Something long, and something new.
Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan
I feel like I am becoming something of a broken record in these Wheel
of Time reviews. I bogged down and took long breaks from this novel to
get through it. It just seemed like every time I picked it up, the
same characters were in the same places, ruminating over the same
problems, with nothing ever changing, chapter after chapter. "Marking
time" was the description I used in my last review.
If Lord of Chaos was employing this slow-down for character
development, I think it would be OK. However there's no amount of
character development which could justify this volume of text. Once
again it could have been four or five hundred pages shorter and done
better by me as a reader.
At this point I am not recommending the series except to die-hard
readers, and perhaps to those who want exposure to an important piece
in the history of the fantasy genre. I will of course be continuing.
And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind by Bill Streever
And now for something completely different. I love libraries, don't
you? One of the best parts of a library is the "new books" shelf,
which at the local library I have been haunting has one side dedicated
to fiction, and the other to non-fiction. On a recent visit I chose
one from each side. The fiction entry will be covered next month, but
for non-fiction, it was Bill Streever's And Soon I Heard a Roaring
This book is about wind as a natural phenomenon, but mostly about the
history of weather forecasting. It is the sort of casual non-fiction
book which I have in the past enjoyed very much but lately had mostly
given up on, for whatever reason. It was fully of interesting stories
and delightful discoveries and was just plain fascinating.
My only criticism has to do with the structure of the story. Streever
frames his delivery of the material on a sailing voyage he undertook
with his wife. The voyage itself is mostly boring and a bit
anticlimactic (hey, not everything is drama), so while it did provide
for topical jumping-off points, it was mostly pretty dull.
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