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At the time I had nothing but Shannara, Belgariad and some other basics under my belt, so Dragonbone Chair blew me away. In my experience it marked a clear dividing line between Brooks, Eddings, Donaldson, Feist / Jordan, Goodkind, Martin. It was a big step in the right direction (okay, I'm still fond of Donaldson).
The opening chapters lack for action, I grant you, and Simon is a bit of a cliche. But I'd never seen fantasy heroes take a pummeling before like I did in this series, which made it really stand out. Lots of fun and memorable scenes to come; try to focus on enjoying the story and not on the size. Or take a look over at Steve Erikson's Malazan series and maybe you'll feel better by comparison.
I have to admit I enjoyed the Eddings books, even with their simplicity. I also enjoyed some of the Feist books. Of course I read them for the first time when I was in early highschool. I have enjoyed them in re-reads since. They are brain candy. sometimes I like candy.
As for The Dragonbone Chair, I read it in a few days and liked it a lot. I was less impressed with the very end of the last volume; but you can't have everything.
Dragonbone Chair has been cited by Martin for inspiration of his Song of Ice and Fire series, and I can see why. I believe it broke out of the mold very well at the time it was published, although it seems to have all the tropes firmly intact by today's standards.
Yeah, well, I guess I'm old school. I still remember Lord Foul's Bane as an exciting and mould-breaking new fantasy, and to me "old school" means Le Guin, Tolkien, Eddison, and Lord Dunsany.
...I was so impressed with the book, I told others that I considered Tad Williams to be the 'new Tolkien'.
It's still very good stuff.
>17 MyopicBookworm:, I'm quick to defend Donaldson myself. Mordant's Need is especially criminally overlooked, and I also liked his Gap foray into sci-fi. Waiting for the Last Dark before I start Runes of the Earth.
ETA: LT says I "probably will like" The Lord of the Rings, and that I "will like" The Worm Ouroboros. I've read the former and not the latter, but I'm interested in Eddison.
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