Yes, I know March finished a couple of weeks ago but to make up for it, I managed to read more books in March than in February. So without further ado, let’s dive in!
The first book of March was The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. This story is set in the Middle
Earth universe and basically is Middle Earth’s creation myth and tells the history of the First Age. In case you were wondering, The Lord of The Rings is set in the Third Age. Digression aside, the tone and writing style of The Simarillion is completely different to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. It reminds me of The Iliad and The Odyssey which does make sense, as this is supposed to be a retelling of an epic story. For some people this maybe a challenging read, but I found it was worth it as it fleshes out Middle Earth and explains the origins of a number of characters including Elrond and Sauron. If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, this may be worth a look.
For a change of pace, my next book is The Disney Book, a DK reference book all about Disney (you wouldn’t have been able to guess, would you?). To be honest, the only reason I picked this book up was for the Disney Challenge (yay! Shameless plugging!) but this is actually a good introduction to pretty much everything to do with Disney. It doesn’t go into too much detail but instead covers the films, theme parks and anything else the company has done in its history. If you needed a quick reference book about Disney for some reason, then this might be what you are looking for!
The final three books for March all have the same theme, they are all video game themed. The first two are volume 4 and volume 5 of the Pokemon Adventures manga. I’ll admit to begin with I thought the manga series was OK but not amazing; now, however, I am loving the series. The manga series is much darker and has a far more complex plot than in any other medium in the Pokemon series. In these later volumes, you see the Elite Four as the main antagonists who are fighting against some of the gym leaders (and some of the gym leaders even work for Team Rocket!). Bearing in mind this manga series was written in the 1990s, it covers far more interesting ideas that we have yet to see in the Pokemon world. It makes me wish that the Pokemon video games would be as adventurous with the story. I will probably continue with the manga series and I’ll keep you posted on how I find the rest of the volumes.
The final book is the last video game themed book: Assassin’s Creed: Underworld by Oliver
Bowden. I picked this book up after completing Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, which I thoroughly enjoyed. To be honest, I can’t say I hold this book in the same regard, as it didn’t really grab my attention like the game did. Underworld follows one of the side characters, Henry Green and tells the story of how he became an Assassin and what he was doing in London before the Frye twins arrived. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad book but I do feel that it will only really appeal to fans of the Assassin’s Creed franchise and want to explore the universe beyond the video games. I will most likely pick up a couple of the other books in the series, just to see how they hold up.
And there we have it, a far more productive reading month than the last one. Like always, the links take you over to goodreads.com, where you can read more reviews about the books. Also check out my 2016 reading challenge page for a list of ll the books I’ve read so far. Come back next month, where I’ll be talking about the books I’ve read in April. Until then, happy reading!
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