Thursday, December 11, 2008

Inexhaustible

I have been blogging less of late (you may have noticed), but I have a good excuse. I'm enmeshed in reading fantastical tales. If you see me at the library, I'm that 40ish man who crouches in front of the books, a boy at the altar waiting for deliverance, in search of the perfect story that will...I don't know, spirit me away. I don't imagine good stories as escapism, but rather, a way to experience other perspectives and gain insight into one's own life.

The latest series to accomplish this is David Zindell's books:
  • The Lightstone : The Silver Sword (2002)
  • The Lightstone : The Ninth Kingdom (2002)
  • The Lord of Lies (2003)
  • Black Jade (2005)
  • The Diamond Warriors (2007)
I love to start with a series well along since I hate reading and then waiting. Robert Jordan taught me impatience, and it was a shame he passed away with stories left untold. I often remember the first time that happened to me--Louis L'Amour's The Walking Drum began a series with Mathurin Kerbouchard, a tale I love to read but now know too well to do so. I remember complaining to my father, who also loved the L'Amour's writing, that no author should die before his stories are told, or at least, not in the middle of a series.

As I look forward to my own mortality--when that might be, who knows--I fear I may miss this movie or that story. It is a sobering thought...I can only pray that death is but a gateway to the spot where creativity flows, that moment of passing the plunge of the roller coaster that sweeps your breath away.

Enjoying the ride...where did I put that next book?

“For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.”
-Louis L'Amour



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