Literary Disappointments (was: The LKH thing)

David Rodemaker dar at horusinc.com
Mon Feb 17 05:49:00 PST 2003

> The Wraeththu books; someone told me Mr. Constantine was a decent
> writer. I'm not certain precisely what variety of crack that person was
> on, but it must be one that makes you blind to the use of exclamation
> points and question marks in the same sentence, the phrase "different to",
> multiple egregious omissions of commas, and similar things. Oh, yeah, and
> the complete lack of interesting stuff happening didn't really
> help either.

*Ms.* Constantine, IIRC, sort of tends to agree with you. Her website is
somewhere around on the web, and that trilogy was, again IIRC, her first
published work (and shows it). Very popular with the goth crowd evidently,
otherwise an interesting read for the 'what-the-hell?' factor, neat
*idea's*, 'different' blend of new-age magic/religion and pretty-boi
sexuality, sort of fun spin at the end if you can last that long <shrug>.
Her later stuff, like the Grigori Trilogy, is much better.

One of those series of books to keep on the shelf to throw at people when
they ask for something 'Different. No I mean *really* different.' <g>

> And there's Jordan's Wheel of Time, which has also come up. This is what
> happens when you take a four-book series and stretch it out to three times
> that length. With sniffling and much adjusting of necklines.

One of those series where I borrow the new book and skim it to see if
there's any point to actually reading the damn thing.

Hasn't been for the last, ...umm, like five or something.