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The Bellinghman
Date: 2006-05-17 23:32
Subject: #21 David Eddings: Domes of Fire
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David Eddings: Domes of Fire

Paperback: 584 pages
Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Ltd (June 30, 1993)
ISBN: 0586213139
Category(ies): Fantasy

If you liked Eddings' Elenium series, then you should like this. It's set in the same world. It uses the same characters. It even appears to have the same villains. What more could you want?

Well, originality, perhaps. Characterisation. A view of the world a little more complex than that inflicted on us by Heinlein in his late works, when all his heroes and heroines were wonderful, and all his villains 2-dimensional and fit only to be killed without thought. Though perhaps even Heinlein was never quite as flippant as Eddings can be.

All in all, I'm glad I didn't actually pay any money for this - it was from a huge stack of publishers' giveaways at Eastercon. Since there must have been several hundred copies, and nobody seemed to want to take them, I can only wonder why they hadn't been pulped already - this edition dates from over a decade ago.

Oh, and the 'Domes of Fire'? The rooves of a city that had been covered in mother of pearl. Whaa?

All in all, nothing to stretch even Eddings' fans.
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