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After that the doors were flung wide, and the next to profit off the scheme was was Robert Jordan. Of course, I'm not suggesting it's bad to take inspiration from older authors--all authors do this, as Virgil did from Homer, and Milton from Virgil, and Byron from Milton. But when a skil The first series that showed it was possible to do an uninspired rewrite of Tolkien and make a mint was Shannara.
But when a skilled author takes inspiration, they expand and change what came before, combining many influences to produce their own unique voice and vision.
Jordan didn't have the knowledge of language, history, or culture to truly copy Tolkien's style, nor was he able to add a unique spin. The Eye of The World is a more accessible version of Tolkien, but Tolkien is already a simplified version of the Norse Sagas, meaning that Jordan felt a need to dumb-down the accessible, which doesn't leave his book with much personality.
Howard Jordan even wrote and published some of his own Conan stories. However, unlike other authors of rollicking adventure Fantasy, like Leiber or Charles SaundersJordan kept Tolkien's plodding length.
It is difficult to comprehend how an author could take such a simple, familiar story and stretch it out over so many pages. Stop me if you've heard this one before. Like a lot of modern fantasy, the plot and characters are nothing new. If you've seen Star Wars, then you know it by heart.
Every fantasy fan has read this same story again and again from countless authors--some, apparently on purpose. Of course, when this old story is told well, with slick pacing and vivid characters, we can forgive the cliches, or even enjoy them freshly, recognizing their universal appeal.
But when an author is simply trotting out an old, tired story and doing nothing to make it shine anew, then the only appeal it can lay claim to is bland nostalgia.
There's no reason for this sort of repetition: There are countless different influences out there, long before Tolkien or Howard ever touched pen to paper many of which can be found in the link at the end of this reviewso it's disappointing to see authors continually rehashing the same tedious cliches completely unchanged half a century later.
Jordan's long-winded style can't even boast the wealth of meticulous details with which Tolkien filled his pages often to the detriment of his story. It's clear that Jordan's trying to build a one of those massively detailed worlds so prevalent in pop fantasy, but it's not an interesting, original world--it's just another generic, pseudo-Medieval Europe without any of the genuinely interesting bits that made that time period unique.
It's just modern characters with modern psychology swinging around magic swords in a Disneyland version of history. It might not be so bad if the lengthy asides were actually interesting, in and of themselves. If each little piece was amusing in its own right, we might forgive.
If they gave us some odd bit of defamiliarization that caused us to look at our own, modern world in a new way, that would be something. Instead, we get dry, lengthy explanations of extraneous facts that we had no reason to be curious about in the first place.
Some readers have pointed out that these facts show up in later books of the series, which is probably true, but then, what are they doing in this book? If Mary doesn't appear until book three, it is not useful or interesting to stop in the middle of book one and tell us she has blonde hair.
Facts should not be evenly distributed throughout a series, they should be placed in close proximity to scenes that relate to them. That way they make sense to the reader and we have a reason to care about them.
That's the difference between foreshadowing and a word search puzzle. If an author has to stop the story every few paragraphs to explain what's going on, then his writing is simply not working. The world should be revealed to us through characters, through their interactions, through small details of verisimilitude that are lovely or interesting on their own, and through scenes designed specifically to illustrate a point without losing focus and falling into lengthy digressions.
But Jordan's characters are dull and shallow, his dialogue bland, and his plot though it possesses many parts lacks twists or turns. We are given an unending parade of new characters and lengthy asides, which masterfully suck all the drive, purpose, and life from an otherwise simplistic story.
At half this length, the book would have been merely another two-star fantasy rehash. At a third the length, it might have started to show some pep--but Jordan had to stretch out his all-to-familiar story to doorstop proportions. In Tolkien, the first hundred pages takes place in quaint Hobbiton.
This prelude prepares us for the rest of the book, allowing us to understand the strange world and characters and setting a mood. When the action takes us away, we find we have formed a certain attachment to the bucolic charm of Hobbiton sickly-sweet as it may be.Naked Empire by Terry Goodkind Book 8 Find this Pin and more on Books: Past, Present, and Future Reads by Sarah Cantu.
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All modern fantasists--ALL OF THEM--Piers Anthony, Terry Goodkind, M Z Bradley, Pratchett, Gaiman, Cherryh, Tanith Lee, Anne McCaffrey, all the way down to the miserable hacks who pump out Star Trek and Forgotten Realms books (especially the latter) owe everything they are to Tolkien.