Reading Challenge: Books 5 – 8

Ciao all… (From bad French to struggle Italian)

Continuing on from my reading challenge update.  https://thelifegrind.com/2016/09/02/reading-challenge-books-1-4/

Book 5: A book with a number in the title


100 Bullets by Brian Azzarello
I found 100 bullets by accident in an awesome comic book shop called Raygun in Richmond.

http://www.rayguncomics.co.uk

Anyway, one of the guys recommended a book called 100 bullets, apparently Tom Hardy comes in to the store and wanted to produce the movie. Sounds promising!

The graphic novel is centred around a mysterious man Agent Graves who hands over an untraceable gun with 100 bullets and the identity of an individual that has wronged them in a ways that it has made a major impact on their life. 

The only issue I really had with this was that it felt like it was short stories, not all of them connected. I hate short stories! I get attached to the character and their story, I’ve committed to their path and then bam! It’s over… It’s like having passionate intimacies with a premature ejaculator. 

After getting over that gripe, I was enthralled, it’s such a brilliant premise for a book and amazing artwork, however, the ‘urban’ dialogue can read a bit like a script which I suppose would support a smoother transition to film.

Book 6: A Book by An Author Under 30

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of glass was such a pleasant surprise, it was another lucky find at comic-con and the first in a series of books, I believe they are currently at book 5.

It definitely reads like a book for young adults but the main character is a badass assassin that reminds me of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. 

I got through the book in just under two days and I would continue the series, the only thing is it felt as if  I was picking up the book mid-series, like I should have known some of the backstory and there were a lot of situations and people that were mentioned but were not explored further, I imagine that this will be addressed further in the series.

Book 7: A Book With Non-Human Characters




The Gospel of Loki by Joanna M. Harris

Despite my preference for longer stories, I was super excited about this book as I love Norse mythology and I was especially interested in reading about the tales of the trickster Loki. He is the ultimate antihero in Joanne M Harris spin on the Norse Mythology tales and I wanted to love it but I just couldn’t. It felt  slightly lazy, the narrative being slightly chatty and not any real depth to the characters. It felt like I was reading a young teens introduction to Norse Gods, I guess it was to make it relatable but I feel it tried a bit too hard to do that.

Despite those many negative issues, Loki as a character is compelling, annoying and mad so I enjoyed reading about ‘his’ skewed retelling of his escapades.

Book 8: A Funny Book

Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

Yes! Yes! Yes! I can’t overstate exactly how good this book was. The sad tale of Billy Pilgrim is a satire and unapologetically anti-war.

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