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Book Title: This Day All Gods Die|
The author of the book: Stephen R. Donaldson
Edition: Bantam Books
Date of issue: January 1st 1997
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If you can't stand violence, horrible people and or anything unpleasant do not even think of touching these books. They will utterly repulse you, and probably scar you for life.
But they are fantastic.
The Gap series, spanning five novels is a saga of abhorrent charters, deep space and political backstabbing and intrigue. By the time the third novel starts it's moving at a breakneck pace, leaping between multiple viewpoints, (about ten characters) all moving against one another, judging motivations, planning, scheming, lying, cheating and trying to maneuver people like pieces on a board. By the time the novel reaches it's climax in book five it's impossible not to be impressed by how Donaldson draws his cast together in a believable, compelling and satisfying way. It's really something very special.
The first book in the series is poor - originally intended as a stand alone novella that examines the shifting of roles it is a brutal book with few redeeming features. However, from book two onwards a remarkable degree of maturity sets in and characters really begin to come to life. Two-hundred pages in you really begin to understand Donaldsons remarkable vision, and it's hard not to be curious as to where it will go.
The cast is the most impressive thing about The Gap, it's rare to see an author realize one fully rounded character, let alone the expansive cast that fills the Gap. You'll move between antagonists and protagonists and understand and sympathies with most of them, love some, hate others, make improper judgements to based on one characters assumptions of another. It really is impressive the way Donaldson toys with perspective to manipulate his readers, keeping them on their toes - allowing for the plot to twist in turn in realistic ways.
Admittedly, there are flaws as with any work of such scope, the first novel and the initial political scenes in the third book may bore some readers, but these things are negligible when you look at the series as a whole. Epic, well written, poignant and extremely moving this is a series that will firmly hold it's position as a cult classic for a long time to come.
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Read information about the authorStephen Reeder Donaldson is an American fantasy, science fiction, and mystery novelist; in the United Kingdom he is usually called "Stephen Donaldson" (without the "R"). He has also written non-fiction under the pen name Reed Stephens.
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION:
Stephen R. Donaldson was born May 13, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio. His father, James, was a medical missionary and his mother, Ruth, a prosthetist (a person skilled in making or fitting prosthetic devices). Donaldson spent the years between the ages of 3 and 16 living in India, where his father was working as an orthopaedic surgeon. Donaldson earned his bachelor's degree from The College of Wooster and master's degree from Kent State University.
Donaldson's work is heavily influenced by other fantasy authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Roger Zelazny, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, and William Faulkner. The writers he most admires are Patricia A. McKillip, Steven Erikson, and Tim Powers.
It is believed that a speech his father made on leprosy (whilst working with lepers in India) led to Donaldson's creation of Thomas Covenant, the anti-hero of his most famous work (Thomas Covenant). The first book in that series, Lord Foul's Bane, received 47 rejections before a publisher agreed to publish it.
Stephen Donaldson came to prominence in 1977 with the The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, which is centred around a leper shunned by society and his trials and tribulations as his destiny unfolds. These books established Donaldson as one of the most important figures in modern fantasy fiction.
He currently resides in New Mexico.
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