Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Book 8

"The Seeress Of Kell" by David Eddings

That's the Malloreon finished. And how did it end? Pretty well, I reckon. The Angaraks have their new God and the characters we've come to know over the course of the two series get more or less what they deserve. Of course, Eddings still needs to reach for his thesaurus from time to time ("cooly" used 3 times in 2 paragraphs for 2 characters). And he also needs to accept that we realise a) that Silk is rat-faced, b) that sorcery makes a noise and a rush when used and one or two other points that really were belaboured beyond the pale. Now, I know that repetition can be a useful tool in some forms of writing (especially fairy tales and fables), but it needs to come across as an active device, rather than lazy writing.

Again, that said, I did enjoy this book and there were more than a couple of giggle moments, as well as a couple of genuinely touching ones too. Also, it gave me the inspiration for the story I wrote Carmen for Valentine's day, and that has to count for something.

Three and a half fulfilled prophecies (with half a prophecy coming from the inspiration).


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