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  • Lord Foul's Bane
  • Stephen R. Donaldson
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  • 13 January 2018
  • 9780805012729

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Summary Lord Foul's Bane Free download ✓ Lord Foul's Bane Olt Winston. OMG that was a rather difficult 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 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 adoreBut did 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 treated 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 diagnosed as a Leper and to learn he has no hope whatsoever So when he is miraculously cured and the wedding ring of his divorced wife has turned into the receptacle of the mystical Wild Magic that could either restore or destroy this wonderful fantasy world he just Can Not Believe any of it He s hallucinating He s dreamingToo 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 d done something other than rape the wide eyed girl that was doing her damnedest to help him like murder a cute puppy or an innocent child Maybe he d have had an easier time making me believe he really did 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 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 pretty damn interesting strategist and uber powerful magical villain I wish it hadn t taken so 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 authors did 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 did with the entire let s go get that damn Staff storylineIt s not a bad novel Don t get me wrong I m not jumping off the 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 d 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 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 certainly didn 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 Racso and the Rats of NIMH 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 treated 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 diagnosed as a Leper and to learn he has no hope whatsoever So when he is miraculously cured and the wedding ring of his divorced wife has turned into the receptacle of the mystical Wild Magic that could either restore or destroy this wonderful fantasy world he just Can Not Believe any of it He s hallucinating He s dreamingToo 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 d done something other than rape the wide eyed girl that was doing her damnedest to help him like murder a cute puppy or an innocent child Maybe he d have had an easier time making me believe he really did 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 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 pretty damn interesting strategist and uber powerful magical villain I wish it hadn t taken so 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 authors did 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 did with the entire let s go get that damn Staff storylineIt s not a bad novel Don t get me wrong I m not jumping off the 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 d 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 Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman (Compass) yetBut the language in this novel wasn t up to Tolkien s high standards and the worldbuilding 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 certainly didn 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

Summary Lord Foul's Bane

Lord Foul's Bane

Summary Lord Foul's Bane Free download ✓ Lord Foul's Bane 1977 1st Ed. 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 rape scene included in it My position is essentially this You can hate a character for many good reasons but having no clue who he really is is not one of themSome readers seem to want to excuse Covenant to some extent as an anti hero but I think this misses a larger point his Chronicles of which this book is the first are a kind of anti fantasy Oh this is still escape literature but it lacks intentionally the complete abandonment of a Lord of the Rings It doesn t allow the reader to simply wish themselves into a magical new world Like and because of Covenant it fights back It asks the reader to consider the distinction between reality and fantasy or as Covenant would put it between sanity and madness This tension makes the Chronicles uniue providing a different kind of depth to the storyBriefly Lord Foul s Bane recounts the first part of an epic battle between the good people of the Land and the evil that would destroy it Lord Foul Specifically it tells the story of Thomas Covenant a leper whose disease has cost him his wife his child and the succor of society his sexual potency two fingers of his right hand and the nerves in his fingers and toes The psychological cost has been no less extreme His disease reuires his full attention if not directly for example through freuent visual surveillance of his body searching out any cuts or abrasions that because he can t feel them could uickly become dangerous then indirectly In a world that hates and fears lepers Covenant is compelled to undertake the hardest of all tasks to give up all hope of health and love and meaningful human contact This is the man who after an accident wakes up in the Land a place of magic where health can not only be seen but restored as he soon discovers his leprosy is cured and only his missing fingers are not returned to himNaturally he rejects the Land and all its inhabitantsAnd here is where the story and Covenant too begins to pall on some readers For Covenant s rejection is not a polite one Worse for many of these readers it is incomprehensible How could he reject this wonderful gift How indeed could he not wholeheartedly embrace itThe answer of course is that Covenant is not in fact a weak man but an exceptionally strong one A weaker man would do exactly as many of these readers seem to want he would embrace the Land and charge off to help the good guys defeat the bad And because he carries with him a power eual to the task the white gold with which his wedding ring is made he would succeed Then truly this book would be as bad as they think it isBut thankfully that isn t Covenant For him the Land is no gift it is a curse He comes from our world the real world where places such as the Land are fantasy And fantasy is dangerous if you begin to believe it That way lies a life of institutionalization and madness Yet it seems so real so full of beauty and wonder friendship and love it takes a man of extraordinary character to resist its temptationsReader complaints of whininess and self pity seem to me to lack an appreciation of Covenant s dilemma and perhaps simple human empathy He believes and as a man of our world he has every reason to believe that he is fighting for control of his own mind And against impossible odds Of course he despairs Yet he perseveresHow exactly is this man unlikeable Because he clings to sanity Because he refuses to allow figments of his imagination to drive him mad Because he doesn t say please and thank you From what I can gather many of these one star reviewers never did read about Thomas Covenant they read about a Hero who wouldn t bow to their own desire for wish fulfillmentIt s ironic They come off sounding like the people in Covenant s town who hate him so much they want him to stay locked up in his house alone forever Except that instead of leprosy they cite the behavior and mode of thinking reuired by his disease as the reasons for their loathing Significantly they don t uestion the townspeople s reactions but they don t follow that through either It s as if they re saying Okay sure everyone hates youbut there s no need to be bitter about it They don t seem to understand that Covenant doesn t want to be the way he is but that he has no choice that if he doesn t build walls between himself and the outside world he will lose himself entirely If he is overtly rude unlike say a shy person whose rudeness is born of an innate social awkwardness it is because he isn t naturally anti social He has had to build his defensive mechanisms himself against his natural inclinations This makes him at once rigid and heroicAnd then there s the rape a crime compounded by the youth of the victim a girl of only 16 More than one reviewer in the blissful simplicity of the knee jerk reaction wanted to throw the book at a wall at this point in the story How is it possible to maintain sympathy for a man who would do such a thingWell as it turns out it is uite easy to do so provided you see the book through the lens of Covenant s dilemma If you go into this book like other works of fantasy believing in the reality of the Land and you cannot fathom Covenant s unbelief then you will have a problem with this scene But then I think you will also have missed the point completely For rape in a dream or a fantasy isn t rape But for Covenant in a dream as real as this one appears to be it is impossible to ignore And it acts on him in two ways it makes his rejection the Land difficult even as it raises disturbing uestions of his mental health outside the dream Later in the book he has a similar reaction when he kills for the first time Is he he wonders truly capable of such violenceRather than ask How could he rape a 16 year old it would be appropriate to think Even in his dreams this man has a consciencePost Script Excoriating Covenant for the rape of Lena follows a logic that would have us holding ourselves accountable for the content of our dreams If a man told a woman he had a dream in which he raped someone should the woman henceforth think of the man as a rapist If a woman told a man she had a dream in which she was raped and she enjoyed it should the man afterward believe the woman obviously wants to be raped I hope I speak for a large majority when I say Of course notBut one of the fascinating things about Covenant is that he does follow this logic He doesn t want to and he tries hard not to but the things he does in the Land the those things affect how he sees himself This is why he does so damn little This is another misguided complaint about his characterIn this sense Covenant s journey is one of self discovery Like many of us however he is afraid of what he will discover By doing nothing or as little as he possibly can he can spare himself pain He has enough pain from his disease from his isolation he doesn t think he can take any Lord Foul s Bane is I think a very good book But it is here in the area of Covenant s self discovery that it is lacking His whining isn t a problem in itself it is a symptom of Donaldson s unwillingness or inability to fully explore the depth of Covenant s character It s interesting that the Land is mostly exactly that land While there is much to see on the surface a few deep lakes would have been nice Radical Reconstruction you begin to believe it That way lies a life of institutionalization and madness Yet it seems so real so full of beauty and wonder friendship and love it takes a man of extraordinary character to resist its temptationsReader complaints of whininess and self pity seem to me to lack an appreciation of Covenant s dilemma and perhaps simple human empathy He believes and as a man of our world he has every reason to believe that he is fighting for control of his own mind And against impossible odds Of course he despairs Yet he perseveresHow exactly is this man unlikeable Because he clings to sanity Because he refuses to allow figments of his imagination to drive him mad Because he doesn t say please and thank Sweet Retribution Rydeville Elite #3 you From what I can gather many of these one star reviewers never did read about Thomas Covenant they read about a Hero who wouldn t bow to their own desire for wish fulfillmentIt s ironic They come off sounding like the people in Covenant s town who hate him so much they want him to stay locked up in his house alone forever Except that instead of leprosy they cite the behavior and mode of thinking reuired by his disease as the reasons for their loathing Significantly they don t uestion the townspeople s reactions but they don t follow that through either It s as if they re saying Okay sure everyone hates The Analogy Book of Related Words Your Secret Shortcut to Power Writing youbut there s no need to be bitter about it They don t seem to understand that Covenant doesn t want to be the way he is but that he has no choice that if he doesn t build walls between himself and the outside world he will lose himself entirely If he is overtly rude unlike say a shy person whose rudeness is born of an innate social awkwardness it is because he isn t naturally anti social He has had to build his defensive mechanisms himself against his natural inclinations This makes him at once rigid and heroicAnd then there s the rape a crime compounded by the Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life youth of the victim a girl of only 16 More than one reviewer in the blissful simplicity of the knee jerk reaction wanted to throw the book at a wall at this point in the story How is it possible to maintain sympathy for a man who would do such a thingWell as it turns out it is uite easy to do so provided Viata lui Ceausescu. Ucenicul partidului you see the book through the lens of Covenant s dilemma If The Stone Dragon and Other Tragic Romances you go into this book like other works of fantasy believing in the reality of the Land and Asperger Leben in zwei Welten you cannot fathom Covenant s unbelief then Herding Cats: Multiparty Mediation in a Complex World you will have a problem with this scene But then I think Data and Goliath you will also have missed the point completely For rape in a dream or a fantasy isn t rape But for Covenant in a dream as real as this one appears to be it is impossible to ignore And it acts on him in two ways it makes his rejection the Land difficult even as it raises disturbing uestions of his mental health outside the dream Later in the book he has a similar reaction when he kills for the first time Is he he wonders truly capable of such violenceRather than ask How could he rape a 16 Eliot Jones Midnight Superhero year old it would be appropriate to think Even in his dreams this man has a consciencePost Script Excoriating Covenant for the rape of Lena follows a logic that would have us holding ourselves accountable for the content of our dreams If a man told a woman he had a dream in which he raped someone should the woman henceforth think of the man as a rapist If a woman told a man she had a dream in which she was raped and she enjoyed it should the man afterward believe the woman obviously wants to be raped I hope I speak for a large majority when I say Of course notBut one of the fascinating things about Covenant is that he does follow this logic He doesn t want to and he tries hard not to but the things he does in the Land the those things affect how he sees himself This is why he does so damn little This is another misguided complaint about his characterIn this sense Covenant s journey is one of self discovery Like many of us however he is afraid of what he will discover By doing nothing or as little as he possibly can he can spare himself pain He has enough pain from his disease from his isolation he doesn t think he can take any Lord Foul s Bane is I think a very good book But it is here in the area of Covenant s self discovery that it is lacking His whining isn t a problem in itself it is a symptom of Donaldson s unwillingness or inability to fully explore the depth of Covenant s character It s interesting that the Land is mostly exactly that land While there is much to see on the surface a few deep lakes would have been nice

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Summary Lord Foul's Bane Free download ✓ Lord Foul's Bane Holt Rineh. 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 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 is destined to either help fight Great Evil or destroy everything the choice is his The problem is he does 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 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 a 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 does 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 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