As for reading pleasure, 2009 is starting off with a bang. I just finished The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks. Note the time of this post. No, I don’t have the day off tomorrow. So I’ll be dragging myself up in a matter of hours for the Evil Day Job, but it was totally worth it.
The dang book was so good I had to read the bit of book 2 at the end even though it’s so late.
I’m too tired to wax poetic about the book’s qualities. The book is dark. It opens with children suffering, abusing each other in dismal poverty. But Azoth took my heart and wouldn’t let me stop reading, and Logan, Jarl, Elene, Uly, Mamma K, and yes, even Master Durzo Blint, took another piece of me. Azoth’s training as a wetboy was engrossing. No blow was spared. Even the terrifying Godking is an incredibly interesting character.
So if this is a sign of all the great stories I’ll be reading in 2009, my giddy reader’s heart shouts bring it on! Book 2 in this series is next, and I have Stay the Night by Lynn Viehl winging its way to me, too.
Meanwhile, my writer’s heart is feeling rather guilty because all I finished today was a single chapter in the Mayan story. But I did touch it, and I made some hard cuts. I need to focus the story better and concentrate on the original concept that’s more unique than what seems to have become rather run of the mill.
Now it’s an Advil for my eyestrain headache, and off to bed, with visions of lots of hot coffee in the morning while I plug away on my big project at work and steal lustful looks of longing at my stack of books and my waiting story.