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Stephen R. Donaldson and fan

I first discovered Stephen R. Donaldson early in my days in Hawai’i. I first picked up his book The Illearth War one afternoon at the Base Exchange because of the interesting cover. It wasn’t until I got back to the barracks that I realized that it was the second of a fantasy series. After that, I went back to the Exchange and picked up the first, Lord Foul’s Bane and third, The Power That Preserves of the original Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Here is the intro to Lord Foul’s Bane from Goodreads.com:

He called himself Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever because he dared not believe in the strange alternate world in which he suddenly found himself.

Yet the Land tempted him. He had been sick; now he seemed better than ever before. Through no fault of his own, he had been outcast, unclean, a pariah. Now he was regarded as a reincarnation of the Land’s greatest hero–Berek Halfhand–armed with the mystic power of White Gold. That power alone could protect the Lords of the Land from the ancient evil of Despiser, Lord Foul. Only…Covenant had no idea of how the power could be used!

Thus begins one of the most remarkable epic fantasies ever written…

Donaldson’s wiki had this to say about The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant:

Donaldson’s most celebrated series is The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, which centers on a cynical leper, shunned by society, who is destined to become the heroic savior of an alternative Earth. Covenant struggles against the tyrannical Lord Foul, who intends to break the physical universe in order to escape his bondage and wreak revenge upon his arch enemy, The Creator.

The Chronicles were originally published as two trilogies of novels between 1977 and 1983. According to his current publisher, Putnam’s, those two series sold more than 10 million copies. A third series, The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, began publication in 2004 with the novel The Runes of the Earth. With the second book of that series, Fatal Revenant, Donaldson again attained bestseller status when the book reached number 12 on the New York Times Bestseller List in October 2007.

One of my best friends while in Hawai’i had also read the first trilogy so we had a lot of good discussions on it that continued when the second trilogy came along. The Wounded Land actually came out not long after we’d finished the first trilogy although we had to wait a couple of years before The One Tree came out. We were both out of the service and I was back on the mainland when The White Gold Wielder was published. I have not read any of the books from The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (four books published from 2004 to 2013) but they are all on my to read list although I may have to get the first two trilogies out of storage and at least skim them again and refresh the memory.

Donaldson has a couple of other Sci-fi/Fantasy series. The Gap series is five books which I have not read and Mordant’s Need is comprised of two books which I have read. From Goodreads:

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Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Stephen R. Donaldson

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Stephen R. Donaldson and fan

Please Note: When I began this series, it was to cover a lot of authors whom I have found personally influential, even though this may only be because I enjoyed the stories they have told in their books or short stories. I’m just fortunate enough and well read enough that many of the authors I have personally enjoyed have also been influential on a macro scale as well as micro. rrt

I first discovered Stephen R. Donaldson early in my days in Hawai’i. I first picked up his book The Illearth War one afternoon at the Base Exchange because of the interesting cover. It wasn’t until I got back to the barracks that I realized that it was the second of a fantasy series. After that, I went back to the Exchange and picked up the first, Lord Foul’s Bane and third, The Power That Preserves of the original Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Here is the intro to Lord Foul’s Bane from Goodreads.com:

He called himself Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever because he dared not believe in the strange alternate world in which he suddenly found himself.

Yet the Land tempted him. He had been sick; now he seemed better than ever before. Through no fault of his own, he had been outcast, unclean, a pariah. Now he was regarded as a reincarnation of the Land’s greatest hero–Berek Halfhand–armed with the mystic power of White Gold. That power alone could protect the Lords of the Land from the ancient evil of Despiser, Lord Foul. Only…Covenant had no idea of how the power could be used!

Thus begins one of the most remarkable epic fantasies ever written…

Donaldson’s wiki had this to say about The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant:

Donaldson’s most celebrated series is The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, which centers on a cynical leper, shunned by society, who is destined to become the heroic savior of an alternative Earth. Covenant struggles against the tyrannical Lord Foul, who intends to break the physical universe in order to escape his bondage and wreak revenge upon his arch enemy, The Creator.

The Chronicles were originally published as two trilogies of novels between 1977 and 1983. According to his current publisher, Putnam’s, those two series sold more than 10 million copies. A third series, The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, began publication in 2004 with the novel The Runes of the Earth. With the second book of that series, Fatal Revenant, Donaldson again attained bestseller status when the book reached number 12 on the New York Times Bestseller List in October 2007.

One of my best friends while in Hawai’i had also read the first trilogy so we had a lot of good discussions on it that continued when the second trilogy came along. The Wounded Land actually came out not long after we’d finished the first trilogy although we had to wait a couple of years before The One Tree came out. We were both out of the service and I was back on the mainland when The White Gold Wielder was published. I have not read any of the books from The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (four books published from 2004 to 2013) but they are all on my to read list although I may have to get the first two trilogies out of storage and at least skim them again and refresh the memory.

Donaldson has a couple of other Sci-fi/Fantasy series. The Gap series is five books which I have not read and Mordant’s Need is comprised of two books which I have read. From Goodreads: (more…)

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