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Fantasy brings bad things from the North

compass Whilst watching Game of Thrones, and having recently read Joe Abercrombie’s First Law series, a conversation with Amanda led to the observation that a lot of bad things seem to come from the North. Mr Martin’s Whitewalkers, Joe Abercrombie’s slavering Northmen, the hordes of the Shayol Ghul in Jordan’s Wheel of Time universe, right the way back to Mount Doom in Mordor on Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

The distant South is cold, too. What is it about fantasy writers that gives the North such a bad rep? Is this our North American/US-centric world view? Or just prejudice against the Scots/Canadians?

Epic reading month continues

Three weeks to go before the vacation and two massive hardbacks down – I’ve just finished ploughing through all 800 pages of the latest Wheel of Time novel disappointingly quickly. I’m not sure what I’ll do when I finish it – I’ve been reading the series since the mid 90s, waiting for each new book to come out.

It may be sacrilege to say so, but I actually think Mr Sanderson (commissioned to finish the series when Robert Jordan passed away in 2007) is a better and more efficient writer than RJ – there’s been far less smoothing of Aes Sedai skits in his novels so far – but then Robert Jordan left a lot of story left to be told as we inch closer to Tarmon Gaidon. Only one book left in the series, depressingly, then I will need to bid farewell to another universe… unless, of course, the estate commissions some prequels… and I’m not sure how I feel about that!

Next two hardbacks to read, before I go on vacation and take only digital books with me, are Peter F Hamilton’s Evolutionary Void and the latest novel in Stephen Donaldson’s Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Any tips on what to dip into next? Is there any epic sci-fi or fantasy I’ve missed on offer in the Kindle store?

Thoughts on a comment appreciated Smile.

I’ve now got a strange hybrid image of Rand Al’Thor sitting in a multi-purpose hab unit within an abominator class GOU heading to blow the hell out of Shayol Gul. It’ll be very weird in my head by the end of the month….