I’m so embarrassed as I said I would return to blogging around Thanksgiving last year and I haven’t made a post since!
However, I am happy to be returning to blogging mid-January in the new year as I’ve recently acquired a few series I would like to start and finish before April this year.
Series I plan on reading this quarter/season.
- The Heroes of Olympus (Percy Jackson books) by Rick Riordan
- The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini (Eragon books)
- Bloodlines series (this follows the Vampire Academy series) by Richelle Mead
- The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, completed by Brandon Sanderson
My focus the first three months will be The Wheel of Time series. I am 168 pages into the first book The Eye of the World. Unfortunately the copy I have is not comfortable for reading. It is a trade paperback with a nice cover and fontface, but unlike a hardback I have to read it sitting at a desk, or have the book sitting on my lap with my feet and knees up on a couch or sofa. I can’t lay down and read it like a mass market paperback. The disadvantage to this soft-back is, unlike hardbacks, I don’t have the option of holding it up if I get tired of a sitting/reading position. It’s quite a lengthy book, at 722 pages, so I’m in for a long trek.
As you might know, I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter series.This will be my first time reading an adult fantasy series from start to finish and I’m very excited. However, I noticed one thing I’m finding lacking in this series is the focus on the emotions of the main characters, who in this book (so far) are Rand, Egwene, Perrin, Mat, Lan, and Moiraine. As a reader, I’ve noticed this void specifically with male authors. One of the things I loved about Harry Potter was how J. K. Rowling elucidated the emotions Harry was feeling as he came across obstacles in his path to defeat Voldemort. This is my first book, and I’ve heard great things about this series, I know it’s going to be a great one not to mention Jordan’s superb writing; however I’m feeling a deep hole in me with the lack of unsaid feelings each main character is going through, especially Rand. I’ve considered reading it straight through over the next few weeks, without stopping or picking up another book, but considering it is a 14-volume series, and I can’t shake my desire for more, I think perhaps another way would be a better route for me. Toward that end, as I am a writer, I decided what I wanted to do was add my own commentary at the end of most, if not each, chapter I read. Instead of just a chapter-by-chapter review, I decided what would be creative and fun for me, would be to write in the voice of a character close to Rand, for example, a woman who he was close to, who knew him better than anyone else. Here’s my plan for the commentaries:
- At the end of each chapter I will post a short, a paragraph or two, more if needed, me writing as this woman, commenting and discussing Jordan’s handling of this history of Rand’s journey to “Dragonhood” and making a separate post on this blog just for each commentary.
- As I am currently a few pages into Chapter 12, I will write short commentaries on the beginning chapters before I delve into Chapters 12 and on.
- Jordan borrows a lot from Asian and Arab mythology, including the main nemesis, the Dark Lord, aka, Shai’tan. Shaitan is actually a name for Satan in the religion of Islam. I follow Islam, as my parents are from Pakistan. Like on my YouTube channel, I speak of Islam as a philosophy more so than a religion. As I write my commentaries I will speak of Islam as a system of knowledge, rather than doctrine or a set of sermons/rules.
What I write will, of course, be fiction since it will be from the perspective of a fictional woman inside or outside the series. I may add details not in the books. For those who enjoyed the Wheel of Time series, I thought you might find the commentaries entertaining. Also, feel free to comment where you may have made a different opinion in these upcoming posts.
Also, I don’t know how this will go, as this is the first time I’m doing something like this, but I thought it would be fun, and I would get some writing practice at that. I’ve already written the first commentary and will be posting it soon. My goal is to finish the series and the commentaries before the end of March. Keeping my fingers crossed!
Thanks for reading and have a great Saturday!!