David Eddings discussion

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  1. Loki the Demon

    Loki the Demon "Belgium, Man!"

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    David Eddings is the author of the Belgariad, the Mallorean, the Elenium and the Tamuli (as well as a few stand alone novels) Just wondering if their are any other david Eddings fans who would like to discuss his work?
     
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    Re: Anybody here like David Eddings?

    Ive got most of his books, and enjoyed reading them as well. my favourite characters would be Belgareth and Silk, very funny.

    One of his stand-alone books The Redemption of Althalus is an amazing book, recomended reading.
     
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    Re: Anybody here like David Eddings?

    I like David Eddings, too :D
    Actually, The Belgariad was what started me on my ever growing collection of fantasy books :) I like his humour and his characters. Whenever I don't know what to read I always fall back on his books, I think I might read them once a year or so...yeah, I know... I'm crazy :ybounce:
     
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    Re: Anybody here like David Eddings?

    His books were the second set of fantasy books I had ever read and loved them. Just a great read with memorable charaters.
     
  5. Loki the Demon

    Loki the Demon "Belgium, Man!"

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    Re: Anybody here like David Eddings?

    Yeah, Silk would have to be one of my favourite characters as well. I started reading the Elenium, but haven't finished it yet. I can't say that I liked the Redemption of Althalus as much as his other books though. It didn't seem as well planned out, so I'm kind of sceptical about his (well, his and Liegh's) stand alone novels. Anyone read The Elder Gods yet?
     
  6. Loki the Demon

    Loki the Demon "Belgium, Man!"

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    Re: Anybody here like David Eddings?

    I can see you really liked emmy as a character, Dweia!
     
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    Re: Anybody here like David Eddings?

    Hav'nt purchased The Elder Gods as of yet but have heard it's good though.
    Have you lot read Belgareth the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress, both delve into these two's past.
     
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    Re: Anybody here like David Eddings?

    David GEMMEL rules! :fuckyou:

    He is the one true David!

    (heh. Just stirring the pot a little) :alien:
     
  9. Loki the Demon

    Loki the Demon "Belgium, Man!"

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    Re: Anybody here like David Eddings?

    whatever, Garko :moon1:
    sorry mate =P
    yeah, i've read the prequel. very interesting. especially polgaras. makes you realize there was even more going on that even belgerath didn't know about
    I still don't really understand Poledras part in the whole thing
     
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    Re: Anybody here like David Eddings?

    Yeah I enjoyed the prequels as well. I'm going to have to reread them again to refresh my memory. It's been a few years.
     
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    Re: Anybody here like David Eddings?

    I LOVED the Belgariad and the Mallorean and "only" enjoyed Belgarath the Sorcerer. I never read the book on Polgara.

    Last year I went on holidays and started to read The Redemption of Althalus. I got about half way through while lying on a deckchair enjoying the sun.

    When I got home, I just didn't have time to read it ... I am going away soon and I plan to take this book with me. I really enjoyed what I started to read, so I hope I get to finish it this time ...

    Jason
     
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    Re: Anybody here like David Eddings?

    Don't plan to, just take it with you :D And read it!

    Yeah, I guess I did...:D
     
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    Dystopia Eternal The Windbringer

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    Re: Anybody here like David Eddings?

    I've read the Belgariad, the Malloreon, Belgarath the Sorceror, Polgara the sorceress, The Rivan Codex (What a ripoff f the silmarillion) and his new one "The Elder Gods."

    I think that the elder gods is the best so far of what ive read.
     
  14. javelin98

    javelin98 does anyone read these?

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    Re: Anybody here like David Eddings?

    My wife loves the Belgariad series. Me, I just couldn't get into them -- now before anyone jumps up to flame on me, hear me out! The writing just felt a little too formulaic and predictable (could anyone not tell by page 3 that Aunt Pol was, in fact, the great sorceress Polgara?), and his place-names felt like the kinds of things I used to make up as a kid when I would pretend I was speaking another language. Great fantasy place-names should have gravitas and import; Eddings' names felt like he'd just taken combinations of letters that don't usually go together and stuck them together in an effort to achieve fresh creativity.

    I don't know -- do the books improve beyond the first one? Because I might give them another chance if they do, but if they're all like the first, I think I'll pass.
     
  15. Loki the Demon

    Loki the Demon "Belgium, Man!"

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    Re: Anybody here like David Eddings?

    So? Why should fantasy place names have gravatis and import? Most place names in our world don't. Your right, the wrighting is formulaic, but no more formulaic than most fantasy works. I think Eddings was kind of trying to tell a story in a dark ages world that we could recognise, with some parallels, where fantastic things can happen. I think he also uses it as a bit of a social commentry/satire on elements of our own world.
     
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    javelin98 does anyone read these?

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    Re: Anybody here like David Eddings?

    Whoa, cease fire, Loki. I was just giving my opinion on his books. Anyway, I think my opinion of him might be skewed; he seems to be writing for a young adult audience, and I didn't pick up his first book until I was in my mid-20's and reading "hard" sci-fi like Saberhagen, Pournelle, Niven, Pohl, and Gibson. I think my tastes at that point were really geared towards a grittier setting and more believable characters, which may have resulted in a more-adverse-than-usual reaction.

    Tell you what -- I think my wife still owns the books, at least the first ten or so; I'll pick them up and read them again and give you my reaction in a month or so. Maybe my opinion will have changed.
     
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    Re: Anybody here like David Eddings?

    I loved The Belgariad series but found that The Mallorean was very predictable, that is similar or following the same formula as the Belgariad series. Have not picked up another copy of his books since.
    My favourite character was Silk.
    :)
     
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    Loki the Demon "Belgium, Man!"

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    Re: Anybody here like David Eddings?

    yeah, you're right about the mallorean, but there is still some good stuff in there.
    anybody read the ellenium or the tamuli? I started the elenium but never finished it for some reason. I thought it was pretty good though.
     
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    tamikah16 Me? SANE? What a joke! HA

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    Re: Anybody here like David Eddings?

    I loved David's series. I finished all twelve in about 2 months. I would never put the darn things down. And if you are confused on my saying of twelve, I merely mean the Belgairad, the Mallorean, Begarath, and Polgara. I didn't read the Rivan Codex because my step-dad said it was just like a bunch of stuff that wasn't worth reading, so I said screw it. And I haven't heard of any of the other books everyone is talking about, but that's just me. My step-dad had the books, and they looked really good, so I read them. And yeah.
     
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  20. Loki the Demon

    Loki the Demon "Belgium, Man!"

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    Re: Anybody here like David Eddings?

    you should check out the elenium and the tamuli
    don't bother with the redemption of althalus, it's shit
     
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