The Word And The Void By Terry Brooks

TERRY BROOKS NOVEL series “The Word And The Void” is a trilogy telling the story of Nest Freemark and John Ross fighting the battle against evil daemons. He is not an author I’ve read anything off before, nor is the urban fantasy my favorite genre, but when I by chance discovered this trilogy collection book, I found it to look very interesting. Now I’m finished reading the three books and its was not an all positive experience.

First a short resume of the novels: Each of the three books takes places in different times in Nests and Johns life. The first book “Running with the Demon” takes place when Nest is a teenager and joins forces with John Ross to fight on the side of the Word against the daemonic world of the Void. In the second book “A Knight of the Word” John Ross can no longer carry the burden of being a sworn knight of the Word. Denouncing the knighthood is catastrophic for both John and the world, so Nest must take upon her to convince John to return to his duties. The last book is 15 years from the first encounter between Nest and John and this time they must join forces against an old and wise daemon the want the magic gypsy morph John has captured.
Elaborate summaries are available at Wikipedia.

As such the books are an interesting read. It involves dangerous daemons and creatures living in our world but seldom seen by other people that those few who got magic. It has the classic clash of outnumbered good-guys fighting the casualty filled battle against an relentless and evil enemy. But, when reading the trilogy I could not help thinking that the story is a little thin to fill its many pages. Much of the text is in-between filler stuff, with many offtrack stories that bring nothing to the general story, plus some very elaborate scene description that makes an annoying long reading in between the next few grains of valuable information or plot actions.

Two distinct features of Terry’s writing struck me time and time again. 1) He really likes to use obscure words. I’m not native English, but I almost always read English/American books in their non-translated editions, and its very seldom that I have to do a dictionary look-up of unknown words or phrases (more often when reading pre-60s books though). Looking-up the words he uses reveals that more contemporary word of the same meaning often exists. 2) He gives a very detailed description of the surrounding in which the characters are staged. Actually he spends line after line after line describing the surroundings, but it is seldom that there is any significance to this in relation to the plot.

After finishing reading the books I cannot help feeling that Terry chose poorly when selecting the main character of focus. Terry mainly writes with respect to the viewpoint of Nest Freemark, and this is a shame because the other character in the books, The Knight Of The Word (John Ross), makes for so much more an interesting character. Terry missed the opportunity of writing the story of the lone knight. A knight that didn’t really wanted to be a knight due to the high personal cost, but whom had to continue his quest in order to save the world. And save it two fold by fighting daemons in the daytime, and surviving a nighttime when the price of his magics costs him to live the night in a future where he had failed to save the world from the Void.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Peter Falk – Just One More Thing

PETER FALK IS one of my favorite actors, especially in the character of genius detective, Lieutenant Columbo.

Peter Falk Book Cover

The book Just One More Thing – Stories From My Life is the self biography of Peter Falk. It is wonderfully is written in an easy readable and informal language that is sprinkled with a lot of humor. Many photos from Peters career and life accompany the his funny anecdotes and many people he have met. Peter is a proficient artist and the book also contains prints of some painting and drawings made by Peter himself.

The book journeys from his school time to failed jobs and on to his long and active acting career. Several stories involve his glass eye that affected his in issues like war time servings and problems with getting acting gigs. What the book reflect is that Peter has lived an interesting life and that he has many many stories to tell. At the first pages he reveals that he like storytelling which is also why the book is made from many stories and anecdotes. That formula gives for interesting reading and the book gives good insight in the person, personality and rich life of Peter Falk. The book is definitely highly recommendable for fans of Peter Falk and/or the Columbo character. The Columbo character is covered in a chapter and is a great reading with many funny incidents an behind the scene informations.

A book description can be read at Amazon

Rating: ★★★★☆

Dystopia

THE BOOK DYSTOPIA is perhaps the best book I’ve ever read.

Dystopia

It’s written by productive Danish writer, director and screenwriter Dennis Jürgensen. I am not aware of any English translations, so any non-danish readers are imho robbed of a great read.

In the land of Tarakinien the people of the Blue clan and the Black clan have been battling as long as anyone can remember. A common hope of peace, from the daughter of the one clan Champion and son from the other clan Champion, one day makes the “Bringer of Light” tumble the two youngsters into another world. The hope is that they will unite and bring back peace to their own world. In the new world Dystopia they are given a quest. In order to save their own world they must free this land of Dystopia where darkness is spreading is dominion. In their fantastic journey they are joined by some creatures called the Eudaimon’s. The Eudaimon’s are a fearsome species that have lived in solitude in the far regions of the forest for many years. The intrusion of the darkness forces them to join forces in a dangerous quest.

The book is written in the normal Dennis’ way, so you cannot help getting “into the story” and just keeps reading, chapter after chapter, just to see if they make it though the obstacles. The characters are described so intensely that you find yourself, cheering and wishing for each individual to performs their task with greatness – or at least survives.
Even though a 635 pages book, for each paper you flip, you’ll curse the book for not having enough.

More information can be found here (Danish).

Rating: ★★★★★

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