Something I thought was worthy of a reblog for all my fantasy nerds out there.
Every one of you has done it: fallen in love with an epic, fantasy series that goes on and on forever. The ones that begin so grandly then morph into a multi-volume nightmare that never seem to end. Even the authors know they are bloated beasts, for example take Tad Williams, writer of the “Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn” series, who labeled that trilogy “The Bloated Epic.”
Having gone through this horror myself more than once, I wondered what fantasy series in my life (I was born in 1970) were the longest and most bloated. Not “bloated” in the sense that they were terrible reads (though there are some that were horrid) but rather that the author had contracted “Herbert’s Syndrome,” in which he/she gets overwhelmed by the temptation to keep expanding his/her popular universe. (I’ve read that the Fantasy Review came up with the label “Herbert’s Syndrome” when Dune creator…
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