This is the best book I have read in a long time. One of the main appeals in this book is that it satisfies our longing to be more than we are. That iThis is the best book I have read in a long time. One of the main appeals in this book is that it satisfies our longing to be more than we are. That idea parallels Tolkien’s idea of insignificant hobbits performing deeds that shake the foundations of the earth. Although Jordan openly admitted to a little Tolkien emulation, similarities to the Lord of the Rings in no way detract from the grandeur of The Eye of the World. In the basketball world it is difficult to talk about Kobe Bryant without also mentioning Michael Jordan. Which is the better player? People aggressively take both sides of this debate. Since Michael Jordan was the first to rise to a level superior to any that had before been achieved, he will be mentioned whenever another player rises to a similar level. The same holds true with The Lord of the Rings. Whenever any fantasy author creates a masterpiece of epic proportions which rises high above other literary works, his or her work will inevitably be compared with Tolkien’s original masterpiece. The best book then becomes a matter of personal opinion.
Just as I am a fan of Michael Jordan, I still love the Lord of the Rings more than any other fantasy novel. That said, The Eye of the World is a very close second. Robert Jordan’s masterpiece took me to a new world and made me feel things I haven’t felt since the first time I read my favorite book of all time: The Fellowship of the Ring. For all of you Kobe Bryant fans, it is a joy to have such a talented and superior athlete performing in the NBA today. If you don’t believe me, just watch him play a few games. Similarly, if you don’t think that The Eye of the World is one of the best fantasy novels ever written, then read the first few chapters. I guarantee that you’ll be hooked!
If you enjoyed this book, I think you’ll also like Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card, Taran Wanderer, by Lloyd Alexander, and of course The Lord of the Rings trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien. ...more
While I read The Road, I found myself asking some important moral questions: "Where would I draw the line between right and wrong if my family's and/oWhile I read The Road, I found myself asking some important moral questions: "Where would I draw the line between right and wrong if my family's and/or my life were on the line?" "What situations would cause me to comprimise my personal moral code of conduct?" My cushy life makes it difficult to reallistically answer these questions, but I believe they are worth thinking about. This alone made The Road a valuable piece of literature.
The book itself was a fairly easy read. There are some gut-wrenching moments, and I found myself pretty emotionally involved with the characters. The writing style is unique, and despite the lack of standard punctuation, is effective. I found myself unable to put this book down, partly due to the lack of chapter seperations, and partly because I wanted to know what would happen next.
I enjoyed the story and liked the characters. The plot was unique and well-thought-out. If you can handle a little bit of blood, guts, and brutality; you won't be disapointed with this book....more