Thursday, November 20, 2014

Internal Conflict or Bust - (Sojourn)

So before I begin, this is just a warning that I will be going into more story details than I have in previous posts. If you don't want to spoil anything for yourself about Sojourn then now is your chance to stop. Again, as I mentioned at the end of my last post, I will still avoid major spoilers but from now I won't be pulling punches for the lesser spoilers in R.A. Salvatore's books.

These last two weeks have been rough, or at least fast. I thought it had only been a week since my last update, but here I am two weeks later and I'm barely a hundred pages into my newest book, Sojourn. I think I'll pull my get out of jail free card here and blame it on the upcoming holiday. So, in a return to form, this book, the last in the Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore, is also a New York Times Bestseller. Yet for all its glorious last-of-the-series goodness I've struggled to really get into it and make time for reading lately. Hopefully that will change as I get deeper in but for now the book is off to a slow start.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Elf on the Run - (Exile - Final)

This week has been a long one. For a while there I was afraid it wasn't going to end, but somehow I made it through and even managed to finish Exile along the way. Exile, to remind those who forgot and edify those who might be new, is the second book in a trilogy by R.A. Salvatore. (The first in the series being Homeland.) Exile picks up pretty much where Homeland leaves off, give or take a decade, which is pretty reasonable considering that the dark elf lead has the potential to live for centuries. Although given the protagonist Drizzt's current rates of dangerous encounters it might be a bit premature to call whether or not he'll make that that long. 

Despite the passage of over a decade, however, not much has really happened since Drizzt set out into the wilds of the massive underground cave system known as the Underdark (at the end of Homeland). Drizzt pretty much slums it on his own the whole time, slowly going mad from lack of social contact and the constant threats to his life in-between Homeland and Exile. When you start reading Exile Drizzt is just starting to consider the possibility that maybe his lack of social contact is starting to have some negative consequences. Considering that Drizzt's best friend is a silent magical panther from another dimension I'd be inclined to agree.