Cmdr Shepard's favourite books on the Citadel

I was a much more avid reader in my youth... before the days of PCs and gaming consoles. Now I find myself working in a job filled with long, slow periods of extreme boredom (punctuated by brief spells of intense excitement) which gives me a lot of time to pick up my reading again.

The only thing that I curse is my near-eidetic memory when it comes to books that I have read which can ruin my future enjoyment and re-reading of many of my favourite books (I tend to skip the 'slow, boring bits'). As a result I find myself mentally forcing myself to read each page slowly and carefully whenever I re-read a book to prevent myself from jumping forward to the more exciting parts that I remember.

Battle Angel Alita, Volume 1: Rusty Angel - Sterling Bell, Matt Thorn, Fred Burke, Yukito Kishiro Another of my favourite manga series that initially got me interested in Japanese manga and anime, Battle Angel Alita is another classic Japanese manga from the early 1990s.

This series tells the story of an amnesiac female cyborg named Alita, whose head and upper torso are found in a state of suspended animation by cybermedic/bounty hunter Daisuke Ido while he is searching for useful scrap, and follows her as she recovers her past.

After Ido builds her a new body, Alita begins to learn how to live in the Scrapyard, the home of the poor and out-of-luck, who live in the shadow of the floating city of Tiphares, where the rich live. Although she has no memory, Alita soon realizes she knows the legendary Martian cyborg martial art, Panzer Kunst. She becomes a hunter-warrior (bounty hunter) in an effort to find out more about her history. her rebuilt body is easily destroyed in her first solo hunt and Ido, who is almost killed trying to save her, then places her counsciousness into a specially-rebuilt 'berserker' body he had discovered years earlier.

Alita then successfully hunts and kills Mankaku, the cyborg who had destroyed her first body.

Currently reading

Jay Kristoff
The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)
Robert Jordan