Literary Disappointments (was: The LKH thing)

Mon Feb 17 13:54:59 PST 2003

Personally I'd say that Pratchett has gone from writing decent parody,
through humorous fantasy into shallow philosophy to appeal to the
comfort zone of his market. To refer to him as a satirist is flattery
and unfair on more proper exponents. Although the actual quality of his
writing has improved despite the mass production, the content has
dropped markedly.

But then, I liked Stone of Tears better than Wizard's First Rule, and
thought that as he has progressed he has become one of the more
misogynistic authors around (which is going some). So what do *I* know?

Reading is distorted by expectation, which is perhaps why I am
struggling a little with Louise de la Valliere, hoping for a D'Artagnan
action story rather than a court melodrama with unlikeable characters.
Ho hum.

Long time listener, first time caller etc...


 --- Gomi no Sensei <gomi at speakeasy.net> wrote: > On Mon, 17 Feb 2003
12:49:27 -0800 (PST), David Silberstein 
> <davids at kithrup.com> wrote:
> > They accept evil not
> > because they say *yes*, but because they don't say *no*."
> > -- Patrician Vetinari on humanity
> This is highly reminiscent of Edmund Burke's statement that "all it
> takes 
> for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." It would not
> surprise 
> me if Pratchett had read Burke at some point -- he's one of the great
> English thinkers, and Pratchett has evolved from a purveyor of light
> and 
> even somewhat sophomoric fantasy into a satirist proper -- I do not 
> exaggerate when I say he's of similar caliber to Twain at the top of
> his 
> form ('Small Gods,' 'Hogfather,' 'Feet of Clay'). Anyone who gave up
> on 
> Pratchett because of the frankly dull opening books in the Discworld
> series 
> really should take another shot at it -- the three above are, I
> think, his 
> best, but 'Maskerade,' 'Lords and Ladies,' and 'The Fifth Elephant'
> are all 
> solid as well.
> paul e. 

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