Monday, June 20, 2011

Once Upon A Time V

I cannot believe that Once Upon A Time V is finished already. It seems like I just made my original post with potential books to read. While I have not been good about posting reviews throughout the challenge, I have been reading.

I signed up for the Journey because I really appreciate the flexibility and lack of stress. I also said that I was going to watch Midsummer's Night Dream on DVD and do some short story weekends with Jorge Luis Borges. I didn't do the short stories and I just totally forgot about the DVD but I did read five books.

The Alchemist & Executioness by Paulo Bacigalupi and Tobias Buckell
The City and the City by China Mieville
The Castle by Franz Kafka
Finch by Jeff Vandermeer
The Library by Zoran Zivkovic

I would have to say that my favorite was clearly The City & the City closely followed by Finch. I also enjoyed The Library and the Alchemist & Executioness. I am currently reading the Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry which I am enjoying very very much. (Oddly I am finding it more "Kafkaesque" then I did The Castle.) It is giving Finch a run for its money for second place.

I don't know if this really counts or not but I also just finished watching season one of Game of Thrones on HBO which is based upon George R.R. Martin's books. I have not read any of the books but I absolutely loved the series and cannot wait for season two next year. The world of the Seven Kingdoms was fascinating and beautifully depicted, the plot twists kept you guessing, the photography and special effects amazing and the acting superb. I highly recommend it.

Thanks Carl for once again hosting a wonderful, pressure free challenge.

3 comments:

Carl V. said...

Game of Thrones definitely counts, and I'm not the only one without HBO who would be jealous of you and the others who have seen it. I've read the first book and so I know what happens, but still, would have been fun to watch it week to week.

You chose some great books. I really like Finch (read it last year) and earlier this year I read his The Third Bear short story collection and my oh my was it good.

And I could squeal with delight--you're reading The Manual of Detection! I love that book. I kick myself whenever I think of the fact that I didn't review it when I read it. I need to read it again and give it a proper review. Plus it has been long enough now that I wouldn't remember a lot of the details and could enjoy it anew.

Thanks so much for joining in. It is always wonderful to have you participate in the challenges.;

Kailana said...

I enjoyed The City & The City, too. I read it back when it first came out. :)

Moo said...

I am absolutely loving the Manual of Detection. It reminds me, sort of, of a cross between Kafka's the Trial and the movie Brazil. I would love to read your review of it.

I loved HBO's Game of Thrones series. I don't really watch much tv but this was extremely well done - I bet it will be out on Netflix before long.

The City and the City and Finch were also amazing. So many great books and so little time!