The more I read this forum, the more Matthew Woodring Stover's name comes up. And this intrigues me because I do not like this author.
I tried to read "Heroes Die" about 6 months a go but quit reading about a third the way through. This is very rare as I can only recall one other fantasy book that I quit reading. That was a Forgotten Realms book (Crusades was the name, iirc).
Everyone else that you people bring up, except for the Perdido book, I have read and enjoyed. So how come I didn't like this book while all you mature, intelligent readers did? That's what I keep asking myself. And since this is a forum thought I would change the question round and ask you.
Why did you like Stover's Heroes Die? What was so good, so standoutish about this book?
I found it was dull, boring, and just plain awful. Caine was sooooooooooo over-the-top and ridiculous. The characters seemed very 2 dimensional with Caine akin to one of the "insert name here" cardboard heroes of a Tsr novel.
Here is a good example of what I mean: "I am strong. I am relentless. I am inescapable.
I am invincible. I am the Blade of Tyshalle.
I am Caine"
Thanks for this quote FitzFlagg, by the way.
Should I have finished the book? Would it change my perceptions?
I am not trying to be mean or anything. I am honestly puzzled as to why you all liked it when I didn't.
Just so you know and can understand my viewpoint. My favorite authors are; George R.R. Martin, Orson Scott Card, Tolkein, Weis&Hickman, and more recently, Dave Duncan. With honorable mentions to Feist, Jordan, Pratchett, Kay and Glenn Cook.
Thanks for your time,
just a newbie