Happy New Year!

Nothing really profound to add to the subject line – hoping it comes true for everyone.

lost boy. lost girl

Finished Peter Straub’s aforementioned book. Cleverly constructed and well written and again I did not connect with any of the characters. This is been pretty well a constant for me with any of Straub’s books. Puzzling as I recognize his writing talents. The only one that really struck emotionally with me was Ghost Story.

Runes Of The Earth

Donaldson revives the Covenant series with Linden Avery stepping into the spotlight in the first book. Will that trend continue? Difficult to say, given the ending of this book. Some clever hooks left by the last series are used here. Interesting and mysterious new characters are introduced. Along with the concept that the Law of Time has been broken and my head is swimming with the possibilities. Great start to the new series and the three year wait for the next book is going to be a long one.

Sheepish Return

What can I say? No entries since October. Pitiful does not cover it. Best to duck my head down and trudge onwards…

So where was I – ah yes. Finished off King’s Dark Tower series and closed the book – so to speak – on a group of characters that have been sharing a journey with all the other readers for over twenty years. To say that the end is a bittersweet moment is an understatement to be sure.

Speaking of bittersweet, I have the extended edition of the Return of the King in my hands. Another end of a truly remarkable journey. One can quibble with some of the story telling decisions that deviate from the book but the overall result is one of the most amazing cinematic journeys I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. A instant classic series that will only grow in stature as time passes. As an adult these movies have given me a rush that the original Star Wars sparked when I was much younger. I truly believed such feelings would never be rekindled. That gift from the LOTR movies was unexpected and most welcome.

While some journeys end, others have resumed. After twenty years or so, Stephen Donaldson, has resumed the Chronicles of Thomas Convenant. The Covenant series, and most of Donaldson’s writing, is filled with
fully fleshed out characters. I highly recommend his Gap Series.

To be continued…