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After 2 months of slogging through it, I finally finished reading The Eye of the World. It’s about 800 pages, so I guess that isn’t a horrible pace (even though it felt like I was moving pretty slow with it). I did the last 300 or so this week, so obviously it was pretty tough getting into it to start.

I guess it was enjoyable enough. I could see myself picking up book two of the Wheel of Time series, but I’m certainly not going to be rushing out to read it.

Not much of it suck with me. Towards the end of the book, they were speaking about characters who were introduced earlier in the story, and I honestly couldn’t remember any of them. This may say more about me and my memory. Most books don’t stay with me for the most part.

Part of the problem too was that I saw so many influences from so many other books. The whole think felt very derivative and formulaic. I guess if you’re looking for that kind of story (quest with strong fantasy elements), then this will fit the bill. There are probably other, better examples of that kind of thing out there — but then if you’re looking for a story like this, you’ve probably already read all of those anyway.

Next up: The Lovely Bones.

One Response to “Late, Late, Very Late Night Reading”

  1. matt says:

    The Wheel of Time series only goes downhill from there. The rest of the series features people running to and fro with seemingly no purpose. I got through half of four and, when I realized that there was nothing actually happening and still nine books and counting to go, I gave up.

    I’ve liked George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series much much better. It’s got a great story and some deliciously evil characters.

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