The Eye of the World

Written by Robert Jordan

Series: Book #1 in The Wheel of Time Series

Cover of "The Eye of the World (The Wheel...

Book #18 of 2012

Nationality: U.S.
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
First Edition: 1990
My Edition: 1990
Original Language: English

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.

And so begins the epic story of three peasant boys who are called to run from the Dark One, for he seeks them to finish a war only he can remember.

Rand, seemingly plain, out of place, and more intelligent than he thinks.

Mat, a coy trickster with a knack for trouble.

And Perrin – sweet, intuitive Perrin.

At first I was intrigued, and then the story lulled some. There was travelling, then a bit of danger, then travelling, why-did-we-get-pulled-from-our-homes thoughts, travelling, they were separated, more travelling, they found each other after some trouble, travelling. You get the picture. I got a bit bored for a while. But then the story-line picked up a bit and I ended up not putting the blasted book down.

Fantasy fiction can be that way sometimes: so boring the pages are sticking together with drool for 200 pages, and then all of a sudden it’s so riveting you barely get any sleep for three days. Oh, how I adore it.

Well anyways, I’m not going to give anything away, because despite what the first 500 pages hint at, the next 400 are awfully enjoyable. I’ll be reading the rest of this series, you can bet. (Not any time soon, most likely, but I’ll finish it nonetheless.)

**Just so all of you faithful readers know, I’ve begun training for a marathon. I’m not telling you this so that you can make fun of my insanity for wanting to run 26.2 miles. This announcement is only being made so that you know why there will be less devouring of books. I know you’re crushed. Hush up that sniveling – it won’t help a thing.**

Happy reading, friends!  :)

Dead Until Dark

Written by Charlaine Harris
Series: The Sookie Stackhouse Novels  (aka The Southern Vampire Mysteries)

Book #17 of 2012

Charlaine Harris's Dead Until Dark

Dead Until Dark

Nationality: U.S.
Publisher: Ace Books
First Edition: 2001
My Edition: 2009
Original Language: English

This lovely little surprise of a book came to me by recommendation of a friend of mine, Ms. Sally.  Being that she is a friend from church, I was a little surprised to find out that it has a TV show based on the series that airs on  HBO (that, gasp, my husband also happens to own). So naturally, I took a week to watch the first two seasons that we had on DVD. I DO NOT KNOW WHY IT TOOK ME SO LONG TO WATCH THOSE! SO GOOD! The show was very different from the book. So different that I’m not going to do a compare and contrast. They were just different and should be thought of as such. And I digress.

The story is about a telepathic waitress named Sookie Stackhouse from Bon Temps, Louisiana who finds peace with (and falls in love with) a vampire named William (Bill) Compton, who was turned during the Civil War. There is a string of murders in her small town and she wonders… is she next? 

Bill is a pretty entertaining character. You don’t learn everything about him all at once. He is a mystery. An onion, so to say. Layer after cold, clammy, vampire layer. He is a “mainstreamer” – a vampire who doesn’t want to kill anymore, so they pull away from other vampires to live with humans and drink synthetic blood called “Tru Blood”. They describe vampires as “forgetting” their humanity – becoming animals who live off of instinct. Bill desperately wanted to change.

For awhile I taped soap operas and watched them at night when I thought I might be forgetting what it was like to be human. After a while I stopped, because from the examples I saw on those shows, forgetting humanity was a good thing.

Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) is the main ch...

Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) is the main character of the series. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sookie is a sweetheart. She loves her Gran, and her brother Jason (nevermind the fact that he’s a womanizing idiot), she goes to church, works really hard, doesn’t judge people by what the media says about them, and keeps a smile on her face even in the worst of circumstances. She’s deeply intellectual, even though she doesn’t regard herself as such. She sees the world for what it is, and doesn’t sugar-coat anything. Honestly, Sookie doesn’t really have the luxury to sugar-coat life – she hears peoples’ thoughts. When she begins to get involved with Bill, her life changes dramatically. The vampires Bill associate with take a dangerous interest in Sookie, and she has to learn how to navigate her way through.

The world seemed a bad and terrible place, all its denizens suspect, and I the lamb wandering through the valley of death with a bell around my neck.

Personally, I think she handles herself really well.

I will definitely be reading this entire series. I heard the last in the series is being released May 2013. This is a perfect quick-novel series to read back to back to back to back in between other longer novels. :)

Happy reading, friends!