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The Gap Into Power by Stephen R. Donaldson
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May 17, 2012

did not like it

I thought that I had lucked out when I found all five of these books in a used book store. I really liked the Covenant books. After reading the short (didn't feel short...) first book in this series, my first thought was, Did an editor get near this thing? The writing itself is atrocious. Not wanting to admit that I wasted my money, I soldiered on. I managed to get about a third into this book (the third) before I gave up.

There were several instances where I was pretty sure that Donaldson used the wrong word. Other problems:
---He has no idea what a semicolon is and how it functions.
---It is not okay for the omniscient narrator to use cliches and hackneyed phrases.
---He uses the construction, e.g. (made up), "He went into the storage, not to get something, but to return something" about 20 times. (1) The commas are wrong. (2) Stop using this construction!

As others have pointed out, the main problem is that every character is disgusting and not worth caring about. Add to that a layer of inept writing, and you have yourself a "winner."
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