I much prefer Steinbeck to Hemingway, but Hemingway is great too.
Originally Posted by Faraday
you actually read them? I read them when I was like 16 or 17 and thought they were shit. i don't think i could stomach them now
No actually I threw them away this time. I should've done that years ago when I read them. The first few books weren't terrible, but that series flies off the rails into all kinds of terrible Objectivist philosophy and an even worse Jordan/WoT clone. I never got that far, as the chicken that wasn't a chicken but was pure evil killed me. I'm sure there's some idiotic metaphor here, but fuck trying to figure out what it is.
Originally Posted by 777
I compare only in that they are all large scale fantasy epic sagas. Goodkind and Jordan are two that I wasn't impressed enough by the first book to continue either series while Erickson's work I found intriguing in how different it was from most.
I'm kinda hoping someone will convince me about Jordan. Everyone I've talked to about it praises the series so I feel like I'm missing something. My problem with Eye of the World was that it seemed like a Fellowship knockoff. Some of the subplots looked to be heading in different directions but I never followed through with the series.
Goodkind did nothing for me and felt like a chore to read, therefore I have no interest in following up on that one, especially if the books only get worse.
I loved the Wheel of Time up to a point. It just got too big for Jordan to manage. Eye of the World is one of the weaker first few novels. It really picks up after that book. Unfortunately it really bogs down under its own weight around book 7-8. I'm told it gets good again at some point, but I'm not sure I'll ever go back.