I’ve been on a reading streak lately, burning through more books than I had in a long while. I feel that I can attribute this to finally finishing up that monstrosity of a book, A Dance with Dragons.
Anyway: I finished a few Star Trek: New Frontier books, as well as the first three books of the Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell. The Trek books are kind of a very guilty pleasure – sort of my equivalent of trashy romance novels that people read, but kind of want to hide that they’re reading them. They’re just fun books, period – book junk food, more or less.
The Saxon Stories have been a partial reread, as I had read the first book a number of years ago, started the second one, and quit. I decided I’d give the series another go, and have enjoyed it, even though my original gripes remain. Most notably: the run-on sentences, my God, they’re everywhere. Take a gander at this:
Amazingly, at least to me, it seemed that none of our men was [sic] struck, though I could see their shields were stuck with arrows and spears like hedgehog spines, and still the three wedges advanced, and now our own bowmen were shooting at the Danes, and a handful of our men broke from the ranks behind the wedges to hurl their own spears at the enemy shield wall.
That one isn’t that bad, but there are far worse cases to be read. I understand that he’s going for exciting action with these gargantuan linguistic beasts, but it just doesn’t work for me. All it ends up doing for me is making me feel like I’m going to run out of breath before the sentence is over (if I were to be reading it out loud, but you get my point).
Still, they’re enjoyable books, and are set in a time period I’m interested in, so I’ll probably finish up the series. They’re basically adventure yarns stuffed into a Viking-era setting, and that’s okay with me. I just wish there were a few more periods sprinkled throughout them.