I have now finished Eragon, as discussed in my last post, making that book 1 of my 35 challenge for this year!!
Looking back at what I discussed in my last post I stand by what I said about the book. One thing I will add, the ending to Eragon was not what I would have predicted at all!! It was pretty odds on he’d manage to save Arya within a hairs breadth of death, but the final battle?! Wow. Not what I would have anticipated at all. So to those that say books of the Fantasy genre are predictable… Wrong!
Eh hem. Okay… Excited rant over. I also wanted to share with you that over the past few days I have made myself a TBR (or To Be Read) jar!! I chose a pretty big jar so it doesn’t look like I have many, but I’ve had to compromise a little, especially when factoring in reading a series. The Inheritance Cycle series I’ve written the books in separately. Of course if I pull the books out in the wrong order I’ll just read the next in the series. The biggest series I’m planning to read is year, or at least make good headway on is Terry Prachett’s Discworld series. With that I’ve just put a ticket in saying “next Discworld” – just to avoid complications.
I used my TBR jar for the first time the other day, and pulled out Priestess of the White by Trudi Canavan. I bought the book on Kindle back in August, but I discovered angrily when I tried to read it there’s a problem with my download of it. I tried re-downloading it but it still won’t load anything but the first page. It’s silly really, because I can download and read it on my iPhone no problem. So I’ll be contacting Amazon about that. In the mean time I’ve been reading The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss.
It’s an interesting book. Though not part of the main series involving Kvothe it so far gives a lot of insight into the life of Auri, who Kvothe meets at the University. What amazes me is the description and depth of detail Rothfuss goes into when describing the “Underthing” as Auri names it. To those who don’t know, Auri lives under the University in a series of old rooms and passages, all aptly named to Auri’s mind, as she insists things must be done “the proper way”. To an outsider, she is a very bizarre character. Almost delusional in fact. But then, if you were living in near total darkness with only a weekly visit from a friend, a firefly for a friend and light (named Foxen) and nothing to do all day but explore, what would you expect? I won’t give away anymore. But I’m approximately 50% through after two evenings reading and I’m really enjoying it.
I’m glad Rothfuss out his foreword in. He says, if you want a continuation of Kvothe’s story, don’t read the book, which he implies the phrase was included much to his editor’s annoyance. But it’s honest. Fans don’t want to be disappointed, so to be upfront, it avoids that. Though I don’t understand why fans WOULDN’T want to read the book…
So that’s me so far 🙂 once I finish TSROST by Rothfuss I can hopefully start Priestess of the White. If not, well, back to the jar until I can!
Until next time… Happy reading!! 🙂