‘The Pillars of the Earth’ by Ken Follett
Highly recommended. A slight annoyance was that the mini-series started a handful of days after I started reading the book. I am fairly certain that if a person had the choice between the TV series and a 1000+ page book, they would choose the former.
TO BE STARTED ON JAN 1ST 2013
‘The Legacy’ by R.A. Salvatore (Book 8 of the ‘Legend of Drizzt’ series)
And that brings my total books read in 2012 to 22. It is a number I doubt I will match anytime soon. The time spent traveling to work on public transport from January to August, plus my four months of unemployment, helped bolster that number significantly.
I apologise for posting half a day earlier than expected, but it is so I can spend a few days focusing my energies into getting my writing discipline into order. A list of what this discipline will be used for will be in the next post, which will be a celebratory post for a couple of reasons.
1) (n) a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.
2) (n) the state or feeling of being proud.
3) (n) a becoming or dignified sense of what is due to oneself or one’s position or character; self-respect; self-esteem.
This is a vice that can be a virtue, in my opinion. When it comes to religious orders, it seems that any type of pride is considered bad. Yet you would be hard pressed to find anyone who does not feel a sense of pride at their achievements, or those of their children or extended family members.
The character that shall have this vice was originally slated as the number three inductee into the ranks of the ‘Malevolent Seven’, but has slipped in pacing reviews to be the final inductee to the team. The character will have past links to other characters in the story, and help guide the team when another person’s information gives out. I shall leave it at that as a teaser for Book 2 (PoK).
1) (n) modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance, rank, etc.
This virtue is a rare and elusive thing, as you only seem to hear of it when people receive awards for acts of bravery or kindness that go above and beyond reasonable expectations. It is what you expect of person who does something for the sake of it being the good or right thing to do, and does not expect any type of extra attention or gratitude for it.
This character will be the final reveal of all the main characters, in Book 7 (PoD). I am still trying to decide if Humility or Chastity is the character pulling the strings in the background, though I seem to see it more as a team effort between the two. One of my proof-readers was very observant in their question about a background character mentioned several times…