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  •  Tolkein forged a new kind of epic fantasy, (1+ / 0-)
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    and his heirs have been playing with its possibilities ever since. There are writers who are trying to conjure up the same immense panoramas Tolkein did, of millenia, continents, and world-shattering wars between heroes and demons - and also to squeeze in fully developed characters.

    Alas, most who get anywhere near that end up with series twice as long as LOTR. George R. R. Martin might pull it off, with a series twice as long as LOTR, full of fascinating characters, that's actually worth reading from end to end.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 12:44:10 AM PDT

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