“’If I wanted you dead, you would be dead’?” He sucked some blood from between his teeth, then spat it onto the cobbles. “What is that? A line from some mid-century melodrama? You hear that onstage a few nights ago?”
In “Skullsworn” by Brian Staveley
Reasons to avoid some Fantasy:
- 1 – Trilogies – a story seldom needs 3 volumes, nobody wants to read the ‘excluded middle’ of tosh, let alone wait for the third volume when they have forgotten the contents of the first – strike George R.R. Martin;
- 2 – Sequel proliferation. Ditto objection 1 squared – strike Eddings et al;
- 3 – Formulaic – It’s often better to re-read Tolkien, skipping some of his embarrassing attempts at females than read the whole thing again with different silly names – strike all sorts of piffle;
- 4 – Silly names – countries; cities; people. How about concepts; recipes; politics – invent something – move to include Iain M. Banks ‘Culture’ – or does invention have to belong to THE science fiction part of SF?
- 5 – Written by die cast. Surely much is the product of hashish and D&D – this you can make up for yourself;
- 6 – Poor writing – to wit the obviously much beloved Staveley – whilst his books were entertaining they are limited by his repetitive vocabulary; why can’t his educated characters master the conditional subjunctive…?
If you’re into SF, read on.