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Elminster in Hell by Ed Greenwood
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Aug 20, 2012

did not like it
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This is easily the worst of the Elminster books.
In general, Greenwood's (never more than adequate) writing has been deteriorating in his last few books. The story jumps around, the plot is difficult to follow and the characters are more and more caricatures. This is even worse in this book. The interaction between demon and Elminster switches between boring, unbelievable and disgusting (awful torture scenes that do little to impair Elminster). The resolution is a complete, unexpected and unbelievably cheap Deus-ex-Machina. And in the end, basically nothing has happened that has long term bearing on the world or the characters.
Elminster is a great idea of a character, the problem is that he is effectively the alter-ego of Greenwood (who in fact claims he is not, and that Mirt is his alter-ego). This means that he is invincible, infallible and irresistible (especially to the ladies) and lacks completely in character development. This last fact is kind of sad, since the whole series is supposed to expose this key character's centuries of back story.
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