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1.0 out of 5 stars Wait for the paperback or borrow it...., 9 Aug 2003
This review is from: The Elder Gods (Hardcover)
I have read the Eddings classics (Belgariad, Mallorean, Elenium etc.) more times than I can count and never lost interest or love for the work. I would be surprised if I ever read Elder Gods again. Strangely co-inciding with the inclusion of his wife's name on the title page, recent books do neither Eddings reputation nor his readers wallets justice. Characters are without depth and impossible to relate to, the enemy insipid and stupid, plots entirely predictable and the simple dialogue scattered with one liners pirated from previous, superior Eddings works. Key characters (the laconic but tough hero, the acerbic matriarchal figure and the whimsical little girl who loves kissing people) read like someone else's attempt at the Elenium. Either the Eddings have lost interest or someone else is writing the books because neither this nor Redemption of Althalus bears any resemblance to what went before. This book reads like a one novel fairy tale for an audience aged ten, rather than the wider scope of previous epics. I'll keep reading the new books in the hope that form returns but from now on it will be at the library - I cannot justify rewarding second rate work with the price of a hardback.
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