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I'm going to be on an airplane, then in a hotel... 
16th-Mar-2011 02:20 pm
Today to Read
I have a pile of books that I haven't read yet. So what should I take with me on my trip? Off of the top of my head, here's what I know is in my currently-unread pile:

Wise Man's Fear (Um, that's one thousand and eight pages long according to Amazon)
Kracken
Battlestations
The Spirit Thief / The Spirit Rebellion
Magic Bites
Skinwalker #1
Running with the Pack
Peacekeeper
The Fiddler's Gun
The Dreamer

Alternatively, tell me why something else should jump to the top of the pile. Keep in mind that the lighter and/or more engaging it is, the better the chance that I'll want to read it. I've not been in the mood for dark and gloomy lately. (Also, you can tell me not to bother with something in this stack, either...)
Comments 
16th-Mar-2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
Magic Bites (and the entire series following it) is absolutely what I call popcorn books. Light and fun and somewhat of a guilty pleasure. If you are looking for fluff, I would recommend that one accompany you.
16th-Mar-2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
Argh. Are, not is. I changed the tense of most of it to encompass the plural and missed that one. Meh.
16th-Mar-2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
I've read a few Kate Daniels short stories, and I like them. If the novels are as light, that sounds like a good fluff go-to read. Thanks!
16th-Mar-2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
I second this recommendation, reiterate The Lightning Thief, and also bring up The Enchanted Forest Chronicles which are great stress books for me.
16th-Mar-2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks and thanks.
I agree! Dealing with Dragons is a total go-to book. However, those would not be new-to-me reads.

Edited at 2011-03-16 07:12 pm (UTC)
16th-Mar-2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
Loved a Wise Man's Fear,
*and yes I know I should write a review- but I am feeling very Scarecrow right now*
and I will probably read it again at least twice or so waiting the 4+ years for the next installment of the greatness of Patrick Rothfuss. But it is not an airplane book. If for no other reason than lugging it through the airport would result in aching arms and shoulders.
16th-Mar-2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
Wise Man's Fear isn't quite a thousand pages, but at nine hundred ninety-something, why quibble? I ripped though it in about four days, while working. Not exactly brain candy, but not spreading doom and gloom either - same tone as the first one. I loved the first one, and was in no way disappointed in this one.
16th-Mar-2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
Kraken did not do anything for me. I don't abandon books often, but I abandoned this one, so unless you like Mieville, it's rather dark and hard to follow and I'd put it aside, either permanently or for a time when you're specifically looking for a dystopian view.
17th-Mar-2011 01:13 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've ever read Mieville. I loved the reviews of Kraken, specifically, about how this was the funniest horror book the reviewer had ever read, and how the dark and twisted worldview appealed to the reviewer's sense of the absurd as well as fears of the damned. But if it was hard to follow, then it's probably not something to read right now.
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