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A Memory of Light

Barbara Vey -- February 25th, 2013


Hi There. joysann here. Have you experienced this?

This morning I’m looking at a huge audiobook case with 33 disks in it. I have been dying to get this book, and I’m certain I’m going to love it. Yet I’m looking at the box here with trepidation and hesitate to get started.

What I’m looking at is the VERY LAST book in a series into which I’ve invested years, twelve of them, at least. The series is Robert Jordan‘s Wheel of Time. It’s a wonderful sword and sorcery fantasy epic that has enthralled millions, including me. Here it is, something I’ve been waiting for… The. Very. Last. Book. I’m feeling reluctant and a little sorrowful about listening to it. When I do, it’s all over. And that makes me sad.

Robert Jordan passed away in 2007 with the story incomplete. But his estate contracted celebrated fantasy author Brandon Sanderson to use the notes and plans that Jordan left behind to complete the series the way he intended. Sanderson wrote the last couple of books, and I have been very happy with the results, and think he’s done justice to Jordan’s work. Since the release of A Memory of Light in early January this year, I have completely avoided any reviews or spoilers regarding this last book for I want only my opinions in my head. I want the wonder of it all for myself.

Another part of my regret involves the audiobook itself. All fourteen books in the series have been read by two fantastic narrators, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading. These two have faithfully rendered the characters the same way with the same voices for all of these years, and they are wonderful to listen to. I have listened to all 30-something disks of each book at least twice, and I know that I will go back through the whole series again some day, just for the comfort of listening.

But this is the last book. I’m almost afraid to start it, and afraid for it to end. I’m thrilled and sad, all at the same time.

Book 14 of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, A Memory of Light by Brandon Sanderson, audiobook from MacMillan Audio, read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading.

Bottom Line: Once I start this, DON’T BOTHER ME. I’m busy!

My Reads for the Week

Barbara Vey -- May 24th, 2010

I’ve spent the past week in southern Florida with my brothers fixing up the family vacation home.  It’s been a lot of work with painting  and throwing out stuff.  How can people accumulate so much?  My brother has been posting pictures on Facebook to let everyone know how hard we’ve been working, but the picture that inspired the most conversation is two ducks who found love beneath on the driveway.  Well, this is pretty much a romance blog.

Even with all my conferences and traveling lately, I still managed to finish two books this week.  It’s frustrating for me because there are so many I want to read, but I’ll get there…eventually.  I only have one event in June, so I’ll have more time to plow through my TBR pile.

I started off the week by listening to Young Adult book, Infinity.  This is Sherrilyn Kenyon’s first foray into this market.  I never feel I’m the right person to judge YA books, but it was very easy to follow in audio form (Macmillian Audio) with the reader definitely sounding 14 years old.  Although marketed as a teen book, my 9 1/2  year old grandson picked up the book and finished it in a few days, but allow me to let YA reader Beka tell you what she thought of the book.

Infinity by Sherrilyn KenyonInfinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Read by  Beka

In Nick Gautier’s world the paranormal touches the lives of everyone he knows. Unfortunately, he doesn’t believe in any of it, even when students in his school begin to turn into zombies. As always, there has to be a logical explanation for what’s going on, but the strange events unfolding around him are anything but logical. Nick finds that his new boss is something out of an action flick that takes butt kicking to a new level. As the hours of zombie takeover tick by, Nick finds that nearly everyone he knows is coming out of the supernatural closet. In order to save New Orleans and the lives of those close to him, Nick must work with the beings he never believed in; or got along with, for that matter. If that weren’t bad enough, he’s also beginning to notice something not so normal within himself. But he doesn’t have a weeks or months to sort everything out, he only has a few hours to learn how to be a hero all the while hoping he doesn’t get grounded for missing curfew. Again.

This was a fantastic segway into YA; boys and girls will adore this smooth read immensely.  It was absolutely stunning and entertaining.  Every character is unique in a normally abnormal kind of way.  Nick is snarky to the point where you have to respect his quick wit and his affect on the characters around him. His character really makes the book a funny read that can’t be put down.  I loved every word of it and how hot is that cover?

Chains of Ice by Christina DoddChains of Ice by Christina Dodd – Genesis Valente was groomed by her father to be the ultimate business woman, but her heart always belonged to animals.  When her father gives her the ultimate graduation gift, a trip to study lynx in the wild, she feels her time has come.  John Powell, a Chosen One, gives up his life to live in a very remote area when his life takes a turn for the worse.  Although he knows the Chosen Ones will eventually seek him out, he’s not prepared for Genny.

Here’s a paranormal book I could sink my teeth into.  Nothing like a hairy hermit who cleans up really well.  Although there were times I wanted Genny to tell her father where to go, I could certainly understand the respect one feels they owe a parent…especially a single one.   Something about being in the wilds of far off lands that lets my imagination have a field day.  Full of sexual tension, Chains of Ice is  guaranteed to melt anything in sight.

This week I’m reading Wild Fire by Christine Feehan and a historical I haven’t picked out yet.  It will probably be an eeney, meeney, miney, moe chose because I’ll have a terrible time picking just one.

Monday Giveaways

From Dianna Love: To celebrate Sherrilyn Kenyon’s new Dark Hunter young adult book launch, Sherrilyn and Dianna Love will be giving away free raffle tickets at every tour stop this week (Nashville, Minneapolis, Baltimore & New Orleans) for a chance to win the INFINITY Tshirts (book cover in color on shirts), Dark-Hunter manga shirts, Dark-Hunter pins, tote bags and more.  All you have to do is stop in to visit with them.  Appearance schedule here.

From Nights of Passion Blog:  My apologies to this blog for missing their giveaway last week.  Be sure to go over and follow them regularly because they are always giving great things away

From Debbie Macomber: What would you do if you had the gift of a second chance at something special in your life? #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Debbie Macomber is offering participants a chance to win $10,000 in her Gift of a Second Chance Contest.* The Gift of a Second Chance Contest calls for entrants to go to Harlequin and—in 100 words or less—tell the award-winning MIRA Books author what they would do with a second chance in their lives.  One lucky winner will receive $10,000 for the chance to help to make a real change in his/her life.

Bottom Line: If I were to enter Debbie’s contest, the one thing I’d like to do in my life that I’ve never done is travel to Scotland.   I’ve read so many books about it, I feel like I must have lived there in a previous life.