10 April 2010


On My Wishlist: Something for a Saturday

(See all the other wishlists linked up at Book Chick City.)

This seems like the wrong meme for someone with over thirty books in her possession that she still has not read. (Some of them were loans; many of them were gifts; most of them were on sale when I happened to be browsing that day.)

Filipinos have a term for someone who wants more than he can finish: takaw-mata. It means one's appetite (takaw) comes not from the stomach, but from one's eyes (mata). I'd say I'm very takaw-mata when it comes to books--which is another kind of gluttony I should probably talk to my confessor about.

But there has been one book I've seriously wanted to read for years. It's not available in the Philippines, and I don't have a credit card, so I can't order it off the Internet. It is one of the reasons I have so many unread books in the first place.

This is the sequel to Michael Cadnum's Book of the Lion, which is and ever shall be one of the best Historical novels of my reading life. The first book took two young squires from England to the Holy Land, as they followed their knights on Crusade. This traces their long journey back to their home.

While I'm at it, I should also wish for the third book in the trilogy . . .

Apparently, as soon as our young heroes reach England again, the king asks them to escort some pilgrims to Rome. So begins another adventure! And there was no better setting for high adventure than the Middle Ages!

I've already mentioned my Historical reading challenge, begun several years ago, in which I was determined to read my way from the tenth century to the present, using books as bridges. Well, I got stuck in the twelfth century after reading The Book of the Lion, with no way to move forward without reading Cadnum's other books. (That is why I own so many unread Historical novels. I don't think I can read them yet.)

Now, I really didn't have to be stuck, because this is my reading challenge and I make my own arbitrary rules. (Was that redundant?) I don't know where I came up with the idea that I'd have to read Cadnum's whole trilogy before I could move on. (Maybe The Book of the Lion really is that good.) But I've been kind of stuck for years, and my books have been stuck with me.

So that's that.

Image Sources: a) The Leopard Sword by Michael Cadnum b) The Dragon Throne by Michael Cadnum


Lori said...

I haven't heard about either one of those. I hope that you get them and enjoy them. =)

Book Chick City said...

Thanks for joining in with OMW! I also haven't heard of these books before. They sound interesting. I hope you get your hands on a copy soon! :)

Enbrethiliel said...


Thanks, Lori and Book Chick!

I guess my problem is that these titles are very obscure.

Salome Ellen said...

If you can buy or borrow an ebook reader, both books (#'s 2 and 3) are available for download from Barnes and Noble. In the US$15 range. You have me intrigued...

Enbrethiliel said...


Thanks, Salome Ellen, but ebooks aren't an option for me, either. =( I don't know anyone who has one, though I'm sure some "early adapter" techies somewhere in the Philippines must have jumped on the bandwagon by now!

I'll have to keep pestering the Customer Service people at the bookstores I frequent. They can't keep advertising that they'll order whatever you want that they don't have, if they don't actually deliver, right?

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

O bummer! Good luck!

Enbrethiliel said...


Thanks, Juju! I'll need a lot of luck finding these titles! =)

iolanthe95 said...

I'm enjoying The Book of the Lion on audio thanks to you. It is really wonderful. You know, you could ask some nice person from the states to buy you copies of the trilogy and mail them to you. ::raises hand::

Enbrethiliel said...


*high fives Iolanthe's raised hand*

I'll e-mail you about that this, weekend. =) Thank you for offering to help!