Relentless – Update

R.A. Salvatore is one of my favorite authors. There has yet to be anything that he’s written that I haven’t liked. Unfortunately, I’m afraid that streak is about to come to an end with his newest novel, Relentless.

Granted, I’m only a little more than 100 pages into it, but I’m having trouble working up the desire to finish it. Normally, I can’t put his work down. There have been many times when I’ve read an entire novel within a day or two because I don’t want to stop reading. When I did have to put them down, for whatever reason, I couldn’t wait to pick them back up so I could continue on. With this one, though, I don’t think it would bother me that much if I didn’t read any more of it.

The problem is not with the writing, I think. R.A. still puts sentences together very well. He paints very vivid and imaginative battle sequences that are among the best I’ve ever read, if not the best. His character building is among the best as well.

I think the problem is that this is book 36 in the series. That’s right. Book 36. There has been so many things that have happened in those 36 books, so much story, so many fights, that they’re all kind of blurring together at this point. There have been a few times in those 100 pages when I had to stop and try to remember things that happened in the last book because I couldn’t figure out what was going on. And only half of those remembering attempts were successful.

For now, I’m planning on continuing with the book, but I don’t know for how much longer. While I don’t want to quit on it, I also don’t want to keep reading something that I’m not enjoying. And, right now, I’m not really enjoying it very much.

Update

I stopped reading this book. The further into it I got, the more I realized that I just didn’t care anymore about what was going to happen. After 36 books, I just can’t invest anything else into these characters.

It Keeps Going

I have read every Drizzt Do’Urden novel written by R.A. Salvatore. Well, all of them except for Boundless (the newest one) anyway, and (as of this writing) I’m halfway through it. To those out there that don’t know the character of Drizzt, that may not seem like a big deal, but it kinda is. You see, Boundless is the 35th book in the series.

R.A. Salvatore is one of my favorite authors. Everything of his that I’ve read has been good. His worst book is still better than most people’s best. And Drizzt Do’Urden is one of the most dynamic characters in fiction. He is guided by a morality that is deeper than any other fictional character I’ve ever read.

With all of that being said, I have one piece of advice that I would give to Mr. Salvatore: Please stop.

As much as I enjoy reading his books, it’s a little too much. It’s been going on far too long. All of the stories feel recycled. He does a good job of changing the details just enough to keep it interesting, but the basic stories are the same.

Also, with the exception of Drizzt (and one or two others), he has killed off every major character in the series and brought them back to life. Some of them more than once.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ll keep reading them as long as he keeps writing them. That’s how good he is at what he does. Despite these problems I have with his stories, I still really enjoy his writing. But, I stopped buying them a while back and now I wait until I can check them out from the library.

From what I have seen, there’s one more, the 36th in the series, that has been announced. I hope he ends it there. 36 books is more than enough stories about the same character.

A Day Late and A Lot of Dollars Short

First of all, I’d like to congratulate all of the people who have been able to do the post-a-day thing this month. I don’t know how you do it. Hell, I’m only posting once a week and I can’t even do that right. This post should’ve been done a couple of days ago.

There are a few reasons for my tardiness. First of all, I got sucked into reading Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf by R.A. Salvatore. The story itself is a mash-up of recycled stories from previous books in the series (which is bound to happen eventually. After all, it is the 27th book in the Dark Elf saga), but he writes so well that it doesn’t bother you and you still can’t put it down.

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A Surprising Discovery

My wife and I have been slowly, but surely (and stop calling me Shirley), cleaning out our second bedroom to make room for baby stuph. This weekend, my main goal was to move my bookshelves out. Since I have a lot of books, this was no easy task. I was able to do it, and while I was moving them out, I noticed something.

I figured that the author that I had the most books from would either be Michael Connelly or Harlan Coben. To my surprise, it wasn’t. The most books I had from one author turned out to be R. A. Salvatore, which is someone most of you have probably never heard of.

R. A. Salvatore is most known for writing novels set in the Dungeons and Dragons setting of Forgotten Realms. He has also written some fantasy books outside of that setting, but I have yet to read any of those. A few people out there might know him because of the two Star Wars books he’s written: Vector Prime (which is the beginning of the New Jedi Order series) and the book adaptation of Attack of the Clones (which I have yet to read, but I’m sure he made it more interesting than the movie version).

His writing style is very unique. Even though the settings of his books are fantasy worlds, whether it is Forgotten Realms or Star Wars, he has a way of pulling you into them. His characters are always multi-faceted and compelling. He is also the best I have ever read at describing action or fighting scenes.

If you ever feel like reading one of his books, I would suggest starting with the books of the Dark Elf trilogy, as it is the beginnings his most famous character, Drizzt Do’ Urden. If you’re anything like me, after you read the first Drizzt book, you’ll want to read the rest, which means reading at least 15 more books.