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Swordbearer
Swordbearer
von Glen Cook
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Man and a Sword, 2. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Swordbearer (Taschenbuch)
At the start of this book, one can get the impression that this is going to be a typical 'great-hearted boy warrior finds powerful magic sword and exacts glorious revenge/justice upon those who fiendishly slew his family' sort of story. It is not.
Before too long, the plotline begins to skew wildly around. In typical Glen Cook fashion, the story is gritty with believable characters that are not all good or bad. The pace and the writing is crisp and to the point. Finally, the story itself is fascinating and sometimes disturbing, but it always draws the reader along only to leave him hanging a bit at the end.
Cook is an excellent author, and one of the most underrated fantasy writers out there. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes the rougher side of fantasy.


The Simarillion
The Simarillion
von J. R. R. Tolkien
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen The Life-work of a Great Man, 30. Mai 2000
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In 1917, with WWI howling about him, JRR Tolkien began to conceive of several stories which later came to form the backbone of Middle-earth. These stories he worked on, developed, and edited again and again throughout his life; he never finished them -- not to his satisfaction.
The stories in 'The Silmarillion' tell mostly of the First Age of Middle-earth: of its creation, of the coming of the Elves and the forging of the Silmarili, of the theft of those jewels and the bitter, doomed war waged to win them back.
Here we see, more clearly than in any of his other writings, the enduring themes of loss, redemption, beauty, and folly. But loss most of all: the loss of the purity of Arda (Earth), the loss of the Silmarili, the enstrangement of Elves and Men, and much else. We see the pride and folly of Feanor, who thought that he, or even the whole of the Eldar, could vie successfully against Morgoth. We are told of the wonderous cities and fortresses of the Elves in Middle-earth, and the great works the Elves wrought there, only to see them, one by one, fall through pride or folly or treachery to Morgoth. Each song, each battle, each glorious stand is made more poignant and magnificent precisely because it was doomed, and, often enough, those making these gestures knew it was doomed but did it anyway.
Yes, this book a thick and difficult, with many names of people and places thrown at you without much letup. There is little dialog, and not everything is explained to the reader. This is not a flaw, but a source of strength, because once the reader masters the names, once he or she has gained a sufficient understanding of the whole scope of events, then everything seems changed and the real beauty and wonderment comes out. Read the book a second time -- even a third -- and the subtlties and greatness of the work will come out and shine for you like a Silmaril.


Unfinished Tales: The Lost Lore of Middle-earth
Unfinished Tales: The Lost Lore of Middle-earth

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unfinished, but not unremarkable., 30. Mai 2000
When JRR Tolkien died, he left a massive amount of material that, for various reasons, had not been published. Some of this material was sufficiently comprehensive and consistant with published materials that Tolkien's son, Christopher, was able to compile it into 'The Silmarillion'.
But there were also several stories, polished, but not quite complete, which pertained to the events in 'The Lord of the Rings' -- things like the story of how Isildur lost the One Ring; like what, exactly, were the Wizards: who sent them and why? Questions like 'How did Galadriel and Celeborn come to rule Lorien?' and 'Just what happened at the Fords of Isen when Saruman attacked Rohan and Theoden's son, Theodred, was slain?'
All these questions and many more are addressed in the many unfinished tales that are to be found in this book: tales from all three of the ages of Middle-earth; from heros such as Tuor and Turin in the First Age, to Bilbo and Gandalf in the Third. Almost every tale is told in a different style, but each is satisfying, up to the point where it breaks off: then frustration and speculation set in, but also a deep appreciation for the scope and grandur of Middle-earth and the man who created it.


The Hobbit (Illustrated Edition)
The Hobbit (Illustrated Edition)
von J.R.R. Tolkien
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Outstanding Book, 28. Mai 2000
This is the work that made Tolkien famous, and rightly so. Written in a light tone, it is nonetheless not a book solely for children; as Tolkien himself has said, adults are in greater need of fantasy than children, and 'The Hobbit' shows us just how true that is.
The focus of the story is, of course, on Bilbo Baggins, the Hobbit indicated by the book's title. Initially, he is a solid member of his society -- well respected for doing nothing rash or unexpected. After being essentially co-opted into an Adventure by Gandalf the Wizard, he is forced, little by little, to grow from someone who bewailed having left his pocket handkerchief behind to one who is able to face down Smaug the Dragon (admittedly while invisible) and give up the Arkenstone to prevent a war between Dwarves, Elves, and Men. These are serious matters, even if told in a faintly whimsical manner.
Finally, however much one might want to analize what makes 'The Hobbit' a great book, what comes out most clearly is what an outstanding story it is: one that can be enjoyed by almost everyone, whatever their age or temperment, and read over and over again without losing its flavor.


The Black Company: The First Novel of 'The Chronicles of the Black Company' (Chronicle of the Black Company)
The Black Company: The First Novel of 'The Chronicles of the Black Company' (Chronicle of the Black Company)
von Glen Cook
  Taschenbuch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great, But Not For Everyone, 27. November 1999
There is little that I can add about the book itself that has not been said (and said well) already. What I *can* add is that the Black Company is *not* for everyone. I recommend everyone who is into fantasy to at least try it, but you shouldn't feel bad if you don't 'get it' (though I hope you do).

Not everyone appreciates Cook's style or the dark tone of the book, but for those who do, there is no better series out there than these books.


Tehanu: The Last Book Of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle)
Tehanu: The Last Book Of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle)
von Ursula K. Le Guin
  Taschenbuch

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1.0 von 5 Sternen A Loss of Fantasy, 23. November 1999
The Earthsea Trilogy was and is one of the greatest works in genre. Nothing I have to say should be thought to dispute that.
But having said that, if Tehanu had been the first book in the series, I would never have finished it, let alone gone on to read the other three books.
Others have praised Le Guin on Tehanu, saying how it was so much different than the previous trilogy (which is to be expected since it was written some 20 years later). And that is the rub: it was very different in all the ways a book can be different while retaining the same characters.
To guys out there, let me warn you now: DO NOT read this book. Save yourself the pain, the disgruntlement, the disappointment, and the barbed harshness of this book. It is a blatantly feminist manifesto written in the ill-fitting clothing of a fantasy. Take a great hero, strip him of his power , and rub his face in the dirt and you will get a *glimpse* of what Le Guin has done...and in a prolonged, wearying fashion, too.
The first three books were about humility, character, responsibility, and sacrifice. This book seemed only concerned with oppression and dull, dreary, and decidedly mundane activities of a woman and a little girl. This is not to say that women's issues are not important, but that this was not the place to air them in the fashion Le Guin chose to do it.
High Fantasy involves, among other things, such aspects as 'recovery', 'escape', and 'consolation'. It leaves you feeling refreshed and inspired. It takes you into a wonderful place. It helps you feel a sort of hope and joy. I found NONE of these elements in Tehanu; just the opposite, in fact.
For feminists (overt or covert), this book is maybe not so bad. But for those of us who read the first three books and were expecting something in a similar vein: we feel betrayed.


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