Skip to main content

View Diary: Books Go Boom! How 'Lord of the Rings' is Not a Very Good Book - and Yet, is a Great One (296 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  LeGuin is one of the best writers in SF & Fantasy (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    poco, No Exit

    Earthsea is enchanting on many levels, and a favorite of mine. LeGuin doesn't do the dense world-building of Tolkien, but what she did sketch out created an atmosphere which stays with me decades later. And I never got bogged down in Earthsea, though the dark shadow race across the open sea gets featureless and grim. She could have earned a Nobel, I think.

    The only Fforde I've read is Shades of Grey. The Eyre Affair appeals even more to my sensibility.

    For pioneering mystery, Poe's stories (e.g. Murder in the Rue Morgue) are usually mentioned, too. I enjoyed both those Wilkie Collins, and Bleak House. I was thinking specifically of how Conan Doyle worked out so much of the template of mystery-puzzle, which guided the genre for half a century after his work.

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

    by Brecht on Sat Apr 05, 2014 at 11:50:38 AM PDT

    [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

  • Recommended (145)
  • Community (68)
  • Elections (34)
  • Media (33)
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership (31)
  • Environment (30)
  • 2016 (29)
  • Law (28)
  • Culture (27)
  • Civil Rights (26)
  • Barack Obama (24)
  • Hillary Clinton (24)
  • Science (23)
  • Climate Change (23)
  • Republicans (23)
  • Labor (21)
  • Economy (19)
  • Marriage Equality (19)
  • Jeb Bush (18)
  • Josh Duggar (18)
  • Click here for the mobile view of the site