Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Elders Know Best

Eldest by Christopher Paolini

Last night I finished “Eldest” by Christopher Paolini. It was fantastic and now the long wait begins for the final installment.

“Eldest” continues the adventure where “Eragon” left off. Eragon and Saphira travel to the elven forest city of Ellesmera to continue their training as Riders. Much needed training it turns out when they are forced to leave the Ellesmera to defend the Valden. Thoughout the book, it keeps returning to Eragon’s foster brother, Roran who is traveling with the entire village of Carvahall to the Varden for protection against the Empire.

The adventure, the learning, the imagery all combine to make a compelling read. Now if only I didn’t have to wait for the final book of the series!

26 books read to date.

4 more to go! I have about 140 pages to left to read of Proust's Swann's Way : In Search of Lost Time, Volume 1 and I hope to complete that this weekend.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Running with Kites in Afganistan

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Sunday afternoon after finishing Eragon, I grabbed "The Kite Runner", my book club's latest selection. I am so very happy that they made this choice because this beautiful book was profoundly touching. This story of two Afghan boys whose lives are more intimately intertwined than they will ever know, helped me to realize that Afgahnistan is full of people with lives just like the rest of the world. Unfortunately for them, their lives and their country has been touched by horror more times than is reasonable. Amir will be with me long after I become engrossed in my next book.

25 books read to date.

5 more to go! I'm coming to the end of Proust's Swann's Way : In Search of Lost Time, Volume 1 and I'm in love with him.