From Harry Potter to The Catcher in The Rye - I will read absolutely anything. This blog will detail my impressions on new releases, old classics, and everything in between! As Dr. Seuss said in 'I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! 'The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.'
For hundreds of years, human lives have been dictated by Corelings, night-stalking demons that rise from the Earth's core and take pleasure in the destruction of humankind. When the sun sets, the only protection from certain death lies behind wards, ancient patterns that convey various powers. In a world where humans are set on hiding, this installment of the proposed trilogy, introduces three characters who will grow up to learn the importance of taking a stand.
A fantastic tale, an outstanding first novel, just a damn good read! The second in the trilogy, The Desert Spear, is now out in hardcover as well.
Anyways, thank you for listening.
First, a 'Pillars' TV mini-series was released recently, and contrary to the standard rule of thumb that movies/TV can't stand up to the book, people are RAVING about it. Unfortunately, I don't have access to The MovieChannel, so I'm one of those sad saps waiting for the DVD release.
The second (and more exciting) reason for talking about these books is the release of Follett's Third historical epic, Fall of Giants, on September 28th. The new book is the first in The Century Trilogy and revolves around the lives of five separate families during the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and women's suffrage. So far the feedback is good...really good (unless you're talking about the Kindle version, in which case, people are losing their minds about the cost).
Rating (Pillars of the Earth & World Without End): ♥♥♥♥♥
To this point I haven't read any of her books, but I always intended on it. I've heard great things about her stories and characters, so it was just a matter of time. I want to acknowledge her and say how sorry I am to hear the news - my thoughts go out to her family.
That was a year and a half ago...So what does this mean? Well considering a pristine copy of the original is now selling on Abe for a minimum of $100, I'd say it means = not a bad return on investment. Okay, sure, you probably won't get rich this way. And really, any serious book collector will tell you that you should never be motivated by money. But since I can't afford the $30, 000 for a first edition copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, this type of book collecting is very appealing.
I know, it sounds complicated. This was the first real fantasy book I read, and I'm not going to lie, I struggled initially. So many names, so many places, so many words - I was lost. I stubbornly stuck with it though and am truly glad I did - I ended up loving this book. In fact, Kushiel's Dart is the reason I started reading fantasy.
So what IS an anguisette? and who is this Naamah person? Without getting too bogged down, an anguisette is a person chosen by the angel Kushiel to feel both pleasure and pain at the same time. This combined with being a Servent of Naamah (which is a nice way of saying a high class hooker), makes for an interesting plot foundation. I'm sure you have some nasty little ideas about where this book is headed - I did. Don't be fooled - this isn't a romance, there really isn't even a lot of sex - this book is more about court intrigue, spies, political conflicts, etc. The story is complex but fascinating, with many interesting and quirky characters.
Once you finish this book, there are two more to look forward to in the Phèdre series, followed by the Imriel and Naamahs trilogies.
So far, I've only read the first book, but I intend to continue with the seven book series...eventually. I mean each book is at least 700 pages long, so it takes some serious time investment. And if the other books are anything like the first, they will be emotionally draining.
In Outlander Gabaldon introduces the characters of Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall. If you Google this author, or any of these books, you'll see HOARDES of fan-obsessed sites. There is a reason for this - it's good. Really good. The characters are SOLID, and the story, it just keeps on going. Yes, it is long. But not long in the sense where you're just dying for it to be over.
In short, well played Ms. Gabaldon.