A Little Light Reading

Why do I do this to myself?  I knew it was a bad idea to start a stack of series books.  Now, I feel compelled to finish them and that’s a lot of reading!  Here are my recent acquisitions from the local library:

For the appetizer we start with book two of the Dark Tower series: The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King.

The main course is book two of the Sword of Truth Series: Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind.

And for dessert, a touch of literary fluff, book four of the Fablehaven series: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull.

Naughty child that I am, I’m starting with my dessert first before moving on to the much heavier topics of the other two.    Some people can read several books simultaneously, I’m not one of them unless they are non-fiction.  I suppose I could if I wanted, but why?  I’d rather focus on one book at a time to keep the experience as pure as possible.

Although I would like to call this pleasure reading, I’m considering it research into the depths of the fantasy genre.  Each one of these writers are SO different that it will be a challenge to find common threads among the three works.   It’s a relief that I have yet to stumble upon a story line that is even remotely like mine.  I guess that means I need to finish writing it!

Reviews to come!


About Jodi

Jodi L. Milner is a writer, mandala enthusiast, and educator. Her epic fantasy novel, Stonebearer’s Betrayal, was published in November 2018 and rereleased in Jan 2020. She has been published in several anthologies. When not writing, she can be found folding children and feeding the laundry, occasionally in that order.
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17 Responses to A Little Light Reading

  1. I await your reviews anxiously. Of the three series you list, only Fablehaven is unknown to me. I found many (MANY!) hours of enjoyment in the Dark Tower, and the Sword of Truth.
    Happy reading!

  2. amkuska says:

    To use your metaphore, reading multiple books is like stuffing a hotdog and a twinkie in your mouth both at the same time. Who wants to mix flavors?

  3. Agatha82 says:

    I love King though I’ve never read his Dark Tower serious. I’m embarrased to say I’ve never heard of the other two authors *blushes*
    Anyway, I also cannot read more than one book at time so I don’t blame you for starting with the “easiest” of them all. Enjoy!

    • tsuchigari says:

      No worries, Mull is new and local to me and unless you read a lot of fantasy you most likely wouldn’t have stumbled across Goodkind.

      Serious reading indeed! (I know what you meant, tee hee) Easy on the editing, if you get to burned out you;ll be doing yourself more harm than good.

  4. Agatha82 says:

    er…no idea why I wrote “never read his Dark Tower serious…” good god, brain is scrambled from editing too much…apologies for confusing post!

  5. aardvarkian says:

    I’m halfway through The Drawing of the Three…and loving it. Rik has already made known to me his love for Goodkind’s series, too.

  6. nrhatch says:

    My favorite fantasy series . . . Harry and Hogwarts.

    I’m a die-hard Dumbledore fan.

    Enjoy your light reading, Jo.

  7. jenniferneri says:

    hmmm…this is light reading? What do you consider a heavy read? Is it because it is fantasy? When I read fantasy it takes me into myself and raises so many questions – at least good fantasy does! 🙂
    AT the moment my light read is a Sookie Stackhouse book. Never read them until I recently, when focusing on anything was difficult…I suppose final stages of pregnancy and a newborn do that to a brain.
    And we too have been having major summer storms!

    • tsuchigari says:

      I was being sarcastic, the only light one in there is the Mull. The other two are heavy enough content-wise to bludgeon an elephant.

      I agree, a good fantasy helps us break out of the everyday world and enables us to think in new and exciting directions.

  8. milkfever says:

    oh, yes, i know only too well what it’s like to start a series. Good luck!!!

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