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Five down…five to go…

This weekend I finished book five (Soul of the Fire) of the The Sword of Truth series.  Currently I’m halfway though with the goal of being able to read book 11 in October.  Now is where the dilemma lies.  Of the five books I’ve read Soul of the Fire was the least enjoyable to read. The beginning was “blah” but ended well and left the characters I like in an interesting place.  As of now here is how I would rank the books…

  1. Wizards First Rule
  2. Blood of the Fold
  3. Temple of the Winds
  4. Stone of Tears
  5. Soul of the Fire

Part of me wants to take a break from the series and branch out.  I did make a promise to vanberge that I would read the First Harry Potter book. Honestly can’t find myself enjoying the series as much as others do. Discussion on these books are rampant within my group of friends and I would like to be able to form a semi-educated opinion.

What should I read next?

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41 Responses

  1. bergs says:

    Your own suicide note.

  2. Vo says:

    read harry potter, if for no other reason than it’s a fairly quick read( I read it in about five hours straight through) and it will give you time to cleanse the palette from the last book you read. Of course, I recomend Storm Front, but only if you like that sort of thing.

  3. Vo says:

    Granted, I’ll read a book in 8 hours, take a 30 min break and then pick up the next one.

  4. hellokittn says:

    I made it to book four in the HP series and pondered why I was really bothering. They are a cute, quick read but not nearly as mentally challanging as the current series you’re already tush-deep in.

    Push forward with Sword of Truth :-*

    Best vanlandw ever :-*

  5. Megan says:

    I wish Vanbergs and Wesley could meet a fellow children’s librarian colleague of mine named Kristin. She has not read one bit of Harry Potter. She doesn’t even know the name of the school (Hogwarts). I asked her why she has not read them and she said it does not interest her. Fair enough. Truth be told, I started reading them late in the game and because I wanted to borrow Payner’s copies. And because everydamnone was talking about it. You should read Perfume by Patrick Suskind.

  6. Jeff says:

    I would say that you are just about spot on with that ranking. However, I would probably put WFR at 1 and 2, and put BotF and TotW tied for third. ;-)

    The next book is “Faith of the Fallen” is arguably the best book in the series. I would recommend that you read it, and then take a break if you want to.

    I really enjoyed Pillars of Creation, but a lot of people didn’t because it does not focus on the main characters. So, if you read that, that would be a good break point, because has a unique story, but kind of does a recap and tie together all the story elements in preparation for the chainfire trilogy

  7. Jeff says:

    Also, there is not really any point in reading Harry Potter, you are in the middle of a fantasy series for adults, there is no point in regressing to one written for children.

  8. vanbergs says:

    “Jeff” makes a good point, although the subject matter of this “Sword of Truth” series doesn’t seem all that interesting either.

    Megan: is this female attractive? If so, I may ask for her paw in marriage. Then divorce.

  9. Jeff says:

    bergs, I agree the premise of SoT is nothing special, but they are written in such a way that they are compelling.

  10. vanlandw says:

    Yup I have to back up “Jeff” on this one. Yeah it really is just a fantasy series they really are well written. Even though magic is involved it’s not like a pinch of pixie dust and you have a spell. The books are about leadership, social behavior, violence, love, and war.Many other things most people I’m sure can relate to.

    They really are written for adults and are fun to read. Trust me I’ve never read books like this before in my life but I have to see how they end up. You should read the first book.

    And yeah go**ge post a “pic” of this chick for paulbergs :-P

  11. camille says:

    read mitch albom’s newest book, “for one more day” – it’s a quick read and it will take you away from the nonsense of hp and bring you back to reality. i’ll drop it off with the golf clubs in may. you will enjoy it, promise.

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  13. Megan says:

    I am not exploiting my fellow librarian on vanlandw.com so shut your cake holes.

  14. bun says:

    you tell em’ go**ge

  15. vanlandw says:

    The comments on my posts always go off topic….

    Regardless I am 100 pages into “Faith of the Fallen” and have put off once again reading Harry Potter. Book six is very impressive so far and I should make short order of it. At fulljeff’s suggestion I may take a break after six and branch into some other reading for the summer. Like always everybody please make suggestions I’m always open to them!

  16. Vo says:

    good job vanlandw. You ask for opinions and the ignore the black man. My anger will be large. Anyway, I just finished “The Nymphos of Rocky Flats” and I must say, it is ridiculous. Next on the list too read is either “The Restuarant at the End of the Universe” or “Anansi Boys”. I’m not sure. I wonder how many books I’ve read in my life. I will have to find that damn book site kramer was talking about.

  17. Kramer says:

    The titles of those 5 books sound like shitty heavy metal songs.

  18. Megan says:

    Wesley, don’t read Harry Potter. It is pretty much clear you will not like it. Again, read Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Everyone should read that book. It’s so messed up.

  19. payner says:

    “camille” I must state one fact, not an opinion, a fact; Mitch Albom is a dyslexic monkey. His writing is sub par at best, and he is not even a journalist (should have been fired when he was found to have written fantasy articles and presented them as fact to the public). Wes, read anything by David Sedaris or Joyce, both are wonderful summertime authors (although Joyce may be a bit anger inducing).

  20. Megan says:

    Payner, you totally read Mitch Albom’s books did you not?

  21. vanlandw says:

    I’ve read one Sedaris book and it was ok I like his stories I may read another one if I can find it for cheap.

    I’ve always been a Mitch Albom fan personally. As a kid I received autographed versions of I believe two of his books and met him once. As for his snafu over one story I have come tu terms with the situation. He got caught, man’ed up and I trust the Free Press did investigate his past sources. He made a mistake in one story and got caught. At my job I’ve made mistakes and was given second chances he got his I’m ok with it. Below is a decent link for the story me and payner are discussing…


    In that regard I really don’t care too much for his stories outside of sports. When I look him up on the free press I’ll normally skip the non sports related one if the subject matter doesn’t intrigue me.

    “Camille” I did read Tuesdays and it was alright so yeah if you provide me with his other book I would consume it I could use some lighter reading. How is the obama book progressing :-P

  22. Megan says:

    I can’t even read the rest of your comment Wesley. GET DAVID SEDARIS BOOKS FROM THE DAMN LIBRARY! JESUS! THE LIBRARY!! THEY ARE FREE!

  23. Vo says:

    And yet I still feel compelled to recommend Neil Gaiman. or Barb and JC Hendee. depends on how wacked you can take/enjoy your sci-fi/fantasy stuff. I’m pretty out there in what I read, but non-fiction is just too fucking dry for me anymore.

  24. bun says:

    ignore every comment on this thread and read georges bataille, the darkest and most ef’d up french author imaginable. and go**ge – he was a librarian!

    oh, and send a pic of all your cute librarian co-workers to my e-mail. :P

  25. bergs says:

    bun – are you really backing out of our room-sharing situation?

  26. Kramer says:

    What a surprise, Russ like a french author.

    Mitch Albom sucks. I hate his writing style where he writes one sentence per line and repeats the same line over and over again.

    Wes, if you want some lighter reading, try Christopher Buckley.

  27. Vo says:

    shouldn’t that be spelled buchele?

  28. Megan says:

    Vo- LOL!!!

  29. bun says:

    no im not- im staying with you guys, vanbergs. im going to phone in my cancellation tomorrow.

  30. Heather says:

    Lamb, by Christopher Moore. (The full title is, “Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal” if that peaks your interest.) Moore is absolutely hilarious and writes SO well. It’s a good one to break up the genre you’re in right now.

  31. vanlandw says:

    Heather – My GF just bought that book and I will make sure to read it. I’ve heard he’s really funny.

    I just read very slowly so I can’t get to all the books I do really want to read but thank you EVERYBODY for all the recommendations 8-)

  32. bun says:

    heather you work in dc? man…. im so jealous :(

  33. Megan says:

    Oh but Russ – we’re moving there aren’t we? ;-)

  34. Heather says:

    bun – yeah, it’s pretty sweet. Except that the tourists are in rare form lately and I think that they’re going to slowly drive me insane.

    Wesley – ooh, and also: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chambon

  35. FLO says:

    I’ve read “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay”. That is a very good book. I would recomend it highly.

  36. Kramer says:

    Wesley, just for you, here’s a few of my favorite books.

    Filth, by Irvine Welsh. He’s best known for writing Trainspotting, but Filth is probably my favorite. It’s all about a dirty cop, picture Vic Mackey x50.

    Homicide, by David Simon. I just finished re-reading this. Simon is/was a Baltimore Sun reporter who spent a year with the Baltimore PD homicide department. It’s a fascinating book. The TV show Homicide was based on this book, and I think Simon also created The Wire.

    A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole. It’s tough to explain this book, but trust me, it’s hilarious.

    American Pyscho, by Bret Easton Ellis. The movie didn’t do the book justice. Still a good movie, but the book was a lot better.

  37. Vo says:

    I just finished Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. Abso-fucking-lutely amazing. The original evil carnival.

  38. Vo says:

    I have now also finished Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. Freaking Spectacular.

  39. vanlandw says:

    You read faster then anybody I have ever seen other then my grandmother. She can read like four books in a day. It will prob take me 3-4 weeks to finish my current book. In this regard..you are the man Vo ;-)

  40. Vo says:

    Thank you wesley.

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