Fortune rides like the sun on high
with the fox that makes the ravens fly.
Luck his soul, the lightning his eye,
He snatches the moons from out of the sky.
from Crossroads of Twilight.
A writer who has tried his hand at historical fiction, westerns, and even dance criticism under various pen names, James Oliver Rigney, found his niche and a loyal world-wide following in the Fantasy genre as Robert Jordan, author of the Wheel of Time series. The much-anticipated last book of the 14-part series, A Memory of Light, has been released today, January 8th, six years after Robert Jordan’s death in 2007 and will be the finale of over two decades of The Wheel of Time series, the first book of which (Eye of the World) was published in 1990 by Tor.
Beginning as an archetypal hero’s journey when young Rand is yanked out of his comfortable farmer village life by mysterious and powerful forces of prophecy, it soon grows and splits into a true high fantasy epic following over a dozen characters across 14 books. With each hardcover averaging around 800 pages, it’s a series for people who enjoy multi-book epics and fans of Tolkien, Game of Thrones, and Shannara. Continue reading
The New Year is right around the corner and less than 12 hours away from its rendezvous with 2012. It’s time to start prepping for our canary reading resolutions for 2013, fluttering our wings happily over all the wonderful, upcoming book releases, and (of course) time to take a fond, farewell look at 2012. In this post, we’re gonna do a sweep through – and a sweep up! – of all our top read, most loved and curiously odd posts and thoughts of this last year. Here are our…
…Top Read Posts of 2012:
Our Canary Favorites of 2012:
With over 150 books read this year and 125 articles posted, this is gonna be a hard one. But we’ll try anyway! Here are some of our personal favorite posts written in 2012… Continue reading
A few mid-novel thoughts on Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
“You are a Leopard Person only by the will of the Supreme Creator, and as we all know, She isn’t very concerned with Her own creations.” (Akata Witch, 96)
This post will contain only a few, mild (and out-of-context) spoilers for the book.
I am halfway through Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor, a YA novel I am co-reading with the lovely lady McLicious over at comp lit and mediaphilia. When I started reading it, I wasn’t sure what to expect – I know precious little about Nigerian folklore, and only a little bit more about the culture and political situation in the country. So far, the things that have really caught my eye (and imagination) are the small details woven into the narrative that are different from what I’ve come to expect from the YA adventure. Continue reading