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review 2019-03-24 20:53
The Fires of Heaven / Robert Jordan
The Fires of Heaven - Robert Jordan

In this sequel to the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Shadow Rising, Robert Jordan again plunges us into his extraordinarily rich, totally unforgettable world: . ... Into the forbidden city of Rhuidean, where Rand al'Thor, now the Dragon Reborn, must conceal his present endeavor from all about him, even Egwene and Moiraine. ... Into the Amyrlin's study in the White Tower, where the Amyrlin, Flaida do Avriny a'Roihan, is weaving new plans. ... Into Andor, where Siuan Sanche and her companions, including the false Dragon Logain, have been arrested for barn-burning. ... Into the luxurious hidden chamber where the Forsaken Rahvin is meeting with three of his fellows to ensure their ultimate victory over the Dragon. ... Into the Queen's court in Caemlyn, where Morgase is curiously in thrall to the handsome Lord Gaebril. For once the Dragon walks the land, the fires of heaven fall where they will, until all men's lives are ablaze. And in Shayol Ghul, the Dark One stirs....


I would certainly have to say that I find this series addicting. Once I begin one of these mammoth tomes, I feel the need to keep reading until the end. Despite the reservations that I may have about the characterization of both men and women. Because everyone in this series seems to be as stubborn as mules and to have nasty tempers. Part of me really wants to know what Mr. Jordan was like--tempermental and hard-headed perhaps? Pure speculation on my part, but what else am I to think?

Only five volumes in, and I’ve already read thousands of pages, still with 10 volumes in my future. It’s good that I’m engaged in the story despite everyone’s general grumpiness. It continues to amaze me that this much detail can be kept interesting for the reader. Most series are wrapped up in 5 volumes, but this one is just gaining steam.

I also appreciate that although this is a quest tale, Jordan has written something original--The Wheel of Time is so distinct from LOTR. Tolkien’s work may be the roots of this genre, but Jordan proves that he has made it his own. And he has taken Frank Herbert’s concept of the Bene Gesserit and made the Aes Sedai into a force to be reckoned with while still making them humanly attainable. I love the different colour groups with their associated behaviours and their bonds with their Warders. I do tire, however, of his constant struggle for control between men and women. Why can’t they acknowledge their mutual interdependence? It seems like the Aes Sedai and their Warders are the only mixed-gender teams that are working well together.

Nevertheless, I hope to read at least one more volume of WoT before this year is finished! 

Book 313 in my Science Fiction & Fantasy Reading Project.

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text 2019-03-21 13:49
Reading progress update: I've read 264 out of 912 pages.
The Fires of Heaven - Robert Jordan


I should be finishing up Five Red Herrings.  I'm so close to being done.  But to do that I would have to go get it out of my work bag and The Fires of Heaven is sitting right by my reading chair.  Once I've picked it up, there's no changing books!  I'm sucked right in.

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text 2019-03-17 20:22
Reading progress update: I've read 88 out of 912 pages.
The Fires of Heaven - Robert Jordan



It always takes a little while to get re-oriented in Jordan's world--he follows so many characters in such detail!


But so far, I have always found my footing quickly and get re-invested in the plot nicely.



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text 2019-03-14 18:14
TBR Thursday
Remarkable Creatures - Tracy Chevalier
Five Red Herrings - Dorothy L. Sayers
The Fires of Heaven - Robert Jordan
After Hello - Lisa Mangum
The Silver Chair - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes
The Queens of Innis Lear - Tessa Gratton


Holds have been coming in faster than I anticipated and I'm confronted with quite the stack of library books!


First come the ones that I can't renew:  Remarkable Creatures and The Five Red Herrings.  Chevalier's Remarkable Creatures is a fictional version of Mary Anning's life, an interesting counterpart to The Fossil Hunter, the non-fiction version that I recently enjoyed.  The Five Red Herrings will be interesting, as I continue to read a biography of Dorothy L. Sayers, author of the book.


I will pick up Queens of Innis Lear this evening at the library and I suspect that it will also have holds after me.  I will have to read it soon too.


I've read a few pages in The Fires of Heaven, but it is such a kitten-squisher that it's going to take a little while.  And I'll see where I can squeeze After Hello and The Silver Chair in around the other titles.


I have a meeting with my financial planner tomorrow, to discuss how quickly I am able to retire.  Then (shhh....don't tell anyone) I have two unplanned weekend days!  I know I need to do a bit of laundry, but if I don't do any other chores, I'll still be fine.  (That's the benefit of doing an incredible amount of housework last Saturday).


The weather is finally smartening up, sunny and above freezing, so I may venture outside on some kind of adventure!


Have a great weekend, friends!

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review 2019-03-10 08:05
Memories of Heaven (The Memory Ranch Romances #3) by Melissa Storm, Kay P. Dawson
Memories of Heaven (The Memory Ranch Romances #3) - Melissa Storm



Memories of Heaven hit close to home for me. I lost both of my grandmothers to Alzheimer's. It's hard to watch somebody you love lose themselves' to this disease and take your heart along for the ride. I understand the journey, so Kate's plight was an even more emotional one for me. I applaud Ms. Storm for spotlighting a disease we as a society tend to forget. Not only did she touch my heart, she inspired my soul.

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