Grass

This was an impulse purchase, I’ve read one or two others by Tepper and although I enjoyed them I do think that she has a tendency to be a little preachy in her books. However if the story is good enough I’m willing to overlook that, and I’d have to say that I really enjoyed this novel. Set at some point far in the future when humankind has colonised many different worlds, the majority of this book takes place on the planet Grass, among the insular bon as the aristocrats are called.

Naked Empire

Book 8 in the Sword of Truth series

Sometimes you know, people really make me wonder.
The Sword of Truth series of books started off fine. Fairly regular “epic fantasy” with an unknown becoming a hero, finding out that he was much more than he thought, and finding a girl to fall in love with as well as destroying evil.

Somewhere along the way it all went wrong, but even now when I look back I see that preaching was always important in these books, it was just kept fairly subtle until later ones. Read more about Naked Empire

Beauty

Beauty is a retelling of many fairy tales, but with a slight agenda. And no I’m not really talking about a feminist slant here, but about an environmental one. The story itself is quite enjoyable, but every now and then Tepper’s views come on a little strong. Also a little on the pessimistic side Beauty […]

The Pillars of Creation

Terry Goodkind
A very wierd book, imo. Almost nothing at all about Richard, instead it is all about his half-sister Jenn.

I have such an ambivalent attitude towards this series. I quite enjoy reading them but the political and philosophical meaning behind the stories is almost the exact opposite of everything I would believe in.
In Wizard’s First Rule for example the basic premise was that people are stupid. That mob rule always wins out, and by being able to manipulate that you can guide people into believing almost anything.