The Novel Idea: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn (Williams, Tad)

Dragonbone Chair, The Stone of Farewell, To Green Angel Tower Part 1 and 2. Ranked #54 on the Fantasy List
Dragonbone Chair I've noticed that a lot of the reviews that I have read on this series are very negative saying that this series is very boring and hard to "get in to". I have to strongly disagree. This series is an exciting story with memorable characters who are full of life, with an intricate storyline that keeps the reader engrossed in this exciting saga. If you don't like to read long epics, then this series is probably not for you. But if you love grand stories where the characters seem to come to life, this is a great series that you will not want to put down.


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Overall Readability: 17 out of 20. I feel that this series (I read the whole series, aren't you proud of me!) is one of the best fantasy series that I have read in a long time. Seriously I love it when I can become completely engrossed in a book so that I don't even realize that I have been reading for hours. You know what I mean. When you are sitting up in bed reading and you look at the clock and now it’s 1 am and you have been reading for hours but it doesn't feel like it. Tad Williams just has a certain flow to his writing that makes it so easy to read and feel like you are right there with the characters in their journey. Story Quality: 18 out of 20. What can I say that I haven't said already? This story is complex. It's a great story that gets you tied into it so far that you need to keep reading to find out what happens next. I know that it's kind of vague, but it's just hard to put into words how much I enjoyed this story. It might bring a tear to my eye. Originality Quality: 13 out of 20. I think that this is going to be the toughest category. I mean, how much of fantasy can really be original? This series has all of the highlights of the fantasy genre: trolls, fairies, dragons, evil kings, evil wizards, learned scholars, elves. Oh, wait; there are no unicorns or griffins. So, I guess it gets a bonus point there. Or does it? Character Believability: 18 out of 20. I love these characters. I felt their pain and their joy. I completely enjoyed the ride with them and miss them now that the series is over. It makes me a little sad. Overall effect of novel: 17 out of 20. I really enjoyed this series. I don't think that it's the best fantasy novel ever but I feel that it was done an injustice by placing 54th on the fantasy list that I am using. It is definitely higher that that in my opinion. If you add all the scores up the final grade for the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series is 83%. I feel that that's pretty good. Way to go, Tad Williams! Read it and tell me I am wrong. Or right. Because you know I'm one or the other.

  1. Good review, though your use of HTML sucks, need a tag in there. I wish you had been more specific about what characters you liked and why you liked them. Felt your review was a little too vauge. Would like more specifics about the polt without giving too much away. Overall I give your review 3 erect penises out of 5

    D WallZ
    August 29th, 2006 at 10:10 am
  2. I’ve edited the post so that it displays better. I had to take out some of the images. We’ll have to figure out what was causing them to act like that.

    August 29th, 2006 at 11:28 pm

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