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Stephen Erikson's Books posted 22 February 2005 in Literature DiscussionStephen Erikson's Books by White Lord, Subdidact

Quote: "Mithfânion":egevt5di

Off-topic a bit, but what *are* your favorites? I noticed you're very big on worldbuilding, as am I, so maybe I can pick up a recommendation or two.[/quote:egevt5di]

Well I think RevCasy has expressed in his post more or less what I think also. To tell you the truth, even for those books/series which were well-written/fun to read I couldn't give you a recommendation for simple world-building.

I think the only fantasy books/world that I could really appreciate for its world-building is Tolkien's Middle-earth. And even then I'm not really enamoured of his story. I just think it's a really well-made world, and even the story itself draws something from it that you can't really find elsewhere.

I like reading fantasy in the G.R.R. Martin mould, and while I love his story I think his world is much less detailed and thought out than it should. For ex. his eastern continents feel just as an afterthought to anchor the Daenerys storyline, which is fast coming to bore me <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> . . .

Jordan also gets a lot of praise for his world-building but again I don't see exactly why . . . Hell, the world as revealed in the first book of Prince of Nothing was already more detailed and more gripping than the Wheel of Time after ten books. What you get in the WoT is repetition of the same "world-building" details ad nauseam and some really annoying braid-tugging and sniffing . . . <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

Now we come to Scott Bakker's PoN books, and I have to tell you that for the first time since reading LotR I can really appreciate a fantasy world for itself without paying much attention to the story, and even the story gets more and more interesting against such a well-made backdrop.

Really can you guess why I'm constantly plaguing Scott for more details? <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

And I can tell you that reading the books was a really great experience for me. I have read them only once and I have absorbed nearly everything, from names, history, geography, storyline, that I don't think I'll need a re-read when Book Three comes out. That should be sufficient reason to tell you how much PoN has impressed me.

Now, though, I have to ask you the same question you put to me, because I'm frankly interested in the worlds you think good, since as you see, they may have escaped me . . . <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

Cheers, WL. view post


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