June books

Auditing Exam? Who has time to study when there are so many OTHER, MORE INTERESTING books to read?

The Eye of the World, Robert Jordan- My roommate has threatened to bitch slap me if I don’t stop my bad ways- ways like asking for spoilers, skimming and skipping around the book. No, I don’t have any ADD tendencies at all. Stop looking at me like that. Anyway, I’ve had the Wheel of Time series recommended to me before, but I didn’t bite; not until my roommate told me about the Aes Sedai and their Warders. On the whole I like it. I can’t help noticing a lot of similarities with Lord of the Rings, such as Emond’s Field/The Shire, Halfmen/Nazgul, Trollocs/Orcs, Mat, Egwene, & Perrin/Pippin, Merry & Sam, and Lan/Aragorn. Oh how my fingers itch to strangle Mat.

The Bell At Sealey Head, Patricia McKillip- I’ve really grown to like McKillip’s clear, lyrical, dream-like writing style. The story revolves around 4 characters’ experiences surrounding the mystery of a bell that has rung at sunset without fail for a thousand years that nobody has ever seen. Part mystery, part fantasy, part romance. I thought most of the characters were likable. Nemos Moore reminded me of Hastings from Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising.

Pandemonium, Daryl Greggory- I don’t think this was the right book for me. I liked the writing . Demons/pop culture heroes aren’t really my thing however.

I can’t be the only person who loves to re-read books right? I just can’t get enough of James in Ballad. I think I have a crush on him.

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2 thoughts on “June books

  1. I read Lament and Ballad finally! They’re good, thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

    I really liked Pandemonium — I thought it was so different, but it’s been a while.

    That’s one thing about Tolkien… it’s like he’s *such* a big deal in fantasy that he’s influenced so much… so many quest stories in fantasy. I liked the WoT series through the fifth book, then it’s like Robert Jordan decided to cram in every detail and whatever that he could think of and almost nothing happened for a bunch of books. But I hear that the last one (written by Brandon Sanderson) is good.

    I just read the latest in the Temeraire series (quite good, but unfinished series so don’t start if you like to wait for a series to be done before starting it:) ), not sure if you’ve read any of them.

  2. I’ve only read through the 3rd book in the WoT series. I kinda skimmed through The Great Hunt, but read The Dragon Reborn voraciously. They kinda remind me of soap operas with an adventure/fantasy slant. 🙂 I’ve got a weird reading style. When I read a book, I read for plot first and end up skimming rather a lot. Then I go back and read in sections for detail. I think I’m going to get beaten up by my roommate once I get past book 5 ;).

    I’m so glad you liked Lament and Ballad! Yay! They have so many funny lines.

    I haven’t heard of the Temaraire series, but they sound intriguing. I’ll have to look into those. *rubs hands*

    Tolkien’s LOTR had a big influence on me too, from high school through college. I avoided reading sweeping multi-volume epic fantasy series because I thought they were inferior copycats of LOTR. Part of what I loved about LOTR was the world building. It’s so comprehensive, down to the different languages. I’m not sure Tolkien started this trend of comprehensive imaginative world building, but I love it.

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