Posted on November 26, 2007 by scathingbookreviews
Posted on November 14, 2007 by scathingbookreviews
The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks is an interesting book to read, particularly if you read it before reading or seeing The Lord of the Rings. OK, I admit it, I read it when I was 12, and its a great book for 12 year olds of any age. It was a NY Times Bestseller – and said so right on the cover! Then I read Tolkien. The similarities are, shall we say, striking.
Even so, the book is OK, even though it generated the all-too-common franchise of books in its wake. These Scathing Book Reviews of The Sword of Shanarra would like to put the “Sword” where the Sun doesn’t shine:
Hello… Mr. Brooks? John Tolkien here. Look, I’m really rather tired of spinning in my grave and would greatly appreciate it if you would donate the profits from this little stunt of yours to charity, preferably a literacy programme of some sort.
The writing style that Brooks uses is something you’d expect from a high school student who just didnt know when to quit.
SoS makes me think of a garage band playing a song you love very badly.
Epic fantasy is a much maligned genre. There are truly great authors out there writing GOOD epic fantasy… That is one of the reasons why you should read them and not waste your time with this.
…and, there’s this, from this reviewer. I think he doesn’t like the book:
One looks at a copy of “The Sword of Shannara” with a bit of cruelty in one’s eye. Not cruelty aimed at the hundreds of millions of poor, innocent, beautiful trees that were minding their own business when one day they were savagely and abruptly cut down to be made into the paper on which “The Sword of Shannara” was printed. Not even cruelty aimed at the hapless Terry Brooks who could not write great epic literature to save his doomed, heathen soul. Not cruelty aimed at the millions of geeky junior high lads who read this book and thought it was great literature. But cruelty and scorn aimed at the publishing industry that found a way to make big money out cheap versions of the people’s poetry.
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Posted on November 10, 2007 by scathingbookreviews
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell is a classic that we’re all familiar with. OK, one that we’ve all heard of, anyway. No, its not the same as the movie The Black Stallion.
Imagine a Charles Dickens novel. Now insert a big Black Horse into the role usually played by a little boy.
Yes, THAT book. It’s a favorite of years past, and still appreciated by many, but unfortunately, these Scathing Book Reviews of Black Beauty think its all horse dung:
If somebody can tell me why this book is considered a classic I would love to know! The only thing it has that good novels have is pages!
This book is just plain boring… Black Beauty is just a little goodie-two-shoes.
…and this from a reader who asked around:
I have consulted several others and we all agree on one point: its a total waste of money, time, and effort. This book somehow managed to become a classic, proboble just because it has to do with horses.
..and some friendly advice from a student to the teachers of the world:
I dont know why this book is a classic. Trust me, it deserves a 1. For all those teachers out there, DONT BUY BLACK BEAUTY!!!
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Posted on November 4, 2007 by scathingbookreviews
What can one say about Duneby Frank Herbert? Well, it made for an embarrassingly bad moviestarring Sting and Kyle Maclachlan, but beyond that, it’s considered a Science Fiction classic, and has influenced genre authors ever since it was first published in the 1960s.
It’s a little dry for my tastes if you know what I mean, but these Scathing Book Reviews of “Dune” find it downright arid:
Clumsy writing, heavy-handed symbolism, self-righteousness, unbelievable dialogue, characters even a comic book would blush at. A book that insults the intelligence at every level.
A friend told me that DUNE was different from the run of the mill sci-fi endless spillage of adverbs and adjectives. After three chapters of the most tedious and unnecessary descriptions of the tiniest details I decided he didn’t know what he was talking about.
After 10 pages everybody could guess the end.
Never have so many dreadful Science Fiction cliches been brought together in one book. Ghastly.
This book brought me near suicide. I was so depressed after reading this pie that I wanted to go eat a goat.
and perhaps the ultimate insult:
Prose that would make a Dungeons and Dragon novel blush…
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