my opinion of The Dreamers

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    tiailds

    tiailds New Member

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    I've only just finished the first two books and I can't go any farther. It's like bad anime. Repeating dialogue, useless flashbacks, storyline that goes nowhere, and 2 dimensional charictars.
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    nixie

    nixie pixie druid Staff Member

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    I've read the series, bad habit of mine, not being able to leave a series unfinished.Longbow and Rabbit weren't bad characters, even if they where just rehashes from previous books.Ara was a complete rip off of Polgara.The series was dull and predictable with a few snippits of humour.
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    Eoghann

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    For a while I played "Spot the character" mapping various ones back to their equivalents in The Belgariad. Even that got boring after a while.

    The Dreamers is like the outline of an interesting story, yet some how that story never actually gets told.
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    tiailds

    tiailds New Member

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    One of the main problems I had was their lack of any real emotion. It's was like "Oh look, there is a god. You don't see that everyday." Or "The monsters are attacking, we should probably do something about that."
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    Parmenion

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    i agree the series is repetetive cashing in, i dont know what happened to eddings its like he gave up, does not care anymore as long as some one buys it, but at this rate he will lose any and all readers
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    williamjm

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    You got through *two* books, I'm impressed at your persistence ;)

    I only read the first one, and I'm very glad I didn't pay for a copy. He just isn't even trying any more.
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    Parmenion

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    i had to force my way through them all, to review them...YAWN!! but like you im glad i did not have to buy them...but whats harder is having to be able to write something nice about them in the review, as well as critic them..now that was hard.
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    Talysia

    Talysia Lady of Autumn

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    I recently finished reading this series, and I was disappointed, to tell the truth. Aside from a couple, the characters seemed similar to the ones from other Eddings' books, and I didn't like the ending at all. I'd like to be more positive about it, though. Maybe I missed some of the good points when I read it.
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    Stormpirate

    Stormpirate Sailing the stormy seas..

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    No, not really! I read all four of them, because I can't stand to leave a series unfinished either, but I just took all four of them to a used bookstore and handed them in. I doubt I'd ever want to read them again.
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    Talysia

    Talysia Lady of Autumn

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    Reading some of these other posts, I'm sort of glad I'm not the only one who didn't like it too much.:)
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    The Ace

    The Ace Aye fur Alba

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    Sorry, it's unprintable :p . How could Garion's creator sink so low ? :confused:
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    mutley1566

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    what can i say i am reading the younger gods at the moment and i feel ive read it before. where is the content gone he (eddings) is bulking these books up with repeated conversations etc, i am only reading these books out of habit (i wont be reading any new books by eddings)
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    Parmenion

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    wait until you read ook 2 3 and 4 its all the same book rehashed 4 times...how the mighty has fallen!!
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    Riven

    Riven Oni of the Crimson Storm

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    the ending of the series made the entire four books pointless


    ::Spoilers::

    "Oh, poor Longbow has no one to love, lets alter history and **** everything up just for him so he can get laid finally and remove that bow thats been shoved up his ass for the last twenty or whatever years"

    :Spoiler End:

    now don't get me wrong, I love David Eddings work, but the Dreamers was the worse piece of crap I have ever read but because I'm like Storm Pirate, once I start a series I have to finish it
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    Talysia

    Talysia Lady of Autumn

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    I couldn't agree more about the ending, Riven. I really felt let down - after reading all of the books, I was hoping against hope for something different.
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    Soggyfox

    Soggyfox weirdo

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    I too shall raise my hand, having read all 4 of them. It was painful and heart breaking that an author i'd enjoyed reading so much could actually put these out to print. 1 story repeated 4 times. I think it'd take alot of very good reviews before i pick another of his books up, great shame.
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    Parmenion

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    i am amazed that anyone could get to the end of 1 of these let alone 4...i feel sorry for you....all that wasted effort...;)
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    Sir_Sparhawk

    Sir_Sparhawk Royal Champion of Elenia

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    i dont think that the books were that bad, they were still readable (unlike some fantasy i have tried to read) unfortunately, Eddings has reused ideas from his other books, without improving on them.
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    Riven

    Riven Oni of the Crimson Storm

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    Very ture sir sparkhawk, but unlike with the dreamers, his previous four sets of books had a well structured story, intelligent and fun dialogue and endings that could be enjoyed and understood. With The Dreamers the whole time I was reading it was as if while he was writing it he said, **** it, I can away with this, and he couldn't.

    I will admit there were some good concepts in it, but the story as a whole was uneventful, a waste of money and frankly I think he should hang his head in shame.

    As to you Soggyfox, I doubt very much he'll write any more books

    he's 76 years old and with his wife dying at the beginning of the year he probably has no motivation or inspiration left to write with. I'm afraid to say that the Dreamers was an unuspectacular and unfortunately pathetic end to the career of a great writer.
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    Harleyquin

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    There is little I can say that is good about this series other than the first part of the first book started with a little promis.

    Ok we'll ignore totally that the characteres are the same ones we've been reading for the past 20 years with different names...

    With the passing of Leigh the creative umph went out of the fram and this is glaringly obvious when were on the last book... I really dont want to trounce this too much but seriously the plot about Bobby Euing coming back in the shaower becuase his death was a dream (Dallas the TV series for those too young to remember)was a better plot than this.

    I would STRONGLY recomend to anybody who has not picked up this series.. DONT. leave it alone and remember the books you loved such as the belgariad and such... this last set of books will do nothing more than leave you with a very very bad taste in your mouth and spoil some very fond memories of past greatness.

    xx

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