Well your going to really shudder if you read the Gap Series, there is some really evil stuff going on there. These terrible abhorrent things do give power to the story though. Its Donaldsons ability as a great storyteller that turns it all on its head. For InstanceFrey Slayer said:Just to throw in my 2 cents....
That was only after I had started the first one 2 or 3 times and stopped. I had a great deal of trouble moving past the rape scene near the beginning.
I won't be re-reading the older series prior to checking out the new one, dwndrgn. I thought The Covenant was good but not that good.dwndrgn said:I had a bit of trouble with that same scene the first time I read it but moved on and enjoyed the series. That was over 15 years ago I believe. I tried to re-read it again recently (last year I believe) and couldn't get through it at all. I found it boring, flat and the main character got on my nerves so badly that I just couldn't finish it.
Good news Rosemary, the new book Runes Of The Earth (final Covenant series of 4 books) which I've read has a very good summary on the series so far. Most helpful!!!!Rosemary said:I won't be re-reading the older series prior to checking out the new one, dwndrgn. I thought The Covenant was good but not that good.
I have re-read other authors when they publish another book in a series. Like to refresh my memory of the characters, countries and the storyline itself.
The Gap series is unrelated to Covenant - Its a Sci Fi series of booksRosemary said:so am I right in saying that The Gap is a new one this year? (Can't find your list gollum!)
Rosemary,Munkeygames said:The Gap series is unrelated to Covenant - Its a Sci Fi series of books
I thought I had read somewhere that GAP wasn't like the Covenant, so thanks for confirming it, the both of you.GOLLUM said:Rosemary,
Munkeygames is correct, GAP series was a sci fi series , the only one I haven't read by Donaldson.
As per my previous post above Runes Of The Earth which I've already read is the title of Book 1 of the final Covenant quartet. Should still find in bookshops...
Thanks for that Gollum The Intro sounds a great idea, wish more authors would do that.GOLLUM said:Rosemary as you know I don't make a habit of rereading books as this is no exception. I'd read the Donaldson books about 15 years ago and had no problem with picking up where the story left off thanks largely to the Intro. It's only about 10 pages or so long but just read it a few times and when you're reading the new book and things wil start to sink in again...
HMMM.. hope this means you won't beat me around the head if you end up hating the book LOL!..Rosemary said:Thanks for that Gollum The Intro sounds a great idea, wish more authors would do that.
Oh well, that's made the decision easy - I shall get Runes of the Earth !!
Well I must admit I just didn't quite see it that way. I agree that the plot was a bit LOTRish but the actual land and groups who populated it were different to a LOTR clone for me anyway. Also I thought a lot of his writing was very good and that the books flowed really well and that there were several interesting themes he explored and I particularly enjoyed the psychological aspect of the story along with the excellent charterization of Convenant himself. Reasons for why it appears in my top 5 list as for me the time it was written (late 70's) made it something of a modern landmark series in the Genre.Brys said:I thought Covenant, as a character was excellent, as was pretty much everything to do with him. However, I thought the Land, as a world, was a carbon copy of Middle Earth, the plot was a copy of Lord of the Rings, and the writing didn't flow very well, because Donaldson as an author seemed uncomfortable with the fantasy setting IMO, as his bits on earth were immensely better than the rest of the novel.