The Last Dark by Stephen R Donaldson: Additional Comments

Since no one has asked and I just happened to have a view today on my review of “The Last Dark” by Stephen R Donaldson, I have decided to expound on the two noticeably missing pieces that caught my eye about the story.  First, you will note a large absence of the Insequent in this last novel of the series.  They are represented in the second hand, if at all, until the very end, which is not really clear on their presence.  In addition, unlike the role the Elohim play in the second series, there is no reason given as to why they acted as they did, no revelation as to their place within the structure of the world and mythos that I could recall.  After investing so much in the second and third books on these characters, their disappearance bothered me.

The other noticeable absence was the creator of the world.  The old man who first challenged Covenant and then Linden to be true to the land is ultimately absent in the final story.  I am willing to concede that this may be an intentional muddying of reality in the end to coincide with Covenant taking Lord Foul into himself (almost like saying this may have been a dream from the very first series).  However, this does not jive with the fact we were given other character’s points of view.  So, for me, the absence of the creator was significant.

I still hold that the book is a good read, just that those two empty spaces left me wanting something more.  I have come to expect so much from the series that I may be a little too demanding.  The first and third books were amazing to me while the second and fourth books were only OK for me.

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The Path Less Taken

Yes, I know it is blurry.  It was taken with an older camera, but it is still a cool image.

Yes, I know it is blurry. It was taken with an older camera, but it is still a cool image.

Seems this is the path I have taken.  Basically, the experiment into reader supported writing is not panning out.  I don’t blame you, my small group of followers, I just have not reached a large enough audience to gain the level where donations from a small percentage of readers can amount to something usable.  To that end, I am not adding downloadable content to this blog.  I have not given up on the idea, but I don’t intend to focus on it as much.  I am still hoping for the first download of a story so I can get some feedback.

Instead, I am going to focus more on growing viewership.  I have noticed that the posts that get the most attention are about writing science fiction and fantasy or comments about the genre, so I am going to try, try I say, to add more content of that type.  The reason I say try is that it is a struggle for me not to comment on the outrageous activities in the world today.

I have always been one of those people who is slightly out of kilt with the world at large, always looked at things with a different view.  Most of my childhood was spent trying to be like others, which never works no matter how hard you try, and sublimating my personality.  The Misfit side to my nature.  One of my chiefest problems was my deep love for SFF in all its guises.  My predilection for such entertainment was considered juvenile by my mother and geeky by my peers; thus, had to be buried.  I constantly struggled to separate myself from the Trekkies and over zealous Star Wars fans.  Not that I condemn their lifestyle just that, while I deeply love the stories, characters, and ideas behind SFF, I am not so interested in the minutiae that I fly into a rage over an argument of whether Kirk or Picard was a better Captain.  I was always more interested in continuity and story execution, which is one of the reasons I don’t like the Star Wars prequels and have no desire to re-watch Star Trek the Next Generation.

More than a decade ago, I came to a crossroads in my life.  I could either continue to hide my personality and opinions on the world or I could throw away the illusions I used and hated, the illusions of interest in subjects that bored me to tears.  At that time, I joined SFFWorld.com and began to express my views on the genre, as well as, life in general.  I had found a place where I fit in better and people were less likely to dismiss me as a geek or loser.  My voice grew stronger as a result.  I may have even gained a measure of respect for what I represented.

I began to trust my instincts and thoughts more.  From that period, I came to understand that my views were no less valid than others and that, in a lot of cases, were closer to the reality of the world, the Mystic part of my personality.  While I do apply the moniker “Mystic and Misfit” to myself, it is as much meant for you the reader whom finds truth in my writings and those I have gleaned truth from in their writings.  These truths are what I find hard not to fight for.  The truths that are hidden by years of assumptions, traditions, and willful misdirection.  Anyone who has read this blog regularly has readily seen this battle in my posts and may even have seen their influence on my stories.  I have no love for the blindness of self-delusion.

However, in most cases, you will notice that I try not to attack the person, but the idea.  I want to show the illusions that make certain ideas absurd or cruel, break down the walls of lies and self-interest.  Basically, I am blunt.  I don’t believe in beating around the bush unless useless harm would ensue.  I see many of today’s beliefs are based on assumptions or fallacies hidden under years of blind faith and once striped down to their historical facts are just plain wrong.  Now we come to the point.  While I want to refocus my efforts on this blog, I will probably still express an opinion on the wide world around me and ask for your patience.

Whew!  I can be long-winded like an Ent.  Anyway, I am hoping that you will find something interesting to read here and continue to come back.  I am hoping to soon create a link to my library.com page so that you can see all the books that I have read.  Only a small percentage have reviews by me; however, I am willing to open discussions on any particular book.  You can leave me suggestions and I can make a post where the discussion can be held.  Also, if you would like to see why Star Trek the Motion Picture is my favorite Trek film or why I think Babylon 5 is superior to Star Trek the Next Generation, as well as, observations on viewer’s patience with story development, just ask.  Finally, please, please, please…will someone listen to one of my stories.  I am just looking to spark some interest in my writing and strengthen my storytelling muscles.  Artwork is not out of bounds either.