I read Njal’s Saga along with Egil’s Saga to get some background before preparing a Mythic Iceland game. They are quite different in tone; Egil’s Saga is more the tale of a great hero, while Njal’s Saga gives us much more of an insight to life in Iceland. Egil is a borderline psycho and quite hard to relate to. However Njal and the characters in his story are much more like real people.
This was a tricky one for me; I had to cheat a little because I read all the books I was asked to in school. So I picked a book another class did: Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ (I think my class was reading ‘Wuthering Heights’ at the time). I started this one knowing nothing about the story, and only that it is a favourite of some of my friends. This book is quite different from the ones I’ve previously read for the challenge: it’s a Pulitzer Prize winner, an honest to goodness classic, and it moved me to tears.
The Missing and the Dead is Stuart MacBride’s latest book in the Logan McCrae series. This is the first of the series that takes place outside of Aberdeen, with Logan working in a small town as a “development opportunity”. I didn’t know if I was going to like this one, I had been feeling like the series had done its dash. Briefly, I was so wrong…
After a bad start with ‘The Maze Runner’, I restarted my attempt at a trilogy with ‘The Hunger Games’ series. It was recommended by several work mates, and fitted the ‘not something I would normally pick’ rule. I enjoyed reading it, but it began to niggle after putting it down. It was one of those stories that you enjoy while in the moment, but soon as it’s finished start going “Hang on…”
Moon over Soho By Ben Aaronovitch is the second book in his Peter Grant series, which started with the very excellent Rivers of London. It was a re-read for me, and on my first reading I’d thought it not as good as the first book. I was wrong, or rather, I’ve changed my mind.