Fantasy Characters Never Leave You Behind

My work buddy is leaving, so I’m hanging out with characters in a book to ease my mind.

Left Behind

My buddy at work is putting in his two weeks tomorrow.  He met with a new company today and negotiated a 6 figure salary.  I’m torn.  On the one hand, I’m super excited for him and I can’t wait for him to escape this place and make a better life for himself. On the other hand, he’s the only other reliable staff member I have at this place.  He and I are both senior analysts, pretty much everyone else is a low level tech.  He and I administer all the servers for our company, and we also do pretty much all the application support.  He and I have leaned on each other for the past six months.

Six months ago, we had a large exodus of veteran staff leave our office.  Our boss attributed it to anything and everything that wasn’t his management style, even though some of the people leaving told him the truth.  He hasn’t hired anyone with a depth of technical skill yet, he just hired a couple of newb techs at a low level.  With my buddy leaving, I’m the last of the old guard left.  I’m basically going to be the only one capable of running our I.T. shop.  I was hoping to drop down to part time, and I’m worried what this will mean in regards to my plans.  I’m banking on the fact that I’m the only one left who can do anything with our critical systems, and that that will give me some leverage, but my boss is stubborn.  Who knows what he’s going to say.  This is just the latest in a series of frustrations I have with this place.  I really need to get out of here.

The Judging Eye

I’ve been trying to get through The Judging Eye by R. Scott Bakker this week.  I’m at about 67%, so I’m getting there.  I mentioned Bakker earlier, but I love this guy.  His books are a little more challenging to read than other fantasy authors.  The prose is dense and thick most of the time with many inwards thoughts and ramblings bookended by short dialogue scenes.  Much of his previous trilogy, The Prince of Nothing, was chapters full of characters thinking to themselves with very little dialogue or action to break up the paragraph structure.  Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot going on in the plot and the story moved itself along, but I tried to get a buddy into this series and he couldn’t hang.  These books are more concerned with philosophy and culture than with appeasing the masses.

Covert art for The Judging Eye by R. Scott Bakker.

This book picks up 20 years after the events of the Prince of Nothing.  The major characters are back along with some new ones.  I do enjoy most of the new characters, but the most fun I’m having is revisiting the characters from the first series. I’ll post a more in depth review once I’m finished, but if you’re a fanboy of Steven Erikson like me then I think Bakker is the next logical step.

Author: Ben Jones

Blogger. Husband. Doofus.

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