01 November 2012

Fall 2012 Reading List

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Odd Thomas Series by Dean Koontz

The series centers around a 20 year old fry cook named Odd Thomas who can see and be heardby the dead, but cannot speak to them. He also has the ability to see dark shadowy like entities called bodachs that only appear around people or areas where a tragedy will happen. With these abillities, Odd feels it's his responsibility to stop people especially those he loves and cares about from getting hurt.
  If you like the fantasy/adventure/horror/sci-fi/paranormal genre, then you will enjoy these books. Dean Koontz has become one of my favorite authors. I'm currently reading the most current of the series, Odd Apocalypse and so far it's really good. It's a lot more dark and mysterious so far than the other books.><
The movie adaptation for the first book inthe series titled Odd Thomas just wrapped post-production and will be released
next year in theaters, I believe. 

 The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

The Dresden Files is a mystery/fantasy series narrated by the main character of the book Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. The story is set in modern day Chicago, but in an alternate universe where vampires, werewolves, ghouls, ghosts, fairies, demons, etc. exist and magic is real. Dresden himself is the only wizard in town and occasionally works with the Chicago P.D. as a consultant when the crime committed is of supernatural nature. With that being said, the books are more than just a "crime of the week" type plot. You get taken into different worlds and there's so many different mythological...beings? monsters? Not sure what to call them that make the series so fun and entertaining.

Each book so far has been fast paced, my younger brother and I sped through the entire series up to this point ..13 books!We're anxiously awaiting the release of the 14th book, Cold Days. 

The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne

Book 5: Trapped will be out in November woohoo!

 Much like The Dresden Files, this series is set in an alternate universe in modern day Arizona where magic and mythological creatures exist. Where there was Harry Dresden a wizard, here
is Atticus O'Sullivan an iron druid. 

Atticus is the last of the druids in existence
. He owns a book/occult shop and occasionally has to deal with the supernatural. Again, these books are great if you like fatasy/adventure/supernatural (I'm sensing a theme here lol). I was a little skeptical when I found these books in the Teen section of the library...I know, how snooty of me :D But wherever, I think these books are awesome

The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

I've only read the first one so far. Divergent is set in dystopian Chicago where the city  and its people are divided into 5 factions: Abnegation or The Selfess, Candor or The Honest, Erudite or The Intelligence, Amity or The Peaceful, and Dauntless or The Brave
In this story, when you turn 16 (I think..shoot I forgot!) you're able to take an aptitude test that determines which faction you mostly likely should join for the rest of your life. A Choosing Ceremony is held where each teenager chooses their fate.

The main character of the story is Beatrice Prior. I don't want to give too much away, but basically when she takes the aptitude test, her results don't show one faction, but 3. This makes her Divergent.....dun dun dun!!! Will she stay in her original faction, Abnegation? or will she choose one of the other 2? I guess you'll have to read it and find out! :p

Now, I openly admit to being a pretty slow reader and it usually takes me a couple weeks to finish a novel. I finished Divergent in less than 3 days lol. That's how good it was. I'm excited to read Insurgent soon! :)

Veronica Roth is a fellow Chicagoan and this is her first series. She wrote the trilogy while in college at Northwestern. The books have just been picked up by Summit Entertainment to be turned into movies according to her website. That should be an instant success. So exciting! :)

So this is the first book by J.K. Rowling since the Harry Potter series. It's also the first from her for adults. According to her website this is what the book is about:
When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

In short this novel tells the story of a man who later becomes Father Time. I need to get my hands on this inspirational book!

 Other books/series I've got my eyes on for my Winter Reading List!:
The Maze Runner Series
The Hobbit
The Shadow Falls Series
The MacKinnon Curse Series
The Passage Trilogy

 Anyone have any good recommendations? 

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