So, as usual - what's going on apart from reading? Well, summer seems to be getting closer to reality today. Nice and warm.

Oh, and I just read that Fenar Ahmad (the guy who made that Underverden movie) is going to be making a live-action Valhalla movie for his next project. "Imagine if Pan's Labyrinth, The Brothers Lionheart and The Revenant had a child together," is how he describes it. I could go for that.

What I've recently finished reading

Siri Pettersen: Odinsbarn
This is a delightful fantasy novel and I very much enjoyed the story of Hirka the Tailless, her friend Rime and this entire world. I mean, the main plot isn't that original, but it's very well-written and vivid, and I am looking forward to reading the second book, and I am happy to have read that they are making a movie out of it.

Also, I like the troll ninjas. Ahem

Genevieve Cogman: The Burning Page
This - was a less delightful fantasy novel. It felt like a bit of a mess, plotwise, and honestly? I think I might step back from this series. I like the idea of it, but the actual books aren't quite what I had hoped.

Phil & Kaja Foglio: Girl Genius: Agatha Awakens
Colourful and fun and I'll probably keep reading it online - since it's conveniently a webcomic. Though I could have used less of Agatha running around and sleepwalking in her underwear...

Martin Jensen: Ærens åg
I enjoyed this more than the last couple of books in the series - maybe because it focused fairly narrowly on the murder mystery plot. Also, at this point it's getting pretty obvious that the series protagonist is just Halfdan - between this and the last book, he's the one actually solving mysteries, while Winston is either busy illuminating or getting himself a nasty case of bad back. Poor baby. Anyway, one more book to go in this series and then I think I'll try that medieval mystery series that's set in old Elsinore.

G.D. Falksen: The Transatlantic Conspiracy
So, this is a tiny steampunk novel that never quite manages to make up its mind as to what it wants to be. Does it want to be steampunky comedy of manners set on the first transatlantic train in the world? Does it want to be a murder mystery? Does it want to be international espionage? Does it - actually, yes to all of the above, and it's just not long enough to do any of those plotlines justice. As is, it never quite managed to engage me.

What I'm reading now

Lauren Beukes Zoo City, which is a dystopic/urban fantasy take on companion/spirit animals a la The Golden Compass's Dæmons, and Nyckeln (well, Nøglen, by Mats Strandberg and Sara Elfgren, who obviously do not believe in short books.

What I'm reading next

Probably Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis by Anne Rice. I expect crack, though whether she'll continue the glorious cracky ridiculousness that was "Prince Lestat" or go back to her weird what-am-I-reading? style crack - we'll see.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 89


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