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Eddings posted 21 June 2006 in Literature DiscussionEddings by Brys, Candidate

I read the Belgariad, the Mallorean and the Elenium when I was about 13 and at the time I mildly enjoyed them, but Eddings is a pretty bad writer. Even if you are willing to ignore the fact that he copies his plots and characters almost exactly from one series to the next, those characters and plots aren't even worth copying, and I haven't seen an original idea in an Eddings novel. The worlds he created were incredibly simplistic and there was no imagination present in it, but it served his purpose. A couple of years ago I read The Elder Gods, and that was one of the worst novels I've ever read. It was absolutely terrible, even by Eddings' usual standards.

The Belgariad and the Elenium might be worth reading as children - though I think Feist is a far more competent author who would fulfill this role much better - and I think the Elenium is the better of the two - more tightly written, a slightly darker, more original tone, but again it's not exactly good. view post


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