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Post-reading Thoughts: The Empire Trilogy by Feist and Wurts

I like trilogies better than epic tales that span five books or more. I say this now a couple of hours after finishing the Mistress of the Empire, the third book in the Empire Trilogy by Feist and Wurts.

These names have been recommended by trusted people many years past, but it was only recently that I found the time and inclination to pick the first book up. And as it often happens to me, I found myself steeped in the plot almost from the get go. While I did have to stop reading when I fell asleep at night - still holding the iPhone - the story and characters would permeate my thoughts every day. (Believe it or not, in the couple of weeks that I spent with the Acoma, I felt the urge to redecorate Tsuranni-style and look up seat cushion specials. The writing did paint very graphic images in my head - from gory to homey!)

The Wheel Weaves...

I miss the world of the Wheel of Time. With all those books in the series, one has to set aside considerable time for them. I did. Over and over again, but it doesn't look like I am going to have that luxury in the near future.

It doesn't mean, though, that my mind does not make references to the series all the time. Maybe not every day, but quite often.

Today, I think of how the Wheel weaves, and how life ebbs and flows, how the saying "what comes around goes around". It sure does.

There was a time when I was totally settled, looking forward to a quiet life maybe with kids, at least a dog (and other animals for sure). Worrying about things like getting the plumbing fixed, getting life insurance quotes no exam required, making sure that there is money for rainy days, blah blah blah.

The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills.

It sure did.

Uprooted. Somewhat settled. Uprooted again. Somewhat settled again. Once more uprooted.

Boy, would Moiraine and the Aes Sedai bunch be p…

First 15 Minutes of HBO's Game of Thrones

Today has just been full of fantasy goodness! I finally got my hands on Pat Rothfuss's The Wise Man's Fear - can't wait to get started on it! And I just finished watching the first 15 minutes of HBO's Game of Thrones.

I have to say that it is looking good! The cast has been known from the start, and they have shown snippets of the series every now and then. This is the first sneak preview of the actual series, though, and I think that every George R.R. Martin fan is just going to want more. April 17 can't some soon enough!

Game of Thrones Exclusive Preview
So what do you think? Personally, I found myself wishing they had shown the discovery of the direwolf pups!

The Game Begins: Game of Thrones Teaser

George R.R. Martin posted a note on his Facebook account yesterday, and he shared the latest teaser for the upcoming HBO TV series based on his Song of Ice and Fire books. Needless to say, I am beside myself with excitement!

If I haven't written about it before, let me say it again: this series is so dark and so representative of what happens in real life that it is scary. The trailers they have released so far seem to hold a lot of promise, and this latest one beats them all, I think.

Can't wait for April 17!

Kingkiller Chronicle: The Name of the Wind

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

You may have heard of me.

That's how Kvothe (pronounced as Quothe) started his story. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is the latest addition to my modest collection of books and I have to say that it is one of the best. I heard of it from a friend and I do not regret taking out a bit from my currently meager resources to buy it.

I will not even attempt to give a critique - I am not good at these things. All I can do is to say how reading the book made me miss everything I love about reading fantasy novels. The basic concept is similar to other fantasy series - protagoni…