There are some actors who it is said can make it a pleasure to listen to ANYTHING, be it the phone book or the part of The Book of Numbers that reads:
- The Israelites set out from Ramses and encamped at Succoth.
- They set out from Succoth and encamped at Etham, which is on the edge of the wilderness.
- They set out from Etham and turned about toward Pi-hahiroth, which faces Baal-zephon, and they encamped before Migdol.
- They set out from Pene-hahiroth and passed through the sea into the wilderness; and they made a three-days journey into the wilderness of Etham and encamped at Marah.
- They set out from Marah and came to Elim. There were twelve springs in Elim and seventy palm trees, so they encamped there. (Numbers 33:5-9)
There are some authors that can make anything a pleasure to read, especially if you are in the right mood. Just as the passage above is a catalog of the Israelite’s journey through the desert after their departure with a bit of description and a few short vignettes, Antiagon Fire, The Seventh Book of the Imager Portfolio, by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. is in many ways a catalog of the journeys of Quaeryt and his entourage of Imager Undercaptains and two regiments. There are fewer meals of yellow cheese than some Modesitt books, and very little character development, but somehow, Modesitt makes it enjoyable to go from place A to place B with a sprinkling of bridge building and occasional smiting along the way.