Ramblings on Robert Jordan and High Fantasy

At the moment, I’m reading Robert Jordan’s first book in the Wheel of Time saga called the Eye of the World. I’m thoroughly enjoying my reading of it. But I noticed a couple of things.

One is that this is just way too long for no good reason. However, I appreciate the attention to detail that he gives to his world. My friend actually got me into it since I’ve never been a big epic/high fantasy reader. But I decided to give this a try on his recommendation and I must say, this has bee a good run. But I’m looking at book two and thinking, “You’ve got to be kidding me? Another six hundred plus pages? Really?

Suffice it to say, I’m going to be on hiatus from Mr. Jordan for a bit. This is going to take a long minute to get through this series. There are many books here in my home that simply must be read.

Don’t get me wrong. I like any good story. Just that high fantasy has to be done in a particular way. The Lord of the Rings movies actually got me interested in it again. I also play the online version of the game (only video game I play actually). I play RPGs but the one I don’t play is…you guessed it. Dungeons & Dragons. My kind of fantasy is of the superheroic kind. Like Hugo Dyson of the Inklings, I loathe elves, probably because they have just been so played out that I’ve had my fill for the rest of eternity.

That brings me to what else I appreciate about this particular book. No elves (thank you Lord). It’s one of those silent elements I didn’t realize wasn’t there until I was a good portion of the way through the book. Looks like that may be a one shot deal because as I look at the next book on the series on my desk in front of me, looks like there’s a hafling or something that comes into the picture. I’m just about done so I’ll be posting a full review at my Goodreads page. In the meantime between time, I gots work to do.

God bless.

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