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review 2018-02-03 17:05
A marathon fantasy epic
The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson

This is the first of a projected ten book epic fantasy series by Sanderson. I'd been holding off on starting it because I wanted him to get a few more books under his belt. He has now released book three, Oathbringer, and my husband finished his massive listen of the entire Wheel of Time series and was looking for a new fantasy listen to keep him occupied while he remodels our master bathroom, closet & bedroom, so I bought the audiobook to go along with the print book and decided to listen along with him while I stitched/quilted.

 

It did not turn out to be a great listen for me - I find that I struggle with listening to extremely long books, and I often end up switching to the print format because I can move so much more quickly through the story. That's exactly what happened here - I switched out the listen for a reread of Agatha's The ABC Murders, and read this one on my kindle fire.

 

This is an epic fantasy, with all of the tropes and tells that sort of book requires. There's world-building! There's magic! There's heroes being subjected to terrible things! 

 

I've read a lot of Sanderson - his entire Mistborn series (both his first trilogy and the second series, which has more of an "old west" vibe) and his YA series The Reckoners, starring David Charleston, killer of epics and purveyor of misplaced metaphors. I would note, just as an aside, that The Reckoners is a family favorite - my husband, my 21 year old daughter and my 17 year old son all found it to be great fun. I find his books to be competently written and well-paced. This is also true of The Way of Kings

 

He's written an interesting world, with mostly likeable characters. One of his strengths is his ability to build a world without engaging in a lot of info-dumping, which makes jumping into a new series a bracing experience. You just have to take it all in and wait for it to come together.

 

I did jump into Words of Radiance, which is book 2, which I have also finished. Post to follow.

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text 2014-04-13 01:47
In Which I Just Don't Know Anymore

 

Gah, I hate feeling so conflicted. It's draining. Today just really given me a beating on so many levels. It's utterly ridiculous. Between being sick to my stomach to the point I nearly passed out on the street to getting lost on my way to write my job test. Honestly there's been so many highs and lows that I just asdfghjkl. And now more drama. I just don't get it anymore. I try to be fair but I've realized knowing the whole story is better. Should have just stuck to my motto. *sighs*

 

So now I'm just bowing out of any drama now of that subject. Because honestly its not fair to me or my stomach (I get in SUCH big knots about it and all that ugly stuff). And I'm just tired of it.

 

On another note, I'm rather hopeful for the possibility of being called back for an interview for that position I wrote the test for, but who knows. At least my getting lost to the building hopefully won't go unrewarded? And hopefully my gut instincts triumph again lol. I'll keep you in the loop everyone once I know. :DDD

 

And that exam that I didn't really have ANY time to study for? Well, I think I did quite alright on it. I was surprised. And thankful, considering I was seriously not in the mood for it on several accounts AND had to get up at 6am on a Saturday AND had a problem this morning (upset stomach due to nerves)...I'm very pleased by the turn of events rofl.

 

Now just have an essay to finish for Monday (I know, not too much time left there gurl rofl) and my final exam which is on the 22nd but it is a take-home that I'll receive Tuesday.

 

I still can't believe I'm nearly done with university completely. It's rather sad. Hell, I was getting teary-eyed just walking around campus. I plan to visit again, since it provides rather lovely inspiration for my stories--well anywhere does really. :3

 

Until next time, I have an essay to write in the meantime, but I'll be posting snippets of my novella ChosenOne perhaps in the next few days maybe once I have time. o: 

 

 

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text 2014-04-07 21:53
Always Emily - Michaela MacColl

EMILY BRONTE!!!! AND CHARLOTTE BRONTE!!!! BRONTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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text 2013-11-13 17:43
I just...

BUT HOW DID I NOT KNOW THE CASUAL VACANCY BY J.K. ROWLING IS GOING TO BE A TV SERIES NEXT YEAR?!

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text 2013-10-29 18:12
100%
Archangel's Legion - Nalini Singh

her archangel who’d never wanted her to be anything but what she was

 

This is the most beautiful thing anyone could say and feel for someone else....

 

I finished it. OMG WHAT WILL I READ NOW??

 

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