Here is a link: Amazon.com: Red Mars (Mars Trilogy): Books: Kim Stanley RobinsonNever even heard of them Don, but I love Clarke so I guess I will check them out.
That's exactly right! His endings seem almost like an afterthought.I like Goodkind, but I'm not afraid to agree. He writes a book that goes to the 95% completed point, and then suddenly everything resolves in a single chapter it often seems like.
Yeah, I thought as much - I didn't realise it was part of a series when I got it to be honest (I forgot to order from my SF&Fantasy book club one month and they sent me the editors choice, one of which was Naked Empire) I didn't feel the setting was explained in enough detail though, and that may admitidly be because all the explanation was done in previous books of the series - but a compeling and vivd setting is the main selling point for me in fantasy novels, and I didn't feel that Naked Empire met my requirements to check out any other of Goodkinds other novels.Just like reading a random Jordan novel would be utterly pointless, reading Naked Empire without having read anything previous in the series was indeed a waste of your time though.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Children_of_HúrinInterestingly enough a new J.R.R. Tolkien book is coming in April of 2007. It's called The Children of Hurin, and it's setting will be in Middle Earth.