[DWJ] Re: humor in fantasy

Dorian E. Gray israfel at eircom.net
Wed Feb 15 13:53:34 EST 2006

Otter said...
> Well, I had never heard of Eddings until this discussion, at least not
> to remember.  And when the discussion began, I was confusing him with
> Eddington.  How educational this list is!


Well, just in case you haven't figured it out yet, he writes pretty generic 
quest fantasy.  I quite like most of his books; they're undemanding fluff, 
perfect for when I don't want to engage my brain, and have a certain degree 
of humour.

If you're thinking of trying his stuff, the Belgariad is his first series (5 
books of Saving the World).  Then comes the Mallorean, which is a sequel 
series to the Belgariad, and is basically the same story over again, but I 
think he did it better the second time round.  The Elenium is a trilogy 
(unrelated to the first two series) which has some rather nice politicking, 
and a sequel-trilogy named the Tamuli.  I wouldn't bother with any of the 
rest of his stuff; it's more and yet more of the same - the first book of 
his latest trilogy left me snarling, "If that man inflicts one more fucking 
Child Goddess on me I shall travel to America and force him to EAT the damn' 

Incidentally, while I don't doubt Juliette's memories of his books, I can't 
recall anything Ent-like anywhere in them; in fact, he doesn't go in for any 
non-human races that I can think of (unless you count gods).

Until the sky falls on our heads...

Dorian E. Gray
israfel at eircom.net

"Worst fears realised darling Seth and Rueben too send gumboots."
- Stella Gibbons, "Cold Comfort Farm" 

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