WWW Wednesday – 2018/04/11

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WWW Wednesday is a book meme run by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

TheLordoftheRingsI started reading The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien last week and as I anticipated I’m enjoying it lot more than The Fellowship of the Ring. I’ve already read until the end of the battle of Helm’s Deep. There’s been a lot more forward momentum with the story that has kept me more interested. I’ve also really liked the way the story has jumped between Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli pursuing orcs and ending up in Rohan and Merry and Pippin escaping their orc captors and meeting the Ents. It mixed things up nicely. I hope I still enjoy it all when I catch back up with Frodo. I’d be a shame if focus on him was the problem I had with the first book.

SkeletonCrewI’ve continued along with Skeleton Crew by Stephen King, though at a slower pace thanks to picking of LOTR again. I may power through it after I conclude The Two Towers, just so it’s not lingering around too long. I’m still disappointed with how few books I’ve finished since March started. The only story I’ve read since last week is “The Jaunt,” which is a fantastic science fiction story about the horrors of teleportation. The payoff was expected but I really enjoyed the build up and the execution was great.

Recently Finished

Shortly after my post last week I finished reading “Komodo” by Jeff VanderMeer, which you can read my full review of here. It’s a rather short work, so I don’t have much more to say about here, other than it was a wonderfully weird ride and I liked the way it started to make sense by the end.

LastFlightOfTheHarbingerI also read Last Flight of the Harbinger by Jason Aaron et al, which is the 4th volume of the new Marvel Comics Star Wars series. I’m becoming a little disappointed with how unfocused these stories have been on the characters themselves over the last couple of books. I suppose that makes sense, though. Luke and company’s most important development takes place in the films, so the most logical place to shift focus to is the adventures they have. I just wish said adventures were more interesting. A special forces group of Stromtroopers called SCAR squadron is featured that offered a unique look at the Imperial perspective, which I did really like, as well as another chapter about Obi-Wan’s days as a hermit on Tatooine.

Reading Next

TheFirstMenInTheMoonI want to reading something short before I begin The Return of the King, so I’ve been thinking either The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells or The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. I’m in the mood for some older science fiction. It’ll probably be the former of the two; it’s been a while since I read anything by Wells. I only mention both because there’s always a chance I’ll change my mind. I may not even pick either of the two. I’m pretty sure whatever it is it’ll be science fiction though.

6 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – 2018/04/11

  1. I haven’t read any of the LOTR books (not from lack of trying), but The Two Towers was probably my favorite of the movies. Really admire your dedication to finishing the series!

    • Thanks! I agree, a lot of that film stands out in my memory as well, though the way it is being told in the book is markedly different.

  2. I hope you continue to enjoy the LOTR books more and more as you make your way through them. It’s such an incredible series! No matter how many times I’ve already read it (and the rest of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books), I still keep deciding to go back for another re-read. For me, it feels like visiting old friends. Sometimes I wish everyone everyone got a chance to experience it and felt the same way about these books (but then we’d all be the same and life would be boring, right?).

    • Not to worry, I definitely won’t be abandoning it. For myself, my bumps in the rode while reading it fall more under issues of preference rather than quality.

  3. The LOTR books are amongst my very favourite books! I like King’s books too – but haven’t read Skeleton Crew. I haven’t read much science fiction for ages – but I have read The Midwich Cuckoos which I enjoyed although it is definitely a product of its time and is dated in the way it portrays women.

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