Thursday, 15 January 2015

January 15th

“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” 
― Neil Armstrong

All old followers of mine will know how much of a bookworm I am and how much I used to be.  I have lost a bit of my reading mojo, but slowly it's coming back.  I felt that I haven't been able to find anything interesting to read.

With Christmas I always feel that I want to read cheesy chick lit and how the protagonist always finds her man, normally within the last few pages of the book.  And these types of books are always cheap to get through Kindle, especially now I have Kindle Unlimited and can borrow the books for free.  But sometimes I just want to read a 'real' book, to feel the pages in my hand.

The last time I went  to the library I picked up John Scalzi, Redshirts and I must admit it is by far one of the best books I have read in a long time. 

Generally I don't 'do' Science Fiction, I can't get my head into it, I'd much rather learn of dragons and knights in shining armour, or witches and ghosts, but ray guns and space racing, nope not really my bag.  However saying this I did read John Scalzi, Old Man's War once for a book club and found it interesting.

Well Red Shirts is even better.  If you have a bit of a geek streak, as I have, and enjoy Star Trek; then you will enjoy this book, The fate of the book isn't in the hands of the Hero, Ensign Andrew Dahl, but in the hands of the creator (I'm not talking about the omnipresent world spirit type that you may believe in).

Dahl soon works out that many of the minion crew are dying in 'away missions' whilst the main 'bridge' crew always seem to come out on top.  After finding out about a few other odd happenings on the ship and a strange man hiding in the ducts it all starts to fall into place.  Now he has to convince the rest of the crew exactly what is happening.



Have you read a book lately that has changed your mind on a genre?  Do you recommend any books for me to read?