Saturday, September 01, 2007
August in Review
So, in August I read 18 books. I am behind in reviews, though, so I have not reviewed 18 books. This brings me up to 142 books for year, which is not a bad number at all!
This was sort of Star Trek month. I read a lot of books from that series. I used to read the books all the time about ten years ago. I am not even sure what inspired me to pick the series back up, but I did. My first voyage back into Star Trek was a Next Generation book, The Battle of Betazed. It was a very nice return to a series I have always had a fond spot for. Then, I read A Time to Born which is the first book in a Next Generation mini-series that I have always wanted to read. I read a novelization of the very last episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, All Good Things... I have always had a fond spot for this episode, so I am happy to finally read the book. I also started a Star Trek series that I had never read before, The New Frontier series.
In August I read the first four books in the series, and I really enjoyed them: House of Cards, Into the Void, The Two-Front War, and End Game. I read a book in Star Trek: The Next Generation that goes after the last movie, Nemesis, called Death in Winter. It tied up some loose ends left over from that movie. I also checked in with the Voyager crew to read two books that happen after they get back from the Delta Quadrant: Home-Coming and The Father Shore. And, lastly, I read a collection of related stories that take place in the time of Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: The Original Series, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was called Mirror Universe: Glass Empires. It has a sequel about the other three series (including Star Trek: New Frontier) that I look forward to reading.
Other than that, I read these books:
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (cannot wait to read Peony in Love)
The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber
Vivaldi's Virgins by Barbara Quick
Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (a reread)
Rosie Little's Cautionary Tales for Girls by Danielle Wood (not a big fan of this book, not reviewed)
Suth's Story by Peter Dickinson (not a fan of this either, review forth-coming)
So, the Star Trek books were fun and enjoyable reads. My favourite read of the month is probably Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. I always enjoy C.S. Lewis, and the Daniel Tammet book was interesting. Everything else was just okay or really bad. If I did not read Star Trek this month it would have been a mostly mediocre month.