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The Lion of Farside (Farside, #1)

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Some writ­ers take a small theme and cre­ate a land­scape. Dal­mas takes a big premise (Al­ter­nate uni­vers­es! Mag­ic!) and cre­ates a puny sto­ry about a guy that has no idea why he does things and is lead by the nose by his des­tiny, un­til things just stop.

Yes, the writ­ing has a style, and the char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment is not as ter­ri­ble as it sounds like, but the lack of am­bi­tion is stun­ning.

I had the same re­ac­tion when read­ing Sol­diers (Alien­s! In­va­sion! Geno­cide!) which turned in­to a sort of com­par­a­tive imag­i­nary re­li­gions pam­phlet.

I am not sure I will read oth­er John Dal­mas books un­less I have noth­ing else at hand.

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