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Posted March 18, 2003
Picked this up from a used book table. The cover is striking and it looked like an easy read. I did get through it, but was glad I didn't pay full price. The author obviously decided to create a generic fantasy novel by borrowing and cobbling together concepts from a number of other writers: H G Wells (the Orlocks), Robert Jordan (a young boy living in a country village with his kindly dad), and Tolkien (the rings), just to name a few. I can see the author thinking to himself 'Gee, this fantasy stuff sells pretty well--how hard can it be?' It's not that the plotting, writing, and pacing aren't workmanlike--it's that this is just such an obvious and cynical attempt to fabricate a 'typical' epic fantasy. I love fantasy, and it bothers me to see it disrespected with tripe like this. The publisher should be embarrassed.
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