Jul 22, 09
Recommended to Lynne by:
found it at Science Fiction Book club
Read in May, 1997, read count: 1
Describe any Donaldson novel/series in a paragraph. I dare you. I'm not going to review each book; it was too long ago that I read them. However: If you like your sci-fi straight up, no water or ice, this series will satisfy like 21-year-old Glenlivet single-malt.
Donaldson is an opera enthusiast, Wagner a particular favorite, and the Ring cycle is the inspiration for the story in this five-book series. As usual, the story hasn't been culled from other sci-fi and hasn't been imitated by others. Donaldson remains true to his personal artistic vision and watches lesser authors rake up the bucks.
I appreciate Donaldson's realistic treatment of the human condition. We're here, we do our best, we screw up, we have to redeem ourselves, life leaves scars. Sometimes the only triumph is personal, sometimes you save the world. The personal triumph, in Donaldson's worlds, never takes a backseat to the world-saving.
The entire series is raw and unflinching. Rape, child abuse, politics, corruption. The payoff is worth it. The first book was the most difficult. Donaldson doesn't make his characters easy to like.
Also, read Donaldson's intro at the beginning of the first book. He does a fantastic job explaining his process.