doctorow — 2014-08-05T08:34:35-04:00 — #1
phuzz — 2014-08-05T10:00:07-04:00 — #2
It must be weird having siblings in the same line of work as yourself, I'm glad me and my brothers are all happily doing different things, otherwise I can imagine slightly more arguing when we meet up.
boundegar — 2014-08-05T11:36:46-04:00 — #3
One of the reasons I got tired of high fantasy in my teens is everything is so conventional. D&D took equal parts Tolkien and Conan and codified them, and from there on out everything was Tolkien and Conan. But I really like the rare exceptions, and this sounds like one.
EDIT - wow, Firefox knows how to spell Tolkien, even when I don't.
sockdoll — 2014-08-05T15:20:11-04:00 — #4
Nice write-up Cory, thanks. I look forward to reading this.
daemonworks — 2014-08-05T16:43:25-04:00 — #5
A nitpick: Classifying "nearly all" fantasy stories as coming-of-age tales seems to be painting with an overly broad brush.
dragonfrog — 2014-08-05T16:48:38-04:00 — #6
About one word too wide, eh what?
walterplinge — 2014-08-05T17:53:17-04:00 — #7
Quentin Coldwater is one of the least likable protagonists in fantasy fiction, and slogging through 400+ pages of adolescent angst, anxiously hoping for his agonizing death, remains the most excruciating experience in my literate life. Reading Twilight's got nuthin' on this.
beanolini — 2014-08-06T07:35:05-04:00 — #8
I'm guessing you haven't read his 'Codex' then? That book wins my prize for the vastest gap between published reviews and actuality.
walterplinge — 2014-08-06T07:41:52-04:00 — #9
Nope. I very much doubt I'll be sampling anything by Mr. Lev Grossman again. It's one thing to know that somebody is a fundamentally inept writer, but quite another to see a (potentially) talented writer choose to write terrible books.
doctorow — 2014-08-10T08:34:40-04:00 — #10
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