‘Fantasy’ writing is usually full of crap writers ****. It suffers from invented languages, thousands of pages, trilogies++, a cast of 1000’s,very dodgy dialogue,no sex (male 80 year old virgin writers only) and sword flights yawn.
YAWN – still with me ? no heres an example already paroded (here one havard perpared earlier)
“Verily and forsooth,” replied Goodgulf darkly. “In the past year strange and fearful wonders I have seen. Fields sown with barley reap crabgrass and fungus, and even small gardens reject their artichoke hearts.
There has been a hot day in December and a blue moon. Calendars are made with
a month of Sundays and a blue-ribbon Holstein bore alive two insurance salesmen. The earth splits and the entrails of a goat were found tied in square knots. The face of the sun blackens and the skies have rained down soggy potato chips.”
“But what do all these things mean?” gasped Frito.
“Beats me,” said Goodgulf with a shrug, “but I thought it made good copy.”
— Harvard Lampoon, “Bored of the Rings”
So it has many problems.
Justina Robson (who we think is a girl) in ‘keeping it real’ mixes it up in isbn: 05757907x. For a start the lead is female, rather than a retarded male ‘hobbit’ and mixes a contemporary world with the usual suspects the F word offers on its usual diet.
It suffers a little from the ‘Funny font’* issue which some characters get and thankfully most don’t get but it tries. While i will not plough through 15 books, and 25 million of pages** of his holiness of the shite J R R Tolkien*** and ilk.
Quite why Tolkien is regarded as good is strange, i image popularity is due to the fact that most idiots don’t read and a myth about ‘its a cool book’ emerges. Bit like my Hate of Charles Dickens who i remind you all that both Lenin and George Orwell agreed that he had no moral backbone.
Fantasy is a form of writing that is ‘so up its own arse’ that it has to take new people to make it ‘fun’ again. Terry Pratchett I mostly like too and does not take the form too seriously and wins readers who don’t just claim to have read Lord of the cock rings in every best book ever poll released and voted for by the cock ringians or whatever dismissive fan designation they have.
Bananas therefore gives Ms Robson 2.5/5 Bananas for her book, your library should be able to get you a copy.
* used for dream like sequences and mystics ** to be continued in book 47890 due next year *** cant rite wont rite (intentionally spelled that way) **** strange too (see my post on castaway)