Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan

Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time, #6) Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan

My rating:3 of 5 stars
We are continuing the unfortunate bog that is the middle of an otherwise great series. I don't have a lot to add, although I am getting tired of the plots that the Forsaken seem to be always putting together, but that don't really seem to produce anything. He should be picking them off a couple per book. At the end Jordan could turn Taim, the super-tall myddraal, or Fain into a new "Forsaken" to fight. But enough of the plotting already. It rubs...

Other than that, a solid 3 stars, with greater things to come.

The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan

The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time, #5) The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Ah, and this was the famous slow-down in Jordan's great Wheel of Time series. As the characters spread out and become involved in their own plots the story starts to drag some, and it is harder to pull it all together. I noticed this the first time around (years ago) when I read these, and so I was ready for it this time, and my plan worked.

I enjoyed this book, and kept up with all of the detail by simply reading it quickly. Luckily I had an overseas business trip to go on, so after a whole day in airports and on planes and then a solid week of alone time to read in the evenings, and I nailed this near-1000-page monster in less than a week. I am convinced that is the only way to do it. In fact I sprinted through this book, and the next, and now am taking a little breather before book 7, but appreciated the story the whole time.

Even though I was entertained I can't justify more than 3 stars for this installment. 900+ pages is hard to justify. Some of the subplots could have been shallower without taking away from their value to the larger plot, or taking too much away from the character development. (I should mention that the massive character development that Jordan takes on here is not lost on me, it just gets lost in the quagmire of all of the various threads he is trying to pull together.)

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Booklist 2009

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Not only do I love books, but I also love lists. That means that a booklist is a no-brainer for me. This is a list of the books I have read in 2009.
#BookAuthorDate Completed
18The Dark is RisingRobert Jordan

27 December

17The Dragon RebornRobert Jordan

11 December

16The Great HuntRobert Jordan

3 December

15The Eye of the WorldRobert Jordan

20 November

14The Magic of OzL. Frank Baum

20 October

13Breaking DawnStephanie Meyer

22 September

12EclipseStephanie Meyer

20 September

11New MoonStephanie Meyer

17 September

10TwilightStephanie Meyer

15 September

9Shards of a Broken CrownRaymond E. Feist

14 June

8Nineteen Eighty-fourGeorge Orwell

23 June

7Rich Dad Poor DadRobert T. Kiyosaki

3 June

6To Green Angel Tower Part 2Tad Williams

19 May

5To Green Angel Tower Part 1Tad Williams

5 May

4Stone of FarewellTad Williams

24 April

3The Dragonbone ChairTad Williams

30 February

2AbhorsenGarth Nix

30 January

1LiraelGarth Nix

15 January