So I got a Barnes and Noble gift card as a Christmas gift. A nice present and kind of a hint. I don't read much. Well, not many books. I read the N.Y. Times, Time Magazine, The New Yorker (shut up! there's some good anecdotes in there), and a few webzines.
I started Frank Herbert's Dune last year, but gave up recently around page 100. I know that's weak, but it just isn't very involving. I've been promised that it gets better about 200 pages in...that's not a recommendation. Before the exciting, high-fantasy fun starts the set up takes it's precious time rewriting history. So many made up words! And the glossary in the back is less a help and more a reminder that the author thinks he's just so damn wise. Well, yeah when you've made everything up from scratch I'm kinda at a disadvantage. Why am I reading this again?
After entering the hell hole that is Burbank in search of my closest B&N I was met with disappointment when I discovered they didn't have a DVD section. Damn. So I scanned the aisles for familiar names and glossy covers.
My discriminating eyes fell upon The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I've heard a few good things about it and that it's recently been green lit for a movie. And I do like all things gladiator-like (Death Race 2000 and it's remake, Gamer, Spartacus: Blood & Sand, and Gladiator duh). But it's got a female protagonist...er...It's said apart of Harry Potter's success was that although J.K. Rowling is a woman Harry's a boy and J.K. isn't inherently indicative of either sex.
What the hell. So I got it and had about half the card left to spend on something of equal value. Well, this little gamer just happened to find a promotional tool in the book store in the form of a prequel novel to the yet released game Homefront written by John Milius.
I've been watching the title for a while now on various sites. I do love a game about revolution (Freed Fighters, Red Faction) and have been following the unsettling news updates of North Korea for some time. Sold.
So guess which book I started first?
I started it yesterday and blasted through the first hundred pages until my bladder called for changer before it's own revolution. In short, I like it. Not love, but I'm gonna make short work of this fun piece of right-wing fantasy and likely write up a review. It certainly has my pumped for the game itself. Heh, I guess mission accomplished.
Here's a trailer for the game in case you haven't a clue what I'm so hyped for.