Hello fellow written word lovers!
So, I know I’ve been MIA for a while. In short, I had surgery on my abdomen and reaching for the computer and having it on my lap hurt pretty badly. I’m just now getting around and starting to heal, and my only child will be starting school soon so you can expect a lot of new posts in the near future. I apologize for my absence, and I apologize if I end up writing super sad and emotional posts about the cruel world that I have to send my little angel into (they’re the most angelic when they’re sleeping, it’s that whole being awake and saying “Mommy” about 1,000 times that tends to drive us parents crazy).

Onto more important and pertinent topics, the incredibly sweet and amazing author Kieran Scott aka Kate Brian released the third book in her “Shadowlands” trilogy, “Endless.” I was unable to get out and buy it the day it came out, but I expect it to arrive soon and I hope you all order or get out and buy it! I’ll even include a link later in this post to make it easier for you. 🙂

Fortunately, my recent surgery and subsequent bed rest allowed for a lot of reading time.
I read a few of the short stories in the new collection edited by George R.R. Martin, entitled “Rogues.” I’ll admit, I bought it mainly for the new story by Patrick Rothfuss,”The Lightning Tree.” I hate to say a negative word about one of my most beloved authors (I bought my husband and brother signed and personalized copies of “The Name Of The Wind” for their last birthdays and they both squealed like little girls upon opening them. My husband keeps his in a safe, and my brother sleeps with his right next to him on his nightstand. We are a family of Rothfuss lovers.) but I was a bit disappointed by this particular work of his. For those of you who are also fans of The Kingkiller Chronicles, you may know of the elusive Bast, who is Kvothe’s friend, student, and one of the few people he has entrusted with the secret of his true identity. “The Lightning Tree” is all about Bast, what he does with his free time when he’s not helping Kvothe at the inn, and how he interacts with the children in town. Perhaps my expectations were too high, because I thought this story would give the reader more of Bast’s story, where he came from, how he came to work at the inn with Kvothe, and what particular type of faen creature he is. There are hints about his appearance, particularly his legs, but it gave us no real insight into who Bast really is. Some, maybe, but not enough to satisfy my curiosity. Patrick Rothfuss is the master at making what may appear to be a simple sentence mean many things, so perhaps I need to read it again as I have repeatedly with his other two books to fully comprehend it.
In conclusion, it was a wonderful story, just not what I expected. However, I am counting the days until his novella about Auri (one of my favorite of his characters he has created) “The Slow Regard Of Silent Things” comes out on October 28th.

I hope to have two more reviews up in the next few days. “All Fall Down” by Jennifer Weiner, “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart, and “Killing Jesus” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Duggard. I can’t wait to share my thoughts on these books with you.

Also, I’ll hopefully have some news about the expansion of my blog to it’s own website.

Readers, do you have recommendations on any books you’d like me to read and review? Please share! You can comment here or email me: writtenwordlover@aol.com, or tweet me: @etoland16

Until next time,