Saturday, 9 February 2008

Dublin and preacher

Have finished Edward Rutherfurd's book Dublin, telling the history of Dublin up until the 16th century. The story is continued in a sequel, which I unfotunelately don't have at the moment. The book was very good, following a few families through the ages, thereby telling the story of Dublin. Rutherford writes in a very interesting way, putting the characters in tight spots, which they often get out of in interesting and unexpected ways, if they get out at all. Definelately, like the rest of his books, a recommended read.

I have also bought and read Preacher Vol. 7: Salvation, the seventh of nine books in Garth Ennis' Preacher series of comics. I absolutely love this series, the plot is great, every page is filled with action, the characters are interesting and stands out, and the story is filled with references to religion, the bible, westerns, history and movies. In Volume 7, the protagonist jesse is at a loss about what to do, just having been shocked by a lot of things. He don't know whether to continue his quest of finding God and make him resume his responsibility. Eventually he ends up in the small town of Salvation, Texas where he meets the sister of his childhood friend. Suddenly, he becomes sheriff of the town and starts a little war against the meat-baron Odin Quincannon. He also takes, later in the story, takes to buttons of peyote in an attempt to figure out what has really happened to him lately. The story is great, violent, sometimes macabre, with many interesting twists and turns. With Ennis' writing, you never really know where the story is going, as surprises keeps popping up. Salvation, a small town, holds many surprises, including the Clan and Jesse's long lost mother. With Salvation, the Preacher Saga continues strong, and this volume was quite a relief after, in my opinion, a little drop in quality in volume six. Have to find the money somehow, to buy the last two issues so I can see where the story ends.

I have also started reading Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Vol. 1), by Steven Erikson. I received this book for Christmas by a friend but has never gotten around to reading it until now. About halfway through at the moment, and so far the book is very good. It is a fantasy book, with a grand scope, several interesting characters, a magic system unlike anything I have seen so far, and a very interesting plot. More will come about this book when it is finished, hopefully during the weekend.

Well, that's it for now I guess. I'm heading back to the couch to read some more. Until next time


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