gerry at bindweed.com
Fri Aug 5 06:57:10 PDT 2011
From: "James Wynn" <crushtv at gmail.com>
> As a teen, I was revolted by the rape at the beginning of volume 1 and
> chunked the book for about a year. Then I picked it up and moved on.
> Ultimately, I liked it pretty well. Enough to buy book 2 with anticipation
> which I thought was even better. But book 3 just fell off a cliff. Total
> waste of time for me. I had very specific theories about why the ending
> failed but I can't remember what they were. However, I knew people who
> were absolutely crazy about Donaldson in the early 80s. Not so much now
> I'm afraid, which I have always credited to the dreadful follow-up
> trilogy. It could be that the book captured some zeitgeist at the time. I
> hardly ever hear about it now. I wonder how the first trilogy reads for
> young people who pick it up for the first time now, 35 years later.
I actually started midstream, I think with the Illearth War, and only read
Lord Foul's Bane later. Oddly enough, I liked the second trilogy better - I
think it seemed more of a fantasy adventure. I know this is a minority
Like it or not, its influence on the genre cannot be denied. It's very
visible in Wolfe's Wizard Kinght, for example.
Donaldson is working on a third trilogy now - at least one (The Runes of the
Earth) is out a few years ago. I found it readable but a bit repetitive.
But that probably goes with the territory. [One thing I have never
understood is the popularity of Donaldson's other fantasy series Mordant's
Need - I read about one and a half of the two books and then gave up; the
only thing I know that beats it for repetition and obvious villains is
Hubbard's Mission Earth!]
- Gerry Quinn
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