At the moment, I’m reading the fantasy/crime thriller The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. The softback edition is some 750 pages long, far from anything you could finish in an afternoon. The tale involves a crew of thieves running con jobs against the nobility of the city of Camorr. In the middle of their biggest con yet, Locke faces off with a political rival who is dead set on murdering Locke’s boss.
This book could very well be big news soon as Warner Bros picked up the film rights, assigning two screen writers and a couple of people to produce it.
Although I’m enjoying the read, I am discovering a constant issue with fantasy books. It feels like every fantasy author has to turn their first book into a huge series of stories. The Lies of Locke Lamora has two sequel books already published, with another four to go. George R.R. Martin is still doing so with A Game of Thrones (currently five of seven). Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time is probably one of the longest series in existence. And many of these aren’t short reads either, but actually seem to grow with every new installment.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy suddenly doesn’t seem as bad, length wise.
Speaking of GRRM, A Storm of Swords is in my to-read pile. I’ve finished the first two books and have been reading them paced against the HBO series. It’s interesting to draw comparisons between the two of them and pick up differences both subtle and major.
In my non-fictional reading includes Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Blood: The Stuff of Life by Lawrence Hill. And somewhat between fiction and non-fiction is a single classic, The Canterbury Tales.
Finally, I’m also adding the manga series, Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) to the list of reads. Manga are shorter, only taking some 30 to 40 minutes to read, tops. I’ve spoken on how awesome the series is when it only just came to the U.S. Before anyone asks, I have not yet caught the anime series, although I have heard it is available for free on Hulu. I may check that in the mornings and watch while I work out.