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From: matthew.malthouse@guardian.co.uk
Subject: Re: (urth) Re: The Best Introduction To The Mountains
Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2002 10:34:04 +0000

On 02/01/2002 21:51:06 James Jordan wrote:

>Wolfe did have some nice things to say about Stephen Lawhead, to me, a few
>years ago. I imagine he considers Lawhead to be carrying the Tolkein torch
>pretty well. Never read Lawhead myself.

I've read "Taliesin", the first of his Aurthurian cycle.  It was excruciatingly
bad.  Simply bad use of language.  Normally I'm quite uncritical on a first
reading and if I get through a book I want to read the rest.  In this case I
couldn't, and still can't, bring myself to buy any of the others.  "This is not
a book to be set aside lightly..."

That said I have also read "Empyrion" and I think I was surprised that it wasn't
quite so bad.  However I don't think I've ever reread it which, given that I'll
read almost anything several times, suggests that I was deeply unimpressed.


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