A quick TTT post this week with no graphics or links as I’m away. This week we are looking at book quotes and how they relate to you or have an impact. Mine are below:
‘All children except one grow up.’ PeterPan by J M Barrie. Make that one child you and stay young in your heart and your reading.
‘Few things worth having can be got easily’. Prince or Thorns by Mark Lawrence. In other words if you want something you have to work for it.
‘You keep nasty chips’. Gollum from tolkien’s Lord of the rings. Stick to the healthy eating!
‘To each his own fear’. Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. One persons fear of spiders is another persons fear of heights. They’re all real!
‘Inconceivable’. The Princess Bride. A phrase I use far too often when somebody doesn’t agree with me about a book I love!
Beware of Doors! Pretty good advice from Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.
No, try not. Do, or do not. Yoda. Words of wisdom indeed.
I don’t have to beat you, I just have to keep you here until Jean arrives. The Liea of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. Always have a back up plan
That’s it for me this week. Sorry for the hasty post and lack of links but this is done a bit on the fly.
Just finished reading Peter Orullian’s epic adventure story.
The Unremembered is almost a coming of age story with a Fellowship of the Ring type feel. Which isn’t to say that it’s mimicking Tolkien or anyone else just merely it’s an adventure story in which a number of travellers unwittingly embark upon a quest, get split up along the way and all continue to travel towards a known destination.
This is a story of good vs evil although there is still room for manoeuvre in that respect, by which I mean not everything is as cut and dried as it may first appear. I don’t really want to elaborate on the plot too much as it develops quite well as you read along.
There are a number of characters and I won’t deny that these are all introduced in fairly quick succession which does slow the read down somewhat as you try to remember who everyone is, their names, the relationship they have to each other and their histories. We have Tahn, who is really the ‘chosen one’. His sister Wendra, who has some magical ability of her own and their friends Sutter and Braethen. We are then introduced to a mysterious character called Vendanj. He is a Sheason and therefore able to perform magic. Unfortunately in this world this isn’t a welcome ability. His companion is Mira of the Far race of people. The Far live their lives full and fast and die young with the promise to meet in the lands beyond. Alone the way we have a young boy who is taken under the wing of Wendra and something of a rogue character who lives in Exile, called Grant.
Now on top of these characters and all your other everyday types we have the evil which is currently being kept apart from the rest of the world by a veil. This veil is maintained by magic. Unfortunately over the course of time people have forgotten about the danger that lives so close to them. They have become complacent and in fact superstition and fear means they have now turned against those that would protect them. Magic is outlawed and the League enforce law and order. For those practising magic the penalty is death.
I thought this was a well imagined and well written book. The threat from evil escalated quickly with creatures called The Quiet Given and the Bar Dyn. The author clearly has a vision of where this is going and this story provides a strong foundation. I did however have some criticisms.
The story starts out in a complicated way with many introductions and this undoubtedly slows down the speed at which you become involved as there is a lot to take on board. On top of that I personally felt this could probably have been shortened slightly. I really enjoyed the late introductory and middle chapters but personally felt like the last third dragged a little. This definitely has an old school feel to it which I personally really enjoyed as it’s becoming fairly rare these days but in that respect there is no snarky dialogue to offset the darker elements. In fact there aren’t really any darker elements. I would have liked to see a bit more banter between the group. And of course we have the whole ‘chosen one’ element which I’m never overly fond of, particularly when in conjunction with a number of the people knowing more than the rest and sharing nods and winks but never sharing their knowledge. I really dislike this to be honest. It ranks right up there with my dislike of love triangles. I just don’t see how withholding information from people who are already in life threatening situations is a good thing. You certainly won’t be able to impart your words of wisdom to them if they die in the next fight so really this comes over as little more than a poorly concealed device to keep information from the reader. On a very small note I found the constant reference to Sutter as ‘Nails’ irritating. Okay. It’s his nickname. But it wasn’t used as such. It just changed from Nails to Sutter for no apparent reason. Only a little niggle but nonetheless something that did bug me slightly.
On the whole though I thought this was a good read. It could use a little refinement but I think if you’re looking for old school, epic fantasy this could be just what you’re after.
I received a copy from the publishers via Netgalley for which my thanks. The above is my own opinion.
and gone off to spend a few days in London. Which means I won’t be around the blogosphere for the next few days.
you’d better to in disguise….’
Art it Up. This is a meme hosted by Tabitha over at Not Yet Read. The idea being to see if you can come up with some inspiration for a little sketch or doodle from your last week’s reading or just anything else in general. My recent reading includes The Rebirth of Tao by Wesley Chu and the Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman. Over at the Fantasy Review Barn today’s topic is fauna in fantasy – with this and the fairytale I’ve tried to go for a creepy forest – could have done with a bit more shading but….
This week over at the Fantasy Review Barn Nathan is again taking us tough travelling. This week we’re looking at
Self-explanatory. If you know of a plant that is either not on earth, or doesn’t act the same way in fantasyland as it does on earth, then you can consider it unique. Have fun.
Threads from the Dragonriders of Pern books by Anne McCaffrey. This was the first thing that came to mind (thankfully something came to mind). Threads are spores that rain down upon the planet – not all the time but in cycles (I think – somebody feel free to chuck me a clue here) and basically cause terrible destruction. Left to their own devices I think the planet would be in a pretty bad way but fortunately there are dragons and dragonriders to help with the gardening duties!
Talking flowers – not something you see every day – Alice – Through the Looking Glass by C S Lewis
Triffids from Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham – I should think this doesn’t need an explanation – but basically these plants are mobile, they can communicate with each other and they have poisonous stings.
The Forest of Fighting Trees from The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum. They’re trees. There’s enough to warrant calling them a forest – and they fight!! Well, they throw things at you anyway.
Yggdrasil – a tree from Norse mythology – encountered by me in the book Hammered by Kevin Hearne where the main character, Atticus, has to climb the tree on the back of a giant squirrel – he’s going on a quest.
Harry Potter – Gillyweed – I would definitely try this – swimming underwater made easy!
Lord of the Rings – Fanghorn Forest – okay, this is maybe a cheat but this forest does seem to have a mind of it’s own so it’s having a mention.