The Account of a Lifetime

October 28, 2009

Dilemma

Filed under: Books & Media,Cogitations — xisor @ 5:45 pm

I consulted my dad on this one, arrived at a quick solution. I shall relate the problem.

I have a huge reading pile to get through, and am already started on a ton of books. Currently working through Steve Parker’s Gunheads and have been very pleased with it. His shorts Mercy Run and Headhunted were uniformly excellent and Rebel Winter proved a very enjoyable read to boot! In other news there’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Origin of Species and In Search of Time. All good, but all ‘ongoing’ projects.

I am very eager to read Eoin Colfer’s sixth book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy, One Last Thing, and am doing my best not to buy it until I’m ready.

However, out of a sense of disloyalty to Douglas Adam’s memory and the awesomeness of The Guide, I’m extremely reluctant to read book six before rereading books 1-5. I’ve done the same for each of the Harry Potter films (and books), and I’ve done the same before each Lord of the Rings film too. (Indeed I only read Lord of the Rings for the first time in the summer of 2001, shortly before the first film was released.)

So, my dilemma then was whether to do one of the three options (or create and conduct a fourth, fifth or sixth option):

– To simply hold off reading the books until I’m ready
– To just buy the sixth book and read the damn thing
– To drop everything and reread the first five as quick as possible before nipping on to the sixth one

I’ve been dithering for a few days, mindful of the first option. When I put it to my dad, he happily changed my mind by saying “What dilemma? Read the books as quick as you can.”

And so, I suppose, that’s that settled. After Gunheads I’m delving right into H2G2 and hammering through them quick-as!

In Other News

I’m also updating my ‘2009 books’ record a little. Here’s the current standing (plus a few ones I’d missed from before):

01. Betrayal by Aaron Allston
02. Wine of Dreams by Brian Craig
03. I am Legend by Richard Matheson
04. Nagash the Sorceror by Mike Lee
05. Malekith by Gav Thorpe
06. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (READING)
07. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (READING)
08. Bloodlines by Kathy Traviss
09. Cat Amongst the Pigeons by Agatha Christie (READING)
10. Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn
11. Dark Apostle by Anthony Reynolds
12. Tales of Heresy edited by Kyme & Priestley
13. Honourkeeper by Nick Kyme
14. Behold the Man by Michael Moorcock
15. War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
16. Briget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding
17. Tempest by Troy Denning
18. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
19. Extraordinary Engines edited by Nick Gevers (READING)
20. Survivor’s Quest by Timothy Zahn (READING)
21. Brothers of the Snake by Dan Abnett (READING)
22. Descent of Angels by Mitchel Scanlon
23. Legion by Dan Abnett
24. The Traitor’s Hand by Sandy Mitchell (READING)
25. Gateway by Frederik Pohl (PILE)
26. Cities in Flight by James Blush (PILE)
27. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammet (PILE)
28. Heroes of the Space Marines edited by Kyme & Lyndsey
29. The Forever War by Joe Haldemann
30. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiel Hammet
31. Mechanicum by Graham McNeil
32. Fallen Angels by Mike Lee
33. Salamander by Nick Kyme
34. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
35. The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
36. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (READING)
37. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (PILE)
38. Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke (PILE)
39. Ravenor Returned by Dan Abnett
40. The Mysterious Affair at Style by Agatha Christie (READING)
41. Shadows over Baker Street edited by Reaves & Pelan (PILE)
42. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (PILE)
43. Collected Poems by Philip Larkin (READING)
44. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (PILE)
45. In Search of Time: Journey Along a Curious Dimension by Dan Falk (READING)
46. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
47. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (READING)
48. The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha by Cervantes (PILE)
49. Space Hulk by Gav Thorpe
50. Savage City by Rob Earl
51. Rebel Winter by Steve Parker
52. Gunheads by Steve Parker (READING)
53. Empire by Graham McNeil (PILE)
54. Cadian Blood by Aaron-Dembski-Bowden (PILE)

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4 Comments »

  1. Honor Douglas Adam’s memory and read things in the proper order. Unless of course you can deal with there being no suspense in books 1-5 :P.

    I’d say work your way through The Origin of Species ASAP. That way we can start comparing notes!

    Comment by TheBaron — October 30, 2009 @ 6:14 pm | Reply

  2. Also, while I’m at it, read Mike Lee’s Fallen Angels as opposed to his book on Nagash. With the exception of Gav Thrope, from a non-GW fanatic’s viewpoint, the Time of Legends series has been so horrendous that they could have brought more joy and entertainment to the world by using the bark pulp to create Happy Meal containers. If you’ll remember Fallen Angels was so great that I was banned from the now-defunct Black Library Forums several times in a row when I gave a ringing endorsement of it :P.

    Comment by TheBaron — October 30, 2009 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  3. Updates! The people demand updates!

    Comment by TheBaron — November 2, 2009 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  4. Should clarify: Updates to your blog, not RP! 😛

    You have one follower. Huzzah!

    Comment by TheBaron — November 2, 2009 @ 8:00 pm | Reply


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