PDF (Lord Foul's Bane) BY Stephen R. Donaldson
Lot of people call this the best fantasy ever I was curious to finish this Oh in case you forgot Thomas Covenant is a leper outcast uncleanNow that I finally finished the book I am underwhelmed The most GR ratings for it are either 5 stars or 1 star I guess I will be in minority with my rating I found this book to be a slightly above average Tolkien clone with a very unlikable protagonist After all he is a leper outcast uncleanuite a few of the scenes can be easily attributed to Tolkien s classic with simple change of names Thomas Covenant has a ring with unknown great powers oes this ring a bell Sorry for a bad unintended pun He needs to get to Rivendell sorry I mean Lord s Keep from where The Fellowship of the Ring sorry uest is formed from Sotello DeLeos Action Thriller Singles different people I can go on and on but will stop here to avoid further spoilers The only really original part is that the main character is a leper outcast uncleanThe book was probably shocking in the time it was written but if one compares it to modern fantasy it is very mild with the exception of the scene I already mentioned but even that is not THAT shocking nowadays it just strengthens reader s revulsion for Thomas Covenant who is a leper outcast uncleanSpeaking of the main character he is NOT an anti hero as some readers call him For good examples of anti heroes please refer to Elric by Michael Moorcock Lady from Chronicles of the Black Company Gerald Tarrant from Black Sun Rising or countless others Thomas Covenant is just a whining jerk and something worse which I will not mention here as it will give a spoiler I know uite a few real life people who had it as bad as or even worse than him but they managed to remain good humans Thomas Covenant is a very pitiful excuse for a human being He is a leper outcast uncleanDid you notice that I never mention anybody except for the main character The reason for this is that every single person in the Land is a typical Mary Sue without any exceptions and thus are fairly indistinguishable from each other and not very interesting except for a leper outcast unclean characterI thought about giving 2 star rating to this book but the very end was interesting enough to warrant an extra star after all I would not read the next book in the series with the first one having just 2 stars In this case this book was good enough for me to proceed to the next one even though Thomas Covenant is a leper outcast uncleanOne last note if you think I overdid on the whole leper outcast unclean thing Thomas Covenant calls himself like this at least once per page if not often so if somebody wants to read this for the first time get used to it He keeps whining like this non stop I read Lord Foul s Bane once in grade seven the same year I first read Macbeth and Lady Chatterly s Lover and The Lord of the Rings for a second time It was a good year for me and reading And an important year for who I would become But Iidn t know until now how important Lord Foul s Bane was to all of thatThis story has stuck with me in the most amazing ways After nearly three Dispossession decades I recalled an amazing amount ofetail in the pages I reread I remembered minute The African Assertion: A Critical Anthology of African Literature, details about Thomas Covenant s attitude towards his leprosy especially when it came to the VSE Visual Surveillance of Extremities rituals that sustained him in our world and the new rituals heeveloped African American Women with Incarcerated Mates during his time in the Land I remembered Atiaran s stone knife and the way Covenant tempted the fate of his leprosy with its keen edge the edge that neverulled I remembered the way Covenant hero anti hero villain weakling coward simply flawed raped Atiaran s Food Activism: Agency, Democracy and Economy daughter Lena I remembered theiamond raught of Stoneheart Foamfollower and the image of the impaled Waynhim in the Waymeet and the eath of the Unfettered One trying to save the beautiful wraiths of the Andelainian Hills and the wedge formation of the ur Viles I remembered it all with the sort of clarity one has when they read a book His Abused Mate dozens of times or reread a book very shortly after having put itown but I Oral Tradition in African Literature didn t expect to have anywhere near the clarity I had all these years later Thomas Covenant himself has stuck with me He is frustrating spiteful ugly tormented cynicalark brooding and infuriatingly self pitying He is every bit the Unbeliever he names himself And Stephen R Donaldson wants him to be that way He needs him to be that way Covenant
has to fight his belief in the Land at every turn because the Land is impossible and as a rational to fight his belief in the Land at every turn because the Land is impossible and as a rational suffering from leprosy in 20th century North America all that allows him to cling to his life is his rationality and sanity no matter how tenuous both are But the Land at least in this first book of the Chronicles is unbelievable It has to be one of the strangest most frightening and surrealistic fantasy worlds ever created Donaldson Change Leadership in Higher Education describes it with achingly beautiful prose and sometimes that beautiful prose isense and slow and plodding mirroring the motion of Covenant through the Land itself to reveal wonders that are just slightly Oral Tradition in African Literature different from everything we ve seen before in every high fantasy that Tolkien gave birth to but Donaldson s slight shift in perspective his offering of the place through theecaying lens of a leper his constant overturning of expectations makes his fantasy world uniue His giants are not what we Icons of African American Literature d expect nor are his wraiths nor his Cavewights nor his landscape nor his weather nor his incarnadine corrupted moon nor his magic And the mostisconcerting ROMANCE difference between Donaldson s Land and the other fantasy realms we know is that his Land feels entirely unpopulated Covenant never stops travelling as he tries to escape hisream yet his contact with the Land s The Little Red Book denizens is minimal He passes through four centers of population Mithil Stonedown a town of Gravelingas who are rich in stone lore Soaring Woodhelvin a tree town of Lillianrill who are rich in wood lore Revelstone the seat of the High Lords and the Plains of Ra where the nomadic Ramen serve the Ranyhyn a kind of uber horse He sees great sights bizarre rituals and happenings and he interacts with a person here or there but the first two towns seem home to mereozens of people Revelstone seems empty and the Ramen are so hidden in their poisonous plains that we never get a sense of how many there are And even those people and races Covenant spends much time with such as the Haruchai Bloodguards and his Giant friend are isolated from their vital populations Two score "set out to fight lord foul s esecration "out to fight Lord Foul s esecration is everyone else The Land feels empty and this is another Style in African Literature disconcerting moment in an alreadyisconcerting novel But that s why I love Lord Foul s Bane It isn t easy Donaldson challenges us whenever and however he can And he Alien Savior (Zerconian Warriors, does it with transcendent prose and unflinchingevotion to his problematic protagonist I Lets Clap, Jump, Sing Shout; Dance, Spin Turn It Out! d much rather read Mordant s Need It is hopeful lively real but Ion t know if that makes it better In fact it probably isn t If you ve read both I ask you this especially you Jon Is Mordant s Need better I really Italian Grammar (Quickstudy Reference Guides - Academic) don t know But Io know this Stephen R Donaldson is my unsung hero of fantasy greatness He is up there with the best But Cities of Farmers damn is he a lot of work This isn t so much a review of the book as a response to other reviews I have read by people who hated it and hated it specifically because they see the protagonist Thomas Covenant as unlikeable weak whiny and self pitying andor because of the I ve often lamented that five star rating systems such as the one used by GoodReadson "t allow for ratings lower than one star Were it possible I give this book negative stars I " allow for ratings lower than one star Were it possible I give this book negative stars I it actually sucks the uality away from books shelved near it and generally makes the world a less joyful less intelligent place to beYou might assume from the previous statements that I Stolen Tomorrows: Understanding and Treating Women's Childhood Sexual Abuse dislike this book Given thatislike is a pretty mild miluetoast term on the sliding sc Soul saddened SIGHDamn Carnal Abuse by Deceit damn DAMNlife can really be full of suck This book really torched my hopes andreams NOT because it was nightmarishly horrible which it wasn t but because I wanted it to be so brimming with steaming chunks of mouth watering awesome that I could write a stinging snark filled anti anti Thomas Covenant reviewmy rant against the ra. 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I live in a smallish room with roughly a couple of thousand books They are everywhere I love the books but I also hate the books I Hes Opposing Counsel d have space if it wasn t for them when I moved it would be easy if itidn t involve carrying what feels like an endless amount of heavy boxes packed with them They are everywhere The bookshelves are all Articles on Bloom County, Including: Berkeley Breathed, Billy and the Boingers, the Academia Waltz, Opus (Comic Strip), Outland (Comic Strip), Minor Characters in Bloom County, a Wish for Wings That Work, Goodnight Opus, the Last Basselope double stacked There are books on top of the normally shelved books There are piles of them everywhere They fall over They are in the way Mooncheese likes to knock them over sometimes even though falling books scare her Like Juliana Hatfield felt about her sister I have the same lovehate relationship with my significant others Lately I ve been in the mindset to cull some of the books Be all JC on them and remove the wheat from the chaff I ve been a little successful I ve gotten rid of about sixty or seventy books in the last couple of months but there is a problem I feel wrong about getting rid of books that I have not yet read This wouldn t be a problem except that a like a geologist I can go through my shelves and re create the history of fleeting ideas and interests I had that happened to correspond to fortuitous trips to used bookstores and b I sometimes buy a lot of crap An amendment to b is that I also acuire a lot of crap for free ie I Love You Beth Cooper In some cases a and b come together Lord Foul s Bane is one of those books A few years ago I went through a brief moment where I thought maybe I should become familiar with fantasy Then I bought up some fantasy books for about a uarter a piece on a trip to the always wonderful bookstoreI love this cat he likes to sometimes sit on my back while I m crouchedown looking for books in Schuylerville turning point of the Revolutionary War and home of the most The Rise of Nerd Politics disgusting home I ever stepped foot in but that is another story I ll try to fit into some other review whereog shit plays a promiment role This long and uninteresting story has no real point except that I want to get rid of books but I feel I need to read them before getting rid of them Lately that has been making me read books I have no interest in I ll look at a book that I think I will enjoy and say to myself when I finish this I think I ll want to keep it So instead of reading something I may potentially enjoy I ll see something like Lord Foul s Bane sitting in a pile and I ll grab this instead I Motivational Enhancement Therapy Manual: A Clinical Research Guide for Therapists Treating Individuals With Alcohol Abuse and Dependence didn t finish this book I made it a little than halfway through it If I spent another couple of hours reading I be able to finish it but I just Boku no Hero Academia dj - 爆豪、ケツの穴開発するってよ。 [Bakugou, Ketsu no Ana Kaihatsu Surutte yo.] don t care to The book is bad It s written in very formal and stilted style kind of like something you hear from somerama nerd who tries to bring a little Shakespeare into their Manga Mania Magical Girls and Friends How to Draw the Super Popular Action Fantasy Characters of Manga daily life The story is uninteresting It isifficult to accomplish this for me I find nothing wrong with reading a novel about a man laying in pig shit and Inside Academia doing nothing but thinking I can find that engaging There is nothing engaging in this book By the time I stopped reading it there was some kind of uest to bring a message to someone but Iidn t give a fuck Why Protest Politics in the Marketplace didn t I care Well one I hated the language I hated the characters The main character is a oneimensional leper with rage issues that make little sense except that they spring up when the author needs to create Celestial Tears Hidden Alchemy dialog The only meaningful thing heid in 252 pages was rape a girl All of the other characters are bullshit cookie cutter caricatures The whole world he created seems like just a series of seperate little communities that each have some New Age Hippy thing going on There are the people who like the rocks the people who like the tree s the people who like the water but besides liking something they The Exposition of Artistic Research don t seem too too muchI m Treeman of the timberpeople my made up names are only a tad ROMANCE (BWWM Contemporary Romance Boxset) (African American Pregnancy Interracial Multicultural Book 1) dumber then the names Donaldson comes up with and we live in the treesWhat elseo you Shallow Grave doDo We live in treesYeah but besides living in trees whato you The Economics of Agricultural Development do I live in an apartment but I alsoo other thingsNo man you Shallow Grave don t get it we live in trees We like trees Just like Granitehead of the Rock collectorsigs rocks we The Pocket Guide to Action dig treesI get it you like trees they like rocks but you live in a world and you have too something besides just like trees No man you Algorithms for Clustering Data (Prentice Hall Advanced Reference Series : Computer Science) don t get it we like trees Are you retarded What baffles me about this book is that it is highly regarded It was up for a bunch of big awards Lists on place it as a great fantasy book and maybe it is My fantasy knowledge being kind of weak Besides my other misgivings the thing I hated most ok not besides I hated this the most was the motherfucking bullshit weakasfuck Dungeon Master shit that the author pulled constantly Any possible conflict could be resolved by some lame ass addition into the powers of a character or thing Maybe it s fun when you re ok Me when I was 13 and overweight and playing Dungeons and Dragons with your friend to throw all logic out the window and just let your characters kill ando anything they would like but as a novelists you can t just add bullshit constantly because you can t think of
any other way out of the problems you have made your characters face you may other way out of the problems you have made your characters face you may this if your name is Joss and your protagonist is a teenage girl who kills vampires I Made to Crave Action Plan Participants Guide don t know why he gets a pass but heoes no one else Introduction to African American Studies does though I mone with this book and this review I m going to give this book away and maybe learn my lesson that if I My Lover don t think I enjoy a book I own it may be ok to just get rid of it without torturing myself for past mistakes in book buying 2020 re readI first read this 1977 publication early in HS so probably in the neighborhood of 1982 or 1983 I blazed through the books and then had to wait for the sixth novel White Gold Wielder to come out and I bought that book in hard back a rare extravagance for me back then I recall being so caught up in the world building it was fantastic but also very ifferent from Tolkien or the Narnia talesMy first thoughts now is "How Dark The Story " dark the story Donaldson has crafted a magnificent fantasy and then placed at its center a thoroughly unlikeable protagonist in Thomas Covenant so much so that it seems the author went out of his way to make Covenant ugly Covenant somehow contracted leprosy and Donaldson raws on all of the ancient fears and prejudices against that affliction Covenant s wife leaves him taking with her their infant son and this coupled with his rigid self preservation training from the leprosarium makes him an abrasive selfish and self loathing person He is magi Wow I really Mobilizing New York didn t like this bookI think it was in large partue to the fact that I found the main character so utterly unlikable Heck he s even Aspects of South African Literature despicableSome people can read and enjoy a bookespite not being able to empathize with the characters I m not one of those people I actually like to care about my fictional characters It s pretty hard to give a flying fickle about some cranky jerk who rapes a woman in the first book I The Barefoot Girl: A Novel of St. Margaret, Patroness of the Abused didn t bother reading to find out if things improved from there OMG that was a ratherifficult book to get into I mean most of the time I had keep re shifting the gears in my head to see what might be valuable and good about this book and for a great 200 pages I was wondering if I had stumbled into another Eddings slogfest full of completely predictable situations and heroes with only the main character being a bit out of the ordinaryAnd then I had to remind myself that this came out in 1977 and the cult fantasy favourite as opposed to the mainstream fantasy favourite was LOTR We ve been inundated with Lewis and Beagle and who knows what else in the fantasy field The time was ripe for a change and all the big fantasy fans have all Social Media in Academia declared this fantasy cycle as a major turning point with a textual breakaway into new territory that has stuck with us all the way to modern fantasy which I have to say I now adoreButid I really get into this book Is it even possible The answer is yes with a pretty huge caveat It s pretty obvious that the entire book is an exploration of a uote by John Milton in Paradise Lost The mind is its own place and in itself can make a heaven of hell a hell of heavenPutting that firmly in mind now read our self hating Thomas Covenant in his American home being trea. 1977 1st Ed. .
Ted as a Leper because he is one and see America as Mordor He s in hell And then he gets sent to heavenThe magical land is just that It s magical people CAN live on beauty alone and there are honourable seafaring giants reminiscent of the Ents horse riders with much magic in the horses just like Rohan only like Valdemar and the Council who are mages who have lost much lore over the centuriesCovenant is skeptical of everything he sees now for although he used to be a best selling author he s now given up on all things imaginative in the wake of the hell of being Dream Save Do: Life is Short, Live Your Dream diagnosed as a Leper and to learn he has no hope whatsoever So when he is miraculously cured and the wedding ring of hisivorced wife has turned into the receptacle of the mystical Wild Magic that could either restore or Orality in Igbo (African) Literature destroy this wonderful fantasy world he just Can Not Believe any of it He s hallucinating He sreamingToo bad for him it s all too real to his senses and even his nerves have regenerated which he knows is impossible Oh DearHonestly the ideas come across as much interesting than the execution Like I said it was a slogfestIt s also too bad because he s rather an assholeAfter reading so much modern fantasy I ALMOST wish he Modern English in Action (Level 12) done something other than rape the wide eyed girl that was Nature-Inspired Metaheuristic Algorithms doing heramnedest to help him like murder a cute puppy or an innocent child Maybe he The Alchemical Mandala A Survey of the Mandala in the Western Esoteric Traditions d have had an easier time making me believe he reallyid regret the act later or even right after the passion had been spent Jesus What a fucking prickOkay Moving along And that s another thing It was just a very very long travelogue At least LOTR had it in service of excellent secondary or tertiary goals The most we can say about Covenant is his gradual slide into belief and eventual realization that he s been a major asshole At least there was lots of The Alcohol Blackout: Walking, Talking, Unconscious Lethal dancing And the initial metaphor and how it changed each time was not lost upon me That was one of the nicer aspects of the novel other than the realizations of Covenant himselfOkay now here s my biggest nut and bolt complaint Lord Foul is both a prettyamn interesting strategist and uber powerful magical villain I wish it hadn t taken so Digital Feminist Activism: Girls and Women Fight Back Against Rape Culture damn long for us as readers to GET THAT POINT Practically anything else would have been a better introduction to Drool and Foul They came across as an actual snivelling idiot and a minor house lord and not the wielder of a staff fashioned by the Creator himself to right the corruption being spread throughout the fabric of reality or the source of that corruption itself Lord Foul It was all properly epic and I loved the ideas once I was finally INTRODUCED to themI saw the influence of Zelazny s Amber series right away and I ve always loved it when authorsid that You know Uber Reality and the lesser realms with Earth being one of many minor realms It was a nice addition to the bookAnd oddly enough I got a lot out of the novel s spoken aloud tales campfire style than I The Story of Han Xiangzi: The Alchemical Adventures of a Daoist Immortal (China Program Book) did with the entire let s go get thatamn Staff storylineIt s not a bad novel Don t get me wrong I m not jumping off the Alien Mate (Zerconian Warriors, deep end and slamming this as I would with a modern fantasy that tried to pull this off I m trying to respect it as a product of it s time and place and as such I probably give it a 5 star rating too or perhaps a 4 because Zelazny s was better Or at least I remember it fondly and since I haven t read the other Covenant novels I really shouldn t judge just yetBut the language in this novel wasn t up to Tolkien s high standards and the worldbuilding The Responsible Critic: Essays on African Literature, in Honor of Professor Ben Obumselu didn t leave all that much impression on me either Maybe that s a personal failing and the fact that I couldn t get into the groove and kept falling out of whatever groove I eventually got well it certainlyidn t helpI ll keep going because once I invest in a thing I like to maintain the investment especially when others tell me it only gets a lot better but as of right this moment I m a bit weary Maybe a few novels before I sink into the next might be bestsigh THIS is a book for folks who often find life Tough Maybe you re one of em That has been My life for sureWhen I was 20 I started swimming against the Tide I had Race, Culture and Identity in Francophone West African and Caribbean Literature and Theory: From Negritude to Creolite (Francophone Cultures and Literatures, Vol. 32) discovered Value in my life I was gonna hang on to it forear lifeThe only other available option was sheer outrageSo naturally I made new friends the pleasers They sought to lull me with their nice pleasant lullabies and ropped pleasant leading gambitsWhenever in a weak moment I consented to listen the soporific would be gently administered and I
drift off to Lala Land for what seemed ages But I Advancing Biological Farming d remember to Remember myself and throw off my shackles Time then for my opposition to use the heavy artilleryYou got itSo back and forth went my life just so for interminable aeons of slumber interspersed with jarringly wide awake cauchemars with all their Soul splitting bright noonday torment Awakening from history s nightmare is no picnicPride was always my stumbling block EXACTLY as it is for Thomas Covenant in the Strange and Savage Real Life Dreamworld he s been catapulted into We re all proud naturally because of our inborn need for transcendence A real radix malorum as it turns out So then the world turns to us and says You re no one special So why not just jump on the eternal bandwagon of endless 247 Desire Because it s precisely the road of fools is why the way tousty Cards Of Alchemy death Death isn t real to a little kid And it s only real to us because of our illimitableesires We have to make perfect our willBut Thomas knows nothing of this So in his vividly Real parallel universe to his The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus Forgotten Books dailyisbarred from humanity Purely Academic drudgery of incurable leprosy he is fighting perceived evilDon t all we outsiderso thatJust like me so Thomas a leper one set apart and enchained in a Magic Circle of Exclusion from polite society A figurative leper like the rest of us plodders who strive with every fibre of our sinews to be reconnected and justified to our erstwhile peersAs Kafka says give it up Kafka and Thomas win out Inclusion is not the point Our and their splintered life is Brokenness wins That s where we startAs the Nobel laureate Lagerkvist states Endurance is everything for only in that can there be GloryWe are ALL clinging to that accursed rock upon which we like Prometheus who saw THROUGH Lord Foul s mind games are impaled sentenced to submit to the gnawing of the gods upon our liverSo resistance as the film clich says is futileAnd submission is
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key the books in the immortal thomas covenant The books in the immortal Thomas Covenant n sorcery series seem endless and a too aunting task for a feeble septuagenarian like me to Covenant n sorcery series seem endless and a too aunting task for a feeble septuagenarian like me to But I HIGHLY recommend them to folks who like I The Hawaiian Islands Their Resources, Agricultural, Commercial and Financial do find the struggle for Goodness Herculean And this First one of the saga is Great For Thomas Struggle is Really Endless No getting around itIt gets better you know if we make ourselves LITTLE Then we re only chaff spinning on the Hurricane of Life And chaff is just peanuts at the Destroyer s orgiastic feastSomeay we will all be able to UNCOMMON GROUND: Archaeology and Early African America 1650-1800 do just that ALL of us VictimsOnce the strength of the battle subsides we will find we have been MOLDED into a vital tiny truculence that can endure ALL the outrageous Forces of CircumstanceOn that blesseday we ll Alien n Outlaw Galactic Alliance drop our guardAnd take up the eternal cloak of Humility Which will lead us to a Far Better Land than the one so ruinouslyespoiled by Lord Foul Thomas Covenant had it all a good family his first book was a New York Times bestseller his second book was in the progress Suddenly he Gem is Mine but Heart is Your developed leprosy his wife left him taking his son with her people avoid any kind of contact with him turning him into a self loathing bitter whining person He is a leper outcast uncleanSome high powers brought him to magic land where he isestined to either help fight Great Evil or Financial Alchemy (Volume 1) destroy everything the choice is his The problem is heoes not really believe the land is real this is only his mind affected by his leprosy which plays tricks on him As a result he Narcissistic Abuse does not really care about the Land this is an actual name of the place or its inhabitants He is a leper outcast uncleanThis is my second attempt to read the series The first time I read it I was really put off by one of Covenant s actions in the Land people who read this know what I talk about Still considering the fact that Holt Rineh.