The first month of my #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks challenge is over. This month I finished up some books I began last year, here’s what I thought.
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson: I was happy to finish this book. It is not long and the fact that I had let it sit half read for a few months seemed silly. Out Stealing Horses is a brief reflection on a man’s life as he settles into the Norwegian countryside in his old age. Trond has little interest in outside company and prefers to revisit his memories, in particular a summer he spent with his father in 1948. Over the course of the novel Trond explores the events that occurred in his adolescence both wonderful and tragic and tries to better understand his father who was simultaneously larger than life and a deeply flawed man with stories he does not wish to share with his teenage son. At the root of Trond’s reflection is the Norwegian countryside and the seasons. Trond’s memories are of summer while old Trond in the present (2000) is stuck in the middle of winter. Littered throughout the the text are references to the woods, the river, the snow and the many natural features of rural Norway. I enjoyed this book and its take on how memories can affect us throughout our lives. I would recommend it to those looking for somber and cathartic novel.
Star Wars Bloodline by Claudia Gray: I have always considered myself a pretty light Star Wars fan. I have enjoyed the films, enjoy hearing about the minutiae from more engaged fans, but I have never taken a dive into the expanded universe (old or new). On a whim, I picked up Bloodline from our local bookseller since it focused on Princess Leia during the large time gap between The Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Leia is a senator in the New Republic which suffers from continual political gridlock and party politics. Leia befriends a young senator from the opposing party as they investigate a criminal cartel and uncover an intergalactic conspiracy. The story feels reminiscent of Star Wars episodes 1-3. Despite this similarity, Bloodline doesn’t suffer from stale dialogue and poorly developed characters. I wouldn’t recommend this book to non Star Wars fans, but it is a good pick for casual fans who want to dive a little deeper.
February will be my month of comics. I’ll focus on the following comics that I have been meaning to read for a while now.