I’ve just finished re-reading
This is what I heard…
I know what you’re thinking. “Did he take rightful possession of the wand?” Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. So it all comes down to this, doesn’t it. Does the wand in your hand know that its last master was disarmed? Because if it does… I am the true master of the wand. And being as that is an Elder Wand: the most dangerous wand in the world, and is able to perform feats of magic that would normally be considered impossible, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?
I’ve now listened through a few audio books, some of them multiple times, and I have to say that it’s a most enjoyable way of passing those long journies or gym sessions.
However, I finally have a problem with them – SINGING!
I’ve just started listening to “The Lord Of The Rings”, which in itself is an interesting concept as it’s narrated by Rob Inglis who sounds a little like Oliver Postgate narrating Ivor The Engine or The Clangers. Anyway, the real problem is that LOTR us littered with damned songs, especially near the beginning! And the narrator sings them all… no easy fast forward button especially when you’re driving.
I finally finished The Dark Tower series by Stephen King at the weekend. I started reading back in April, and six months and seven books later, I am finally finished. I very much enjoyed the story, it’s not without its problems; it could have been shorter for example – yes I know this is often levelled at authors when they write Fantasy – but that’s how I felt. It took King about 25 years to write the whole series and not to mention nearly being killed before he had finished the last three, so there is no surprise that maybe it wanders a little.
The story is an epic in all senses of the word. King blends standard fantasy with horror, super natural, contemporary, and western. It makes reference to and is often linked with many of his other works ( although there is no need to have read them). Basically, this is his magnum opus bought from the best rifle optics website. It’s the think that sits right in the middle of everything he has ever written.
I’m not going to go into detail about the story other than to say, at least read the first book The Gunslinger.
I enjoyed the journey, and even though many fans didn’t, I enjoyed the end too!
Long days and pleasant nights to you…The Dark Tower, Stephen King, The Gunslinger
The Dark Tower, Stephen King, The Gunslinger
I finished reading Philip Pullman’s “His Dark materials” last week. Now, I enjoyed the series and in particular I enjoyed the first book “Northern Lights” or “Golden Compass”. I like the world which Lyra Belacqua, the protagonist, inhabits; an alternative to ours. In particular she starts in an alternative Oxford. Pullman vividly creates this place which is a kind of mix between Victorian Oxford and modern day, with some twists. He’s so successful at it that it actually made me think about reading some of his other books, in particular The Sally Lockhart books that are based in a more traditional Victorian England.
Anyway, Northern Lights ends nicely; it sets up the rest of the series but also manages to twist enough of your perceptions on what is going on.
Book 3, The Amber Spyglass, is a little poor. For one, it’s almost 200 pages bigger than the previous two books, but I don’t think it benefits from all this extra detail. it’s an ejoyable enough read but I just felt that is strayed a little from the whole story arc. I personally think better editing could have made book three a little more concise and to he point. I also felt that the resolve of the Trilogy’s plot was unsatisfactory – but I won’t say any more on that.
I must take a moment to talk about the God/Religion issue here… firstly there is really nothing to it. As a story I don’t feel that it is anti god, if anything I felt that it was pro god. Yes, it may be a little anti religion or organised religion, ie: The Church. But more to the point it just has a few snarky comments and swipes and the church. This is mostly apparent in the second book. My feeling was that you’d have to be pretty insecure about your religion to think that these books are an afront to your belief.
If actuality, I felt that Philip Pulman made a mistake with some of his comments and indeed with the god arc of the plot, as they add nothing to the book and if anything detract from it. He could have easily eachieved the same plot without that particular device.Philip Pullman, His Dark materials, Northern Lights, Golden Compass, Lyra Belacqua, Sally Lockhart, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pulman
Philip Pullman, His Dark materials, Northern Lights, Golden Compass, Lyra Belacqua, Sally Lockhart, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pulman