Journey around the Wheel of Time

The Great Hunt Audiobook Update 5: Cause baby you’re a firework


I have not done a great job this week of putting up any blogs, which is crazy considering how much reading I have done since Monday. The problem is, I haven’t really come close to finishing everything, I have about 200 pages left in The Dark Defiles, 340 pages left in The Stone Sky and I just started The Ruin of Kings. Why did I start The Ruin of Kings when I have more than enough on my plate? Because I am a fantasy glutton. No I wanted to read it for job related things that I am not at liberty to discuss. That sounds so fucking cool. It’s not

So here we are with another week done and an audiobook update needing to be put out there. Since we are all in the trust tree on this blog I want to say that since I posted the last update I have only listened to about an hour of The Great Hunt. Been running a lot without headphones or by listening to music so obviously that means no audiobook. It is impossible to focus on an audiobook, for me at least, while doing hills, intervals or tempo runs so any day I am scheduled to run those I listen to music. That being said, the tempo run I had this morning was missssserable. I think for the 20 minutes I ran hard I averaged like an 8:15ish mile, which is honestly just fine with me. So at least performance wise I was where I wanted to be, but physically I was dying. I actually started to cramp a little bit in my side, which never happens to me so I don’t know what that was about. Safe to say that is the last I’ll think about it until it happens again.

The blogs subtitle speaks for itself, I am a huge Katy Perry fan. No it’s because Rand launched a firework at either a trolloc or darkfriend I really don’t remember. I do know that it was pretty cool. The highlight of what I read was of course the return of the legendary Thom, who of course is already banging out a much younger lady. What a boss. It does set up that fucking crazy murderous Thom rampage he goes on at some point. I remember originally reading it and it going completely over my head. I hope listening this time I pick up on it. I think I didn’t even realize it happened until I read something on it after the series was done.

And that pretty much sums up everything. Dull stuff but you know what, not everyone is a winner. That picture I made is funny as shit though. I think I am going to have to start using football players soon. Tis the season. Have a great weekend everybody.

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Eye of the World Audiobook Wrap-up

As the first stop on the journey around The Wheel of Time series has come to it’s conclusion, I thought it would be worth the time to review the audiobook as a whole. As I mentioned in the beginning of this, I had zero prior experience with audiobooks. This desire to start one stemmed from me getting bored as fuck with all the other stuff I was listening too while running, as well as being convinced by Amazon’s Audible marketing campaign. That last part is kind of embarrassing to say, but whatever just being honest. The audiobook has accompanied my marathon training, and since the New York City Marathon is like 17 weeks away, I think that I am going to continue to fly through the series. 

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan is the first book in a 12 part series known as the Wheel of Time, widely considered a classic series in the fantasy genre. If you are a fan of Tolkein, epic fantasy, or high fantasy this is an excellent series. While there are some adult aspects, this is a series that can be enjoyed by readers of any age. Having originally read the series about 5 years ago, my first impression of it was the length was a little excessive, though the payoff is worth it. It is longggggg as hell and because of this, the series has a tendency to meander and get bogged down in a lot of not entertaining chapters. I actually remember getting pretty bored with it at points and not enjoying it as much as some of the other stuff I had read at that point, but after listening to the audiobook I am not sure that this was an entirely fair opinion.

I think it is important to point out that I did listen to this, and as an audiobook it was a lot more interesting. When the book kind of slowed down I was able to just zone out a little and focus on the running. It was easy to follow along with the story while running, but I also remember the general gist of the plot. I would highly recommend listening to an audiobook of some fantasy series you keep promising yourself you are going to re-read knowing full well you are never going to get around to it. Gave me an entirely different perspective of the book

The Eye of the World as a singular story at its core is your run-of-the-mill chosen one tale. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if you want something that differs from the norm, this might not be for you. If you look at the characters, creatures and plot, the first book especially is eerily similar to LOTR. Their are Orcs, Ents, chosen one and accompanying friends from his village, an ambiguous evil power, and magic (trolocs, Ogier, Rand and friends, Balzamon and the one power). The differences are what make this a special book.

With a more modern writing style and less focus on the way the trees hit the wind, this book is fantastic. The scope of the world is enormous, it feels like every chapter we are introduced to a new element of magic, abilities and creatures. The plot itself is solid, three villagers are chosen by The Pattern  which is some weird universal power that seeks to balance out the world, to fight the dark one who seeks to finally take over the world. Rand is an absolute loser and as a main character he is annoying as shit, but his storyline is cool enough to make up for it.

The book has the inevitable ending where the good guys win, but because this thing is 12 books long, it sets the scene nicely for the next book. I can’t wait to dive into the Great Hunt. Wow this was almost like a real review. Props to me for being able to write something mature. Fuck Rand. Had to throw in something immature.

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Eye of the World Final Audiobook Update

Happy Friday everybody, I hope that the week of hell weather was a nice change of pace from the flood that was unleashed upon us last week. And since it is a happy Friday it is time for the greatest serial blog of all time. Though I was remiss in writing a mid-week blog, have no fear, I have been both reading and running, so there is going to be a lot coming in the next few weeks. But most importantly, at least in the case of this stupid thing, is that I have about 20 minutes left in the audiobook! This means expect a full audiobook recap coming up next week, and get ready for the start of the next one. Since that will only leave 300 more audiobooks over 10948021 hours, this blog series will never die!

I plan on doing a full running thing next week, as I have finally selected a marathon training plan and I think it is going to be beneficial to myself (the only person who matters of course) to kind of lay out the whole plan as well as write about where I am at. As such, I don’t want to waste space here talking about it, because I am really excited for today’s blog. Also starting a sentence with ‘as such’ and still managing to throw in a ‘because’ is such pro level blogging. It is shocking how easy I make this seem.

Why am I excited about this? Glad I asked myself. See while I think this book is a fantastic start to what I am slowly realizing is a series that I did not give nearly enough credit too my first time around, there is one particular passage in Eye of the World that fully shows the breathe of Robert Jordan’s genius. Flex on em boooooy.

Chapter 48 has the gang all together, and they settle down for the night. Ol’ peeping Tom al’Thor catches Nynaeve and Lan in their most intimate moment. To say I was eagerly anticipating this is an understatement. If you are familiar with this book, you know what I am talking about. If you are not, you are probably thinking that these two are going to fuck, and that is why I am all jazzed up. It’s 2019 I don’t need to read about sex to get off you fucking weirdo’s, I have an iphone of course! Either way, that’s not what happens here. If you are not familiar with this book, get ready for a breakdown of a scene that has no context for you. Also what the hell are you doing reading this blog. Just kidding please like it I’m broke and trying to make a million dollars.

Here it is in full, then a breakdown after. The breakdown is not going to include spoilers about the rest of the series.

The Wisdom Looked at Lan silently for a long time, then poured a cup of tea and brought it to him. When he reached out with a murmur of thanks, she did not let go right away.”I should have known you would be a king.” She said quietly. Her eyes were steady on the warder’s face, but her voice trembled slightly.

Lan looked back at her just as intently. It seemed to Rand that the Warder’s face actually softened.  “I am not a king, Nynaeve. Just a man. A man without as much to his name as even the meanest farmer’s croft.”

Nynaeve’s voice steadied. “Some women don’t ask for land, or gold. Just the man.”

 “And the man who would ask her to accept so little would not be worthy of her. You are a remarkable woman, as beautiful as the sunrise, as fierce as a warrior. You are a lioness, Wisdom.”

“A Wisdom seldom weds. But if I go to Tar Valon, it may be that I will be something other than a Wisdom.”

“Aes Sedai marry as seldom as Wisdoms. Few men can live with so much power in a wife, dimming them by her radiance whether she wishes or not.”

“Some men are strong enough. I know one such.” If there could have been any doubt, her look left none as to whom she meant.

“All I have is a sword, and a war I cannot win, but can never stop fighting.”

“I’ve told you I care nothing for that. Light, you’ve made me say more than is proper already. Will you shame me to the point of asking you?”

“I will never shame you.” The gentle tone, like a caress, sounded odd to Rand’s ears in the Warder’s voice, but it made Nynaeve’s eyes brighten. “ I will hate the man you choose because he is not me, and love him if he makes you smile. No woman deserves the sure knowledge of widow’s black as her brideprice, you least of all.” He set the untouched cup on the ground and rose. “I must check the horses.”

Nynaeve remained there, kneeling, After he had gone.

Sleep or no, Rand closed his eyes. He did not think the Wisdom would like it if he watched her cry.

The first time I read this I was a little confused, I had picked up on Nynaeve had a little thing for Lan, but I did not expect it to come to a head like this. She found out he was a king in a previous chapter, where Rand notes that she paid particular attention to a story they were being told. Also classic woman move to do a slight favor for a guy just to have an opportunity to trap him in a serious conversation.

 Lan looked back at her just as intently. It seemed to Rand that the Warder’s face actually softened.  “I am not a king, Nynaeve. Just a man. A man without as much to his name as even the meanest farmer’s croft.”

While not necessarily true, Lan is the Lord of the Seven Towers and Lakes and such, it is not exactly like he can hire a lawyer and take the trollocs to court to get his land back. Actually I don’t know how squatter’s rights work in the border lands so I guess this may be true. Either way this is the first time that we see Lan reciprocate any real feelings towards Nynaeve directly. It is also at this point where I start to tear up as I run down Willow Avenue.

Nynaeve’s voice steadied. “Some women don’t ask for land, or gold. Just the man.”

And the tears fall down as well as my pride, cannot and do not want to imagine what anyone thought if they looked at me during the two minutes this scene plays out. Also I am narcissistic enough to know people look at me the entire length of all my runs.

“And the man who would ask her to accept so little would not be worthy of her. You are a remarkable woman, as beautiful as the sunrise, as fierce as a warrior. You are a lioness, Wisdom.”

You feel the rejection coming but even so it is so eloquently put by Lan that it makes it that much harsher.

“A Wisdom seldom weds. But if I go to Tar Valon, it may be that I will be something other than a Wisdom.”

This is where Robert Jordan does such a complete job of character development. I know this stuff gets realllllly, and I mean really, long winded as the series goes on but this line right here is the underlying motivation for Nynaeve to become an Aes Sedai. Nynaeve is clearly anti Aes Sedai, and while the desire to heal people thing is a motivator, the real motivation is for Nynaeve to become an Aes Sedai is because she feels this is the way to Lan’s heart. Perhaps she is the one who actually feels unworthy of him.

“Aes Sedai marry as seldom as Wisdoms. Few men can live with so much power in a wife, dimming them by her radiance whether she wishes or not.”

A paltry excuse offered by Lan here, he is grasping at straws because he is hesitant to say what he really feels.

“Some men are strong enough. I know one such.” If there could have been any doubt, her look left none as to whom she meant.

GOD this is too much. As annoying as Nynaeve is at times, her way off cutting through the bullshit is excellent.

“All I have is a sword, and a war I cannot win, but can never stop fighting.”

This is the line of the book right here. While Mat is my favorite character (can’t you tell) Lan is easily a close second. His lines are the most impactful of the entire series. There are a lot of throwaway lines Robert Jordan uses to help us see past the rugged exterior of Lan, such as when Loial mentions that he misses discussing books with the warder, but it is sentences like this that we see the full depth of his character. Bound by his oath, burdened with his sword, the last remaining soldier in an impossible war. Yet he will fight because he swore to it, it is his duty. While he tells the other borderlanders that he has abandoned the cause, he never will

“I’ve told you I care nothing for that. Light, you’ve made me say more than is proper already. Will you shame me to the point of asking you?”

And here it is, the most outright statement of the conversation. Nynaeve knows all this, maybe she doesn’t fully grasp the whole of the situation but definitely enough to understand what he is saying, but to her this does not matter. She is not asking him to put aside his oaths, she is willing to carry that burden with him.

“I will never shame you.” The gentle tone, like a caress, sounded odd to Rand’s ears in the Warder’s voice, but it made Nynaeve’s eyes brighten. “ I will hate the man you choose because he is not me, and love him if he makes you smile. No woman deserves the sure knowledge of widow’s black as her brideprice, you least of all.” He set the untouched cup on the ground and rose. “I must check the horses.”

And yet he will not give into what his heart is telling him. He will not because he knows that no matter how much he loves Nynaeve, he has sworn to fight, and there is no outcome that doesn’t end in his death. He loves Nynaeve enough that he will not put her through this, he loves her so much that he will reject her so that she can have a chance at happiness. I mean this is just a real tear jerker.

Nynaeve remained there, kneeling, After he had gone.

Sleep or no, Rand closed his eyes. He did not think the Wisdom would like it if he watched her cry.

I know this is a departure from my usual jokes, but I love this passage so much that I thought it needed to be discussed. Also this blog is getting crazy long so time to end it.

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Eye of the World Audiobook Update 10

Hear ye, hear ye the master of the recap no one asked for is here to bring you the weekly update. It may be an intentional faux pas but I’d like to thank myself for sticking with this ruse of using the always fresh and original recap format as an excuse to give my thoughts on the week. So without further ado let’s dive right in.

First and foremost congratulations to Drake for his amazing NBA championship run. Not since L. Ron Hubbard has there been a more versatile man. Drake has transcended from a fringe actor on a Canadian teen show to Grammy award winning NBA assistant coach, pro troll and super fan/global ambassador. Honestly if you told me at some point he got a couple of minutes at the end of a blowout I would not be surprised. Certainly contributed as much as Jeremy Lin did. RIP to the Lin Goku hairstyle.

Shoutout to Demar Derozan, the greatest human sacrifice since Prince Arthas tried to off Muradin to claim Frostmourne. Now that is a reference that is out there. Actually let’s take a moment to investigate the top human sacrifices that paid off:

  1. Jesus
  2. Jack Dawson. Though I am not convinced that he really needed to do this. Always has pissed me off
  3. Kelsier. This is probably recency bias as I just read this. You know how I know this is a good choice? Because the characters never let you forget it and make sure to mention his sacrifice in every subsequent chapter. Also why does Sanderson not get shit for naming Kelsier and Kaladin and making them like the same character? Initially at least.
  4. Goku when he blew himself up on Cell. This one didn’t end up quite so great except to motivate that crybaby Gohan.
  5. Coltaine. Easily my favorite on this list. Coltaine was a fucking awesome character who got royally fucked. The Chain of Dogs was one of the highlights of the Malazan Series, and he was the perfect leader. The Wickan Clan lost a real one. RIP even though he got reborn.

Thought this list was going to be longer, but it’s taking too much thought so moving on.

Back to the task at hand, didn’t do a lot of listening this week, as I decided to take a down week in preparation for the Queens 10k on Saturday (Review will of course be coming, stay tuned). I’ve read conflicting reports on the best way to do a down week, meaning I read the first few lines of like 3 articles and believed I knew more than the pro runners so I stopped. The research seems to vary widely, with a down week consisting of 50-90% of your average weekly mileage. I couldn’t possibly go 50% I have way to much image insecurity to allow myself to do that little exercise so the goal this week was 30 miles, which includes the 10k. I hate admitting it but there might be something to this down week thing, my legs are feeling nice and refreshed. Shooting for a 47 minute 10k on Saturday but we will see.

Big Rand the randy has been busy living up to his namesake doing a little princess chasing. Say what you want about Rand the man certainly seems to have a way with the ladies. Probably his only redeeming quality, though all those female characters are way more interesting then him. So my mans is wandering around the city trying to join the citywide peepshow of a real man, Logain, when he makes the genius decision to climb a giant wall and is just flat out shocked when the giant wall IN THE CITY he decides to climb is part of the royal grounds. The Trakand twins run up on him and rob him, got to fill the royal coffers somehow. They don’t but that would be dope, I am a big Trakand fan. Elayne is an aggressive one, instantly establishing that she’s digging that Aiel country vide Rand has, going to bat for him in front of ol’ moms in the classic “He’s really not a bad guy I swear,” routine that every parent fears. In the end though she is able to convince Morgase. If there was a Dad present, he would have done the classic Dad scowl and try and look menacing at the scumbag who he knows is giving his daughter the pipe. Rough.

Big bad Lan did some work freeing up Wolfboy and Egwene, the reunion of all the gang sans Thom is alright. The sad thing is that Mat’s metamorphosis into a super villain is soon to be curtailed. FREE MAT from the Aes Sedai. As I said I didn’t do a whole bunch of listening, but I have been told by the 9000000 articles littered throughout the blogosphere that consistency is the key to both blogging and chili so there’s that.

Final Notes: You got any ideas on down weeks? Let me know always happy to hear advice. The less that advice is backed by research or personal experience the better. Firm believer in the “Do as I say, not as I do” mantra for advice giving.

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Eye of the World Audiobook Update 7

Okay, okay, okay, it’s that time of the week where I’m going to ramble on about Eye of the World, running and touch upon gambling losses. I feel like I have been struggling with the running this week. With having the Brooklyn Half on Saturday and doing the City Manager’s 10-Mile Race to Remember this Sunday, I am in that intermediary week where I don’t have a long race to get these miles in and I don’t want to overdo it and be shot to shit by Sunday. So I fed myself a steady diet of 5-7 mile runs, and will close up the week with two 3 milers Friday and Saturday. Running consistent 5-7 miles everyday was just boring, I should have broke it up with something. I think I might shoot for a 40 mile week next week, since 10 of them will already be knocked out by the race Sunday and I don’t believe I have anything coming up.

There is one good thing about 5-7 milers every day, it gave me a shitload of time to make some progress on Eye of the World. I just finished listening to the part of the book where Perrin and Egwenes’ dumbasses get scooped up by the Children of the Light. RIP HOPPER YOU WERE A REAL ONE. I guess it really isn’t too depressing because I’m almost positive he lives on in the dream world. Kinda hard to get emotional over it. I call those two dumbasses because I never understand this, instead of hiding by the only identifiable object in the Stedding, just keep walking or lay down in the middle of the field. You have night vision Perrin, use it. Terrible showing by him just charging them and getting twerked in the head. Be better bro.

Update on the tres amigos. Boring, Nynaeve grow up already. Such a whiner. Looks like fucking CP3 after literally anything happens on the court. Moiraine is like Scott Foster. Lan is like somebody. Good job me.

I would be remiss in my duties if I did not touch upon the hero of the story and Lenny al’Thor. Things started to pop off in White Bridge, and honestly there is no one to blame here but Rand. If he just never spoke to Padain Fain, Mat would never be forced to have to make tough decisions like saying to Thom we gotta split up. Thom is a real one though. Charging a fade when you are 900 years old takes balls. His may be old and wrinkled, but they are most certainly there. Gracious of Mat to not steal the spotlight and take out the fade himself. Real heroes know to get everyone on the team involved.

And that is this week’s update. Remember kids stay in school.

Final Notes:

There is this book proposal going around my office today, and it is seriously the craziest thing I have ever read. It is at least 14k words long and it is the work a madman, I want to share it soooooo badly but I have a feeling I would get fired instantly. It’s ballsy as hell though, my man not only proposed a book, but also a subsequent movie, tv show and an app. I would love if people started sending me crazy ass book proposals.

I was riding a hot streak on the Bucks covering, but that came to a crashing halt last night. Kawhi had to be the most desirable free agent this summer. It’s weird, like he has such a solid image, seems crazy dependable, doesn’t cry to the media, doesn’t even have emotion when he gets called for something, is willing to limp around the court just to play and yet I still always question him because of San Antonio. I can’t wait to one day find out the real, or as close to real as things get these days, one day. Three blogs this week. What a legend. Final notes is a little out of hand on this one.

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Eye of the World Audiobook Update

Hey as a new segment we are going to do “Mike is behind on the internet.” So on today’s segment I have a fantastic new announcement to make. Amazon Prime is making a Wheel of Time series or something and production starts in the fall. Remember this in five years after season one of that LOTR series airs. Incredible timing by me to decide to listen to an audiobook so that I can properly shame any fan of the show with my favorite intelligence shaming comment of all time, “This is not what happened in the book.” Now the natural retort would be to just say, “Hey Mike you are supposed to work in publishing but your spelling and grammar fucking suck you dumbass hack.” Well played. Credit to you.

Back to the audiobook. Been running my second 33 mile week and so far so good, at like 25 already this week so very ahead of the game. Seems like these long runs are getting a lot easier, I am supposed to be running the Brooklyn Half on May 19th and I planned on dropping the mileage to like 25 next week to kind of make sure my legs were in shape but I am not sure I really need to do that. Either way, running is going well.

So the book. Baerlon didn’t pan out so hot for the crew, the fade kinda ruined what was a fun time. Also Rand al’Bore just shouting out his whole life plan to Padain Fain probs didn’t help either. I would say that was Rand’s first mistake in the book, though no worries that clown ass fake dragon reborn makes many more. Also, I know this book does well in the sense of having strong female leads but I forgot how annoying the cattiness and posturing of characters like Nynaeve gets. Just feel like there are better ways for them to interact. Whatever it’s not like a deal breaker, but listening to it instead of reading it I just want the whining to stop. OOOO MORAINE DOESN’T TAKE ME SERIOUSLY. No shit she is out here making herself fucking giant and whipping people with her unbreakable staff and you are like o miss have a cup of tea for exhaustion. Know your role fam.

I think I am at the part where they just finish their first skirmish and are heading to that weird Mines of Moria portal world. The skirmish went well, of course all the characters instantly succeeded in fighting on horseback. Pretty sweet when Lan chops of the fades head and all Thom could say is “O you gotta wait until night for them to die, I think.” Buddy I am sure the magic lady and her super soldier are aware. Love Thom though, shout out to him. The hero of the story whipping people with his quarterstaff is Arya before Arya. Good for him, at least he actually takes some damage, unlike Rand who just willy-nilly hangs on for dear life falling off his horse. A real hero gets hit.

Final notes: I lost on Golden State the other night, just keeping it honest. Since I live in Jersey and can use *Gambling site pay me and you can appear here!* my friend asked me to put money on the Bucks for him. Thought that was stupid. Loved seeing a winning ticket that wasn’t my own.

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Matrim’s Money Makers Part 3 (or 4?)

“The only rules he wanted to remember were “never kiss a girl whose brothers have knife scars” and “never gamble without knowing a back way out” – Mat Cauthon

Time has come for the number one blog to guarantee you get rich. You want winners? TRUST ME I HAVE THEM. Look at my past history if you want examples of greatness. This is the third (or fourth?) rendition of the gambling blog for fantasy fanatics. The 0-3 (or 4?) speaks for itself or to itself on some Iskaral Pust flow. If you don’t believe real money is changing hands I might start posting the betting slips, you have never seen $10 dollars (I know high roller stuff) disappear faster. It’s funny, the winners I have had recently are of course undocumented. The old Instagram philosophy comes to mind, if you don’t post it it didn’t happen. A quick aside, I read a story about some influencer faking attending Coachella and everyone eating it up, and I gotta say I lovvvve that move. Like an old soldier claiming they fought next to a hero, meanwhile they were like fucking guarding the supplies.

That being said I know that I got a hot one tonight. We got my gambling favorite Philadelphia 76’s taking on the professional chokes the Toronto Drakes.

Philadelphia 76ers   Toronto Drakes
-1.5 SPREAD +1.5
-125 MONEY LINE +105

You gotta hammer the 76ers tonight. I wouldn’t hate on taking the money line I really believe this one is going to come down to the last bucket, but I don’t feel good enough to take the Drakes. This is going to come down to the 3rd quarter, if the Sixers can come out of the half strong then they are going to take the game. It’s funny, both teams have won based on brilliant performances from stars. You could make the argument that Butler is 2nd or 3rd fiddle, but certainly Kawhi is THE GUY. But I think the team that is going to take this game is going to have the better-rounded team effort. I want to compare the Sixers to one of my favorite mercenary groups, The Black Company, but due to what can easily be a confusing and controversial label (with the exception of JJ and Boban) I think I am going to go with The Crimson Guard. Doesn’t translate as well but so be it.

Regardless, they are the home team. They stole a game on the road. They are individually the more talented team. They have moments where they actually come together. They also have moments where they splinter off to do their own thing post loss of K’azz style, but I think the energy in Philly is going to propel them to actually work together. So book it.

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Eye of the World Audio Book Update

What up whatup it’s time for a quick update on my journey through the Eye of the World audio book. Whatup3321 was one of AIM screenames back in the day and let me tell you it still plays. My initial idea of recapping my audio book experience while also talking about the training I have been undertaking is still on. It is just a little difficult to combine the two but I shall do my best.

Currently I am training for the Brooklyn Half which is May 18th. There is no specific goal in mind, earlier this year I hit my goal of an under 1:50 half with a 1:49:10 so I guess the next natural milestone would be a 1:45. I am not going for it on this one, I want to run it with my gf and help her hit her goal of under 2:00. Prob will wait until the Newport Half to go for it, but I don’t know how my body is going to react to training for my first marathon. Right now the focus has been on increasing my mileage. I know a lot of people talk about doing a 10% increase every week but honestly I do a lot of other stuff on top of running like playing soccer and basketballs and increasing that quickly every week is just going to kill me so I have been doing it every two weeks. This is the first week I am going for 33 miles and so far so good. I also have been experimenting with some speed workouts, my gf is on a training plan that I also follow. I just use the rest days on her plan as the days where I finish up my mileage. It seems to be helping, I just ran the UAE Kidney 10k in 49:10. Not great in terms of what I wanted but there was no rest in preparation for it so whatever. I kind of want to continue to talk about running in the future. It holds me accountable in the sense that if I put it out in the world I am more inspired to do it, and also I just really like talking about running. As someone who used to scoff at the idea of running any further then one restraining line to the other, this is kind of comical. I understand how much of a tool I can come across as, but fuck you its my blog.

Now that that is out of the way, back to the Eye of the World. I think my memories of how I felt about this series are clouded, I initially remember wondering if it was ever going to end, that it was literally dragging on forever and it teetered on ridiculous. I also was at a really weird place in my life while reading this series so I don’t know im my memory is tainted.

That being said, I am thoroughly enjoying the audiobook. I happen to remember a lot of the action in the first book so nothing is coming as a surprise but honestly I think a large part of my enjoyment is that the writing is simple enough that it is easy to follow while running. If it was overly complicated like MBotF (yes I had to look up what the reddit abbreviation of Malazan Book of the Fallen was because I am tired of typing it out) I am not sure I would enjoy it as it requires too much of being present or too much shit goes over my head. That’s what makes re-reading MBotF so enjoyable, but for WoT, the writing is well suited to audio. Also, though I clowned on the narrator initially, I now like the dude.

So the gang has gotten to Baerlon, and Nynaeve has just showed up to the party. DJ Thom got the club jumpppping and the whole crew was just soulja boying and douging their asses off. Fuck I am getting up there when those are the only two dances I could come up with off the top of my head. The hero of the story had just slung a stone at a cart soaking the children of the light and let me tell you, that guy gets comedy. Leaving your boy out to dry, HAHAH get it, wasn’t the coolest move but I forgive him. I am just up to the part where a fade shows up and asks Rand if he is trying to catch a fade. Shit is getting hot quick.

Re-reading this blog it occurs to me that it is all over the place. Give me an F for staying on topic.

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Eye of the World Audio Book Update

Alright, alright haven’t updated my progress on this in quite a while but that does not mean I haven’t been putting in those miles and listens. I think I have got to chapter 11 but I zone out any time the chapters change. I am at the part where ya boy Antwaan RANDle El just used the Taren Ferry to get across the river. Seeing as this has been a huge jump from me summarizing the intro to now I guess I am just going to go over some highlights.

When RANDLE El kills the Trolloc, it seems to me like this is a precursor to just how fucking soft Trollocs are. I have a problem with this throughout the series. Like these things are described as being animal human hybrids, and I’m not talking about DK Metcalf. Sound the terrible joke drums. Yet they pretty much get twerked by every single character in the entire series. When you have the mindless drones of an overlord, just once I would like to see them be capable of more than arrow fodder. I do like this guys commitment to just posting up chilling. Like fuck you fade i’m tryna eat some dudes not slog through the woods.

I love when these like bum ass farmers try and kick Moiraine out of the inn after she just saves them. Gotta appreciate the balls on pulling a stunt like that. I also love how she essentially placates them by telling them a story where all the dudes die. They all are I guess embarrassed but I think what they should have said was “yea that is exactly why you need to bounce homie.” Also she leaves five seconds later, could have just saved time and said okay im outtttttie. That story she tells does get me a little emotional though. Don’t tell anyone.

Lastly, gotta talk about the OG Matty Money Maker. Classic prankster making dogs white and telling people there are ghost dogs around. What a guy. Can’t wait for him to start wacking clowns with that staff.

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Wheel of Time Round 2

So I’ve been workshopping this idea to add some interest to my runs and thought about giving audio books a crack, because as my coworkers keep telling me, they’re so hot right now. I don’t know if that has any validity to it as my company has only ever made one audio book in the whole time I’ve been there, but we don’t publish trade books so honestly who knows. I get blasted in the eyeballs anytime I ever try to do anything with Amazon or the internet in general trying to pitch me audible and I got to say, just like that nasty ass looking orange vanilla coke commercial playing every second during march madness, if you just keep shoving it in my face eventually I will get suckered in.

Which brings me to the point of this whole blog. My plan is to have my first audio book be Eye of the World, which for the uninitiated (a fancy way of saying I read something, is book one of about ten million in the ever so highly regarded Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I’m going to be honest, it is a long, long, long series and contrary to what I think is popular opinion, what I remember being the best books are like the middle three. It’s not terribly complicated in the sense that you kind of know who is good and evil right away, and it does rely on what I call the Goku system of fighting, meaning that in order to win you just get more powerful or break new levels of what everyone thought was the limit for an ability or skill. But honestly I really think that this is a good series to try and listen too.

So all in all, as I am currently starting up marathon training, more on this another time, I think that I want something familiar that I vaguely remember. Looking forward to keeping an updated version of my progress on this, maybe I will tie it in to my runs or something.