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The Runes of the Earth (The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Book 1) (udgave 2004)

af Stephen R. Donaldson

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In 1977, Stephen Donaldson changed the face of epic fantasy, with the publication of THE CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT THE UNBELIEVER. The 'hero', Thomas Covenant, is mysteriously struck down with a disease believed eradicated; he is abandoned by his wife and young son and becomes a pariah. Alone and despairing, Covenant falls - and is drawn into a mysterious new world, where gentle people work magic and the earth itself brings healing. He is welcomed as the reincarnation of a legendary saviour, but Covenant refuses to believe; he's convinced he's having delusions. At the end of the sixth book, as Covenant battles to save the world, he is killed - in both worlds - as Dr Linden Avery, his horrified companion, looks on. Now comes the book every fantasy reader has been waiting for. It's ten years later, and Linden Avery thought she would never see the Land, or Covenant, her beloved, again. But Lord Foul has stolen her adopted son, and is unmaking the very laws of nature.And though she believes Covenant dead, he keeps sending Linden messages: 'Find me', and 'Don't trust me'. The Land is in turmoil, and Lord Foul has plans for them all . . .… (mere)
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Titel:The Runes of the Earth (The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Book 1)
Forfattere:Stephen R. Donaldson
Info:Putnam Adult (2004), Hardcover
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This one should be subtitled Arrogance because almost every major character shows it at some point.

As a starting point for the four-book Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, it does its job adequately. We're shown the main characters and taken back to the Land. However, once there, very little happens, and Linden Avery, on at least two or three occasions, reminds us that this big, sprawling book takes place over a few days. Now that most of the characters are met (though I suspect we still need to get a giant or two into the mix), the story will actually pick up pace, because most of what happens in this one is hand-wringing and waiting.

Having said all this, I do remind myself that I have to give Donaldson time. When I first picked up the paperback of Lord Foul's Bane way back in 1978, it took me three tries to get past page 70. Once I did, I fell in love with this series.

I expect to do so again. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
I really enjoyed this book - so much revelation of details that were in the previous books (so it was a nostalgic trip for me, as I enjoyed the previous six books). Linden becomes more fleshed out as a character. New characters that are discovered I find interesting and complex. New trials to overcome and layers of meaning are described throughout the chapters that bring a similar but new flavor from the previous series.

This paragraph from the book expresses much of what I enjoy about this book and the series as a whole:

"There is no dishonor in service. The Mahdoubt labors here, assuredly, and her tasks are weary. Yet by her efforts she is fed and clad and warmed. At night she sleeps beyond harm in a kindly bed, with no rough words"

One theme that is discussed in this book is the sacrifice of the many versus the needs of the one, or vice versa. Another theme is good cannot be done by evil means. Both of these themes are complex and varied throughout the story and drive the motivations of many of the characters.

Understanding that the humans are fragile and have inherent weakness is another theme that over arches the book and series.

With all of this said, I can understand many of the arguments that the characters are difficult to identify with or care about, that the language of the book is high and thick, and that the plot can seem plodding. In my estimation, these things are actually strengths of the book, but clearly no book is for everyone, and it is a rare book that is broad enough to satisfy many. ( )
  quinton.baran | Mar 29, 2021 |
Despite all the painfully overwrought language and endless internal dialogue, the Land still deserves a solid three stars. ( )
  shum57 | Jul 22, 2019 |
If you've read the previous 6 books, you don't need to be told anything. If you haven't, don't even consider reading this one - they all form part of one continuous narrative and really need to be read in order.

If, like me, it's been a very long time since you read the last book, you might be wondering if you need to re-read the previous one (or previous 6) before starting The Last Chronicles. Fear not however, Donaldson does a good job of bringing you up to speed. There is some space at the beginning given over to summarising the previous books, and there are reminders weaved into the story in the form of stories recounted by the characters.

It's been decades since I read the previous books, and I had forgotten how much of a chore reading Donaldson can be. As rich and complete as the narrative is, the prose is flowery and can be a real effort at times. The narrative is somewhat inconsistently paced, seeming to move along well at times, and bog down at others, with dozens of pages given over to introspection and conversation and nothing else happening. This leads me to my other main criticism - aside from his love of verbosity and synonyms nobody else has heard of, Donaldson seems to fall back on the same phrases with annoying regularity. In the first 6 books, it was the Haruchai "poised on the balls of their feet"; this time around it seems to be Linden constantly saying that she "needs time to think." Covenant's constant denials and self-loathing became rather tiresome in the first six books; this time around it's Linden's constant whining that she doesn't know what's going on, that she needs time to think, asking questions that nobody wants to give her straight answers to and then asking annoying non-sequitur questions. ( )
  adam.currey | Mar 23, 2019 |
To abuse an overused cliche, when Donaldson burst onto the scene on 1977 with Thomas Covenant, this teen who had only Tolkien and the plagiarist Brooks, and the Chronicles turned the world on its ear. (Okay, many many years later, having read a part of an interview, I realize that Terry Brooks had no one but Tolkien as inspiration so it was natural that he emulate him) Those Chronicles were so different. And, then the Second Chronicles...then the Last. I’d read this when it came out in 2004, but remembered only a few things (the beginning and the ending.) I’d also read the next (and remember even less ...just the ending), but never got past 47 words into the third. I intend to fix that in 2019 and finish the series, but I needed a refresher, so ...

Fast forward ten years and 3,500 years from where he left off in White Gold Wielder, the evil that wants the destruction of the Land and everything is risen again in a new but familiar form, and it still has a foothold in the original world of Covenant. When the first of the Second Chronicles came out around the same time as Herbert’s God Emperor of Dune, they both imagined 4,000 years into a future from the familiar. Now, I was a huge Dune fan, but Donaldson did it far better. And he did it again with the Last Chronicles. This is a long set up. Really long. 500+ pages long. And that which was set up to be revealed at the end was a cliffhanger of epical aggravation. Good thing this time around the remaining novels have already been written and I don’t have to wait!

Donaldson has a skill rarely rivaled in using semi-obscure and sometimes really obscure technically correct but not archaic words. And he writes tomes! Sure Jordan and Eddings (and others) did as well, but they were definitely more somniferous and I couldn’t get into them. Donaldson makes it difficult not for the now and then thesaurus confirmation check but for a maddening central character. The inaction, whether from the unbelief of Covenant or the disbelief and later paralytic belief with Linden Avery, this reader for sure found himself more than once when young thinking, “Oh my god, what is wrong with you?!!” As an adult with 40 years maturity wadded on, thoughts tend more toward a sanitized "Just do it, damn it!"

These are not enjoyable reads. But that is not the same as enjoying reading them. They challenge the imagination. They challenge paradigms. There might be other writers who do this in the context of fantasy fiction, but Donaldson’s books are the ones I’ve chosen to read. They are dark and heavy, annoying and disconcerting, frustrating and yet satisfying, not enjoyable as I said but I enjoy reading them. ( )
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In 1977, Stephen Donaldson changed the face of epic fantasy, with the publication of THE CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT THE UNBELIEVER. The 'hero', Thomas Covenant, is mysteriously struck down with a disease believed eradicated; he is abandoned by his wife and young son and becomes a pariah. Alone and despairing, Covenant falls - and is drawn into a mysterious new world, where gentle people work magic and the earth itself brings healing. He is welcomed as the reincarnation of a legendary saviour, but Covenant refuses to believe; he's convinced he's having delusions. At the end of the sixth book, as Covenant battles to save the world, he is killed - in both worlds - as Dr Linden Avery, his horrified companion, looks on. Now comes the book every fantasy reader has been waiting for. It's ten years later, and Linden Avery thought she would never see the Land, or Covenant, her beloved, again. But Lord Foul has stolen her adopted son, and is unmaking the very laws of nature.And though she believes Covenant dead, he keeps sending Linden messages: 'Find me', and 'Don't trust me'. The Land is in turmoil, and Lord Foul has plans for them all . . .

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