RE: [TolkienDiscussions] Book Review
I’m part way through book 2
It’s good stuff – but when I’m finished, I’ll take a break before the next one
I agree about the plate spinning. And this spinner keeps adding poles and plates on top of existing plates!
I'm not sure how far in you are so I don't want to give anything away but I'm reminded of the idea Darwin got from Malthus when formulating Natural Selection: More offspring are produced than can possibly survive.
He reminds me of a plate spinning act – lots of vertical poles, lots of plates, and the author adds more plates and gives the existing ones an occasional spin until the whole stage s filled with spinning plates
As it happens I'm reading them also: just into book 4. All I'll say is there's a reason he has such a large cast of characters.
I've been reading A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
by George R.R. Martin
I thought you might be interested in my review:
"The Tudors go to Middle Earth. Book One of A Tale of Ice and Fire, a nine
volume fantasy saga (of which four remain to be written), it describes the
twisting alliances of the noble houses of Westeros, and their foes, human
and inhuman. It's a fantasy world, apparently a big hit on Cable TV in the
US, although not available over here except as pirate downloads from dodgy
operators in the Balkans.
Not all the books in the saga have been published yet, but I'm hooked
already, and just bought Book 2...
Martin views the world through the eyes of each of his characters in turn so
there are no heroes, no villains. Something of a soap opera - it is a long,
complex tale that could be history, but for the occasional dragon to remind
you that you are not in Kansas any more.
It isn't Tolkien, but then what is these days? "