducted over his career with celebrities and musicians. Basically after I read this book, I realized every famous person is fucking crazy. If you want to read about how crazy people are… pick this one up.

3 thoughts on “2013 in Books”

  1. I definitely agree in needing to pick up the slack in reading; Not only, in being able to create more depth in writing also, in being able to actually formulate a really good, original idea because I can attest to the doneness (It’s officially a word for today)of my brain from being cooked and grilled by an overload of T.V. and the slow demise of my generation’s intelligence from complete overuse and reliance…the tablet and nostly the smartphone. But, I just wanted to thank you so much for reinvigorating me for my first love, books.

  2. I definitely agree in needing to pick up the slack in reading; Not only, in being able to create more depth in writing also, in being able to actually formulate a really good, original idea because I can attest to the doneness (It’s officially a word for today)of my brain from being cooked and grilled by an overload of T.V. and the slow demise of my generation’s intelligence from complete overuse and reliance…the tablet and mostly the smartphone. But, I just wanted to thank you so much for reinvigorating me for my first love, books.

  3. Thanks for all your comments! I’m not on here nearly as often as I used to be. But it is good to know people are still reading the blog!

    Best,

    12pt

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