Going far off topic - Eddings/Cook (was Re: Its all gone quiet)
> I've been here (on the list) a while, but this is my first post tothe list; since you've all been going off topic with other authors,
I'd be interested in hearing opinions about David (and Leigh of
course! <g>) Eddings, and Hugh Cook.
>actually persuaded me to buy whole series' of books, and I still re-
> JM, along with D(L)E and HC have been the only authors who have
read them; yet I've seen disparaging remarks elsewhere about them
>Well, I've plowed through the Belgariad (repeatedly), the Malloreon
> Anyone read the others' series with an opinion?
(repeatedly), the Elenium (thrice) the Tamuli (twice), Belgarath
(repeatedly), Polgara (thrice) and the Rivan Codex (once - D & L's
collected musings, development, etc for the Belgariad and Malloreon).
As for the opinions:
Belgariad - My introduction to David and (alebit uncredited) Leigh's
stuff - compelling, compulsive pageturners the entire lot - that
doesn't fade upon repeat after repeat - fave bit : Garion VS Burnt-
Face in Cthol Mishrak in the final book, 'Enchanter's End Game'.
We have Lester Del Rey to thank for the chess influenced titles.
Malloreon - Leading on from the motley crew's misadventures in the
Belgariad. To sum up, the Dark Prophecy is alive and still kicking -
Torak biting it didn't finish things. Still compulsive, compelling
pageturners. Favorite bit - Ce'Nedra reappropriating the carriage
that Silk had obtained in 'Demon Lord of Karanda'.
Elenium - It was on the bookshelf, so I read it. Ho hum. Had
nothing better to read. Picked up towards the end of the third book.
Belgarath The Sorceror - Oscillating between hilarity and tragedy
(Poledra's "death" and 'Grat's (to use Grul's version of the Eternal
Man's name) reaction to same being an example of latter) , this
filled in a lot of the backstory from the self-admittedly biased
viewpoint of someone who had caused most of said backstory. If
you've read any book of either the Belgariad or Malloreon, a must
Polgara The Sorceress - Vo Wacune's fall had me in tears. Luckily
for my hide, none of same landed on the book. Filled in even more of
the backstory, from a different POV. Like Belgarath, a must read.
The Rivan Codex - Read this because once I read a series, I GOTTA
know the ENTIRE backstory. Real inneresting tid bits.
Tamuli - After the finish to the Elenium, this was a let down.