Today I finished a book about Star Trek called Star Trek and History, a collection of essays (shockingly enough) about the role history has played in the development of the Star Trek universe and how Star Trek has also influenced history. I enjoyed most of the essays. Each of them at least made me think, even if they didn't all teach me something new. I did learn some new things about the fictional universe that has shaped my life.
The other book I'm adding to the list is The Unleashing, by Shelly Laurenston. I picked it up on Wednesday and really liked it. It's the first book in her new world that features mostly Viking gods and the people they choose to fight for them when Ragnarok comes around.
The first one is about Kera Watson, a former marine who is killed and becomes one of the Crows, women chosen by the goddess Skuld, one of the Norns, to be her soldiers. Regrettably for Kera, the other Crows aren't exactly big on discipline or military efficiency. They are all women who, thanks to Skuld's intervention, have a chance at living their lives all over again. The fighting they do for her is their night job. Kera has a bit of trouble meshing with their craziness at first. As this is a romance, she finds her soul mate in the form of one of Odin's Ravens, Ludvig "Vig" Rundstrom, whom she originally thinks is a vet with PTSD, not a skilled blacksmith who can fly.
I know that sounds strange but it's really fun. Laurenston's characters tend to have one trait that I absolutely love. They are completely nuts and they make me laugh.