The Two Swords / R.A. Salvatore

The Two Swords / R.A. Salvatore

Book - 2004
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Publisher: Renton, WA : Wizards of the Coast ; [New York] : Distributed in the U.S. by Holtzbrinck Pub., c2004
ISBN: 9780786933617
0786933615
9780786933600
0786933607
9780786937905
0786937904
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 339 p. ; 24 cm

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JihadiConservative
Nov 13, 2015

The series is the poster boy for fantasy banality -- there is not a single speck of creativity to this series. The same can be said of pretty much all the rest of R.A. Salvatore's works. This author has the (dubious) distinction of getting TWO of his series tossed onto this list. I know there was a PC RPG made from this series, but with the number of fantasy cliches present in the novel, it reads more like a straight GAME-TO-BOOK tie-in novel than the other way around. You can literally hear the sound of the dice rolling in the background as you read. Bleh.
Wikipedia defines hack writer as "writers who are paid to churn out sensational, lower-quality "pulp" fiction." That about rings true when it comes to R.A. Salvatore, with one or two new low-quality fantasy novels coming out each year -- and not a one that has a single iota of originality.
To cover all bases, I'll throw Salvatore's other popular fantasy series in here for good measure, The Dark Elf series. An atrocious mix of bad writing with a not-so-subtle attempt at creating a sympathetic and misunderstood bad-boy character. If there was Twilight for men, The Dark Elf trilogy gets my vote.
R.A. Salvatore is one of those authors that does a disservice to the rest of the real writers out there. He writes bad popcorn fantasy over and over. Now maybe he's fine with this, and maybe his hordes of fans are fine with reading this stuff too. But really, I can't honestly recommend any of Salvatore's work to any fantasy reader. To me, that's the same as telling someone to eat fast food instead of something healthy.
If you want to read shallow fantasy that offers about as much nutrition as a hastily made McDonald's cheeseburger, then R.A. Salvatore's works are exactly what you need. For the rest of you who value your time, read something better. If you have to read action heroic fantasy, read David Gemmell or Michael Stackpool -- these writers are many times superior to Salvatore.
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