Giant of a series, when it comes to film please call I will be waiting.
Cronicals of Thomas Covenant
I Will Be Waiting
I read the first series of "Thomas Covenant" books when they first came out, about 20 years ago. I remember finding them slightly irritating, but finishing the whole series anyway.
When "Runes" came out, I thought a long time before buying the audio book. Though my experience with the first 6 books had not been so great, I was also in high school at the time. I've changed quite a bit since then - and I thought it possible a more mature reader might appreciate the series more.
Well, I guess I haven't changed enough - "Runes" is truly an awful piece of work. The characters are angsty, helpless, frustrating ... and predictable. You *know*, without any need for forshadowing or introspection, what they will do long before they act (or fail to act, as is more often the case). Not that "Runes" lacks in the introspection and foreshadowing department. Inner dialog goes on for passage after passage, but still leaves many of the characters feeling flat, rather than giving you any insight or making you care about them.
The writing is also poor, surprising from someone who has been in the business as long as Donaldson. The florid prose comes off like really bad poetry at times. Donaldson uses a lot of descriptive language, but it is almost always cliched and trite. It frequently sounds like a parody of really bad romance novel language.
Think really, really carefully before chosing this title - if you are an absolute die-hard Thomas Covenant fan, and can stand the horrid writing, then you may find pleasure in the continuing story of The Land and Foul's plot to destroy it. But just like Donaldson's characters, you too must pay the price of despair and desolation as you suffer through the tortured landscape of cliche and bad writting, before reaching a pay-off that most of us won't find worth the trip.
If there was ever a book I wish I had bought in hardcover, it's "Runes" ... I could have returned it after 20 minutes of reading and asked for my money back.
This book is not as good as the original series was...seems some of the magic was lost..but having said that, I listened to it all and still enjoyed it...I will probably get the next one.
It's been nearly 20 years since the last time I read the Chronicle of Thomas Covenent and if feels like I skipped time and have come back home to the Land again! It's a must read for any Donaldson fan. I'm so glad it's in audio.
Obviously its not great literature like Tolkien, which it borrows from, but it is far more entertaining than Robert Jordan"s wearily drawn out muddle.
Mr. brick's reading style is whining and weak but the story would be half as long if Mr. Donaldson didn't feel a need to explains the characters emotions thoughts and plans every time he moved from one character to another. ...all together a waste of time. ...
not crazy about some of the aspects of the story, but some old friends of the land make a reappearance.....downgraded the overall because the chapter breaks do not line up with the book chapters, but with the physical CDs