I decided to actually deal with my backload of unread books this year and I'm off to a good start.
In January I finished Lord of Souls by Greg Keyes. It's the sequel to The Infernal City. Both of them are books set in the Elder Scrolls universe, and I had a lot of fun reading them!
Then I read my first Swedish book in years. Read all about that here.
Now in March I've been on a roll this far. I read the fourth volume of Sandman and now I can't wait to get my hands on the fifth.
I also read the first book in The Undertaken Trilogy called Death Watch. I'm not sure how I feel about that one. It was painfully obvious that it was the prelude of a series and most of the time it felt slow. But at times I loved it and the excitement was on top! I'm still not sure whether I should get the second book of the trilogy or not. There's a risk the second book, Mistle Child, also will be a prelude to what happens in the third book, and also will be mostly slow. The third book isn't even available at the Sci-Fi bookstore and it was released last year :/ So if the second book also is a prelude then I won't be able to buy the third book easily to get the conclusion. But I have time to think about that. The first book did offer a sort of sense of completion in the end, so I can wait.
Yesterday I started and finished a Death Note novel. Death Note is an immensly popular manga that I read and loved years ago. I also bought that short novel years ago. It's only 200 pages so it didn't take me very long to finish it. Mostly I sat there aggravated that the main character was so painfully slow in realising things. I connected the dots way before she did and I just sat there reading and waiting for her to catch up. Not the best read I've had :P
Today I only just started with Steampunk Poe. It's a collection of the most popular Poe stories and poems accompanied by steampunk illustrations. I know steam technology hadn't even reached it's peak by the time Poe died, but I love Poe and I love steampunk. This book was just too good to pass up on. I've read a fair few of Poe's tales before, but I have no problem re-reading them. You can ask my Harry Potter books how I feel about re-reading ;)
All the while I was reading these books I was also reading short story after short story in Necronomicon. I'm not easily frightened, but reading At the Mountains of Madness was nerve-wrecking, to the point where I became paranoid and had to look over my shoulder after every paragraph to make sure there was no one there. I was listening to music while reading and the drums in the beginning of a new song made me jump. I also had trouble sleeping that night cause all I could think about was gooey monsters with tentacles yelling Tekeli-li. That was the first of his stories that actually affected me in a way I think horror is supposed to affect people. I bow to thee, Lovecraft. All due honour to you.