Welcome back to the TBR Topple Party! (Original post here.
Other participants so far include:
Effing Rainbow: http://overtheeffingrainbow.blogspot.com/2013/05/tbr-topple-campaign-round-one.html
And Little Red Reviewer:
Here’s my TBR pile and its progress. I have both paper books and Kindle books to read. * is for New Mexico authors.
Papillon–Henri Charriere: I loved this movie. I got this book from a friend. Her grandma was clearing out her extensive book collection and I grabbed this one. It is the original hardback, complete with a color picture of the original Papillon on the back cover, showing off his butterfly tattoo. Prison escape stories make for good adventure, methinks, so I hope this one is a good one.
Status: haven’t started it yet
Icarus Rising–David N Pauly *: I met the author at Bubonicon a few years ago. I read about him originally in the ABQ Journal in their Sunday book section. His book sounded interesting and I was excited to meet him at the con. He was a super nice guy and I can’t wait to get into this book. It’s next up to try. The title alone is a winner for me. (he told me the sequel will be called Dedalus Descending *swoon!*)
Status: haven’t started but will this weekend.
Worlds Asunder–Kirt Hickman *: Imma be honest. I see him every year at Bubonicon and he is one of those enthusiastic authors who grabs your attention as you walk by and tell you ’bout the book as you smile politely. Well last year I took a minute and listened, plus I brought a few bucks just in case he had an interesting looking novel, and this one interested me. He signed it for me (bonus!) and was a nice guy. I think he will have a unique writing style I may enjoy, if having a conversation with him is any indication of his writing style.
Status: read the first few pages at the con (back in August 2012) and enjoyed them. I need to at least finish the first chapter. I remember I liked his descriptions of the characters.
A Song for Arbonne–Guy Gavrial Kay: I found this one in a used book store and bought it for the cover! It’s so pretty. It seems like a pretty intense fantasy for me, but I have heard lots of praise about this author since I found it (I heard about him on this blog even!). It’s a completely new author and, well, genre for me. Looks very promising.
Status: Haven’t started yet
Duel–Richard Matheson: Richard Matheson is a genius of horror. His stories are fluid, heart-wrenching, and the plots are fantastic. He doesn’t go into much detail on the monsters/scariness, but leaves just enough to let your own imagination run with it, much like Lovecraft. This story is the basis for Speilberg’s first film of the same name-another movie I like a lot.
Status: in the queue, haven’t started yet
Way of Kings–Brandon Sanderson: My trustworthy friend told me about this so I jumped on it. She has read all of his books and is a total fan-girl so I want to see what the hubbub is about and also be able to talk about him with her.
Status: well into first chapter. Hooked. The magic is brilliant and even though there are a lot fo new tribes and whatnots to keep track of, everything is easy to remember and it is a nice and smooth read. I will finish this probably this year and devour his other books shortly after.
Three Musketeers–Alexandre Dumas: one of the biggies! Just one I’ve always heard of, seen a million references to, etc. I’m hoping it lives up to the hype! I have it in paperback too but it’s about 4 inches thick and weighs a good 2 lbs. yay for e-readers!
The Exorcist–William Peter Blatty: Again with the movie I loved. I figured if the movie could be so ridiculously amazing the book must be more so.
Status: well into the first part. So far I love how he describes emotions…it’s…deep. In a good way. I’m forced into these people’s hearts and minds. I like the story; I’ll read it someday but having seen the movie so many times I know what will happen. I don’t want to read this whole thing yet because it seems too heavy. oof. You know what I mean, right? The possession scenes?? Give me a year or two when my kids aren’t so young and I’ll get into it. It’s not the kind of story I want to read right now. I have a feeling it will be exhausting.
Aegis Solution–John Krygelski *: I saw this new release on his basefook feed and the reviews plus his synopsis of the book were enough to get me to buy it. It is a very orginal idea. A simple one, but one with possibly big implications I think.
Status: Into second chapter, hooked. JK rules. He’s such a nice guy and he wrotes some really neat ideas into some really neat stories. I love his characters and how relatable they are. This book so far hits a little close to home with it’s technology and politics, which was probably what he intended. I love his attention to scientific details, right down to the engineering and architecture involved in making a building tha tis designed to allow people in but not out. JK is awesome; one of my new favorite authors, one whose books I will read through more than once. Honestly it’s hard not to read this one when I know I need to start reading others in this list.