Search Results: "Stephen R. Donaldson"


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CHAOS AND ORDER by Stephen R. Donaldson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 15, 1994

"Donaldson's work is instantly recognizable and remarkably consistent: Anguish is the price of admission; misery keeps the customers coming back for more; enjoyment is sheer hell."
The fourth part of Donaldson's five-book series (A Dark and Hungry God Arrives, 1992, etc.) centers on a far-future power struggle by proxy between benevolent United Mining Companies police boss Warden Dios and malign UMC chief Holt Fasner. Read full book review >

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WHITE GOLD WIELDER by Stephen R. Donaldson
Released: April 12, 1983

"Farcically implausible plotting, excruciating prose, lifelessly unevocative description, endless soporific interior monologues: the same recipe as before, in short, and strictly for Donaldson enthusiasts (of whom there are, inexplicably, hordes)."
Book three and last of The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (The Wounded Land, 1980; The One Tree, 1982). Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 14, 1986

"Still, Donaldson has a huge and fanatical following."
A new fantasy from the immensely popular author of the six-part Thomas Covenant chronicles. Read full book review >

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FORBIDDEN KNOWLEDGE by Stephen R. Donaldson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 15, 1991

"The characters are too busy seething with barely containable emotions to need personalities, but, boy, do they suffer; still, with the well-realized backdrop and a plot that meanders in a developmental fog, this is the formula that Donaldson fans find so beguiling."
Second of Donaldson's projected five-book science-fiction series following The Real Story, in which the beautiful Morn Hyland, former police officer and victim of "gap sickness" that caused her to destroy her father's spaceship, traded slavery at the hands of pirate Angus Thermopyle for the dubious protection of interstellar gangster Nick Succorso. Read full book review >

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THE ONE TREE by Stephen R. Donaldson
Released: April 12, 1982

"Wretched stuff indeed—but Donaldson does have a fantasy-genre following."
For sheer awfulness Donaldson is hard to beat; however, for the faithful series readers not permanently repelled by The Wounded Land (1980), here's part two of The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 17, 1977

"Preachier than Tolkien, yet conversely conveying a more sophisticated sense of moral complexities, Donaldson's trilogy is a Hawed and erratic work, but not an inconsiderable one."
Heroic fantasy stalks our anti-heroic age as if bent on providing a thesis for every cultural sociologist in the land. Read full book review >

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THIS DAY ALL GODS DIE by Stephen R. Donaldson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 1996

"Not quite as apocalyptic as the title suggests, though there's more than enough anguish, woe, and screeching metal to keep addicts hooked; for Donaldson, it's almost an upbeat conclusion."
Fifth and final part—maybe—of Donaldson's hypercomplicated galactic Gap saga (Chaos and Order, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1987

"Mordant's Need resembles the thousands of three-decker idylls that once filled 19th-century home libraries—huge, purple entertainments whose breeziness and sweetness Filled a passing need but now lack the least murmur of life."
The conclusion of Donaldson's two-volume fantasy epic, Mordant's Need, begun with Mirror of Her Dreams (1986). Read full book review >

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THE WOUNDED LAND by Stephen R. Donaldson
Released: June 16, 1980

"Wretched."
Donaldson's trilogy The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever (1977), though a work of less saccharine escapism than most heroic fantasies, cannot be said to merit a sequel. Read full book review >

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REAVE THE JUST by Stephen R. Donaldson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 1999

"Even his critics are due for a wonderful surprise: these thoughtful, well worked-out, often fascinating yarns are largely free of the preposterous weight, impossible convolutions, and tormented prose that make the novels so troublesome."
Donaldson's first collection since Daughter of Regals (1983), though, of the eight substantial stories here, 1984—98, five have appeared previously in other volumes—the title piece in After the King (1992); "The Djinn Who Watches Over the Accursed" in Arabesques 2 (1989); "The Kings of Tarshish Shall Bring Gifts" in The Book of Kings (1995); "The Woman Who Loved Pigs" in Full Spectrum 4 (1993); and "What Makes Us Human" in Berserker Base (1985). Read full book review >

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AGAINST ALL THINGS ENDING by Stephen R. Donaldson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"If the likes of Cirrus Kindwind, the Lost Deep and She Who Must Not Be Named, and lines such as 'Through the bane's ferocity, she smelled the acrid pulse of unnatural blood,' are your bag (or Baggins), well, then this is just your book."
Daggers and wizards, time travel, leprosy—for fans of fantasy, there's much to like in Donaldson's latest installment in the multivolume Thomas Covenant epic series of yore. Read full book review >

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THE LAST DARK by Stephen R. Donaldson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"It goes without saying that a reader who enters the series without the benefit of the preceding volumes will be utterly lost. Definitively of a piece with what has come before; if you're a fan of Donaldson, this is indispensable. If not, of course, not."
The Thomas Covenant series comes to a lumbering halt after four decades. Read full book review >