Jul. 23rd, 2013

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Jul. 23rd, 2013 11:00 am
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Boy, am I behind this year. Again, part of it is that the books I'm reading are LONG, except the ones that are really, really short. This one was a monster.

A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time, #14; A Memory of Light, #3)A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, that's done.

Because this is such a huge book, and because I know many people are waiting for the paperback, I'm going to make this as spoiler-free as I can.

It starts slow (at least it did for me), but once it picked up I found myself reading in that way that makes you resent having to attend to things like, oh, eating and sleeping, and being frustrated that I couldn't keep my eyes open long enough to read "one more chapter." Speaking of chapters, the chapter "Tarmon Gai'don" is over 100 pages long--in the hardcover! And, well, it needs to be.

And so you know, in comparison to other works, the body count of friends and loved ones has been fairly light in The Wheel of Time series. Until now. People die. It's a war--these things happen.

I'm not sure the last book lives up to the promise of the first (which is on my list of top ten fantasy novels), and certainly there were dead weight volumes and passages along the way, but all in all I'm glad made the journey. There are days I wish I wore the serpent ring. Awhile ago someone asked what color my shawl is. I'm fairly certain now it is grey. But, well, one never knows until after The Trials.

I will miss these friends I've made over the years of reading the series, especially Min, Mat (though I frequently want to shake that one), Moraine Sedai, and Lan. Time to move on, though, to new worlds, new friends.

“The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.”

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Jul. 23rd, 2013 11:11 am
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The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #2)The Magician by Michael Scott

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm a bit embarrassed to say I'm hooked on this series. Maybe it's the puzzle of how the author is going to bring in various mythologies and historical/legendary figures. Sometimes it's the locales. I'm not saying it's high art--it's Young Adult fantasy, and not the best. But it's readable, compelling at times in its plotting (if I read it just before I start to drive somewhere I find myself wondering what's going to happen next, which is generally a good sign), and the characters are reasonably complex.

As a diversion, I really think it succeeds.

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Jul. 23rd, 2013 11:23 am
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The Map of the Sky (Trilogía Victoriana, #2)The Map of the Sky by Félix J. Palma

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

It is very rare that I get more than half-way through a book and finally give up.

Hmmm. What to say? Not a single likable character was encountered, Dear Reader, by this visitor to the pages of this tome. The author's attempts at re-creating a Victorianesque tone was only equaled in its ineptitude by the structure of the work.

Perhaps I am hampered by the fact that I have actually read a great deal of Victorian and Edwardian era fiction, and therefore know how precious (not a compliment in this context) Palma's prose is. When I found myself routing for certain characters--okay, all the characters--to die horrible, bloody deaths at the hand of the extraterrestrials I knew it was just time to step away from the book.

Fortunately, that saves me from having to read the other two volumes in the series. I win.

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