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The author of the book: Dennis L. McKiernan
Date of issue: September 3rd 1987
ISBN 13: 9780451451033
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 472 KB
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Alright, so, no noticeable change with book two of The Iron Tower Trilogy. McKiernan still rambles on, lots of words, more words then words, words, words. And all dramatic like. The Tolkien thing is still in full effect. I did consider that this may be McKiernan's idea of a tribute to Tolkien, but I've considered a lot of dumb stuff in my lifetime. My grandpa taught me about skimming when you read and I gotta’ say, I found myself skimming just to save having to read all those words. Man, I like words! I think they’re great! This guy, though. Sheesh! All the freakin’ crazy WORDS! I did find myself at one point asking, “Is the writing actually getting better?” Then I realized the combination of skimming and familiarity was responsible and not any improvement on Dennis’ part. Hey, I give credit where credit is due and none is due here. The repetition is still quite prominent. There is a lot of repetition. McKiernan often repeats himself. Dennis seems to have been incapable of shaking the poor habit of repeating himself. See? Pretty annoying, isn’t it? Oh, and there’s a goddamned synopsis. Really? Did I mention the repetition thing?
Starting book three. Can’t wait!
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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.
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