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Jer

The dotage of a dotard
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Re-reading the trilogy from the beginning now that the final book The Killing God has been released, since it's been so long that I've forgotten a lot of the characters and story beats from the first two.

I really need to re-read Donaldson's Gap Cycle books sometime, too...
 

Jer

The dotage of a dotard
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On to book #2. The first book was actually stronger than I’d remembered — a really enjoyable read.

I quite like Donaldson’s flawed and mentally scarred protagonists, and the world he’s spun up in this series (a generations-long civil war laced with sorcery, coming face to face with the advent of gunpowder, while getting caught up in a much larger struggle) is an interesting one. It’s also funny how the home region of the protagonist has no concept of religion, so when he encounters religious people outside his borders he’s completely flabbergasted by the idea.
 

Bruins1

Ancient Mariner
Summer Of The Beast by Michael Burns

Two homicide detectives investigate a series of brutal murders in the mountains of southern Arizona during an unusually hot summer. The detectives are on the trail of what they believe is a serial killer, but they soon discover something much more sinister.
 

Jer

The dotage of a dotard
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…and on to the new one, the 3rd and final book in the series. It looks thicker than the last one, which was already over 500 pages.

The 2nd book was just as good as I’d remembered, expanding the scope after an unexpected 20 year narrative fast-forward (with flashbacks to fill in the most important blanks), introducing more key characters, spending more time on exploring the region on the other side of the civil war, and setting up the final conflict of the story. I’m glad I reread the first two books, and I’m really looking forward to the finale.
 

Jer

The dotage of a dotard
Finished up The Killing God today, and while it was a bit more bloated and uneven than the first two books, and it had some hastily bandaged plot holes, it still had many great parts and built up to a satisfying finale.

I’d read that Donaldson’s original presumed-final draft was nearly 50% longer, and he was forced to massively trim it down by the publisher before they’d consider moving ahead with it. Some of that definitely comes through in the book, where characters receive overly detailed summaries of what happened to other characters in a number of cases, rather than the author just delivering the actual narrative of those events. Apparently the publisher forced him to change the name of the book from The Last Repository to The Killing God, too. Oh well.
 

JudasMyGuide

Servant of the Secret Fire
Among other things, I'm currently reading The Silmarillion (as a part of my ultimate Tolkien list) and I utterly forgot how relentlessly bleak the book is.
 

Azas

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
Among other things, I'm currently reading The Silmarillion (as a part of my ultimate Tolkien list) and I utterly forgot how relentlessly bleak the book is.
It's the Bible of the fantasy literature. o_O
 
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