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That's not true. He began gaming in the world of Midkemia when he was fifteen. He didn't write Magician until he was into his twenties.A_MacLaren said:I've only read Magician and Talon of the Silver Hawk, and I have to say that Talon is a lot better than Magician. Magician is really quite amateurish. Somebody told me he wrote it when he was fifteen, and it shows.
I might also add that the bad guys in Magician are very clearly Japanese (this seems to be a trend in eighties/nineties popular male fantasy writers; think Eddings' Murgos, which are clearly Mongolian, and Gemmel's Nadir). Although some of you might argue that the Tsurani are fully developed, they're still shown as the aggressor and irrationaly so.
no matter what anyone says he doesn't hold a candle to Tolkien.
A_MacLaren said:The problem is that Feists world seems to be divided into good guys on one side, bad guys on the other. Nobody compromises their morals, nobody betrays anybody. Nobody is tempted to run from battle, nobody is temped to sell out their friends.
What are the odds of all the likeable people in the world fighting on one side. There are a few traitorous scoundrels (Guy), but that's all they are; their bad qualities define their whole character. Guy's just a bastard who wants to usurp the throne of Krondor. He's never shown to be doing it for any other reason, to have personal motivations.
....There's no development.
Creative_Insanity said:I just read Talon of the Silver Hawk and yes, I have to agree, it sucked. The dialogue was completely unnatural, the story was cliche to say the least, the events were contrived, the romances was silly, and the writing was bland. Hell, I'm not even the best writer but that book just made me want to take it to pieces and edit it!
Creative_Insanity said:I don't know.. the whole book was chalk full of stuff I wanted to change. It just annoyed me from start to finish. It shocks me that so many people rave about it. I don't see what's so special. In fact, that's what makes it so bad. It's just bland, un-special, and mediocre all around!