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04 January 2013 @ 09:05 am
The Belgariad  
I'm re-reading the Belgariad, which is one of my favorite epic fantasy series ever. The dialog and characterization are wonderful, and hold up even though it's been at least, I don't know, 15, probably 20 years, since I've read them. (And Silk. Oh, Silk. The first love of my life looked like Silk. It's the nose. I have a thing for noses even in book characters.)

The re-read is prompted by having bought the books for my nephew, only when I went to wrap up the last two, it turned out the bookstore had accidentally ordered more copies of 1&2. So I said O WOE GOSH I GUESS I HAVE TO RE-READ THEM and went and bought the rest of the series for myself, too.

I have no idea if my nephew has read them yet (probably not, they got an X-Box for Christmas), but Deirdre re-read them herself (a great surprise, as I hadn't known she'd read them in the first place. Deirdre is turning out to be far more of a geek than I ever suspected.). At Christmas she looked at me thoughtfully and said, "Polgara always reminded me of Catie."

I assume she means beautiful and powerful, not bossy and short-tempered. :)
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on January 4th, 2013 10:29 am (UTC)
She's your sister. So of course she means bossy and short-tempered.

I was disappointed that Eddings never wrote anything else. Sure, other books came out with other titles, but they all seemed to be retreads.
kitmizkit on January 4th, 2013 10:30 am (UTC)
Yes, that was my problem with everything else too. But I did so love the first outing with that story. :)

Also, from a very pragmatic point of view, I've come around to admiring the longevity and success of his career by writing the same story over and over again.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on January 4th, 2013 12:07 pm (UTC)
I think his publisher was saying 'more of the same' while forgetting the necessary 'but different' qualifier.
rfrancis on January 4th, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
Hard to imagine a more apt description of the Mallorean (which I never finished, having, I felt, read it already.)