Originally Posted by Kreegah!
Eric Flint's was unknown to me. Frankowski's I read. My uncle was selling off books to make space and I saw the boxed set of (I think) 3 stories in that series. As you said, not perfect, but certainly enjoyable. Loved the part where he gets a decent blade but gets too smart for his own good and misses the armor.
Yeah, he misses a lot, especially concerning the women in his life. But it was really fun to read. Flint is still better, though. The ramifications of a gun-loving West Virginian town transported to ancient Europe -- he squeezes every bit out of it.
Originally Posted by Wooster
Silverthron by Raymond Feist.
Third Book in the Riftwar series.
Tis alright, but Feist's wrting style while serviceable is never gripping. He has not once turned a phrase that caused to me stop reading for a moment and just beam from the inside. Certainly this is not the style book such as one by P.G. Wodehouse where that happens once a minute, but it still can be done in Fantasy. See The Name of the Wind.
Well enough with the writing style, what about the story? Sadly this is where it falls flat even in the series. I understand that this is a penultimate book for the Grand final to come, but think of it this way. The Empire Strikes Back: amazing movie right? What if the entire movie was only rescuing Han and there was no Leia in that servant girls leotard. Quite dull, no? The conclusion was obvious from the beginning and really not that exciting in it's execution This entire book should have been the first ten chapters of a much better one, no more.
I just don't think Feist is the author for me sadly. Not to offend his fans as he certainly much better than most fantasy writers and in writing style vastly superior even to Robert Jordan, (yes I know, low bar) but I need more than is here.
And yet you did stick it out until book three. I think Feist's characterization and plot are very good. And while it's not
always an indication of the quality of his craftsmanship, he is both critically acclaimed and rich. I had a lot of fun following Pug through the sweep of his whole story, and if you haven't reached the Serpent Queen series, the plotting gets really good.
One of my favorite books is Ender's Game
, by Orson Scott Card. This man has characterization down pat. The book is about a kid named Andrew Wiggin (Ender, as his sister called him) who is recruited/coerced into the defense of Earth from aliens called Buggers. He attends a space academy, where he is trained to be an officer. There are some here who don't like it, but almost everyone I know who has read it loves the book. Card is a prolific writer, and he writes contemporary fantasy too; you may want to check out Lost Boys
, if you can handle emotional tragedies involving children. The book gives you a bit of insight into the LDS faith as well, if you are curious about such things. Magic Street
, a book about a young black kid in LA hunted by magic creatures because of his unique nature, is also a good read.