November 4, 2015

End of October Wrap-Up

I ended up reading quite a few books off my TBR pile over the last 3 days of this month.  Started off when I woke up early on Thursday morning, and picked up Magnus Chase - which was sitting on the desk near my bed - and by 5:30am I was well and truly engrossed in the world that Rick Riordan had created.

It only took me just over 3½ hours to complete!  So while I got up and finally got my breakfast, I decided to read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.  While not as fabulous as Magnus Chase, I did enjoy this first book in Ransom Rigg's trilogy.

So, two books down, and I don't know why, but I jumped genres and picked up the first book in the Mistborn trilogy, The Final Empire, which the postman had delivered the day before... I think?  Anyway, I ploughed through it and was devastated at the end when a certain person died.  Nooooo!  I loved that character.

Since it was about 9pm at that stage, I decided against going on to the second book in the trilogy, and after a good nights sleep I picked up The Well of Ascension first thing on Friday morning.   After Thursday's frantic efforts I savored book 2, took my time, and by the end of the day I was loving it.  Couldn't wait to get to book three...

Saturday morning... aah, book three.  I now have a bit of a love/hate relationship with The Hero of Ages, but before I knew what I was heading towards, I lost myself in the world, and was thoroughly enjoying it.  Then I got to the final battle... and felt like the bottom had dropped out from under my feet!  I was so shocked with two deaths in specific (you know which ones I mean!) that I didn't end up sobbing into a handful of tissues, but went straight to extremely pissed off.  I had spent three days with Vin and this ragamuffin band of thieves only to have THIS HAPPEN!  Ended up venting on Instagram ;-D

Even now I get a little hot under the collar thinking about that ending.  I'm hoping to alleviate that when I start reading The Alloys of Law (hoping to order it today or tomorrow).  However, I am impressed with Sanderson's writing and his mastery of hiding clues regarding the overall plot. His use of subtle clues sprinkled throughout the trilogy, tidbits really, that seemed insignificant at the time, but once you got to the end you realized they were clues.  My hats off to him for that, even if he killed off the WRONG PEOPLE!

To get over my serious funk about the ending of the Mistborn trilogy, but still desiring to stick with this author's writing style, I picked up a bind up of two of his short stories, Legion and The Emperor's Soul.  I adored The Emperor's Soul.  So interesting and would love to see it on the screen either as an animated or live action short as the imagery was amazing and I could imagine these scenes without any trouble.  Ahh, so good.  Then I tackled Legion, and while I found the overall premise to be interesting, I found that it just didn't do much for me. 

So after three days, six books, 3,177 pages, I was beat.  My eyes were gritty, and I really just needed something light and simple to help deal with information overload.  Picked up Written in Red by Anne Bishop, and Archangel's Enigma by Nalini Singh.  That's all I've read in the last 5 days since then.

I am hoping to perhaps get a review or two up in the near future.  Let me know in the comments if you've read any of these books, and what you thought of them, and if The Alloy of Laws helps in getting over The Hero of Ages ending ;-D

Until next time,

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