Sunday, August 14, 2005

Leper


Today I finished The Power That Preserves by Stephen R Donaldson. Well, that's the end of the first Thomas Covenant trilogy, and it was awesome, even with Covenant saying "Don't touch me!" all the time. Sure Covenant is not a happy chappy, and very unlike Frodo the Hobbit, but for Pete's sake the guy is a leper! A real one! Not a metaphorical one! Nevertheless, many reviewers on Amazon complained about Covenant being a not very nice man at all and they couldn't get over the fact that he rapes the girl Lena who cared for him when he mysteriously appeared in The Land, but I believe those people missed the point, missed the humanity of the situation, only seeing THE RAPE and running off like squawking flapping chickens to complain about it on Amazon. God only knows what these fairy bread-eating crybabies would make of Greek Mythology...
Anyway, I'm hooked now and there's The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.. (another trilogy) up ahead, but I'm thinking it might be a good idea to take a break and read Peter F Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy - an epic Space Opera (3000+ pages) - that a guy from work recommended. I checked that one out on Amazon and it too has divided people, with many complaining about the horrible nasty violence and sex scenes. Cool. It sounds like an ultra mega pumped-up mutated and amplified version of Starship Troopers.