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Chyndonax Commoner | joined 28 June 2007 | 5 posts

Eddings posted 01 July 2007 in Literature DiscussionEddings by Chyndonax, Commoner

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I have a hard time reading Eddings now, but I used to be quite thrilled with his writing. I was younger.

Thing is, I do feel there's one specific area he's pretty good at, that being character interaction. His plots are, by his own admission, standard. The characters themselves are fairly pedestrian. He's a decent world-builder. But the intraction itself is... god help me, entertaining and readable.[/quote:tmcnwn9p]

I feel the same way. Didn't like any of his works except the Belgariad and Mallorean but the characters and their interaction in those two series were awesome. It didn't matter what they did I found them engrossing and entertaining. Some of the best characterization I've read to date.

As for the other criticisms of his work voiced here. Ya, there all true. Still a very enjoyable read just for the characters.

Sorry for reviving a dead thread. Had to lighten the load on my pockets, every little .02 helps. view post

Why read fantasy? posted 01 July 2007 in Literature DiscussionWhy read fantasy? by Chyndonax, Commoner

The first fantasy novel, or full novel of any sort, I read was where evil dwells by Clifford D. Simak. It was so-so at best. But who really got me hooked were Eddings and Feist. I loved the characters of Edding's Belgariad and the magic and storytelling of Feist.

As why read fantasy instead of other genres? I read fiction for entertainment and escapism. Can't get farther away than another reality and the differences as well as the situations they lead to are pretty entertaining. view post

Who is most offensive. posted 02 July 2007 in Literature DiscussionWho is most offensive. by Chyndonax, Commoner

PoN isn't at all offensive. I think women should have a bit of a stronger role since throughout the series they are basically second fiddle to whatever man they are attached to but that's more of a shortcoming than an offense.

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Ok so I feel like ive read every good author in existence. posted 02 July 2007 in Literature DiscussionOk so I feel like ive read every good author in existence. by Chyndonax, Commoner

Quote: &quot;Zarathinius&quot;:1vr8k100
Steven Brust. Quirky sense of humor, that guy has.[/quote:1vr8k100]

I'll second this. Interesting reading. Hard to put my finger on why I like him though. I'd start with Jhereg, the first book in his Vlad Taltos series. To Reaing in Hell is a near classic, IMO. Gotta love it when the main characters are Lucifer, Satan and Yaweh with a supporting cast of Beelzebub, Lilith, and Azeroth just to name a few.

If you care to branch out into space opera try Steve Perry. Start with The Man Who Never Missed. Nothing at all heavy here, quite the opposite, but fast paced and enjoyable. It'll keep you entertained for a weekend or so. view post

Nothing against female Fantasy authors but... posted 02 July 2007 in Literature DiscussionNothing against female Fantasy authors but... by Chyndonax, Commoner

Am I the only one who has trouble getting into their works. It seems like every time I try and get into a book by a female fantasy or sf author I can't. It just isn't interesting at all to me.

Anyone else feel the same?

And Diane Duane is the exception here. She's a fun read. view post


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