Title: Closed at Dark
Publication Info: Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 2014
Previously read by same author:
This novella by my college friend Rob Blackwell introduces a new series about Soren Chase, a paranormal investigator. This story combines parental fears of “stranger danger,” urban legends, and supernatural monsters to create an intriguing mystery thriller as Chase tries to figure out who – or what – is trying to abduct his long-time friend’s child. The characterization is a bit thin, but I expect it will develop as did the characters in Blackwell’s Sanheim Chronicles. We’ll find out soon when Soren Chase’s first full novel The Forest of Forever is released.
Author: George R.R. Martin
Title: A Game of Thrones
Narrator: Roy Dotrice
Publication Info: [Santa Ana, Calif.] : Books on Tape, 2004
My wife has been reading A Song of Ice and Fire for years, including on our honeymoon, but I’ve always been intimidated by their length. Having binge-watched the television adaptation Game of Thrones, I figured it was time to give the books their due. The audiobook narration by Dotrice is a good way to enjoy the book because his gravely British accent makes me feel like I’m listening to an epic storyteller. The book does a great job of laying out the politics and intrigues among the seven kingdoms while simultaneously setting up for a graver confrontation with stories of the North beyond the wall, and the Targaryen’s in the East. Amazingly the first season of tv show remained faithful, if condensed, to this book. Worth the read/listen and I’ll be moving on to the second book.
Recommended books: Eragon by Christopher Paolini and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein.