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2.0 out of 5 stars No masterpiece!!, 9 Nov 2009
This review is from: Mythago Wood (Paperback)
Read this when it first came out and it was a disappointment.The characters are not developed enough early on to make you believe in them.The writing also is unconvincing.When I see the label of masterpiece stuck on something (it happens all too readily nowdays without discrimination!) I expect that book,film or whatever to be at least original and the writing or direction well nigh faultless.This does not happen in the case of this book.One thing the gushing praise heaped on this novel and "Little Big" by John Crowley does do is focus the attention on the fact that much modern fantasy fiction just does not measure up.For these two books to be hailed as masterpieces is absurd.Bad writing is bad writing though it comes to you praised to the skies!The Encyclopedia of Fantasy ,no less ,is fullsome in its adoration of" Mythago Wood" and "Little Big" but I do not pay any attention beyond a scornfull laugh at such maudlin sentiments.Pause and think of Peake,Eddison,the first volume of "The Lord of the Rings" and you will see what I am getting at.Where is the originality these days?Lost in a welter of film influenced writing and a market where everything needs to be sold.For Gods sake,and it is a plea from the heart,authors please inhabit your world,and have the strenght of your convictions,write for yourselves and not some mass market no matter how hard the pressure to conform may be.Above all lets be original.the world after all,is full of cliches,we dont need our literature to be pandering to them.
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