Robert Jordan Review Nostalgia!

Adam of the Wertzone has a review of Robert Jordan’s Eye of the World. It is pretty even handed in its complements and its criticism and well worth a look for those who’ve never read the series.  Adam does point out the strong Tolkein influence of Jordan’s work and I would add that I think Jordan uses that as an in for the first novel and departs somewhat as the series progresses.  He also points in his review to Terry Brooks as an author who ripped off Tolkein but whenever I think of major Tolkien ripoffs I think of Dennis McKiernan’s The Iron Tower.  As derivitive as Brooks work is his later books (specifically some of the ‘modern’ ones) at least show some originality and never really swing into the heavy handed wholesale copying of McKiernan’s Iron Tower.

If you’ve never read the book, or read it a while ago, head on over a take a look.

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One thought on “Robert Jordan Review Nostalgia!

  1. Cheers for the mention!

    McKiernan is an author who, possibly thankfully, never really had much of a following here in the UK, whilst Brooks is huge. Also, McKiernan actually wrote the second Iron Tower series as a sequel to Lord of the Rings, but the publisher was unable to convince the Tolkien Estate to let them publish it. So McKiernan had to go and change all the names and then had to go and write a prequel series which would fit with the rewritten sequel. This at least explains why the thing is so reminiscent of Tolkien, although personally I’d have checked with the Tolkien Estate before sitting down to write 3,000 pages but maybe that’s just me 🙂

    And yes, Wheel of Time definitely moves away from the Tolkien elements in Books 2-3 and 5 onwards (4 has a bit of a Scouring of the Shire meets Dune thing going on).

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