Showing posts with label Epic Fantasy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Epic Fantasy. Show all posts

Monday, February 8, 2021

How My The Wheel of Time Hardback Book Collection is Coming!

Hee-Haah! I got the final three books in Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series in hardback the past two weeks. I'm upgrading my collection from the mass market editions. I've learned how the hardcovers are better suited for my reading experience. For real, The Wheel of Time books are thick, super involved high fantasy books that begs for patience and comfort. I will go back and upgrade the first three books one day. But since I am still on book nine, I'll wait until I finish the series to do so. (I'm telling myself that barely legal lie.)


Anyway, the key question now is when will I pick the series back up again? I have been having a hankering for them (or at least to see what Rand, Mat and Nynaeve are up to).
And whenever that feeling comes knocking, I know it is almost time to cross the threshold back into The Wheel of Time. Either way, I am committed. I made it through book seven, A Crown of Swords, with complete relit enthusiasm for the books. I made it over a hurdle, and enjoyed book eight as well. However, I stalled again on book nine, Winter’s Heart. This is the “heart” of the so called “slog”. But if I can push through that one, as well as the following book, I will supposedly be good to go with the rest of the series. As readers have stated, books eleven to the end are sensational.


Anyway,
the slight bowing in my shelf holding the series up shows I am a dedicated fan.





Thursday, December 31, 2020

Friday, January 31, 2020

Closing January Library Visit

Man, oh man how I love the library.  Isn’t the library great?  I couldn’t imagine a world without libraries, and am always stunned when one is close to shutting down.  It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me when they do.  Well, I guess bureaucratic mess is mostly to blame.  Anyway, I’m getting off track.  The point is that Thursday I moseyed on down to the library to look for something to read–even though I have 1,001 unread books on my shelves.  And because I stay in there and scanning shelf after shelf for new discoveries, here’s what I found… 



Long Distance Love by Marita Golden
"A woman flees the South of the 1920's to join the Black migration Northward, marries a black rationalist and has a daughter, who returns to the South to fight for civil rights and find her own identity"
"Members of the Black professional elite in Atlanta, Mel and Builder Burke work hard and enjoy the benefits of private school for their daughter and two vacations a year, but their dream begins to fade when Mel loses her job and Builder's business crumbles."

Friday, January 10, 2020

A Touch of Robert Jordan's The Eye of the World Reading Wheel of Time Update

See previous #FridayReads Post


Soooo I'm on page 650 out of 782 (edit two days later; I'm done with the book) pages in Robert Jordan's first The Wheel of Time book, The Eye of the World.  Almost done, man.  Almost DONE.  It's been an epic fantasy ride–for sure.  It was a little lumpy on the ennui concerning the pace hit in the middle of the book.  Yet, still a really fun high-flying fantasy adventure ride.  Luckily the opening chapters were pretty smooth in pace and engagement, it wasn't until later did Jordan hit the gas on a bit of info dumps that caused me to really sit up and pay attention.  I expected that as the book progressed.  I mean, there is a lot to digest and unpack here.  From the characters themselves, to the various towns they visit throughout the journey.  Toss in their adversaries.  The various stages of unfolding lore within this world.  And, well, I can say I'm constantly referring to the glossary in the back of the book to keep me abreast.  Even on into these final pages.


Besides using the glossary in The Eye of the World to keep me inline with all the intricate details unfolding in the story itself, I also find myself Goolge fan sketches and paintings to get an idea of the Jordan's characters and towns/spaces.  But just for an extra kick in the pants, I went to the library yesterday and checked out this The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time book (released in 1997).  I've poked and flipped around carefully through this book to keep from spoilers, but it's pretty neat.  Can't say I'm totally won by the character portraits, though.


Still, in fact, this is my absolute favorite of all the cover arts featured in the series.  Something about that moon and the night.  And, well, Moiraine and Lan looking all solid and regal and dogged on their horses.

Friday, November 1, 2019

#WeekendReads First Rider's Call by Kristen Britain


#NonFictionNovember is going to have to wait a little bit longer, bro.  Why?  Because I got to stay up all night and read First Rider's Call by Kristen Britain.  It's the second book in her Green Rider series.  A series that follows this pretty neat-o young lady named Karigan G'ladheon.  She works as one of the king's (y'all know how these fantasy worlds go) messenger services dudes called Green Riders.  And, well, given her job she also has the ability to turn invisible...

AND I LOVE EVERY BIT OF ITTTTTTTTTT!  WITH ALL THE PERSONAL AND FANTASY INTRIGUE IN BETWEEN!

Monday, October 28, 2019

(2) 50 Pages a Day Keep the Good Reading... I Don't Know What Goes Here...


I guess I’ve read enough mysteries this month. Yet, don't get it twisted. I could throw another 30 million more in there at the flip-flash of the switch. And since I decided to throw out most of my October TBR, I got to come up with something else.

I decided to give the last week of October over to books I've always wanted to read. So pulled off my shelf to tackle, here arrives…

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