Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Gathering Storm

This is book 1 of what would have been Robert Jordan's finish to The Wheel of Time.

Robert Jordan died in 2007 leaving his fantasy epic unfinished. Brandon Sanderson a good author in his own right stepped in to finish Jordan's epic.

I am very impressed at how well Brandon Sanderson pulled off a very tricky job. Working with Jordan's outlines, notes and parcial scenes Sanderson brings things together amazingly well.

It doesn't have Jordan's ultradiscriptiveness but the Character's feel "right" as you read them. And plotlines are actually brought to conclusion rather than simply spinning off more and more pages of stories of terciary characters.

I finished the book last night and it really brought out a sense of lostness and nostalgia. I started reading these books when I was 17 and now I am 37. I remember I would save reading them for vacations where I could the new books strait through without much interuption. These books have been a thread running through my life and now it's almost over. I also feel like shouldn't I have accomplished more in my life than I have. I will never be able to go back to those times and while they had their own problems I miss them.

The world seemed a lot simpler back then.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Hero of the Ages

I just finished Hero of the Ages by Brandon Sanderson. It was a very good series afterall but I didn't like the conclusion of the series.

I am also re reading the Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher.

These books are so good.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Night of Knives

I think Ian Esslemont is a better introduction to the Malazan universe than even Steven Erikson. I am really enjoying Night of Knives.

I am also about half way through The Worm of Ouroboros. It is fantastic although hard reading from time to time. Well worth it.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Red Wolf Conspiracy

Hello Folks,

This is a new book by a new author that I am almost 3/4's of the way through.

It is worth reading and I very much enjoy the style.


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Turn Coat

To Durin

Jim Butcher

(Conjure at your own peril!)

Ooohhyahh! I have a signed copy of Jim Butcher's new book Turn Coat.

I really like Jim Butcher's sense of humor and it really shows in his writing.

Read the Dresden Files! You will not be disapointed.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I am a 37 year old married Pen & Paper Gamer

I still get to play D&D every other week with some folks from my Church.

Curently I am playing a 7th Level Human Beguiler

We have a great time.


Monday, February 23, 2009

Pre-WW2 Germany, Rome Sweet Home, Drizzt

Since you asked Rich,

I am reading The Rise of The Third Reich, Rome Sweet Home, and The Orc King right now.

As you can see I am skipping around in what I am reading. I felt compelled to read about pre Hitler Germany because of the problems in the U.S. right now. After the Hyper-inflation years Hitler was the man on a white horse coming to save Germany. I worry about a similar deception sometime in our future.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Getting Thirsty

I know this is not a new idea but I really feel that God lets us try to fulfill ourselves with anything and everything. We just get hungrier and thistier and finally like the Prodigal Son we realize that what we need more than anything is to return home.

I have gone through this cycle time after time in my life and hopefully I come to my senses sooner but at least God is working in my life.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Marriage and Mt. Doom

I get my best thoughts when I am half asleep. Last night I was thinking about my marriage and the struggles my wife and I are going through.

My mind wandered back to The Lord of the Rings where the part in the Return of The King movie where Sam Gamgee picks Frodo up and carries him the last part of the way up Mt. Doom.

I think that's how married life is sometimes. It's not fun but it is learning to bear one another's burden's.

I fail often, pray for me.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Toll the Hounds

I am currently halfway through the 8th book in The Malazan Book of the Fallen.

So far there are many interesting twists and turns but as usual for Steven Erickson "The Payoff" is in the last half of the book.

Life has been strange the past few months. I really feel led to return to the Roman Catholic Church but at the same time I am entwined in the leadership of our current church. So I am walking that one out step by step.

Please continue praying for my Marriage, as things are not all Kosher, we are in counseling right now so hopefully things will get better.