Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Against All Things Ending by Stephen R. Donaldson
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.