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Book Title: Silver Wolf, Black Falcon|
The author of the book: Dennis L. McKiernan
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.98 MB
Date of issue: June 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9780451458032
Read full description of the books Silver Wolf, Black Falcon:I have been reading Dennis McKiernan for a long time. This book--published in 1999--was supposedly the last of his Midkemia books, but since then he's written and published at least two more. Because this was going to be the last, the author threw many, many bones to his fans: names and places and references to his body of work that all tied together in this one mega-epic. Having read all ove these books over the last 25 years or so, I found it hard to keep all of it straight in my head! I kept thinking, "Hmmmm...I sort of remember that...I think I know who that was...I vaguely recall that happening..."
First I'll talk about what I think the weakness of this book is: its length. It's simply too long. It could have been 75 pages shorter. Too much of it read like a gazetteer, or a treatise on mountain climbing. There were a lof of digressions about evolution, free will, and sea navigation. An editor should have caught all of this. It detracted from the pace of the narrative.
Second, what I liked: the author's use of language. McKiernan writes in such a way that's almost like reading a Victorian fairy tale. His sentence construction, his syntax...it has a marvelous fantasy feel to it. He has a unique writing voice, and he is highly creative: his massive make-believe world is consistent and lovingly imagined. I always enjoy my visits to Midkemia. I care about what happens there.
McKiernan has been criticized for being Tolkien-lite, and there is some truth to that observation. With that said, I like his books and I'm glad I read this one.
Read information about the authorMcKiernan was born in Moberly, Missouri, where he lived until he served the U.S. Air Force for four years, stationed within US territory during the Korean War. After military service, he attended the University of Missouri and received a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1958 and an M.S. in the same field from Duke University in 1964. He worked as an engineer at AT&T, initially at Western Electric but soon at Bell Laboratories, from 1958 until 1989. In 1989, after early retirement from engineering, McKiernan began writing on a full-time basis.
In 1977, while riding his motorcycle, McKiernan was hit by a car which had crossed the center-line, and was confined to a bed, first in traction and then in a hip spica cast, for many months. During his recuperation, he boldly began a sequel to J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. The publisher Doubleday showed an interest in his work and tried to obtain authorization from Tolkien's estate but was denied. Doubleday then asked McKiernan to rewrite his story, placing the characters in a different fictitious world, and also to write a prequel supporting it. The prequel, of necessity, resembles The Lord of the Rings; the decision of Doubleday to issue the work as a trilogy increased that resemblance; and some critics have seen McKiernan as simply imitating Tolkien's epic work. McKiernan has subsequently developed stories in the series that followed along a story line different from those that plausibly could have been taken by Tolkien.
McKiernan's Faery Series expands tales draw from Andrew Lang's Fairy Books, additionally tying the selected tales together with a larger plot.
McKiernan currently lives in Tucson, Arizona.
(Biography taken from Wikipedia)
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