Author: George R.R. Martin
Title: A Clash of Kings
Narrator: Roy Dotrice
Publication Info: Random House Audio (2011)
Previously read by the same author: A Game of Thrones
The second installment of A Song of Ice and Fire was gripping to my ears as I plowed through the audiobook. Despite the title, there is not much clashing for most of the novel, but there is a lot of moving of chess pieces around the board. There’s also a grim portrait of the effect of war on the ordinary people in Westeros. Having watched the television series, I notice that it diverges more from the source material than in A Game of Thrones, but not so much that I’d wonder why they make the changes.
Author: Eric Hobbs
Title: The Librarian (Book Two: Unhappily Ever After)
Publication Info: Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 2012
This sequel picks up from the cliffhanger ending of the previous book. Having made changes within the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Wesley and Taylor discover that the real world has been changed as well. They had back to the library to correct what they’ve done, and find themselves in the dystopian world of Oz under control of the Wicked Witch. This novel is grimmer in tone than it’s predecessor with violence in Oz and tensions among the lead characters. There’s also an interesting shift from Wesley to Taylor as the primary protagonist. I thought this book improved upon Little Boy Lost and that Hobbs’ sometimes-pedestrian writing and shallow characterizations are picking up as well. I look forward to the next installment which will be set in Alice’s Wonderland.
Recommended books: Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde, Band of Demons by Rob Blackwell, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.
Author: Eric Hobbs
Title: The Librarian (Book One: Little Boy Lost)
Publication Info: Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 2011
This is a book I picked up as a Kindle deal because I like stories set in libraries. This is a pretty imaginative one. Wesley is a bookish boy bullied by his peers with one true friend Taylor. On a class trip to their town’s mysterious library, Wes and Tay discover that the library offers portals into books. A Lost Boy from Peter Pan joins them as they hide from villains by entering The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It’s kind of young adult fiction take on Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series, although with a less-engaging writing style. Still, the book was interesting enough to keep me turning the pages.
Recommended books: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, A Soul to Steal by Rob Blackwell, Alcatraz Versus The Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.