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 Post subject: Stephen Donaldson
PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 1:26 am 
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Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (1st and 2nd trilogy, I haven;t managed to get through the thrid yet)

I loved the first three books. Loved loved loved. I spilt a bottle of ink over one in the series that I had borrowed from a friend and was mortified so had to get my own. Thomas Covenant is the hero you hate - until he breaks your heart.

Then came the second trilogy and now I hated Linden. Thomas AGAIN broke my heart but in an awesomely perfect way - for me at least Linden was never redeemed and so that is why series 3 comes along.

I should read it but I found he had become a thesaurus using the longest most complicated word he could. Never call a spade a spade when you can call it a metallic implement for inserting into the soil seemed to become his mantra.

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 Post subject: Re: Stephen Donaldson
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Aye. The newest trilogy is on the docket. I agree about Avery. So curious what the plans are for her


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 Post subject: Re: Stephen Donaldson
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Read the first and second many years ago, started the third but had to wait for it to be finished and never got back to it. Looks like it's time.
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 Post subject: Re: Stephen Donaldson
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I finished the third. I found it to be a suitable ending.
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 Post subject: Re: Stephen Donaldson
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I read the first two trilogies years ago, friend lent me first book and I bought the others, I have first two books of the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant(I think there are a total of 4 books now) Runes of the Earth and Fatal Revenant, which I have yet to read.

Must agree they are phenomenal , Stephen R. Donaldson is very skilled..and agree with his vocab lol, I would have a page or two of words to look up within about 50 pages of any given book lol. At least I learned more words..the writers works themselves are top of the line..
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 Post subject: Re: Stephen Donaldson
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I have finished them all.

I had originally read the First and Second Chronicles years and years ago, and then re-read them over the course of the Last Chronicles prolonged release schedule. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the Second Chronicles much more the second time around. "Nom" has got to be the best moment in the series.

On to the Last Chronicles. Donaldson's puissance for thesaurietical research in the gloaming of his career has already been reknown. However, I must say that I have read some more classic books (particularly Last of the Mohicans) which makes Donaldson's literary aptitude look like a grade school rough draft. Not a dig on Donaldson at all.

The plot in the Last Chronicles had me guessing right up to the very end. And the cliffhangers were enraging (mainly because I had 2+ years to wait for the next volume). However, what I did notice about the Last Chronicles is that there's either a few hundred pages of the crew standing around talking, or the pace is so astronomical that I found myself saying "You spent 4 chapters eating lunch, and now you're on the other side of the Land.....eh?" There were a number of cop-outs thrown in to aid in the plot that I don't necessarily like, but it is what it is. And a few things that I had theorized that were never mentioned nor elaborated upon (one being that Berek's Staff of Law never came from the One Tree but was, in fact, given to him by Linden, which is the Staff formed by Vain and Findail. The other is that the Haruchai gained their mental telepathy and longevity by rending a 4th Raver much like Non did in the Second Chronicles -- you'll see similarities between them).

All in all, thought, they're required reading, as they are the culmination and conclusion to the series. Did I enjoy the? Absolutely. Did I wish they as simplistic yet at the same time as epic as the First Chronicles. Of course. But still worth the read.

Regarding hating Linden.... There is a group on Donaldson's forums that calls themselves THOOLAH - The High Order Of Linden Avery Haters! LOL!!
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