Bryan's Big Books 2016.
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Big epic fantasy novel that borrows from ancient Chinese stories to great effect.
A vast story of rebellion and ambition that I enjoyed, the first of the 'Dandelion Dynasty' trilogy and I'll be eagerly awaiting the next novel.
700 pages so a detailed account of how an altruistic approach is needed if we are going to be happier, and global altruism is required if the world's people and other beings are going to avoid future upheavals.
Lots of research backed by Matthieu's expertise as a Buddhist monk and longtime practitioner of altruism and compassion make this an informative and interesting read.
The finale to the Passage trilogy and I enjoyed the read though the story took a few turns I wasn't expecting, like spending a significant chunk of the book with Zero, who rarely features in the first 2 books.
If you might be interested in a literate, apocalytic thriller try The Passage, and it is also over 600 pages...
Finale to the Red Queen's War trilogy and a 'coming of age' for Jalan who has been a totally selfish, lazy womaniser and drunk; but develops some virtues and courage along the way.
Great fun and highly recommended !
7. A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara ; 720 pages.
A harrowing but rewarding novel of a man's life following years of childhood abuse, his struggles, and his relationships. Tough read but touching.
Read this a while ago and forgot to post it, will be my last BFB for this year, a slow year for big books...
My main goal each year is to read over 100 books and will finish on about 112, so all good.
Have several big books lined up for 2017 and plan to read at least 12 big ones !
have a safe and joyful Christmas everyone..