I’ve been busy and haven’t had a chance to post any in-depth book reviews, so I wanted to post a few quick ones while I still remember what I read so far this year.
[amazon_link id=”0765354705″]Halo: Ghosts of Onyx[/amazon_link] By Eric Nylund
I remember reading this around the end of last year. I did enjoy the other Halo series, but I remember not really liking this book as much as the others in this series.
[amazon_link id=”0345520726″]Mass Effect: Retribution[/amazon_link] by Drew Karpyshyn
I was lucky to pick this book up at Comic Con 2010 and get it autographed by Drew Karpyshyn. I’m a big fan of the Mass Effect novels, games, and comics. I did enjoy this book and I was happy to see Captain David Anderson back in a novel. This book felt quite a bit different from the other two Mass Effect novels, but it was still a good read. I enjoyed the introduction of the new assassin character and information about the Illusive Man and Omega. I felt that ME2 didn’t have enough missions and detail to Omega and I hope they add more to the space station in the next game scheduled for 2012 release.
[amazon_link id=”0307346617″]World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War[/amazon_link] by Max Brooks
I also bought this book at Comic Con 2010. I had never been a fan of zombie movies, novels, or games, but I decided to pick this book up. It took a while to draw me into the story. The first several stories didn’t really lure me into the setting or back story and it felt like I was reading one of those NPR stories where they just interview some random guy on the street. However, around the 1/3 mark I started to really enjoy the format and stories. The novel format is also quite different than other novels. The book is a collection of first hand accounts of what happened during the zombie outbreak and war told by it’s survivors to a researcher working for the UN. He travels the globe conducting interviews for a report after the war has ended. It’s a very unique way of storytelling and for a first-time zombie reader (myself), I think it worked well and I believe there’s a movie based on this book coming around 2014 with Brad Pitt.
[amazon_link id=”0060850523″]Brave New World[/amazon_link] by Aldous Huxley
Several months ago, I figured that since I enjoy science fiction so much, I should really go back and read the sci-fiction classics. I picked up Brave New World from a local used book store for a few dollars and read it during a business trip. The book was written in 1932 and is considered one of sci-fic classics and must-reads for all sci-fi fans. The book also felt somewhat shorter than usual novels. For a book that’s almost 80 years old, I think it still reads fine. I can see how it might have been considered controversial or surprising to readers in the 1930s. Overall, I think it’s a good book. A movie is schedule for released sometime in 2011-2012 staring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Ridley Scott. There’s been a few movies and TV shows already made based on this book and many dystopian settings draw influence from this book.