• James Hewlett

Book Club


When I got home I watched a video on Rooster Teeth's news channel, The Know. They've started doing a series called 'Club Club' which takes the basic premise of a book club but extends it to different media, cycling each episode between video games, movies, books and board games. It's kind of awesome and hits all my sweet spots. This weeks episode was the first book and they were covering one of my favourites from a few years ago, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

If you've not read it I highly recommend, it's a lot of fun and there is bound to be an adaptation at some point. Everyone loves being the smug book reader when a new show or movie comes out!

I loved the discussions they had and really made me want more from those characters. There are three books out currently and a fourth that is coming... eventually.

I finished listening to The Fellowship of the Ring today too. It's the first time I've read it since probably 2003 and it was really good going back to a story I know very well but picking up on a lot of different details I may have missed or been less interested in first time round. I'll go through the other two sometime soon I think.

For now though I'm at a dilemma as to what to read next. There is no new Star Wars novels until mid-next year, no new Expanse until early next year... so I have the trickier task of actually choosing something from my library to dig into.

If I decide to stay in the fantasy genre, feeding off of LOTR and the amount of fun I've been having with Gloomhaven recently I would probably start the second book in the Kingkiller trilogy, The Wise Man's Fear. I really enjoyed The Name of the Wind but it is a series that the third book doesn't seem to be coming any time soon which is a pain.

The other option in fantasy is diving into Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn. I've heard so many good things from people who I generally share similar tastes with. I've not read any of his stuff yet so if anyone is in the same position and wants to do an informal book club type thing this would be a good option.

I've got a couple of options over in sci-fi as well, the one I'm most likely to go with is the third in Craig Alanson's 'Expeditionary Force' series, Paradise. These books have been tons of fun with exciting action, witty dialogue, relatable heroes and a really cool concept. They're quick reads too.

I have been meaning to read, or at least give a start to, Iain M. Banks 'Culture' series which starts with Consider Phlebas. I don't know too much about the series except that it is highly regarded and gets recommended by just about every one, both in person and via an algorithm, based on what I enjoy. Again, book club option if anyone is interested?

The final book I'm considering is one that jumped off the shelf at me either last year or earlier this year and sounded cool. It's New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson and is set in a now flooded NYC. I believe it follows the lives of the various people living in the upper floors of an apartment block but I'm not sure what else. It looks interesting though and I've been meaning to get to it for a while.

What do you think? Got anything else you thing should jump to the head of the line? Want to get involved and read along with me and then discuss? Let me know.

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