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  1. says:

    Soul saddened SIGH..Damn, damn, DAMNlife can really be full of suck This book really torched my hopes and dreams NOT because it was nightmarishly horrible which it wasn t but because I wanted it to be so brimming with steaming chunks of mouth watering awesome that I could write a stinging, snark filled anti anti Thomas Covenant reviewmy rant against the ranters.I suspected I had a excellent chance of really liking this story because most of the criticism of the series revolves around how douchy and unlikeable Thomas Covenant the main character is Not a problem for this reader as I have no problem hating a protagonist as long they are interesting, well drawn and compelling I don t generally care if I like them In fact, some of the most memorable characters I have come across have been ones that made me cringe like a baby before broccoli I despised Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, Lou Ford in The Killer Inside Me, Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, and even, at first, Tyrion Lannister from A Game of Thrones I must point out that my dislike for Tyrion didn t last past the second book and I now want him to be my BFF because his awesomeness is off the charts.So I didn t forsee that an unlikeable main character was going to be much of an obstacle for me Plus, having already enjoyed the first two installments of Donaldson s Gap series, I knew the man could write so I figured I might be in for a real treat and then I would show all those Thomas Covenant haters out there cue sinister music end sinister music Well for the first 70 to 75 pages my plan was working perfectly and I was sitting squarely in 5 star territory and starting to brainstorm what insults I would hurl at the insult hurlers in my defense of what I was sure must be THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD FANTASY CLASSIC OF ALL TIME Ah, if only someone would have warned me how wrong I was I even flew right through the infamous rape scene and had my explanations defenses already germinating in my caustic little brain I was thinking granted there is NO justification for rape, but we have seen similar events in other novels e.g The Outlander series that so many people seem to fawn over Also, Covenant did express lingering guilt over this senseless and brutal act and his remorse is something that continues to play an important part in the narrative Thus, I think his deep regret and loathing of himself for what he did and the uncontrollable impulse aspect of the initial crime makes Covenant s behavior despicable while still holding out the possibility of his redemption OOOOOOOHHHH take that all you haters BRIEF INTERLUDE Those of you Covenant haters out there that are reading this and know the almost Shakespearean tragedy that was soon to befall me as my initial positive feelings for the book were horribly ripped away from me by the oncoming train wreck of its narrative problems, I can only hope that you can forgive my earlier arrogance in wanting to prove you wrong. END INTERLUDE Unfortunately, shortly after the rape scene when I thought the story was really going to ramp up into uncharted bastions of EPICness, inconsistencies in the narrative structure began to really, really get in my way Before I can explain, I need to give a brief thumbnail description of the basic plot Thomas Covenant is a leper.yes LEPER How cool is that The man has leprosy He was a best selling writer before he got the big L and lost two of the fingers on his right hand He also lost his wife and child who packed up and moved on the greener pastures that had a little less leprosy in them So Tommy boy has been going through the mother of all rough patches when we first meet him Oh, Oh I almost forgot The leprosy has also made him impotent.nice bonus So at the beginning of the story, TC is living alone in a perpetual pissed off mood and is being shunned by his entire community due to the whole leprosy is icky vibe he is putting out there Well TC, as a not so subtle FU to the townsfolk, decides to walk down to the power company to pay his bill in person During this excursion, he has an accident, loses consciousness and wakes up in the Land which is the fantasy world in which the series takes place So far, so good Well Thomas doesn t believe he is in a strange new world He thinks he is unconscious or dreaming or in a coma, etcHe is afraid to take any of the new world seriously because he thinks it will indicate his final break with reality TC s grip on reality is all the important to him due to his leprosy trust me on this, no time to explain Anyway, all of this sounds great to me A fantasy character who doubts the world around him Bring it on WAIT.WHAT IS THAT DANGERFLASHING RED LIGHTS..PROBLEM AHEAD..STEVE S REVIEW AND HIS WHOLE PLAN IS HEADED FOR TROUBLE.NO, NO, NO, NO FULL STOP.TRAIN WRECK AHEAD Note you will have to imagine the sight of my murdered dreams as I could not find a picture that truly showed the horror of my disappointment.. Here is where Donaldson completely lost me and I lost all of my hopes of turning the hate against the haters Instead, the read became a waking nightmare that haunted me and began slowly crushing my will to live You see, Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever is only partially and occasionally an unbeliever and only when his unbelief can be used to some kind of dramatic effect Otherwise, he seems to take the world very, very seriously This is THE central plot device of the entire series and it is inconsistent than a politician during campaign season In fact, I could probably open the book up anywhere during the last 300 pages and find an example of this inconsistency, but I will at least mention a few so you know what I mean At one critical point in the story, TC vows to stop eating because he believes that by starving he will force the illusion of the world to be revealed Sounds good, but do you know what ole TC is doing when he makes the vow to ignore food..he s grabbing the freaking wine skin and taking a swig HUH Food is illusion but I might as well believe in the wine..I need some help on this one Once I started looking for this, I found it everywhere I asked myself whenever Covenant did anything if you are dreaming and you know it why are you bothering to do X Y and Z I NEVER got a good answer AND HERE IS THE BIG ONE Covenant doesn t believe in the world and tells this to everyone who will listen AND YET he continues to follow the course laid out for him by Lord Foul at the beginning of his dream throughout the entire time he is there Again, HUH Despite his complete lack of belief in the reality of this fantasy world, TC goes through extreme hardship and turmoil to travel the length of the Land because he conveniently tells himself that continuing to move forward is the key No, No, No, Mr Donaldson, that makes no sense The truth is it is just too inherently difficult to have a main character in a fantasy world not participate in the story You got yourself stuck Bottom line, if TC doesn t believe where he is than he should ACT like it Don t just tell us and then occasionally say I won t do such and such because none of this is real Be true to your lack of convictions TC because otherwise you just come across as a failed literary experiment, which, unfortunately, is what I think you are.Anyway, that is where the story lost me I would add to the above major grievance that the narrative was also too disjointed and Donaldson was never able to really make the world come alive, despite the fact that some of the world building elements were pretty interesting Thus, while I liked the idea of the Land and some of the secondary characters especially the giants they came across too much like set pieces given the rather undefined nature of the world Overall, I think that Donaldson had a very interesting idea for a story but it just suffered from the fundamental flaw of being almost impossible to pull off in the context of a coherent narrative.2.0 stars heavy sigh


  2. says:

    I ve often lamented that five star rating systems, such as the one used by GoodReads, don t allow for ratings lower than one star Were it possible, I d give this book negative stars I think it actually sucks the quality away from books shelved near it, and generally makes the world a less joyful, less intelligent place to be.You might assume from the previous statements that I dislike this book Given that dislike is a pretty mild, milquetoast term on the sliding scale of affection, you would be wrong I loathe this book This is one of the very few novels I ve ever literally thrown across a room once I d finished it, and if I had the chance, I d cheerfully do so again preferably at Donaldson himself, were he within range.Why Let s start with the protagonist and please, don t even try to sell me on the notion that he s an anti hero Thomas Covenant is one of the most loathsome, self involved creations ever to emerge from a writer s psyche, and the fact that he himself would agree with that assessment alleviates his repulsiveness not one bit Covenant is whiny to the point of self parody, self pitying to the point of ego collapse, and constantly uses his admittedly real hardships as justification for not accepting responsibility for anything including a heinous act of sexual violence which Donaldson thoughtfully sketches out for us just enough to make sure we don t miss the point yes, Covenant really does rape a character after she s just healed him of his leprosy.Ladies and gentlemen, Our Hero.Of course, that s merely the most glaring flaw in a book chock full of awful Donaldson s writing style gives new depth and nuance to the concept of purple prose, and his epic story reads like an overcooked pastiche of Tolkien with some cheery realism for which read late 20th century self involvement stirred in for flavor I d go on further, but honestly, there s only so long I can stomach kicking this dog of a novel before I feel the need to wash the taste of Donaldson s florid writing and his hero out of my brain.I regret ever reading this book, and I am absolutely flabbergasted that it has enough readers and fans to have led to seven count em seven sequels as of this writing I mean, sure, I know there s no accounting for taste, but damn.


  3. says:

    This isn t so much a review of the book as a response to other reviews I have read by people who hated it, and hated it specifically because they see the protagonist, Thomas Covenant, as unlikeable weak, whiny, and self pitying and or because of the rape scene included in it My position is essentially this You can hate a character for many good reasons, but having no clue who he really is, is not one of them.Some readers seem to want to excuse Covenant to some extent as an anti hero, but I think this misses a larger point his Chronicles, of which this book is the first, are a kind of anti fantasy Oh, this is still escape literature, but it lacks intentionally the complete abandonment of a Lord of the Rings It doesn t allow the reader to simply wish themselves into a magical new world Like and because of Covenant, it fights back It asks the reader to consider the distinction between reality and fantasy, or, as Covenant would put it, between sanity and madness This tension makes the Chronicles unique, providing a different kind of depth to the story.Briefly, Lord Foul s Bane recounts the first part of an epic battle between the good people of the Land and the evil that would destroy it, Lord Foul Specifically, it tells the story of Thomas Covenant, a leper whose disease has cost him his wife, his child, and the succor of society his sexual potency two fingers of his right hand and the nerves in his fingers and toes The psychological cost has been no less extreme His disease requires his full attention, if not directly for example, through frequent visual surveillance of his body, searching out any cuts or abrasions that, because he can t feel them, could quickly become dangerous , then indirectly In a world that hates and fears lepers, Covenant is compelled to undertake the hardest of all tasks, to give up all hope of health and love and meaningful human contact This is the man who, after an accident, wakes up in the Land a place of magic, where health can not only be seen but restored as he soon discovers, his leprosy is cured, and only his missing fingers are not returned to him.Naturally, he rejects the Land, and all its inhabitants.And here is where the story and Covenant, too begins to pall on some readers For Covenant s rejection is not a polite one Worse for many of these readers it is incomprehensible How could he reject this wonderful gift How, indeed, could he not wholeheartedly embrace it The answer, of course, is that Covenant is not, in fact, a weak man, but an exceptionally strong one A weaker man would do exactly as many of these readers seem to want he would embrace the Land and charge off to help the good guys defeat the bad And because he carries with him a power equal to the task the white gold with which his wedding ring is made , he would succeed Then, truly, this book would be as bad as they think it is.But thankfully that isn t Covenant For him, the Land is no gift it is a curse He comes from our world, the real world, where places such as the Land are fantasy And fantasy is dangerous, if you begin to believe it That way lies a life of institutionalization and madness Yet it seems so real, so full of beauty and wonder, friendship and love, it takes a man of extraordinary character to resist its temptations.Reader complaints of whininess and self pity seem to me to lack an appreciation of Covenant s dilemma and perhaps simple human empathy He believes and as a man of our world, he has every reason to believe that he is fighting for control of his own mind And against impossible odds Of course he despairs Yet he perseveres.How exactly is this man unlikeable Because he clings to sanity Because he refuses to allow figments of his imagination to drive him mad Because he doesn t say please and thank you From what I can gather, many of these one star reviewers never did read about Thomas Covenant they read about a Hero who wouldn t bow to their own desire for wish fulfillment.It s ironic They come off sounding like the people in Covenant s town who hate him so much they want him to stay locked up in his house, alone, forever Except that instead of leprosy, they cite the behavior and mode of thinking required by his disease as the reasons for their loathing Significantly, they don t question the townspeople s reactions but they don t follow that through, either It s as if they re saying, Okay, sure, everyone hates youbut there s no need to be bitter about it They don t seem to understand that Covenant doesn t want to be the way he is, but that he has no choice that if he doesn t build walls between himself and the outside world, he will lose himself entirely If he is overtly rude unlike, say, a shy person, whose rudeness is born of an innate social awkwardness it is because he isn t naturally anti social He has had to build his defensive mechanisms himself, against his natural inclinations This makes him at once rigid and heroic.And then there s the rape, a crime compounded by the youth of the victim, a girl of only 16 More than one reviewer, in the blissful simplicity of the knee jerk reaction, wanted to throw the book at a wall at this point in the story How is it possible to maintain sympathy for a man who would do such a thing Well, as it turns out, it is quite easy to do so provided you see the book through the lens of Covenant s dilemma If you go into this book like other works of fantasy believing in the reality of the Land and you cannot fathom Covenant s unbelief, then you will have a problem with this scene But then, I think, you will also have missed the point completely For rape in a dream or a fantasy isn t rape But, for Covenant, in a dream as real as this one appears to be, it is impossible to ignore And it acts on him in two ways it makes his rejection the Land difficult even as it raises disturbing questions of his mental health outside the dream Later in the book he has a similar reaction when he kills for the first time Is he, he wonders, truly capable of such violence Rather than ask, How could he rape a 16 year old, it would be appropriate to think, Even in his dreams, this man has a conscience.Post Script Excoriating Covenant for the rape of Lena follows a logic that would have us holding ourselves accountable for the content of our dreams If a man told a woman he had a dream in which he raped someone, should the woman henceforth think of the man as a rapist If a woman told a man she had a dream in which she was raped, and she enjoyed it, should the man afterward believe the woman obviously wants to be raped I hope I speak for a large majority when I say, Of course not.But one of the fascinating things about Covenant is that he does follow this logic He doesn t want to, and he tries hard not to, but the things he does in the Land, the those things affect how he sees himself This is why he does so damn little This is another misguided complaint about his character In this sense, Covenant s journey is one of self discovery Like many of us, however, he is afraid of what he will discover By doing nothing or as little as he possibly can , he can spare himself pain He has enough pain from his disease, from his isolation he doesn t think he can take any .Lord Foul s Bane is, I think, a very good book But it is here, in the area of Covenant s self discovery, that it is lacking His whining isn t a problem in itself it is a symptom of Donaldson s unwillingness or inability to fully explore the depth of Covenant s character It s interesting that the Land is mostly exactly that land While there is much to see on the surface, a few deep lakes would have been nice.


  4. says:

    I read Lord Foul s Bane once in grade seven the same year I first read Macbeth and Lady Chatterly s Lover, and The Lord of the Rings for a second time It was a good year for me and reading And an important year for who I would become But I didn t know until now how important Lord Foul s Bane was to all of that.This story has stuck with me in the most amazing ways After nearly three decades, I recalled an amazing amount of detail in the pages I reread I remembered minute details about Thomas Covenant s attitude towards his leprosy, especially when it came to the VSE Visual Surveillance of Extremities rituals that sustained him in our world and the new rituals he developed during his time in the Land I remembered Atiaran s stone knife and the way Covenant tempted the fate of his leprosy with its keen edge the edge that never dulled I remembered the way Covenant hero anti hero villain weakling coward simply flawed raped Atiaran s daughter Lena I remembered the diamond draught of Stoneheart Foamfollower and the image of the impaled Waynhim in the Waymeet and the death of the Unfettered One trying to save the beautiful wraiths of the Andelainian Hills and the wedge formation of the ur Viles I remembered it all with the sort of clarity one has when they read a book dozens of times or reread a book very shortly after having put it down, but I didn t expect to have anywhere near the clarity I had all these years later Thomas Covenant himself has stuck with me He is frustrating, spiteful, ugly, tormented, cynical, dark, brooding, and infuriatingly self pitying He is every bit the Unbeliever he names himself And Stephen R Donaldson wants him to be that way He needs him to be that way Covenant has to fight his belief in the Land at every turn because the Land is impossible, and as a rational man suffering from leprosy in 20th century North America, all that allows him to cling to his life is his rationality and sanity no matter how tenuous both are But the Land at least in this first book of the Chronicles is unbelievable It has to be one of the strangest, most frightening, and surrealistic fantasy worlds ever created Donaldson describes it with achingly beautiful prose and sometimes that beautiful prose is dense and slow and plodding, mirroring the motion of Covenant through the Land itself to reveal wonders that are just slightly different from everything we ve seen before in every high fantasy that Tolkien gave birth to, but Donaldson s slight shift in perspective, his offering of the place through the decaying lens of a leper, his constant overturning of expectations, makes his fantasy world unique His giants are not what we d expect, nor are his wraiths, nor his Cavewights, nor his landscape, nor his weather, nor his incarnadine corrupted moon, nor his magic And the most disconcerting difference between Donaldson s Land and the other fantasy realms we know is that his Land feels entirely unpopulated Covenant never stops travelling as he tries to escape his dream, yet his contact with the Land s denizens is minimal He passes through four centers of population Mithil Stonedown a town of Gravelingas who are rich in stone lore , Soaring Woodhelvin a tree town of Lillianrill who are rich in wood lore , Revelstone the seat of the High Lords , and the Plains of Ra where the nomadic Ramen serve the Ranyhyn, a kind of uber horse He sees great sights, bizarre rituals and happenings, and he interacts with a person here or there, but the first two towns seem home to mere dozens of people, Revelstone seems empty, and the Ramen are so hidden in their poisonous plains that we never get a sense of how many there are And even those people and races Covenant spends much time with, such as the Haruchai Bloodguards and his Giant friend, are isolated from their vital populations Two score set out to fight Lord Foul s desecration Where is everyone else The Land feels empty, and this is another disconcerting moment in an already disconcerting novel But that s why I love Lord Foul s Bane It isn t easy Donaldson challenges us whenever and however he can And he does it with transcendent prose and unflinching devotion to his problematic protagonist I d much rather read Mordant s Need It is hopeful, lively, real, but I don t know if that makes it better In fact, it probably isn t If you ve read both, I ask you this especially you Jon Is Mordant s Need better I really don t know But I do know this Stephen R Donaldson is my unsung hero of fantasy greatness He is up there with the best But damn is he a lot of work.


  5. says:

    Thomas Covenant had it all a good family, his first book was a New York Times bestseller, his second book was in the progress Suddenly he developed leprosy, his wife left him taking his son with her, people avoid any kind of contact with him turning him into a self loathing bitter whining person He is a leper outcast unclean.Some high powers brought him to magic land where he is destined to either help fight Great Evil, or destroy everything the choice is his The problem is he does not really believe the land is real this is only his mind affected by his leprosy which plays tricks on him As a result he does not really care about the Land this is an actual name of the place or its inhabitants He is a leper outcast unclean.This is my second attempt to read the series The first time I read it, I was really put off by one of Covenant s actions in the Land people who read this know what I talk about Still considering the fact that a lot of people call this the best fantasy ever I was curious to finish this Oh, in case you forgot Thomas Covenant is a leper outcast unclean.Now that I finally finished the book, I am underwhelmed The most GR ratings for it are either 5 stars or 1 star I guess I will be in minority with my rating I found this book to be a slightly above average Tolkien clone with a very unlikable protagonist After all, he is a leper outcast unclean.Quite a few of the scenes can be easily attributed to Tolkien s classic with simple change of names Thomas Covenant has a ring with unknown great powers does this ring a bell Sorry for a bad unintended pun He needs to get to Rivendell , sorry I mean Lord s Keep from where The Fellowship of the Ring , sorry Quest is formed from different people I can go on and on, but will stop here to avoid further spoilers The only really original part is that the main character is a leper outcast unclean.The book was probably shocking in the time it was written, but if one compares it to modern fantasy, it is very mild with the exception of the scene I already mentioned, but even that is not THAT shocking nowadays it just strengthens reader s revulsion for Thomas Covenant who is a leper outcast unclean.Speaking of the main character he is NOT an anti hero as some readers call him For good examples of anti heroes, please refer to Elric by Michael Moorcock, Lady from Chronicles of the Black Company, Gerald Tarrant from Black Sun Rising, or countless others Thomas Covenant is just a whining jerk and something worse which I will not mention here as it will give a spoiler I know quite a few real life people who had it as bad as or even worse than him, but they managed to remain good humans Thomas Covenant is a very pitiful excuse for a human being He is a leper outcast unclean.Did you notice that I never mention anybody except for the main character The reason for this is that every single person in the Land is a typical Mary Sue without any exceptions, and thus are fairly indistinguishable from each other and not very interesting, except for a leper outcast unclean character.I thought about giving 2 star rating to this book, but the very end was interesting enough to warrant an extra star after all, I would not read the next book in the series with the first one having just 2 stars In this case this book was good enough for me to proceed to the next one even though Thomas Covenant is a leper outcast unclean.One last note if you think I overdid on the whole leper outcast unclean thing Thomas Covenant calls himself like this at least once per page if not often, so if somebody wants to read this for the first time, get used to it He keeps whining like this non stop.


  6. says:

    Wow I really didn t like this book.I think it was in large part due to the fact that I found the main character so utterly unlikable Heck, he s even despicable.Some people can read and enjoy a book despite not being able to empathize with the characters I m not one of those people I actually like to care about my fictional characters It s pretty hard to give a flying fickle about some cranky jerk who rapes a woman in the first book I didn t bother reading to find out if things improved from there.


  7. says:

    OMG that was a rather difficult book to get into I mean, most of the time I had keep re shifting the gears in my head to see what might be valuable and good about this book, and for a great 200 pages I was wondering if I had stumbled into another Eddings slogfest full of completely predictable situations and heroes, with only the main character being a bit out of the ordinary.And then I had to remind myself that this came out in 1977 and the cult fantasy favourite as opposed to the mainstream fantasy favourite was LOTR We ve been inundated with Lewis and Beagle and who knows what else in the fantasy field The time was ripe for a change, and all the big fantasy fans have all declared this fantasy cycle as a major turning point with a textual breakaway into new territory that has stuck with us all the way to modern fantasy, which I have to say, I now adore.But did I really get into this book Is it even possible The answer is yes, with a pretty huge caveat It s pretty obvious that the entire book is an exploration of a quote by John Milton in Paradise Lost The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven Putting that firmly in mind, now read our self hating Thomas Covenant in his American home being treated as a Leper, because he is one, and see America as Mordor He s in hell And then he gets sent to heaven.The magical land is just that It s magical, people CAN live on beauty, alone, and there are honourable seafaring giants reminiscent of the Ents, horse riders with much magic in the horses, just like Rohan, only like Valdemar, and the Council, who are mages who have lost much lore over the centuries.Covenant is skeptical of everything he sees, now, for although he used to be a best selling author, he s now given up on all things imaginative in the wake of the hell of being diagnosed as a Leper and to learn he has no hope whatsoever So when he is miraculously cured, and the wedding ring of his divorced wife has turned into the receptacle of the mystical Wild Magic that could either restore or destroy this wonderful fantasy world, he just Can Not Believe any of it He s hallucinating He s dreaming.Too bad for him, it s all too real to his senses, and even his nerves have regenerated, which he knows is impossible Oh Dear.Honestly, the ideas come across as much interesting than the execution Like I said, it was a slogfest.It s also too bad, because he s rather an asshole.After reading so much modern fantasy, I ALMOST wish he d done something other than rape the wide eyed girl that was doing her damnedest to help him, like murder a cute puppy or an innocent child Maybe he d have had an easier time making me believe he really did regret the act later, or even right after the passion had been spent Jesus What a fucking prick.Okay Moving along And that s another thing It was just a very, very long travelogue At least LOTR had it in service of excellent secondary or tertiary goals The most we can say about Covenant is his gradual slide into belief and eventual realization that he s been a major asshole At least there was lots of dancing And the initial metaphor and how it changed each time was not lost upon me That was one of the nicer aspects of the novel, other than the realizations of Covenant, himself.Okay, now here s my biggest nut and bolt complaint Lord Foul is both a pretty damn interesting strategist and uber powerful magical villain I wish it hadn t taken so damn long for us as readers to GET THAT POINT Practically anything else would have been a better introduction to Drool and Foul They came across as an actual snivelling idiot and a minor house lord, and not the wielder of a staff fashioned by the Creator, himself, to right the corruption being spread throughout the fabric of reality, or the source of that corruption, itself Lord Foul It was all properly epic and I loved the ideas once I was finally INTRODUCED to them.I saw the influence of Zelazny s Amber series right away, and I ve always loved it when authors did that You know Uber Reality and the lesser realms, with Earth being one of many minor realms It was a nice addition to the book.And oddly enough, I got a lot out of the novel s spoken aloud tales, campfire style, than I did with the entire let s go get that damn Staff storyline.It s not a bad novel Don t get me wrong I m not jumping off the deep end and slamming this as I would with a modern fantasy that tried to pull this off I m trying to respect it as a product of it s time and place, and as such, I d probably give it a 5 star rating, too, or perhaps a 4 because Zelazny s was better Or at least I remember it fondly, and since I haven t read the other Covenant novels, I really shouldn t judge just yet.But the language in this novel wasn t up to Tolkien s high standards, and the worldbuilding didn t leave all that much impression on me, either Maybe that s a personal failing, and the fact that I couldn t get into the groove and kept falling out of whatever groove I eventually got well, it certainly didn t help.I ll keep going, because once I invest in a thing, I like to maintain the investment, especially when others tell me it only gets a lot better, but as of right this moment, I m a bit weary Maybe a few novels before I sink into the next might be best sigh


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    I live in a smallish room with roughly a couple of thousand books They are everywhere I love the books, but I also hate the books I d have space if it wasn t for them, when I moved it would be easy if it didn t involve carrying what feels like an endless amount of heavy boxes packed with them They are everywhere The bookshelves are all double stacked There are books on top of the normally shelved books There are piles of them everywhere They fall over They are in the way Mooncheese likes to knock them over sometimes, even though falling books scare her Like Juliana Hatfield felt about her sister, I have the same love hate relationship with my significant others Lately I ve been in the mindset to cull some of the books Be all JC on them and remove the wheat from the chaff I ve been a little successful, I ve gotten rid of about sixty or seventy books in the last couple of months, but there is a problem I feel wrong about getting rid of books that I have not yet read This wouldn t be a problem except that a like a geologist I can go through my shelves and re create the history of fleeting ideas and interests I had that happened to correspond to fortuitous trips to used bookstores and b I sometimes buy a lot of crap An amendment to b is that I also acquire a lot of crap for free ie., I Love You, Beth Cooper In some cases a and b come together Lord Foul s Bane is one of those books A few years ago I went through a brief moment where I thought, maybe I should become familiar with fantasy Then I bought up some fantasy books for about a quarter a piece on a trip to the always wonderful bookstore I love this cat, he likes to sometimes sit on my back while I m crouched down looking for books, in Schuylerville turning point of the Revolutionary War, and home of the most disgusting home I ever stepped foot in, but that is another story, I ll try to fit into some other review where dog shit plays a promiment role This long and uninteresting story has no real point, except that I want to get rid of books, but I feel I need to read them before getting rid of them Lately that has been making me read books I have no interest in I ll look at a book that I think I will enjoy and say to myself, when I finish this I think I ll want to keep it So instead of reading something I may potentially enjoy I ll see something like Lord Foul s Bane sitting in a pile, and I ll grab this instead I didn t finish this book I made it a little than halfway through it If I spent another couple of hours reading I d be able to finish it, but I just don t care to The book is bad It s written in very formal and stilted style, kind of like something you hear from some drama nerd who tries to bring a little Shakespeare into their daily life The story is uninteresting It is difficult to accomplish this for me I find nothing wrong with reading a novel about a man laying in pig shit, and doing nothing but thinking I can find that engaging There is nothing engaging in this book By the time I stopped reading it there was some kind of quest to bring a message to someone, but I didn t give a fuck Why didn t I care Well, one I hated the language I hated the characters The main character is a one dimensional leper with rage issues that make little sense except that they spring up when the author needs to create dialog The only meaningful thing he did in 252 pages was rape a girl All of the other characters are bullshit cookie cutter caricatures The whole world he created seems like just a series of seperate little communities that each have some New Age Hippy thing going on There are the people who like the rocks, the people who like the tree s, the people who like the water, but besides liking something they don t seem to do too much. I m Treeman of the timberpeople my made up names are only a tad dumber then the names Donaldson comes up with , and we live in the trees What else do you do Do We live in trees Yeah but besides living in trees what do you do I live in an apartment, but I also do other things No man, you don t get it, we live in trees We like trees Just like Granitehead of the Rock collectors digs rocks, we dig trees I get it you like trees, they like rocks, but you live in a world and you have to do something besides just like trees No man, you don t get it, we like trees Are you retarded What baffles me about this book is that it is highly regarded It was up for a bunch of big awards Lists on place it as a great fantasy book, and maybe it is My fantasy knowledge being kind of weak Besides my other misgivings, the thing I hated most ok not besides, I hated this the most , was the motherfucking bullshit weakasfuck Dungeon Master shit that the author pulled constantly Any possible conflict could be resolved by some lame ass addition into the powers of a character or thing Maybe it s fun when you re ok Me, when I was 13 and overweight and playing Dungeons and Dragons with your friend to throw all logic out the window and just let your characters kill, and do anything they would like but as a novelists you can t just add bullshit constantly because you can t think of any other way out of the problems you have made your characters face you may do this if your name is Joss and your protagonist is a teenage girl who kills vampires, I don t know why he gets a pass, but he does, no one else does though I m done with this book and this review I m going to give this book away, and maybe learn my lesson that if I don t think I d enjoy a book I own it may be ok to just get rid of it without torturing myself for past mistakes in book buying.


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    I am albeit slowly removing my reviews from goodreads since it has become For on why that bothers me and should bother you, please go to my profile and also here I learned from this book.Don t agree to read the book Robert tells you is the best book in the whole world ever just because he invited you over to watch the best film in the whole world ever Close Encounters and you slept through all but the first ten minutes.You know you are going to hate this book before you ve even opened it You know you can t read it out of guilt Robert s fifty He can live with you sleeping through his favourite film.But you take it home Non specific Catholic guilt syndrome, as my dentist informed me when I said I thought he was God And you open it up.And.and for the rest


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    Two years after my run in with the fallen nun and the c word, I had a near run in with our new vice principal not the man, thankfully, who d given me the strap , Mr G Our school was trying to teach us study skills before we reached high school, so we wouldn t waste our spare periods playing video games or flirting with girls or role playing or whatever else kids did to waste time in the eighties They gave us a course called Study Hall and put our VP in charge It was a nightmare.And I was going to be late with my big book review We could write a review of any book we wanted It was supposed to be a plot summary and nothing at least, that s the way I remember it , just to prove we were reading, but I had procrastinated and procrastinated, and there was no way it would be done in time.On the Sunday I was planning to write the review of Dragonflight Dragonriders of Pern, after a torturously boring morning as an altar boy don t ask , I spent all my time fighting the evil wizard Vaxenstaff with my friends Mark and Jeff, and I never got around to it DD was always important than school and so it has proven over the course of my life since it taught me how to think, but that is another story , and I put the review out of my mind while Malachii, my half elf fighter magic user, made his way through a castle full of traps and monsters.Anyway, I was only halfway through McCaffrey, but I needed a book report by Monday before lunch, and I had no idea what to do Then it hit me.At the beginning of Stephen R Donaldson s The Illearth War was an encapsulation of Lord Foul s Bane, and I copied the opening, called What came went before, word for word I went to sleep knowing that I was coveredand covered by the words of a pro no less.Back then, I imagined that Donaldson wrote What came before himself although it was likely a P.R person for Del Rey still, I was sure I was in great shape for the next day, and there was no way I d get caught Mr G didn t read fantasy, and he certainly read nothing as contemporary and cool as Thomas Covenant, so I was looking at a great grade if I didn t get caught for cheating.And I didn t get caught.Nope I got away with the cheating and I got 67%.67% I decided right then that I would someday meet Mr Donaldson and give him shit for my poor grade, plagiarism be damned I m not nearly as angry any, and since those probably weren t his words there is not much I can say, but I still hope to meet him and pass on my moment of cheating idiocy.His work, or the P.R person s work, should have been better than a 67% At least that s what I told myself at the time I wonder what Mr G was thinking Maybe it was that bad after all Or maybe he guessed I was cheating and was too lazy to look into it I guess I ll never know.Regardless, Lord Foul s Bane will always have a place in my pantheon of great books, if only because it is as huge a part of my personal back story as Lady Chatterly s Lover.


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summary pdf Lord Foul's Bane, summary chapter 2 Lord Foul's Bane, sparknotes Lord Foul's Bane, Lord Foul's Bane 800c884 He Called Himself Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever Because He Dared Not Believe In The Strange Alternate World In Which He Suddenly Found HimselfYet The Land Tempted Him He Had Been Sick Now He Seemed Better Than Ever Before Through No Fault Of His Own, He Had Been Outcast, Unclean, A Pariah Now He Was Regarded As A Reincarnation Of The Land S Greatest Hero Berek Halfhand Armed With The Mystic Power Of White Gold That Power Alone Could Protect The Lords Of The Land From The Ancient Evil Of Despiser, Lord Foul OnlyCovenant Had No Idea Of How The Power Could Be Used Thus Begins One Of The Most Remarkable Epic Fantasies Ever Written

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 480 pages
  • Lord Foul's Bane
  • Stephen R. Donaldson
  • English
  • 06 September 2018
  • 9780345348654