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Reading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 10 and 11

Happy holidays, Tor.com! Would you like to celebrate with a discussion of demon prophecies and institutional slavery? Of course you would! So season appropriate, it’s amazing. So much so, in fact, that I have two chapters of it for you, yay!

This blog series will be covering the first 17 chapters of the forthcoming novel The Ruin of Kings, first of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 10, “Demon in the Streets”, and Chapter 11, “The Coming Storm”, which are available for your reading delectation right here.

Read it? Great! Then click on to find out what I thought!

[And yes, the Seanchan still suck and always will, kthxbi]

Series: The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Reading The Ruin of Kings: Chapter 9

Hello, Tor.com! Enjoying yourself this fine December Tuesday? Heard your 11111th rendition of Jingle Bells yet? Ready to murder something yet? Well, don’t do that; instead, come read about something that has nothing to do with Christmas or holidays or bells whatsoever—this blog! I am here for you, my peeps.

This blog series will be covering the first 17 chapters of the forthcoming novel The Ruin of Kings, first of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 9, “Souls and Stones”, which is available for your reading delectation right here.

Read it? Great! Then click on to find out what I thought!

[“Hello, salt!” “Hello, pepper!” = Seasons’ Greetings!]

Series: The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Reading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 7 and 8

Hiyo, Tor.com! Welcome back to more of me blatherin’ about what I read! Yay!

This blog series will be covering the first 17 chapters of the forthcoming novel The Ruin of Kings, first of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries c.an be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 7, “The Misery,” and Chapter 8, “The Angels Bargain,” which is available for your reading delectation right here.

Read it? Great! Then click on to find out what I thought!

[I’m afraid I can’t do that, you ASS]

Series: The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Reading The Ruin of Kings: Chapter 6

Hellooooo Tor.com! Take a break from your frantic menu-planning and org chart of Political Discussion Deflection Tactics for the dinner table and read a Reading, won’t you?

This blog series will be covering the first 17 chapters of the forthcoming novel The Ruin of Kings, first of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 6, “The Rook’s Father,” which is available for your reading delectation right here.

Read it? Great! Then click on to find out what I thought!

[Built a moon for a rocking chair]

Series: The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Reading The Ruin of Kings: Chapter 5

‘Allo, chaps and chappettes! This here’s another Reading ROK, innit? Right then!

This blog series will be covering the first 17 chapters of the forthcoming novel The Ruin of Kings, first of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 5, “Leaving Kishna-Farriga”, which is available for your reading delectation right here.

Read it? Great! Then click on to find out what I thought!

[With their flippy-floppies]

Series: The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Reading The Ruin of Kings: Chapter 4

Greetings, girlseth and boyseth! To console you for the loss of your Daylight Savings privilege of not going home from work in FREAKIN’ DARKNESS (ugh), have a new Reading The Ruin of Kings post! Yay!

This blog series will be covering the first 17 chapters of the forthcoming novel The Ruin of Kings, first of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 4, “Butterbelly”, which is available for your reading delectation right here.

Read it? Great! Then click on to find out what I thought!

[Buddha Belly is also the name of a place on Magazine Street in New Orleans that is a combination laundromat and dive bar, but that’s probably not relevant. Awesome, but irrelevant]

Series: The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Reading The Ruin of Kings: Chapter 3

Happy Hallows Eve Eve, Tor.com! And welcome back to another installment of Reading ROK!

This blog series will be covering the first 17 chapters of the forthcoming novel The Ruin of Kings, first of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 3, “The Black Brotherhood”, which is available for your reading delectation right here.

Read it? Great! Then click on to find out what I thought!

[why can’t you have a nice goal like petting kittens or planting a tree, c’mon man]

Series: The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Reading The Ruin of Kings: Chapter 2

Greetings, O My Tor.com Peeps, and welcome back to Reading ROK! I would like you to appreciate my enormous restraint in not making a horrendous pun at this time!

This blog series will be covering the first 17 chapters of the forthcoming novel The Ruin of Kings, first of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 2, “The Kazivar House”, which is available for your reading delectation right here.

Read it? Great! Then click on to find out what I thought!

[I wonder if there’s also a calendar rock and a calculator rock and a Shazam rock and]

Series: The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Why You Should Read Robert Jordan’s The Eye of the World

Fate, I observe somewhat unoriginally, is a funny thing—in both the strange and the ha-ha flavors. This is just as true in real life as it is in stories, though the dialogue in the stories generally tends to be a bit more polished.

I am continually both amused and bemused, therefore, whenever I think about how there’s a person out there who, by saying two short sentences to me, is ultimately responsible for shaping a huge portion of my life, my friends, my interests, my travels, my experiences, and even my career.

And I have absolutely no idea who this person is. And I never will.

He will forever only be that random guy in the University bookstore on Guadalupe Street in Austin, Texas who, sometime in 1997, paused in the science fiction/fantasy aisle next to an equally random girl staring at the shelves in total indecision, just long enough to point at a thick mass-market paperback with a blue-toned cover and say:

“You should try that one. It’s really good.”

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Reading The Ruin of Kings: New Beginnings (Prologue & Chapter 1)

Hello, Tor.com, your Auntie Leigh here! Have you missed me? I’ve missed you! But I return to the fold today with a Very Important Message for you. Are you listening? Awesome, here it is:

Beginnings are important.

There’s a definite flavor of “duh” to that statement, I know. Um, yeah, you say, of course beginnings are important, if we didn’t begin things we wouldn’t have things. Okay, yes, true. But, I contest, the beginnings of some kinds of things are more important than those of other things.

Stop being so damn vague, you say? Okay, how’s this: the beginnings of stories are important.

Also a “duh” statement, possibly. But, possibly, not.

The beginning of a story is vital. I would argue, in fact, that the beginning of a story is more important than any other part of it, including the end. Which may seem like nonsense, but think about it: if you aren’t intrigued enough by the beginning of a story to keep reading, it doesn’t really matter whether the end is good or not, does it? You’ll never get there to find out. A story without an audience is no story at all.

Why do I say that? And what does this have to do with the nifty artwork up there for a certain upcoming series, hmm? Well, if this beginning was enough to entice you to want to know more, click on to find out!

[Well begun is half done and alla that]

Series: The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Wheel of Time News! Opinions! Casting Suggestions, Revisited!

OH EM JEEPERS, y’all, it’s actually happening.

That’s right: the long-optioned rights to the TV adaptation of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time epic fantasy series have been officially ordered by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television, to premiere on Amazon Prime Video at… er, some point.

I mean, it’s vague, yes. And things could still crop up as obstacles. BUT STILL. This is a giant step closer to what all we WoTers have been woting I mean wanting. And dreading, yes. But mostly wanting.

But that in itself isn’t solely what inspired me to write a post about this announcement; it’s also about the direction of the TV series that the Variety article implied. One which I found exciting, to say the very least.

[clicket the thing, you know you want to]

Examining a New Beginning: Jenn Lyons’ The Ruin of Kings

Hello, Tor.com, your Auntie Leigh here! Have you missed me? I’ve missed you! But I return to the fold today with a Very Important Message for you. Are you listening? Awesome, here it is:

Beginnings are important.

There’s a definite flavor of “duh” to that statement, I know. Um, yeah, you say, of course beginnings are important, if we didn’t begin things we wouldn’t have things. Okay, yes, true. But, I contest, the beginnings of some kinds of things are more important than those of other things.

Stop being so damn vague, you say? Okay, how’s this: the beginnings of stories are important.

Also a “duh” statement, possibly. But, possibly, not.

The beginning of a story is vital. I would argue, in fact, that the beginning of a story is more important than any other part of it, including the end. Which may seem like nonsense, but think about it: if you aren’t intrigued enough by the beginning of a story to keep reading, it doesn’t really matter whether the end is good or not, does it? You’ll never get there to find out. A story without an audience is no story at all.

Why do I say that? And what does this have to do with the nifty artwork up there for a certain upcoming series, hmm? Well, if this beginning was enough to entice you to want to know more, click on to find out!

[Well begun is half done and alla that]

The Top Five Best-Worst Moments of the Wheel of Time

Oh my God, Becky, look who’s back: me, with a Wheel of Time post! Again! What a world, what a world.

Today’s post completes my thoroughly odd trilogy of Best Moments and Worst Moments in the Wheel of Time, by adding a third category to what anyone normal would consider a dichotomy: a list of the Best Worst Moments of the Wheel of Time. Or maybe the Worst Best Moments?

Look, I don’t know, you don’t know, nobody knows, it’s fine. This whole thing is mainly just an excuse to be all like, hey, remember when that thing happened in the Wheel of Time and we all had feelings about it?, so I feel like everyone will be okay and have a good time with it in the end.

So if having feelings about Wheel of Time things seems like your bag, click on!

[it is so big]

Top Five Worst Moments of The Wheel of Time

Look lively there, Tor.com, for I have brought you: an argument.

Specifically, an argument about the Wheel of Time, one of our favorite tried-and-true sources of argumentation round these parts. And even more specifically, as a complement to my recently-posted Top Five Moments of WoT, this is an argument about which are (gasp) the Top Five Worst Moments of the Wheel of Time. Oooooooooooooh…

And don’t forget, once you’re done arguing, to go and check out Tor.com’s newest font of WOT Argumentating: Kelsey Jefferson Barrett’s Read (not Reread!) of the Wheel of Time. Good times!

But first, with great vengeance and furrrrious anger (but, you know, polite vengeance and anger, be nice, y’all), click on!

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