…because bugs are everywhere.

This blog post actually has nothing to do with the title of the comic (I really have a hard time naming those, by the by) but I’ve been reading a lot more lately, which has been really nice. My backlog of books that I have to get through is still a couple of shelves heavy, but I’m slowly getting through them. For now.

I recently finished up Reflex by Steven Gould, Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, and Way of the Shadows by Brent Weeks.

Reflex is pretty darn good. Gould is really talented at writing realistic, believable, and intelligent characters. Even when and if (actually, I can’t recall any “whens”) the characters make less than sound judgments, they’re very consistent to what the characters are thinking. Both of the two books that I’ve read of Gould’s are very well paced, and read very quickly.

The Doomsday Book is also excellent, although it doesn’t move quite as fast as Reflex. It is well researched, dealing with both influenza viruses and various flavours of plague. Even though a reader knows what is probably going to happen, Willis still manages to make you care enough for the characters that you may find yourself tearing up in places. *coughs* Or even crying, if you’re a bit of a sissy.

The Way of the Shadows by Weeks is… honestly… it’s probably more addictive than it should be. It’s written well enough, but the characters aren’t as deep or as believable as those in Reflex or the Doomsday Book, and the plot is a fairly standard fantasy Cambellian hero’s quest. For all of that, it was like word crack, and I couldn’t stop reading it. I even went out and scoured the bookstores until I found the second book, and then bought that. So, for whatever literary standards it may fail to meet, it’s still an incredibly fun book. And that’s okay: sometimes it’s nice to get a break from the Dostoyevsky’s of the world.