Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Against All Things Ending by Stephen R. Donaldson

A big apology to all the Donaldson fans out there. I just really didn't like this book. I was so monumentally disappointed. I love fantasy and had heard good things about this series, so I entered to win it for a goodreads firstreads give away. A couple of gripes I had (feel free to disagree, this is only my opinion):

I jumped into the story in the third book of the third linked-series. Probably about the worst place a person could start, I know. But the book gave a pretty detailed synopsis of the preceding series and books to catch the reader up to the present story.

Maybe if I had started from the beginning I would have liked it better, but I'm inclined to think not. Just the descriptions of the previous books was a turn off to me. This is not the kind of fantasy I was hoping for. Darn. Oh well, I'll give it a try anyway.

Next, I was completely put off by Donaldson's writing style. The word "snootitude" comes to mind. Again, big apologies to people who find his style poetic and sophisticated. I found it uppish and pretentious. I recently read a reference book on writing in the legal profession that was easier to read than this epic fantasy.

I really wanted to give this one a good review, but I just can't do it. I leave this story (I confess only partly finished because I just can't take it any more!) with a measly one star and the promise to avoid Donaldson in the future.


Hamilcar Barca said...

i for one appreciate the honest review. it's just as important to know which books to avoid as to know which ones are great, especially when it comes to a whole Fantasy series.

Julie said...

I agree, Hamilcar. Honesty is the best clarity. I would rather seek out books that will be more worth the time it takes to read them.
Glad to have you come by. :)

Marc D. said...

Put down the Dragonlance books and graduate to some adult fantasy. Grab a copy of Lord Foul's Bane (book 1) and settle in. Read it, then come back with your comments. I'm not exaggerating when I say it will change the way you see epic fantasy.

Queen 'Bina said...

Marc- This isn't a Dragonlance book. I read plenty of wonderful adult fantsy, thank you. I appreciate the book suggestion- I'm always on the look out for quality fantasy writing. But in the mean time, my comments are still plenty worthwhile.