Mistress Of The Empire by Raymoned Feist & Janny Wurts

Mistress Of The Empire by Raymoned Feist & Janny Wurts (The Empire Trilogy #3)

There is something unnameable that is within all fantasy that I’ve read so far. You get wizards. magicians, strong characters, evil enemies, dwarves, elves and a whole plethora of weird and wonderful animals, dragons and the like. And, no matter how much I enjoy in all this world and society building it all boils down to political intrigue and posturing. Yet I still read and thoroughly enjoy fantasy!

I’ve really enjoyed The Empire Trilogy, almost as much as I enjoyed The Riftwar Saga. Loads of adventure, discovering new peoples and societies, the world building is pretty complete. Most of the characters are easily recognised and positioned to be either good or bad, one or two change sides but essentially there is little mystery within the factions.

In this finale, everything builds towards almost an anti climax because as the sides are drawn together it becomes pretty obvious how it will end. Which is a bit of a shame when the book is 500+ pages. The thing I find with fantasy though is that I just HAVE to carry on reading. If it were a crime thriller/political thriller I might be tempted to just lay it down to gather dust but for some unknown emotion, I just cannot do it with good fantasy writing.

I’m not saying much more as I’ve not written about the first two in the trilogy other than to say if you have yet to discover Feist’s Riftwar Cycle, I would get a start on. The whole series is a measly 31 books short.

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Is it religion

And what should we all hope for? Shorter finger nails to play our stringed instruments with? Free speech? Tolerance? Hair that doesn’t grow? More alcohol? Limitless inhibitions? The right to have faith without fear? The list goes on.

Should I start with faith? A society where no matter what you believe in is acceptable? Not really. There have to be boundaries even for a free thinker like me, we cannot have a totally free society. I mean Paedophilia is totally unacceptable! Other things are not. Religion is for instance something that is very personal and even if you believe in the same principles as me, I bet we believe in different things.

Religion! Something that I get confused about. Why on earth would you want to die for what you believe in? Why would you kill for it? I’m happy in who I am without religion. I see religion as a negative in who we are, not a positive in life itself. Why do different religions have to fight with each other? Hell, what do I know!

OK, Free love? Again I’m not entirely sure that is acceptable but you might. I am not of the original hippy generation but old enough to be closer to it than some other generations. My music choice is definitely from that era but I’m not sure I’m one of them. I like to think I’m from a free thinking generation but I doubt I’m quite that tolerant. I’ve enjoyed liberating drugs, I love alcohol and the feeling it gives me, but I’m not free like some others of my generation. I like to know where I belong in society even if it is on the fringes.

Alcohol is my freedom! Tobacco is my lifeline. I don’t need other drugs that might enhance my life, even if they are less life threatening than those I already enjoy. I’m happy to accept the consequences of my choices.

So? where do I sit in the mire? I’m just a free thinker that enjoys what I have. I’ve tried suicide but that didn’t work for me. I’ve tried religion but I got lost in the throng of faiths. I belong where I am and nowhere else I guess

Something new

Once again I feel the need to be writing something. I’m not politically charged, I have no life enhancing comments I wish to espouse on you all. I have no poetry left in me and have not had such desires for quite a while. Do you really want or need to know about my private life? (Please say no but you’re getting it anyway for now)

Depression still rules my everyday life, I have not worked in what feels like forever, I did try a job for 3 days but the shifts were just too long for me. I could happily work the 4 to 6 hour shifts they advertised but 10+ hour long shifts are just not for me!

I’ve been teaching myself to play the Ukulele. I picked up a cheap Ukulele and searched the net to find that there is tons of lessons, song books and helpful hints out there if you are just prepared to look. I even found a really helpful group on Facebook where you can get really useful hints and tips plus songs to learn and it is all free (which is how I like it).

I’ve had my Uke about three months and I can happily strum my way through a few songs which pleases me no end. I even plan to provide some entertainment for my friends around the campfire when we go on our annual camp in August.

I have been reading, sort of on and off really. At the moment I’m plowing through three Terry Pratchett books I picked up at a local charity shop, not sure what I’ll be reading next but I have plenty of books that deserve a read on my bookshelves.

I’m gonna try and write at least once a week, hopefully more but for now thanks for reading and following my blog.

Trevor

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,500 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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I’m Posting every day in 2011!

OK, so I’m a bit late to this but as I post something most days anyway I thought I’d sign up

Here is my pledge:

I’ve decided I want to blog more (can that really be possible?). Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a day for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Signed on this day 19th February 2011

Trevor Litchfield

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