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text 2018-05-24 20:50
Reading progress update: I've read 74%.
The Well At The World's End: Volume II - Lin Carter,William Morris

Prior updates:

 

http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1761247/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-61

http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1760982/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-48

http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1735429/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-40

http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1698883/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-25

http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1675308/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-20

 

From the actual beginning of the Quest as such, with Ralph and Ursula and so on, to the ending of the Quest, is but 13% of the total of the book.

(spoiler show)

 

This is probably my last interim update.  I have a few specific observations to make when the book is over.

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text 2018-05-24 04:09
Reading progress update: I've read 61%.
The Well At The World's End: Volume II - Lin Carter,William Morris

Prior updates:

http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1760982/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-48

http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1735429/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-40

http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1698883/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-25

http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1675308/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-20

 

The story of Ralph's quest for the Well at the World's End actually begins at the 60% mark.

 

This would never fly in the market today.

 

And yet I'm still keeping this book in my personal canon.

 

 

 

 

At this point, Ralph meets again the girl from Bourton Abbas, an encounter that lasted a few pages way way back in the story.  He never knew her name, but he has fond memories of her as a friend.  Okay, fine.  But in the meantime, he met the unnamed Lady of Abundance, he had a significant sexual liaison with her, and then she was killed by her husband.

 

After her death, Ralph sets off a little more determined to find the Well, which the Lady of Abundance had been to and to which she intended to guide him.  But Ralph proves over and over again to be a bit of a naif, being duped by numerous folk, male and female, who promise to help him and do anything but.  Eventually he ends up enslaved by the evil Lord of Utterbol -- he doesn't have a name either -- who apparently plans to provide Ralph as boy-toy to his wife the Queen -- nope, she doesn't have a name -- so that he, the Lord of Utterbol, can cavort with another slave, who is presumed to be the girl from Bourton Abbas.

 

Got that? 

 

Ralph is really not much of a hero, but he is . . . perfect.  Every woman who sees him falls in love with him.  He turns out to be a champion jouster and a superb archer.  But he also trusts everyone who comes to him with any kind of promise, and he always gets betrayed.

 

But finally he meets up again with the girl from Bourton Abbas, about whom he had dreamed.  In that dream, he learned that her name was Dorothea.  But when he meets her, he asks if her name is Dorothy . . . but she says no, her name is Ursula!

 

Now, remember that Ralph had this relationship with the Lady of Abundance, and he knows Ursula was taken as a slave of the evil Lord of Utterbol.  So the first thing he needs to know about her is how she was treated during her enslavement.

 

Then Ralph looked sore troubled, and he said: "Dear friend, this is the thing hard for me to say. In what wise did they use thee at Utterbol? Did they deal with thee shamefully?" She answered him quietly: "Nay," she said, "fear not! no shame befell me, save that I was a thrall and not free to depart. Forsooth," she said, smiling, "I fled away timely before the tormentors should be ready . . .

Morris, William. The Well at the World's End: a tale (p. 201).  . Kindle Edition.

 

So, whew! Ursula is still a virgin, even if Ralph is obviously not.

 

 

(spoiler show)

 

And now, back to reading.  This is the part that goes a lot quicker because, hello, this is where the real story is!

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text 2018-05-23 11:00
Facts About Me: My 2018 TBR

I have LOADS of books on my TBR list for 2018. This post will feature some of the paperbacks and e-books that I've purchased over the years, that I really want to actually get read. I spent good money on buying them, but I always prioritise those that I've agreed to review and never seem to make time for those that I paid money for. Which seems kind of ridiculous. So, 2018 is my year of catching up on the ones I was desperate to read, paid for, and never got round to.

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  • Descender, Vol. 1 and 2, by Jeff Lemire
  • The Queen of the Damned (Comic) 1-11, by Anne Rice
  • Amelia Peabody 1-20, by Elizabeth Peters
  • Amsterdam Assassin 1-4, by Martyn V. Halm
  • Awakened by Blood 1-3, by Marie Treanor
  • Cornelius Quaint Chronicles 1-6, by Darren Craske
  • Daisy Dalrymple 1-23, by Carola Dunn
  • Dan Shepherd 1-12, by Stephen Leather
  • Dark/Carpathian 1-27, by Christine Feehan
  • Dave Gurney 1-5, by John Verdon
  • Elders & Welders Chronicles 1-3, by Margaret Foxe
  • Inspector Montalbano 1-12, by Andrea Camilleri
  • Lady of Ashes 1-6, by Christine Trent
  • Peter Grant 1-5, by Ben Aaronovitch
  • Powder Mage 1-3, by Brian McClellan
  • Psy-Changeling 1-10, by Nalini Singh
  • Vera Stanhope 1-6, by Anne Cleaves
  • Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children 1-3, by Ransom Riggs
  • Sidekicked 1-2, by John David Anderson
  • The Vampire Chronicles 1-3, by Anne Rice
  • Dead Camp 1-5, by Sean Kerr
  • Dusk, by Tim Lebbon
  • Detective Murdoch 1-8, by Maureen Jennings
  • Somebody to Love, by Aurelia Frey
  • 13 Ways to Midnight, by Rue Volley
  • Tales from Verania 1-3, by T.J. Klune
  • Swords of Riverside 1-2, by Ellen Kushner
  • The Maze Runner 1-3, by James Dashner
  • City of the Damned 1-3, by Marie Treanor
  • Willow, by Wayland Drew
  • Beastkeeper, by Cat Hellisen
  • Inheritance Cycle 1-4, by Christopher Paolini
  • Victoria Speedwell 1-2, by Deanna Raybourn
  • The Bone Witch, by Rin Chupeco

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Of course, there will be a mountain of solo novels that I want to read, but since 2018 is my year of catching up, I plan to do the series books first. There are a lot of comics that I also want to read, since I've been buying quite a few Humble Bundle's ever since I discovered the site last year. Plus, comics are great for fitting in when you don't have a lot of time. A comic of 150 pages can be read in just half an hour, thanks to the fact that all the world building and detail is put into the illustrations, so you can fit in a whole lot of comics in a short time than you can short stories or novels.

 

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text 2018-05-22 20:04
Reading progress update: I've read 48%.
The Well At The World's End: Volume II - Lin Carter,William Morris

Prior updates:

http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1735429/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-40

http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1698883/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-25

http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1675308/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-20

 

I'm finally able to read for more than a few minutes at a time, though the back spasms are not completely gone.  I had to run out to the grocery store, but I bought only what was absolutely necessary.  Now I've turned on the heating pad once again, probably for the rest of the afternoon.  Yesterday I was about 57% back to normal, but today I only feel about 50%.  We'll see how the day goes.

 

As for The Well at the World's End, it plods along.  Our hero Ralph is finally getting some information about the route to take for his quest, but it's pretty ridiculous that half the book is either background or narrative of a "this happened, then this happened, then this happened" style.  Ralph proceeds along the road to wherever he's going, and that's about it.

 

Morris does, however, maintain his voice and style, and it's going to be interesting to me to see how this, one of his last works, holds up against some of the earlier ones, which I have not yet read.

 

 

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