Sunday, August 11, 2019

The Wheel turns

Usually I do not do this with books, but then few books are as long as The Wheel of Time: a fourteen volume series each book of which is 700+ pages. Hence I knew from the start that I would be reading Robert Jordan for years, and indeed it was the  excessive length (even by my standards) alone that for a decade kept me from picking it up. But I did, and a year ago today I witnessed the tragic death of Lews Therin Telamon, called the Dragon, Lord of the Morning, and lastly Kinslayer. A year ago today I started The Wheel of Time and took the first steps on the great journey with Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, and his friends Egwene al'Vere, Mat Cauthon, Perrin Aybara, and Nynaeve al'Meara. It has been a thrilling ride thus far, a thoroughly enjoyable and truly unique Fantasy, and I am happy to report that the rumored glacial pace has yet to materialize. Of course, having recently started book #6 and hence being less than halfway through the series, I must acknowledge that a year ago I also said that "unlike usual, I do not silently swear to finish this series, but by the Light I mean to try!" A double-oath I mean to keep but, right now and come what may, I have every intention of seeing Tarmon Gai'don through to the end.
Meanwhile and as the Aes Sedai say, the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

I have just started Lord of Chaos

The great journey continues. The Wheel turns.

I have just started Lord of Chaos, Volume #6 of The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan.
War gathers as those Aes Sedai opposed to the Reds remain uncertain regarding Rand, fearful of his growing power, policies, and the fact that he is a man. All despite him being the Dragon Reborn and humanity's one hope. But if the Prophesies say that Rand will break the world then the world seems determined to beat him to it. Yet all pales before the balefire threat hatched in Shayol Ghul, as the Dark One risks the Pattern to slay the Dragon.

Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

I have just finished The Fires of Heaven

May the Light illumine you, Moiraine Aes Sedai
The great journey continues. The Wheel turns.

I have just finished The Fires of Heaven, Volume #5 of The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan.
"For once the Dragon walks the land, the fires of heaven fall where they will, until all men's lives are ablaze." Thus now do the Rising Sun and Crescent Moon bow to the Dragon Reborn even as the Daughter of the Night fell while the Destroyer of Hope still rules the Golden Bees. Meanwhile the One Man departs in grief as Lion Throne is left empty and the sundering of the Flame breeds a new war. As Rand said to the agreement of Davram Bashere, Marshal-General of Saldaea, "peace is far off yet. It will be blood and death for some time to come."

Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

My father and I just finished The Revenge of Samuel Stokes by Penelope Lively

My father and I just finished The Revenge of Samuel Stokes by Penelope Lively.
A solid and humorous book, as makes sense when dealing with a powerful ghostly landscape designer who can turn green houses into Greek temples among much else.

Good, flexible thinking and work Tim, Jane, and Tim's Grampa.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

His Dark Materials: Season 1 Trailer

I think the title of this post speaks for itself, so I will be brief; HBO sees its as a potential Game of Thrones successor. But this war is about nothing less than free will and the loving ties that bind. Here is hoping it captures that bright spirit as well as the drama.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

An Arthurian Epic without peer

My father and I just finished Silver on the Tree, the final book of Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising Sequence.  
The series that is one of our oldest and highest pinnacles of Fantasy, an Arthurian Epic that helped forge our love of the genre and, for me, crafted my view of the world almost as much as The Lord of the Rings.
"When the dark comes rising, six shall turn it back; 
Three from the circle, three from the track; 
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone; 
Five will return, and one go alone." 
Thus by the Six and the Pendragon's sword Eirias, by the Light and the great Circle of Old Ones, the Dark has been put to flight forever and world belongs now, wholly and truly, to humanity.

“For remember, that it is altogether your world now. You and all the rest. We have delivered you from evil, but the evil that is inside men is at the last a matter for men to control. The responsibility and the hope and the promise are in your hands-your hands and the hands of all men on this earth. The future can not blame the present, just as the present can not blame the past. The hope is always here, always alive, but only your fierce caring can fan it into a fire to warm the world." - Merriman Lyon, first of the Old Ones, Merlin

Farewell for now, for we shall meet again, Simon, Jane, and Barney Drew, Will Stanton, Bran Davies, Merriman Lyon, and all those others affiliated with the Light.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series is coming to Netflix

The original creators of the anime, Michael Dante DiMartino, and Bryan Konietzko, will serve as the executive producers and showrunners. Just as well, seeing as they have to live up to the standards they themselves set in Avatar: the Last Airbender.