matt wrote:Broken Thought wrote:It is such a relief to hear someone say that who is actually a fan of the genre.
You're not alone. Around 10 years ago I finally decided to read LotR. What can I say ... I kept mixing up "Sauron" and "Saruman" all the time, and in the end, well, wasn't that thrilled. I could clearly see the care that went into the book, I was aware of Tolkien's groundbreaking approach and I knew that many followed exactly in his footsteps*, but I didn't really see why some people I knew read it over and over. I had already read other fantasy novels that had thrilled me more - Michael Moorcock's "Elric" novels, for instance.
Feel free to curse me, but in this very case the movie is better!
But I'm a HUGE fan of Simmons. I've heard/read on different occassions that he's not easy to handle as a person, but I don't give a damn about that. After all, he's not my neighbour.
*I've published 3 fantasy novels myself now.