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Book Review – Eldest, By Christopher Paolini

Eldest is the second book in the Inheritance saga and is written by Christopher Paolini. I would like to say that I think I liked the first book better than the second installment. Because I think nothing really happens in this second installment. I mean like literally nothing happens! The author has Eregon spend a lot of time with the Varden, then he gets shipped off to the Elves where he spends half the book training as a Rider. Yeah we sometimes cut to Roran and I actually felt relieved when it was his time in the spotlight. I was bored to tears and figured out the plot twist in the end of this book around the tenth chapter. It is painfully obvious of the allusions to other films and literary works. I felt like Christopher Paolini used them as cookie cutters, but jazzed the cookies up and made them his own. The allegory in this novel is painfully simple that a monkey could point it out. If I had started reading this series when I was younger I would still find some of these faults, like the allusions, but I would probably be giddy with delight at the connections and write them off as nothing more than a parody. I would probably have liked this book better. I probably would have had the whole series read and done by now.

Now those are my grievances, and now here are the positive criticisms:

The author’s writing is slightly better and more fluid than the first novel of the series, even if at some points the dialogue seems forced, or as if the author tried too hard. Christopher Paolini does have an extraordinary imaginative talent, but his starting point started from a “Heroes Journey” (which George Lucas and many others have used as a reference). But, instead of using it as a road map like other storytellers I think he used it while it was already wrapped around other’s stories and put them together. I did enjoy the ancient language that he came up with using different old mythologies (especially Norse Mythology). I was happily gleeful at the Norse references and allusions. Well, because I love Norse Mythology. I love mythology in general, but you know…

If I had read Lord of the Rings I probably would of stopped after reading the first book, Eregon, but I only watched the long agonizing films. Do not get me wrong, I enjoyed the Lord of the Rings films, but man were they really long and hard to keep up with. I endured though and loved the action sequences and….Okay I am getting off topic.

I am writing this review because I only have had four hours of sleep the previous night.

Oh! I did like the subtle jokes that was peppered through out the book. With the other criticisms I do have to say that I have always enjoyed reading the last eight chapters though. Because it seems like Christopher Paolini gets a second wind or something because he knows he’s at the ending for the novel and moves the plot faster. This keeps my interest and I also enjoy the climax and the falling action of the novel. The author also does this tease thing where the plot/story will pick up in the middle or a little after the middle, but then die down again until towards the end. This feels like I have been on this long journey and I am almost out of energy, but then there is a pit stop and then a power up/recharge. Then things slow down again. I love and hate that.

I give Eldest three out of five stars.

I would write even more about it, but I am really tired and I need to at least try and get some sleep. I hope this review is useful to anyone who reads it. I also may revise this once I can actually catch some Z’s….

Midnight Raven – UPATE

This post is only to update my (if I have any left) subscribers to let them know that I have a new very short story. You only have to go to the home page of this site and click on the “Midnight Raven” tab. Since it’s almost October I’ll be probably writing creepy, horror, or dark poems, stories, and art. I want to practice more on my writing and see if I get better. Enjoy!

Books and more books…

I decided after finding a quote that I found hilarious that belonged to the book “American Gods”, by Neil Gaiman to actually buy the book that it came from. I have heard over the course of many years that Neil Gaiman is a great author and many people enjoy his written works. I just never thought his writing was for me, but yet I respected him as an author in the book geek community. I did a thing and I ordered American Gods and while I was looking up books written by him I also found a diamond among the other jewels and saw Norse Mythology written by Gaiman as well. I love Norse mythology so I also picked up this book as well. Then I decided to finish my “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas and bought books two and three. The one that was recently released is still in hardcover and I have a thing about my books matching. It still drives me nuts that my Twilight books 1 through 3 are paperback and the last one is in hard cover. Also, don’t get me started that my Harry Potter books one through four are paperback and the rest are in hardcover. That one drives me more crazy.

Anyway, I don’t know if I even will get that fourth court of roses book, but I don’t intend on starting to read that series until I completely finish the Throne of Glass series. The last installment, which has a title now, “The Kingdom of Ash”, will be published at the end of October. I have started collecting the paperback versions of ToG series even though I started reading them on my Kindle. I have it pre-ordered on my Kindle so that I can start reading it the minute it’s released and I absolutely cannot wait. I think I will wait a long while and get it in paperback so it can match it’s sisters…because I am weird. The only hardcover of ToG is the Tower of Dawn and I don’t mind that one being in hardcover because it really isn’t part of the series, but then again it is because it’s only telling a story that has events that are happening at the SAME TIME as Empire of Storms. I like to think of it as a side thing just like the prequel book with the side stories of when Celeana is 16 and still an assassin. And yet…that one I have on my shelf with the other as a paperback…

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It all works out…

With more time on my hands this summer now that I am off from college and on vacation I am determined to get more books read. I should make a summer reading goal. I want to read and finish anywhere from six to ten novels. Is that too much? No, but it can be done. It’s just a matter of organizing my time and testing this new medications limits and what it can really do for my brain. I also am going to get into new better habits and re-arrange my life for the better so I can get stuff done. I also hope to start book reviews as well, but I probably will only have time in the summers to do these. I am very hopeful though. This is going to work and I can’t wait for my book delivery!

A new organization tool…

I finally picked up a bullet journal to start my journey of organizing and keeping a record of my life. I’ve been wanting to try this type of journal for a long while, but I didn’t know exactly what it was or how to use it. I tried looking on the internet about tutorials and example, but they were confusing and alien to me. A class mate of mine has a bullet journal and she showed me how she uses it. Basically you put any freaking thing you want in it and each month or each week doesn’t have to have the same order of a schedule either. I think I am going to like this. You know instead of buying planners and journals that have set ways of what you should write and stuff. Everything can be into one and I don’t have to have so many paper books. I still will have paper journals because I love collecting journals (even if I don’t get to use them. I know I’m weird.) and I do use them, I just need to start writing down my thoughts everyday so that they can get used. So, hopefully this works out and I can make it all pretty and stuff. lolz ^^;;

Book List…

I am trying to beat my book ADHD by tackling my big list on Good Reads of “Currently Reading” list. I want to finish one book at a time and the only way to start that is by knocking down my active list. I just finished Passion, which this is a third installment in the series and frankly I hated it. It seems Lauren Kate’s writing gets worse as the series progresses. The whole time travel thing I know needed to happen to unveil a few things and to move some plots along. But, she had it go on for way too long and she was jumping around all over the place that I got confused. The ending was revealed and shed some light on the curse and maybe a loophole…I dunno….the way she wrote it I’m going to have to read a spark notes to understand it. I want to quickly finish the series and get it over with because once I start something I want to finish it. I also have a collecting problem. When I bought the first book it was all right and the ending was good so I got the second book…I didn’t care too much for the second book. Then you know…after that I HAD to collect the rest of the series. I have all four books and even the companion novel (Fallen in Love), but I know there is another book about Cam and Lilith…that I will not read. I don’t even know if I will read that other companion novel after I finish the fourth book. I want this series to be done and over with. I bought a lot of new books, but I promised myself to finish my list first before moving on. I guess only time will tell if I can break my own reading curse of constantly reading books, but hardly finishing a single novel once in a blue moon. So far I am making progress and have finished three novels since the beginning of the new year. ^^

Testing something…

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Okay, so I now figured out how to insert pictures into my journal posts…

This is a shot I took from my hike from the beginning of the month down on the railroad trail head and that is Lake Mead. I want to travel there again and go by myself maybe one day to hike and maybe hike the whole thing. That would be nice or I can ask a few other friends to go with me. I wonder if there are any small easy training hiking trails I can go on before tackling eight miles in one go…

New Hiking Spots…

I have been contemplating new hiking spots to walk by myself. I know you’re not suppose to go on hikes by yourself and that it’s dangerous, but I would like to go on small hikes by myself or at least on hikes where I know there is a lot of traffic of people. I would never go on a big hike completely by myself no matter how much I am inspired by Cheryl Strayed’s book. I admire her for what she did and making herself come to terms with her own demons and healing herself. But, I have to admit that hiking the PCT alone was the most asinine thing to do on the planet. Things were different back then in the mid’ nineties, but still a lot of things could have happened.

I tested my blood pressure last week here and there and I have come to the conclusion that it only raises due to stress. I don’t think I need medication for it if my blood pressure only rises due to stress. Therefore, I am going to practice meditation more seriously and hope for the best. I think I should have a better sleeping schedule and get more sleep and have a better diet. I’ve been a bit depressed on and off again for the past couple of weeks. This happens every few years around Valentine’s day. I’m usually ecstatic about celebrating Single’s Awareness Day (S.A.D.) because also the acronym makes me laugh. I am going to try and think more positively to counter the blues this year.

I’ve also started shortening my time with video games and only play on the weekends. The experiment so far is that I can’t wait to play to relax and then yet I found this week was still blah…

Then I ask myself questions of if I am growing out of it, losing my patience with them, or as I try to get healthier my mind and body want to do more productive things. Maybe it’s all of the above? Maybe it’s the depression’s fault. I want things to change. Things are changing. Things have to change. Change is constant.

 

I wonder…

Things I wonder:

  1. Would people be interested if I wrote about book, film, or video game reviews in this blog?
  2. Do these pants make me look fat?
  3. Would I be able to keep up with book reviews?
  4. How do I import my hiking pictures to this blog?
  5. Where is Jimmy Hoffa buried?
  6. If I was more consistent in blogging would I get more followers for my blog?
  7. How do I get more followers?
  8. What am I going to have for lunch?
  9. Will I ever wear those jeans again?
  10. Why did I make this stupid list?

A dilemma…

I need to not read ten million books at once. What I mean is I do this with everything and not just books. I do this with video games and every other project or projects I should say that I have done. Nothing gets done not because I am not productive, but because I am doing too many things at once trying to get more done. I need to focus on ONE game at a time, ONE book at a time, ONE drawing at a time, ONE writing project at a time, etc…

I do not know what’s wrong with me or why I can’t get out of this habit. I hate it when people assume I don’t love books or that I am not a reader. The truth is I am always constantly reading and I don’t mean articles on the computer, smartphone, or other device. I mean actual novels, but I read a lot of them at the same time. This is why I never finish one novel in a timely normal manner.

I wish I had the answer….

I’ve tried several times to stick to ONE thing, but then I go back to the old way.

I think I need help.

Books!

I have bartered a deal with myself and came to some conclusions. Here is what I figured out…

1. When I read more and do a little gaming my brain power raises.

2. I really, really, really do love reading.

3. I want to read all my books from my backlog and the new ones I just purchased and that I am dying to read.

4. I need my spelling mojo back so there for I at least must read more like I did when I was younger.

5. I want to become the human spell checker. ^^;

 

So here is what I am going to do:

I am going to read on weekdays and game on weekends. I want to tackle my backlog of books more than my video game backlog. Why? Because my video game back log is mostly RPG’s and it used to take me a month to beat one RPG game, but now that I am an adult it takes twice as long if not a little longer. Books on the other hand depending on how many pages will take me a month or less to read. This is my thinking. And by the way I can’t wait to read “Anna Dressed in Blood” because the font color printing of the words look awesome!!! It’s not in black print people!

And that is my rant for the day…