Time travel & Confusion 

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon & (probably) Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

***Spoilers****

I’m watching Outlander season two and I  thought I was missing something from the books. Didn’t Jamie own a print shop?  In Edinburgh?  Or was that later?

Then I thought: Am I confusing him with Matthew from the Discovery of Witches series by Deborah Harkness? Because it could be. Not that both book series are the same, but I did fall in love with both, so it may be a tad hard to distinguish the two after a few years.

Which ofcourse means I have to read Discovery of Witches again. *smiles happily*

And finish the whole Outlander series (I’ve read 1-3)

But first, off to the Dark Tower again!

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21. A book with a great first line

The Gunslinger – The Dark Tower book 1

by Stephen King

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”

This is the first line of an epic fantasy/horror series by Stephen King. It’s an absolute favourite of mine, I’m currently on my second journey to the Tower. The first time was mind-blowing and life altering, some books have that quality about them to make you look at life differently, deeper somehow.

*****SPOILERS FROM HERE*****

The story tells of a gunslinger, Roland Deschain, who is chasing a man in black. During the hunt he meets different people, kills a lot of them, encounters a talking raven and happens upon a boy. The boy is Jake Chambers, he doesn’t know how he came to Roland’s world, but knows he will die there, because Roland needs to catch up to the man in black. In the end, Jake fall to his death after telling the gunslinger: “Go then, there are other worlds than these.” Roland is conflicted, but pursues his hunt for the man in black. He feels guilt, because Jake put his trust in him, however his need for answers is greater. In the end he reached the man in black and he turns out to be an old acquaintance: Walter. They palaver and Walter informs Roland of his future, afterwards he tries to get Roland to renounce for the Tower. Roland refuses and Walter sends him west. The story ends with Roland arriving at the shore of the Western Sea.

For all you Tower-junkies out there: I contemplated switching the way each challenge was numbered so this one would be 19. In my mind it is.

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