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Memory, Sorrow and Thorn by Tad Williams

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Submitted by aznet 
(Jul 19, 2001)

This is a great series. It took me 11 days to read it, spending hours everyday to read it. The character's are awesome, the authors misleads us greatly. The action it great, and short of it. The world building is excellent, when I read at night, it was wonderful to imagine some of the places described in the book, It made you wanna be there (the old place). The only bad thing I can say it that there was a bit too much description, which could have been removed and had no affect on the story. And the other think, my wrist's and neck have been killing me, holding the book and reading. But I highly recommend this book, and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Submitted by Nighthawk 
(Jun 29, 2001)

Incredible!! When I read this series I was hooked from first to last. The ending was a complete (I use the archaic form of complete.) surprise and finally a series not afraid to kill the heroes. Realistic. I know only two authors I enjoyed more, Robert Jordan and Robin Hobb, and neither by much.

Submitted by Ben
(Apr 17, 2001)

Although one of the best written fantasy trilogies ever, Memory Sorrow and Thorn suffers from the same set of distinctive plot elements that set it apart. After having read innumerable plotlines with the young adventurer growing stronger and uncovering the magic Whoha in a relatively stable land threatened by a far off malevolent Foozle, it was refreshing to read a fantasy novel where the good guys are disorganized hounded, and actually killed in large numbers. However, after the first book, this trend not only continues, but it intensifies. A great deal of trouble and intense effort is put forth by a variety of characters and subplots that are doomed to simply end in the death of the primary characters. Subplots leading to a smidgin of hope end up in ashes. Major subplots which seem to be absolutely critical to the resolution of the story are thrown away or made worthless, and there is a great deal of unrequited suffering and pointless hope. The worst comes at the end of the book, where the final resolution is perfectly in keeping with the above flaws. Without spoiling all three books, which despite their flaws are monumentally well written and fun to read, I can say that the final climax in the third book was certainly unexpected and for me unsatisfying. Given where all of the other subplots in the other books eventually lead to though, it should have been obvious what was going to happen. In short, extraordinarily well written, with fantastic characters and a dark story where madness and death are frequent visitors. Ultimately a few too many deaths, a few too many pointless subplots where primary characters are simply snuffed, and a very disappointing (for me) climax in keeping with the disappointing subplots.

Submitted by andrew coates
(Apr 06, 2001)

Awesome! I read the whole thing almost without break purely for the reason that I couldn't put it down. I know this will upset some people, but it is easily on a par with the Lord of the Rings. If Otherland is as good as this, (and I've heard it is!), then I can't wait to read it.

Submitted by Josh
(Apr 06, 2001)

The same can be said about all fantasy "epics": there are great characters, setting, plot, events, etc .. but what puts Tad Williams above the rest is his writing style, the metaphors are simply awe inspiring. He is very concise unlike other fantasy authors. I find myself looking at the ceiling or sky and going WOW! that is beautiful wording and symbolism ..

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