Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Way of Kings

Dear Way of Kings, it's not you, it's me. After reading about cactus people it's hard to go back to plain epic fantasy.  I'm just too weird now. Unless your character goes to Wizard School.  Because I love me some Wizard School.

This is one of those stories that starts with a confusing action scene. Then it starts again...with another confusing action scene. Now, for anyone that reads fantasy this will scare the bejeebers out of you because you think you've just picked up the middle of a trilogy. No, its just one of those literary devices, action action action, then we'll slowly talk about the story and plot.  Some people like this style.  I like things simple.  I can't even read a written workout plan.  They look like this to me: Gorilla Walk (A)--12 reps (3)+(30) X (AMRAP) & 45 + 6(30).  I thought good quads meant quadriceps not quadratic equations.

This book is over one thousand pages.  And it does not end with any closure.  It's obvious that this is part of a gigantic series with many thousands of pages. I wonder if Brandon Sanderson is on the Balzac model of writing.  That is the one where you work 18 hours straight with an IV drip of coffee.  It did not end well for Balzac (also he looked like a wreck).  I'm not crazy about the Dickens' diet regime of chops and punch either. Although, Dickens did think that champagne and sherry had medicinal purposes which does seem entirely reasonable.

In this book's world the only kind of wine that is intoxicating is a deep purple. How about a purple colored cocktail?  Ballet Olifant: 1 oz vodka, 1/2 oz creme de cassis, 1/2 oz lime juice, 1/2 oz lemon juice.  Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake, strain and serve in a chilled cocktail glass.

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