18419Re: [mythsoc] Expecting Another Tolkien
- Jun 25, 2007At 11:07 AM 6/25/2007 -0700, John D Rateliff wrote:
>Afraid that can't explain my reaction, since I read TOMBS first, withOh dear. That kind of salesmanship was the bane of my existence throughout
>no preconceptions whatsoever about who should be in it. It was the
>first fantasy I read after discovering Tolkien, handed to me by
>someone who said "If you liked Tolkien, you'll like this".
my teens, so I sympathize. The problem is that other books may be good,
but while you're anxiously waiting for _The Silmarillion_ to be published,
nothing by anybody else will scratch that Tolkien itch.
A few books I read in those days were good enough on their own terms, and
sufficiently individual and distinctive as LOTR was, to overcome this
burden: the Earthsea books and _Watership Down_ among them. Others, like
the Conan stories, had nothing in common with Tolkien except for having
heroism in a vaguely barbaric setting, and I couldn't figure out why people
were recommending them to me at all.
>--for the 1980s I would pick THE BRIDGE OF BIRDS for that honor.A delightful, colorful book. But not what I would call a great fantasy by
any standard. The book from that decade, indeed even the very same year,
that I keep returning to is _Fire and Hemlock_, which I still consider
Diana Wynne Jones's best.
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