I am somewhat thrilled to be reading more for reading’s sake — lounging around in my free time, book in hand, simply enjoying books. Something I definitely haven’t done enough of in recent years.

I am almost finished with The Neutronium Alchemist, but I had to say something about this.

When I was reading Judas Unchained, I was dismayed at the way the climax of the story was brought to a screeching halt by a long car chase. While they are exciting in cinema because of all the speed and motion, car chases told from specific character viewpoints are not, because the characters are limited to being in their cars, driving. The stuff before, after and during the car chase was exciting, as befitted the big ending setpiece in the book, but my God! the endless driving!

Imagine my surprise when The Neutronium Alchemist bogged down in a car chase — kind of the prototypical kid brother of the same scene in Judas. It’s over much sooner, but its impact is the same; excitement before, excitement after, taffy between.

At least Hamilton got it out of his system before the Void books.

No, I haven’t abandoned the blog; I’m just really bogged down in the Night’s Dawn trilogy. I enjoy it when I read it, but I just am not taking as much time to read as I usually do. I am 5/9ths done with the series, and will just write one review when I’m done, hopefully by the end of June…

Gene Wolfe’s Home Fires has been waiting patiently to be read, but I am also really excited to get cracking on the list of Nebula nominees, only one of which I have read (Blackout/All Clear — which yes, just as the nomination says, is one book) . Ah, choices; what a wonderful dilemma to have.