Robin's (rretzler) 2019 I like Big Books...

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Robin's (rretzler) 2019 I like Big Books...

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1rretzler
feb 19, 2019, 11:59am

Just poking around in Groups and I came across this one. I'm very intrigued as I plan to read around 10 or 11 Big Books this year! ...and I'd hate to pass up a book challenge, so here I am.

2rretzler
Redigerat: apr 16, 2019, 8:28pm

Big Books Read in 2019



  1. Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb - 🖥️ - 688 pages
  2. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan - 🖥️ - 753 pages
  3. The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan - 🖥️ - 658 pages




    📖 - Print (hardcover, trade paper or mass market paper)
    🎧 - Audiobook
    🖥️ - eBook (it's a picture of a desktop computer, but it's so small it looks like an ereader!)

3rretzler
Redigerat: apr 16, 2019, 8:29pm

Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb



Original publication date: 2001
Genre: Fantasy 🧝
Format: Ebook 🖥️
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Tawny Man #1; Realm of the Elderlings #7
Page count: 688
Challenge(s): 12:1 Reading Challenge, Chunkster, For the Love of Ebooks, Group Read, I Just Have to Read More of that Author, Modern Mrs Darcy, Pick and Mix, Popsugar, ReadHarder, Read the Sequel, The Unloved, WWE Books Read This Year, You Read How Many Books
Finished: 1/31/19

Fitzchivalry Farseer has successfully hidden away from all who know him with his wit-bonded wolf, Nighteyes and his adopted son, Hap, recuperating from his previous experiences in service to the kingdom and his family. However, one day a visitor arrives – Chade Fallstar, now advisor to Queen Kettricken and Prince Dutiful, wants Fitz to return to Buckkeep to tutor Dutiful in the Skill. Fitz refuses Chade and is next visited by The Fool. Near the end of The Fool’s visit, both learn that Prince Dutiful has been missing for days and they quickly return to Buckkeep to help find him.

In this second trilogy to feature Fitz and The Fool, Fitz has undoubtedly matured and seems to make better decisions than he did in the first trilogy. Because of this, I liked the book a little more than the previous ones, as Fitz is much less frustrating to me. However, he is still not without his flaws, but the wisdom of both Nighteyes and The Fool mitigate the frustration for me. Hobb’s books are easy to read, and even though they are long, the narrative flows very well, and I am caught up in each terrible thing that seems to befall Fitz.


4rretzler
Redigerat: apr 16, 2019, 8:29pm

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan



Original publication date: 1990
Genre: Fantasy 🧝
Format: Ebook 🖥️
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Wheel of Time #1
Page count: 753
Challenge(s): Chunkster, For the Love of Ebooks, Group Read, Listomania, Pick and Mix, Popsugar, WWE Books Read This Year, You Read How Many Books
Finished: 2/5/19

When Emond’s Field, a small farming village in the Two Rivers region, is invaded by Trollocs and Myrddraal, agents of the Dark One, it is fortunate that an Aes Sedai and a Warder are staying in the village. Moiraine, the Aes Sedai, a woman who can channel the One Power, and Lan, her Warder, help save Emond’s Field and encourage friends Rand, Mat, and Perrin to accompany them to Tar Valon for their protection as Moiraine suspects that the friends are hunted by the Dark One. Egwene, who is training to be the town’s Wisdom, yearns for adventure and refuses to be left behind, and Thom, a gleeman, also join the group as they leave Two Rivers. Nynaeve, the town’s Wisdom, finds them at an inn in the first town they stop in, completing the group. As they travel, it becomes clear to Moiraine that one of the boys is the Dragon Reborn, and that they must save the Eye of the World from the Dark One.

The Eye of the World contains many references to The Lord of the Rings and Arthurian legend. Jordan had stated that he started in a style reminiscent of The Lord of the Rings to make the books familiar to readers before putting his own spin on the story. I didn’t find the book as readable as The Lord of the Rings, and I felt that Jordan didn’t do enough to invest me in the characters, whether by design or not. Although the characters were threatened many times, the threats didn’t seem serious enough to give me concern that the characters were in any significant danger. I also felt that there were a few minor plot holes, and the ending was very abrupt and unanticipated. I found it odd that although questions remained at the end of the book, it didn’t end on the cliffhanger I had expected for a 14 book series. However, the story interested me enough that I will keep reading the series, which is loved by so many.


5rretzler
Redigerat: dec 12, 2019, 12:07pm

6MissWatson
feb 20, 2019, 3:19am

Welcome and good luck with your plans!

7LisaMorr
feb 20, 2019, 10:43am

Neat to see a few folks here working on The Wheel of Time. I started the series way back when it first came out, and then got frustrated by how long it took for the next book to come out, so I stopped. Re-started the whole series again in 2017 and plan to finish this year.

8connie53
feb 22, 2019, 2:56am

Welcome Robin. Good to see you. And Good luck with your challenge. (We seem to like the same kind of books)

9rretzler
apr 16, 2019, 8:31pm

>6 MissWatson: Thanks and thanks for the welcome. Glad to be here.

>7 LisaMorr: I think it may take me years to get to the end. The 2nd book seemed a little slow and was hard to get into, so we'll see how long I stick with it.

>8 connie53: Thanks. Good to find someone else with the same book taste!

10rretzler
sep 4, 2019, 12:36pm

I'm finally getting around to updating my reviews! Here goes with a bunch.

11rretzler
Redigerat: sep 4, 2019, 12:39pm

The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan




Publisher's summary: The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of th Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of...Now the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages. And it is stolen.

Original publication date: 1990
Genre: Fantasy 🧝
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Wheel of Time #2
Page count: 658
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, Listomania, Fantasy, Group Read, For the Love of Ebooks, Chunkster, Big Books
Finished: 4/15/19

The last 100 or so pages had me glued to my seat - the first 100 not so much. While the world building is excellent, I don‘t feel that Jordan does enough to invest me in his characters. There are so many of them, and none of them ever seem in any real danger, which is what usually invests me in a fantasy character. “The wheel weaves as the wheel wills” doesn‘t seem to allow the characters much free will.



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“The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills,” Verin said placidly. “With ta’veren, what happens is what was meant to happen. It may be the Pattern demanded these extra days. The Pattern puts everything in its place precisely, and when we try to alter it, especially if ta’veren are involved, the weaving changes to put us back into the Pattern as we were meant to be.”

12rretzler
sep 4, 2019, 12:39pm

Golden Fool by Robin Hobb




Publisher's summary: Prince Dutiful has been rescued from his Piebald kidnappers and the court has resumed its normal rhythms. There FitzChivalry Farseer, gutted by the loss of his wolf bondmate, must take up residence at Buckkeep as a journeyman assassin.

Posing as a bodyguard, Fitz becomes the eyes and ears behind the walls, guiding a kingdom straying closer to civil strife each day. Amid a multitude of problems, Fitz must ensure that no one betrays the Prince’s secret—one that could topple the throne: that he, like Fitz, possesses the dread “beast magic.” Only Fitz’s friendship with the Fool brings him solace. But even that is shattered when devastating revelations from the Fool’s past are exposed. Bereft of support and adrift in intrigue, Fitz finds that his biggest challenge may be simply to survive.

Original publication date: 2002
Genre: Fantasy 🧝
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: Borrowed 🏛️
Source: Overdrive
Series: Tawny Man #2
Page count: 736
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, The Unloved, Read the Sequel, Pick and Mix, I Just Have to Read More of That Author, Fantasy, Group Read, For the Love of Ebooks, Chunkster, Big Books, Library Love
Finished: 5/4/19

I love Robin Hobb‘s Realm of the Elderlings series. Her writing style is so conversational and effortless to read, even while she is putting her characters through the wringer. As always, Fitz doesn‘t heed the counsel of those wiser and creates what may be insurmountable problems, even though he seems to be growing. The Fool and Queen Kettriken are characteristically rational, patient and wonderful! We meet several from Liveship.



Quote:
To recognize you are the source of your own loneliness is not a cure for it. But it is a step toward seeing that it is not inevitable, and that such a choice is not irrevocable.

13rretzler
sep 4, 2019, 12:40pm

The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo




Publisher's summary: No disrespect meant to Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, but Jo Nesbø, the New York Times bestselling author of The Snowman, is the most exciting Scandinavian thriller writer in the crime fiction business. The Redbreast is a fabulous installment in Nesbø’s tough-as-nails series protagonist, Oslo police detective Harry Hole. A brilliant and epic novel, breathtaking in its scope and design—winner of The Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel and selected as the best Norwegian crime novel ever written by members of Norway’s book clubs—The Redbreast is a chilling tale of murder and betrayal that ranges from the battlefields of World War Two to the streets of modern-day Oslo. Follow Hole as he races to stop a killer and disarm a ticking time-bomb from his nation’s shadowy past. Vogue magazine says that “nobody can delve into the dark, twisted mind of a murderer better than a Scandinavian thriller writer”…and nobody does it better than Jo Nesbø! James Patterson fans should also take note.

Original publication date: 2000
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: TBR 📚
Source: Audible
Series: Harry Hole #3
Page count: 626
Audio length:16:40
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Tackle My TBR, PopSugar, Historical Fiction, European Reading Challenge, Cloak and Dagger, Chunkster, Big Books, Backlist Reader, Audiobook
Award(s): CWA Dagger Nominee
Finished: 5/25/19

My first Harry Hole mystery, but not my first Jo Nesbo book. Nesbo creates a multilayered story - switching from present day murders to Norwegian soldiers fighting for the Nazis at the Eastern Front. One can quickly identify the name of the murderer but his/her actual identity isn‘t revealed until the end. I was slightly disappointed with one plot element that was left dangling at the end, but overall a very good read.



Quote:
‘Many people believe that right and wrong are fixed absolutes. That is incorrect, they change over time. The job of the historian is primarily to find the historical truth, to look at what the sources say and present them, objectively and dispassionately. If historians were to stand in judgment on human folly, our work would seem to posterity like fossils – the remnants of the orthodoxy of their time.’

14rretzler
sep 4, 2019, 12:40pm

The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan




Publisher's summary: The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

Winter has stopped the war—almost—yet men are dying, calling out for the Dragon. But where is he? In the Heart of the Stone lies the next great test of the Dragon reborn.

Original publication date: 1991
Genre: Fantasy 🧝
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Audible
Series: Wheel of Time #3
Page count: 673
Audio length:24:48
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, Group Read, Fantasy, Choose Your Own Adventure, Big Books, Audiobook, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 6/25/19

Hard for me to decide between pick and so-so. I know tons of people love this series, and it‘s okay for me, I‘m not sorry I‘m reading it, but I‘m not loving it. It just doesn‘t grab me the way many other fantasy series do. So many characters, and Jordan is not portraying them in a way that makes me really care. I predicted the overall plot of this one and based on the first 3, I‘m pretty sure that I know what‘s coming in the next ones.



Quote:
Any fool knows men and women think differently at times, but the biggest difference is this. Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget.

15rretzler
sep 4, 2019, 12:41pm

Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb




Publisher's summary: FitzChivalry Farseer has become firmly ensconced in the queen’s court. Along with his mentor, Chade, and the simpleminded yet strongly Skilled Thick, Fitz strives to aid Prince Dutiful on a quest that could secure peace with the Outislands—and win Dutiful the hand of the Narcheska Elliania.

The Narcheska has set the prince an unfathomable task: to behead a dragon trapped in ice on the isle of Aslevjal. Yet not all the clans of the Outislands support their effort. Are there darker forces at work behind Elliania’s demand? Knowing that the Fool has foretold he will die on the island of ice, Fitz plots to leave his dearest friend behind. But fate cannot so easily be defied.

Original publication date: 2003
Genre: Fantasy 🧝
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Tawny Man #3
Page count: 928
Audio length:32:46
Challenge(s): 20 Books of Summer, Audiobook, Big Books, Chunkster, Fantasy, Finishing the Series, For the Love of Ebooks, Group Read, I Just Have to Read More of That Author, Library Love, Pick and Mix, Read the Sequel, The Unloved, WWE Books Read This Year, You Read How Many Books
Finished: 8/22/19

I absolutely love Hobb‘s Realm of the Elderlings series. This was the final book of the Tawny Man Trilogy, and the 9th in the 16 book series. Hobb‘s writing is so enjoyable and I always feel as though I‘m visiting with old friends. She has a tendency to put her characters through the worst, but things mostly turn out fine in the end. Realm of the Elderlings as a series is far better than The Wheel of Time IMO. Start at the beginning.



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“Fitz, home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there anymore.”

16connie53
sep 4, 2019, 12:49pm

>15 rretzler: Ohh. I love the HOBB books. I really do. Especially the Living ships series. But really every book by Robin Hobb is at least a 4 star book!

>14 rretzler:. I've read the Jordan books up till part 8. I've heard that they get better again when Brandon Sanderson starts to co-write

17rretzler
sep 6, 2019, 8:35am

>16 connie53: I agree - Hobb has quickly become one of my new favorite authors. Oh, she can certainly wring your heart but leave you wanting more! It's amazing to me that more people don't know of her work. IMO, there is no comparison between the Realm of the Elderlings and The Wheel of Time.

18rretzler
dec 12, 2019, 12:06pm

Original Sin by PD James 603 pages

It was on my planned list but I didn't realize it was over 600 pages until I actually read it. I don't think I'll get to my other planned books this year.