Alli Snow (allisnow) wrote,
Alli Snow

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So I should actually be leaving for school right about now, for my final Reading and Assessment class, which is probably one of the less useful classes I've ever taken, and apparently all we were going to be doing this evening was turning in our notebooks and a course evaluation. Well hell. I don't need to drive 70 miles round trip with gas at $2.53/gallon to turn in a workbook and evaluation. So when I went in last Thursday for the final meeting of my other class, I left my notebook in her office and left the evaluation in a classmate's mailbox. Ta-da!

I really don't care if missing class knocks me down to a B or something either. I'm just a bad, bad girl.

So I went into the first grade classroom this morning, but other than that I have the whole day free. I hardly know what to do with myself. Well -- actually, that's a lie. I'm a black belt in time-wasting.

I finished both Dan Brown's Digital Fortress and Terry Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule.

Digital Fortess was just okay -- the plot is clever and there's some interesting action, but the characters are pretty one-dimensional and the ending is ho-hum. Still, it kept me interested enough so that I picked up another Dan Brown book at Barnes & Noble story, Angels and Demons, which has been recommended to me ;)

Wizard's First Rule -- well. Teen books notwithstanding, this was my second foray into fantasy. The first was the Jacqueline Carey books, of course, and while I knew this would be different... it was unexpectedly bland. The book is 848 paperback pages long, but it could easily be half that if the author didn't ramble on so much. He rambles, the characters ramble, and it's like -- okay, I get it, you can shut up already. The hero is an everyday Joe who finds out his best friend is a wizard and the damsel in distress he rescues is from another land, where she is one of the most respected and feared people in existance. They set off on a quest to stop - who else - an evil wizard from destroying/taking over all life on Earth, there are spirits from the underworld, there are dragons, there are people who cover themselves in mud, yadda yadda, and of course the hero and heroine love each other but can't be together, which is usually a good receipe for sparkage, but in this case it just falls flat. For a respected and feared woman, the heroine is always crying and trying to kill herself to save the hero, which is dramatic at first, but sixty pages later is just old. And then there's this whole long segment where the hero is captured by a torture mistress and it goes on and on about the pain, the pain, blah blah blah. And the 'big twist' at the end is simultaniously mind-numbing obvious and completely out of left field. I read the Amazon reviews and tried to get a feel for whether or not the books improve as the series progresses. The people who write the editorial reviews seem to think so, but the plot summaries just sound like more of the same. No thanks.

Oh yeah, and the author seems pretty high on himself. Bleh.

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