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The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, #1-3)
by Stephen R. Donaldson

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If you don’t know what these books are about, Thomas Covenant is a modern leper who has lost his wife and most everything else. After an accident, he finds himself in “The Land”, a land of fantasy creatures and people threatened by Lord Foul (the names in these books are not that original). Thomas’ wedding ring is supposedly a powerful artifact to combat Lord Foul. But Thomas believes it’s all in his head and doesn’t think his choices matter. The people all believe in him, but he doesn’t want them to. I wanted to like the books, but the writing style was very hard for me. Maybe I’m used to different styles, but it was hard for me to follow what was going on, and at times I got bored. I struggled to finish the first trilogy and couldn’t bring myself to read the second. There were some good ideas, like Thomas refusing to shave to see if he would have a beard in his own world, although he then shaves it off and defeats the purpose. The concept, that you’re responsible for your actions, whether they really affect other people or not, is interesting. Does it apply to things like World of Warcraft? Anyway, the descriptions didn’t help me picture The Land very well, and Thomas was always whining and feeling sorry for himself, so it was a tough read. But it does take a different angle to fantasy than Lord of the Rings, where every character is perfectly good or evil.

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