|Pat Tillman, the subject of Where Men Win Glory|
Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer. Ever since I read Under the Banner of Heaven about a year ago, I've been on a Krakauer kick. I read Into Thin Air over the summer, and I just ordered Into the Wild. I know I'm behind the times a bit with reading some of these books, but oh well. I was always fascinated by the story of Pat Tillman because I watched him in college and I liked watching him play for the Arizona Cardinals, who used to be my second favorite team (behind the Lions). At the time that he left football for the Army, I couldn't imagine someone giving up a pro football career for a life of fighting in the desert. It was admirable, of course, but it was a sacrifice of a lifelong dream. Lots of athletes participated in earlier wars (World War II, Korea, etc.), but there was a time when being a pro athlete wasn't quite as glamorous.
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. I finished reading A Game of Thrones a few months ago and immediately moved on to this one. It seemed to get a bit of a slow start, but eventually picked up and turned into a good read by the end. I hate to spoil the book for anyone reading or planning to read it, because there are all kinds of twists and turns for the various characters. The longer this goes on, though, the more I like Tyrion Lannister.
A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin. Unlike its immediate predecessor, A Clash of Kings, this book started off fast-paced and ended the same way. It seems like Martin really found his rhythm in this book, although by this point, I've started to catch on to his foreshadowing techniques and been able to make some pretty accurate predictions about what's coming down the pike. Also unlike the previous books, this one ends on somewhat of a high note. Things seem to be going in the right direction for the protagonists, and some of the villains are getting what they've had coming to them.
The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks by Max Brooks. I am a nerd.