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The bookworm's teeth are broken!,
This review is from: Fatal Revenant: The Last Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)I've loved all the books up until Runes of the Earth and this one. All eminently readable.... so why has Mr Donaldson suddenly gone for nigh on unreadable, verbose, pompous drivel? Maybe he swallowed a thesaurus.
I can read for Britain and only once in 40 odd years of reading thousands and thousands of books have I given up on a book....this has the privilege?? of becoming the second.
Runes of the Earth I persevered with as I could see that through all the pretentious twaddle the story was basically still interesting (my mother gave up half way through Runes of the Earth and didn't even bother to open this one). So I optimistically got onto this, the second book, hoping that after reading the previous book it would get easier - boy was I wrong. I gave up after the first couple of chapters in complete boredom and decided to read something else in the meantime that would lighten the load. That was a couple of weeks ago, I've read a dozen or so books since, and I can't bring myself to pick the bloody book up again. It's still sitting there waiting - it may be there for some time to come!!
The professional reviewers must have been very, very bored at the time, or equally pretentious. The world he has created might be on a par (at a push) with Tolkein's Middle Earth, but the writing and readability most certainly is not. Yuck.
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Initial post: 22 Jan 2010 00:45:22 GMT
A. Holliday says:
A condign review to be sure...
It must have been a few years since you read the earlier chronicles. Donaldson has always filled his writings with arcane, obscure and, frequently, inaccurate words to replace simpler and clearer ones. These absonant practices have had a profoundly abreactic reaction on me at times leaving me incarnadine with anger (rather than chrysoprase with envy of his vocabulary), particularly when the words would consociate together and appear gregatim.
In the earlier chronicles I found it irritating (I used to read them, like Tony Hancock, with a dictionary at hand) and pompous, but these days I simply find it comical and pompous.
And with the exception of book one chronicle one, I've found them all to be hard going at the beginning (which might mean the first 500 pages in some cases), but then they ramp up enough (perhaps unfortunately) for me to go and start the next one...
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2013 12:07:21 BDT
C. J. Mitchell says:
abreatic? Eek. Where's my dictionary!
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