Grab Bag of Reads

by Jonathan 2 Comments

Just plowed through three books in the last couple of weeks. The first two are fantasy reads, but very different in their subject matter. The third book was a classic I was never required to read in high school or college.

Miserere: An Autumn Tale by Teresa Frohock

I’d been meaning to read this one for a while as it was written by someone I’ve come to know to a degree via blogging and twitter. Frohock weaves a tale against the backdrop of the eternal struggle between good and evil in Woerld, a parallel universe that is the front line in this struggle. Particularly interesting to me was how Frohock handled the characters and how their pasts had come to shape them. In addition she revealed the important information in the context of the characters’ thoughts and dialogue and in all cases these reveals were germane to the plot of the current story.

The Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

This good old fashioned fantasy romp struck me as a Dungeons & Dragons-style adventure, to the point that you could almost pick out the cleric, the paladin, the thief and the druid. I definitely wanted more depth in both the characters and the world; it almost read like a YA novel except for some fairly gruesome scenes and colorful language. Still, it was an entertaining story set in a middle-eastern desert city, which I’m always a sucker for.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’m always pleasantly surprised when a classic is a page turner. The Great Gatsby rocked. Compelling characters, mystery and a glimpse into a world most of us only see from afar. There’s probably not a whole lot I can say here that hasn’t already been said. For what it’s worth, there are almost as many flawed characters in this story as there are alcoholic drinks. Between the mint juleps and the philandering and Fitzgerald’s writing, there’s plenty here for everyone. FWIW, there’s no way I would have enjoyed this as much at 22 as I did at 42.

What are you reading these days?

Comments ( 2 )

  1. ReplyHarley
    I want to re-read Gatsby before I go see the movie. Love Baz Luhrmann and am curious about his interpretation. He makes a very pretty picture.
    • ReplyJonathan
      I saw the trailer for it and then came across a copy at a yard sale last weekend. Thought it was about time. So good. I saw Romeo + Juliet once upon a time. Definitely a visual treat, also featuring Leo, thought I fear he was too young for me to take seriously. His chops have gotten way better as he's aged, IMO.

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