The Runes Of The Earth (The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant) (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Mass Market Paperback – 3 Oct 2005
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He creates a constant tension that grips and won't let go (Barbara Davies STARBURST)
Donaldson has developed a gift for labyrinthine plotting... Runes introduces many intruiging characters with the promise of complex interaction to come. (David Langford SFX)
Not your typical fantasy, this enjoyable read comes alive with Donaldson's vivid descriptions (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)
Morally complex and rich in detail, this is a novel which reminds you that fantasy needn't equate to lowest common denominator simplicity. One of fantasy's heavyweights reminds us that he still has much to offer the genre. (Jonathan Wright DREAMWATCH) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The most important Fantasy Event this century: at long last, the return of Thomas Covenant the UnbelieverSee all Product Description
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I avidly devoured the first two series years ago before passing the books on to my daughter (I bought the BIG trilogy copies), thus creating another lifelong fan. I was actually shopping for something else entirely when I spotted this one on the way to the checkout - instant swap and back to the car double quick time to make a start!
In my opinion the poor reviews here say more about those writing them than they do about Stephen Donaldson, in the same vein as people who no longer 'admit' to liking the same music they did when they were younger. It is no longer considered 'cool.' In this present age of instant gratification and five-second attention spans it is a relief to find something that HASN'T changed for the worse.
Of course this latest installment in the Thomas Covenant saga is similar to the others - it HAS to be; of course it is 'wordy' - it makes you THINK about what is being said; who CARES that one finds references unique to the Chronicles? - SD has created his own world (well, two of them actually...) so he can have exactly what he (and you the reader)wants in it...
Like many of those here I read this in just two days! Now I can't wait for the next installment. Neither can my daughter, a literary afficianado who knows EXACTLY what she likes and had some VERY strong opinions on the poor reviews here!
Just because you're twenty years older you don't HAVE to be a boring old fart, it's not compulsory you know! It's a relief to escape from the pressures of work, the mortgage, spouse, kids, dog and the Chelsea Tractor in the drive (put it away in the garage, no-one cares!) and revisit 'The Land' of your dreams and reacquaint yourself with old friends. Roll on the next installment...
Like many fans, I faced Donaldson's return novel 'The Runes of the Earth' with extreme apprehension, but I have to say he has surpassed himself. If it were possible Donaldson has suceeded in adding a new dimension to the 'Land' that was already rich in detail and plausibility. He seems to have found the perfect balance between drawing from the first two chronicles and incorporating new themes and concepts. The lack of Covenant as the main figure to base the narration around detracts nothing from the novel. Furthermore, the subtle suggestions that Covenant is indeed alive tantalizes the reader and adds to the ambivalence of the novel.
I shall say no more! For Donaldson fans 'The Runes of the Earth' is a dream come true, for new readers the time has come for your initiation into a truly remarkable saga.
Personally i think the fiirst three are the best. The second trilogy gets a bit lost in what I feel is 70's dippyisms, but good nonetheless. Imagine my shock then when i stumbled across the new book in my local bookshop last year (in my mind mr donaldson had been long gone, a writer from another age) . I immediately bought it and devoured it and then scanned the internet for the next two, horrified to see that there was no confirmed release date. Until now. I can't wait. I think that the first book of the third series was a return to the grittier style of the first three and retains the integrity of the series entirely. I am 36 now and am excited like a little kid for the next one to come out and congratulate Mr Donaldson on lying low for so long. If you want to appreciate this boook fully, sorry, but get the previous, sigh, seven and read them, then read these. You will not regret it. (tip; second hand bookshops are chock full with them every where, but so is amazon). Though I am sure you could just read these new ones as the set up is slightly different.
If you enjoyed these and want to read something while you wait, search Asimovs Foundation series in amazon and read them. Equally enthralling for nuts like me who are not content with one book, but want to enter a whole new world. highly reccomended.
When I was 19 I discovered Thomas Covenant, and, believe it or not, read each volume of the original two trilogies in 6 consecutive nights. I couldn't sleep until I'd finished each volume. I managed to make the new volume last two days, but it was hard...
Donaldson has learned even more about the art of writing since the beginning: he has a little more economy of style now, pared down and practised with the Gap books. He still has a tremendous story to tell. The Covenant dilemma is about choice: how our choices affect others, ourselves and the world. Inaction is a choice in itself: freedom of choice is all. Respect for others; responsibility; guilt; honour; shame: these are the recurring themes.
The book itself is a thing of beauty: published on luscious thick paper with a beautiful illustration on the cover, it's a pleasure to handle as well as to read! I can't WAIT for the next three instalments. My life is that little bit brighter knowing they are to come.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Buy all three sets of chronicles and lose yourself in the majesty of the Land.Published 24 days ago by Richard Nation
I think Donaldson lost his way when he tried writing the last chronicles - the first and second chronicles were fantastic stories, incredibly well written with superb english. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Robinson
God this series has lasted too long! Stop being so bloody pathetic Mr Covenant!Published 1 month ago by MarkH
I wasn't sure how Donaldson was going to continue this saga but he has accomplished it magnificently. Looking forward to the rest of the booksPublished 6 months ago by Kate Alcorn