Henry Cavill Facts #8| Henry Cavill and his favorite readings

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The actor Henry Cavill usually travels a lot, mainly in the times of filming of its works. Only in recent months has he been in Canada, Paris, Jersey and London, among other destinations.

In an interview with Mens Health magazine, he released his favorite pastime during the flights. The interview was given at the time Cavill often traveled to Ireland for the filming of The Tudors. Henry said that for travel he prefers to be comfortable and does not dispense socks to warm his feet. (It seems the habit lasts until today, because he published this photo with his dog Kal during a trip).

In addition, Henry stated that he spent his time on the air to read the books of one of his favorite authors, Robert Jordan.

Robert Jordan was the pseudonym adopted by the American author James Oliver Rigney Jr, who was born in 1948, learned to read alone at age 5 with stories of Mark Twain and Jules Verne.

Studied in physics, he served in the Vietnam War, and in 1977, when he worked as a nuclear engineer, he began to devote himself to writing. His first books were historical novels – in which he used another pseudonym: Reagan O’Neal – and seven stories in the series Conan, The Barbarian, only to start writing the series that made him known worldwide.

The series The Wheel of Time had its first volume – The Eye of the World – published in 1990, and from there until 2013 the series totaled a total of 14 volumes.

Jordan passed away before finishing the writing of the last volume of the series, the book ‘A Memory of Light’. He suffered from a rare, progressive disease that attacks the body’s major organs, amyloidosis. The doctors gave a four-year prognosis to the author, who began the race to finish the last book of the Wheel of Time: “I was warned that if I die before the books are finished, [the fans] will defile me to the grave,” joked in an interview with CNN in 2000.

In the terminal phase of the disease, he could no longer type, so he dictated the final chapters to his wife. Two weeks before he died he made a meeting with his publisher and family and detailed the whole book, so after his death Brandon Sanderson finished the volume.

Inspired by Hindu mythology, the series tells the story of the Third Age of a land described with stunning richness of detail, its various nations, its fantastic creatures and the confrontation between the mystical powers. The work is compared with Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, in narrative.


The Wheel of Time, considered the greatest and most elaborate piece of fantastic literature since the books of JRR Tolkien … Venerated by a gigantic fan base – which, after more than 20 years, brings together different generations of readers – the series of Robert Jordan promoted the emergence in 2007 of an annual convention called JordanCon, which takes place in the United States and receives hundreds of participants from all over the world, including Brasil.” (Intrínseca – brazilian publisher of the books)

In April of this year Variety announced that Sony Pictures Television acquired the rights to transform the work into a television series, with production and script by Rafe Judkins, (Agents of SHIELD).

If you have been curious and do not know the series, see the synopsis of the first volume:

One day there was such a definite war that it broke the world, and in the spinning of the Wheel of Time what remained in the memory of men became the mainstay of legends. Like the one that says that when the dark forces rise again, the power to fight them will be reborn in a single man, the Dragon, who will bring back the war and, again, everything will be fragmented.

In this scenario in which darkness and redemption are equally feared, lives Rand al’Thor, a young man from a quiet village in the Dois Rios region. It is the season of the end of winter festivities – the most rigorous of the last decades – and even in the agitation that anticipates the festival, it is striking the arrival of a mysterious outsider.

When the village is invaded by beasts which for most men belong only to the universe of legends, the woman not only helps Rand and his friends to escape from there, but also leads them to the greatest of all journeys. The unknown is an Aes Sedai, maker of power that moves the Wheel of Time, and believes that Rand is the prophetic Reborn Dragon – one who can save or destroy the world.

Já em outra entrevista, concedida a InStyle Magazine, Henry acrescentou outra série que gosta de ler: Temeraire, de Naomi Novik.

InStyle: As an iconic superhero, no less. Are you much of a genre fan?

Henry Cavill: “I’m a sci-fi and fantasy fan, yes. I love epic fantasy books like The Wheel of Time series, by Robert Jordan. And the Temeraire books, by Naomi Novik, are wonderful too. They’re all about dragons and involve an alternate history about the Napoleonic Wars. I’m definitely a big geek”.

Author Naomi Novik was born in New York. He is fond of the Napoleonic era and by authors like Patrick O’Brian and Jane Austen. He studied English Literature and attended a master’s degree in Computer Science. After participating in the development of various computer games, he discovered that he preferred writing to programming and began writing novels. His Majesty’s Dragon is the title of his first book, and the series Temeraire, had two more volumes published in Brazil: Throne of Jade and War of the Black Powder. (The original series has nine volumes released so far).

Here’s the synopsis of the Temeraire series:

Capt. Will Laurence is serving with honor in the British Navy when his ship captures a French frigate harboring most a unusual cargo–an incalculably valuable dragon egg. When the egg hatches, Laurence unexpectedly becomes the master of the young dragon Temeraire and finds himself on an extraordinary journey that will shatter his orderly, respectable life and alter the course of his nation’s history.

Thrust into England’s Aerial Corps, Laurence and Temeraire undergo rigorous training while staving off French forces intent on breaching British soil. But the pair has more than France to contend with when China learns that an imperial dragon intended for Napoleon–Temeraire himself– has fallen into British hands. The emperor summons the new pilot and his dragon to the Far East, a long voyage fraught with peril and intrigue. From England’s shores to China’s palaces, from the Silk Road’s outer limits to the embattled borders of Prussia and Poland, Laurence and Temeraire must defend their partnership and their country from powerful adversaries around the globe. But can they succeed against the massed forces of Bonaparte’s implacable army?

You, as Henry, also have a favorite book for your trips? Tell us!

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