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Re: David Eddings
« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2011, 09:09:08 PM »
Yeah, the Dreamers series really didn't add to his canon. Well, it's better than Feist's 'extra' books, at least.
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Re: David Eddings
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2011, 08:00:09 AM »
The thing I love about David eddings is that he is Epic without being pretentious. His characters, even his gods are accessible and you almost feel like you know them. I can read David and Leigh all day, until the dreamers series. Blah.

They are so accessible since they are all the same. He has a cookie cutter and he slices out his heroes, villains and gods from the same shape. He may paint them different colours, but they are the same.
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Re: David Eddings
« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2011, 08:16:36 AM »
Recently started Pawn of Prophecy and really enjoying it. I think that the prologue really helps in this kind of fantasy and it is a shame that people think of world building prologues as a sin these days. :(
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Re: David Eddings
« Reply #18 on: July 08, 2011, 08:29:25 AM »
I read The Elenium series as a young teen and loved it.  Then started The Tamuli series but gave up after one book or maybe I didn't even finish it, as felt I was reading the identical story again.

Tried The Belgariad series when i was 18, and loathed it.  Thought it was incredibly simplistic and very black and white after reading the first couple of ASOIAF novel.  Never tried reading him again. 
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Re: David Eddings
« Reply #19 on: July 10, 2011, 10:04:51 AM »
I didn't even try the Dreamers. The Belgariad is great, the Malloreon is still good. I tried one of the other series (Tamuli, maybe?) but the cookie-cutting that RSAShark mentioned got to me at that point and I had to quit. His standalones (the 2 Belgariad recaps & Redemption of Athalus) are TERRIBLE.

Weirdly, the Belgariad is another one of those series that I accidentally read in the wrong order - starting with book 2 (which is much more action-packed and exciting than book 1). It worked out pretty well for me.

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Re: David Eddings
« Reply #20 on: July 24, 2011, 02:07:56 AM »
I read Belgariad as a youth, and loved them.  I recently tried to go back to them and found them, yes, formulaic and also stereotyping.  The female characters esp. are so shallowly done.  I couldn't really get back into them.

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Re: David Eddings
« Reply #21 on: July 25, 2011, 03:46:25 PM »
So, twice now I've been given copies of The Pawn of Prophecy to try out; twice, I haven't really liked it. Sad, because I hear so many good things about Eddings' writing. However, I've got a copy of The Diamond Throne that I'm going to try out; the synopsis for that story seems a little more interesting to me.

I also read Regina's Song when it first came out, and I remember really enjoying that book. Not fantasy, but still Eddings. :P
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Re: David Eddings
« Reply #22 on: July 26, 2011, 12:54:57 PM »
So, twice now I've been given copies of The Pawn of Prophecy to try out; twice, I haven't really liked it. Sad, because I hear so many good things about Eddings' writing. However, I've got a copy of The Diamond Throne that I'm going to try out; the synopsis for that story seems a little more interesting to me.

I wonder how much of my appreciation for Eddings comes from reading Queen of Sorcery (book 2) before Pawn of Prophecy. Pawn is really boring. I think reading out of order was a lucky mistake...

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Re: David Eddings
« Reply #23 on: July 27, 2011, 08:38:54 PM »
I admit that mine may have the same source - reading #4 first...

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Re: David Eddings
« Reply #24 on: January 16, 2012, 11:39:28 PM »
Eddings didn't get me into fantasy--the Chronicles of Narnia did that--but I did read the Belgariad and the Mallorean as they were coming out when I was in middle school and high school. That should tell you how old I am. :)
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Same here!! Started with CoN which led me to read Eddings... a few years after they came out.. so you can't be that old! :)

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Re: David Eddings
« Reply #25 on: March 02, 2012, 09:24:23 PM »
Eddings was one of the earliest fantasy writers I read (after Tolkien and Lewis basically).  Yes they are formulaic and a bit silly, but the Belgariad is one of my guilty pleasures.  I've read the series a number of times and often go back to it when I want to rad fantasy that is light, and a series combined that is about the length of one book in most modern day fantasy series.
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« Reply #26 on: March 26, 2012, 12:01:19 AM »
I only tried to read Eddings recently: I managed the first two volumes of the Belgariad. My main objection was that none of the characters seemed to me to think as though they came from a world other than our own. For me, the crucial aspect of world-building is how it's manifested through the characters, and I never felt that Eddings cared enough about his world or his characters to make the two work together. It was however refreshingly unpretentious stuff, and a welcome relief after ploughing through the first Robert Jordan… *ducks*
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Re: David Eddings
« Reply #27 on: March 26, 2012, 12:06:56 AM »
I've been rereading The Belgariad, it has things to recommend it for certain, but I think the genre has passed beyond it now. It may have helped if after The Belgariad, David Eddings and his wife Leigh hadn't simply rewritten the same story with the same characters over and over. It was a little bit different at the time, but now it's formulaic with stereotypical, one dimensional characters.
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Re: David Eddings
« Reply #28 on: March 26, 2012, 07:09:47 AM »
It was however refreshingly unpretentious stuff, and a welcome relief after ploughing through the first Robert Jordan… *ducks*

I agree (on both points). The Belgariad will always be the ultimate comfort read to me - high, epic fantasy where everything is ok and it is all warm and uncomplicated. No silly new languages, no horrors, just nice folks doing cool stuff. (No wonder it is being repackaged as YA...)

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Re: David Eddings
« Reply #29 on: March 26, 2012, 11:49:53 PM »
I think it fits nicely into the YA section, it would also work as an introduction to the genre for someone.
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