What did I learn this week?

Reliving the past

Since I had children, I spend MUCH less time on the computer, reading the paper, watching the news on TV, or renting movies.  In fact, it has become so bad, that I actually feel paralyzed if I do go to rent a movie, because I have no idea what has been released in the last five years or what they are about.  One thing I haven’t given up is reading books, however, I certainly no longer have the time to go trolling for new releases from my favourite sci-fi/fantasy authors.  So, I must admit that it came as a bit of a surprise to me to find out that Stephen Donaldson has started a new (and apparently final this time) series of Thomas Covenant books.  I guess I can be forgiven for not expecting this, since the first two trilogies were published between 1977 and 1983, and then all of a sudden, the first in a series of four books was published in 2004.

Now, these books are really complex, so after I found out about the new books, I thought that I should probably re-read the old books given that 20 years or so has passed since I last looked at them.  I am REALLY glad I did this, because I would have been absolutely and completely lost in the new book if I had not.  It did get me thinking though about how tempting it is to return to books (or movies) that we know we will enjoy spending our time on.  I mean, I really do not have a lot of free time, and I would not want to waste it on a book I did not enjoy.  I know there are many, many great books out there that I would probably love, I just do not have the time to find them right now.  My friends certainly are not much help; their typical response being either that they don’t have time to read right now, or, if they do, they don’t “do” sci-fi/fantasy.   At least I still have my sister to give me recommendations…hopefully she won’t run out of ideas when it comes to books until I have more time to think up my own.

3 Responses to “Reliving the past”

  1. Hey, I just found a really nifty new series you might like – starts with “His Majesty’s Dragon”… it’s like an old-fashioned naval story, only with dragons too. Nifty dragons.

    I found Thomas Covenant excruciatingly depressing, but I loved the Angus Thermopylae books (although they were also really dark). Have you read any Lois McMaster Bujold? I think you’d like them – the Miles Vorkosigan ones are really entertaining.

  2. I recall reading the Covenant books. I too found them dark, but compelling.

  3. Have you tried any of Brandon Sanderson’s work? He has taken over the Wheel of Time series since Robert Jordan’s death and is doing an amazing job. I especailly enjoy his Mistborn trilogy.

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