Collection of Clichés [Into the Forge by Dennis L. McKiernan]
Most of these book-review-ish things start with remarks I make to my colleague after reading during my lunch break.
For this one, it was something like, “This is the most cliché collection of clichés that was ever collected.”
I mean – humans, elves, dwarves, and a race that’s approximately half the size of humans? I wonder where I have read that before? Blah blah get mysterious artifact from a dying messenger blah blah go on a quest blah blah lots of evil creatures blah blah battles blah blah random made-up words thrown in blah blah some more evil creatures because we need fifteen dozen different ones of those blah blah evil gods…
And this is only half of the book, because German publishers sometimes do this thing where they split translations in two – sometimes justified, because German translations tend to be longer than the English originals (we do need somewhere to put all our ridiculously long words). But totally not justified in this case, because this thing is barely 300 pages now.
(Don’t get me started on the translation. What does the title – Magician’s Power – even have to do with the book? Who is that bearded dude on the cover? Why the hell doesn’t it say anywhere on the four books in which order they are meant to be read? Why do they not realise “nay” is a word that can be translated? Why haven’t I thrown this at the wall yet?)
Yeah. This is not a book I bought. Our neighbour at work was cleaning out her bookcases, and gave them to me, since they were the only fantasy books she had.
There was one sort of interesting thought in there, that immortal beings doing something that could get them killed are braver than mortals doing the same, because they are going to lose more than the mortals who would die in a couple of decades anyway.
But that one thought was seriously not worth the paper wasted on printing this book, and I just skimmed after that.