Happy World Book Day

I’m disappointed that people have chosen to support Trump.  What gets me the most, is that Trump is equally astonished.  He has stated that he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue, and his supporters would still support him.  That’s his way of saying he’s surprised by their behavior too.  I don’t hate Trump as a human being.  He’s not someone I admire by any stretch, either.  More like someone who is thin skinned, and vulnerable to criticism.  Insecure, and in denial of his own failures and flaws.  He discovered that many other Americans are just as afraid as he is, and he’s capitalizing on it.  It’s sad.  Whatever comes of the next election, I hope we as a nation grow, and decide to reject fear.  It’s been a strategy for much longer than I’ve existed.  “Only thing we have to fear is fear itself” – FDR.  So yeah.  It’s nothing new.  Sigh.

I’m nearing the end of my current book, Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson.  This is my second time reading it.  I’m not certain, but I think this time around, I’m finding it more absorbing.  I think about it several times during the day, and it comes up in my dreams.  It’s a fascinating world.  The next installment of this series is due in 2017.  Oathbringer will be the third book title, and it will center on Dalinar Kholin.  Oathbringer is the name of Dalinar’s shard blade, before it’s given to Sadeas in exchange for his bridgemen.  Dalinar is also known as, The Blackthorn.  The reason for this title is alluded to often in the first 2 books.  The characters in this epic fantasy are complex, yet still relatable.

I’ll probably read both books again before book 3 is released.  I’m obsessed with this world.  It speaks to my inner warrior, and reflects some of my strongest values.  They are long reads, but knowing me, I’ll purchase and complete reading Oathbringer within 2 days of its release.  When I’m reading an epic fantasy book, I’m also living in that world to some degree.  Reading them again is like revisiting an alternate world in which I spent lots of time being intrigued.  While I do enjoy movies, they don’t have anywhere near the power of epic novels.  Movies draw me in, but they also overwhelm me, and force me to maintain a separation for self preservation.  I wish I could make that separation larger in most cases.  With books, I invite them in without hesitation.