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Stephen Donaldson, 1947 - Novelist Stephen Donaldson was born on May 13, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio to James R. Donaldson, a medical missionary, and Mary Ruth Reeder, a prosthetist. His father was an orthopedic surgeon that worked with lepers in India. He lived in India between the ages of three to näytä lisää sixteen and while listening to one of his father's lectures on leprosy, he conceived the legendary Thomas Covenant. Donaldson attended the College of Wooster, Ohio and graduated in 1968. Afterwards, he spent two years being a conscientious objector doing hospital work in Akron and then attended Kent University where he received an M.A. in English. Donaldson's publishing debut was with "Lord Foul's Bane" (1977), which was the first book in the fantasy trilogy entitled The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever. It was named best novel of the year by the British Fantasy Society and received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, in 1979. He followed with the sequel series The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, also set in The Land, starting with "Daughter of Regals," and then the Mordant's Need series with "The Mirror of Her Dreams" and "A Man Rides Through." Donaldson is also the author of the Gap Into series of science fiction adventure that began with "The Real Story" and followed with "Forbidden Knowledge," "A Dark and Hungry God Arises," and "Chaos and Order." In addition to the awards he received for his first novel/series, Donaldson has also received the Balrog Fantasy Award for Best Novel for "The Wounded Land" in 1981 and for "The One Tree" in 1983, the Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Novel for "The One Tree" in 1983, the Balrog Fantasy Award for Best Collection for "Daughter of Regals and Other Tales" in 1985, and the Science Fiction Book Club Award for Best Book of the Year for "The Mirror of Her Dreams" in 1988 and "A Man Rides Through" in 1989. He also received The College of Wooster Distinguished Alumni Award in 1989, the WIN/WIN Popular Fiction Readers Choice Award for Favorite Fantasy Author in 1991, the Atlanta Fantasy Fair Award for Outstanding Achievement in 1992 and the President's Award, The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts in 1997. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

The Illearth War (1977) 4,612 kappaletta
The Power That Preserves (1977) 4,412 kappaletta
The Wounded Land (1980) 3,656 kappaletta
The One Tree (1982) 3,531 kappaletta
White Gold Wielder (1983) 3,489 kappaletta
The Mirror of Her Dreams (1986) 3,003 kappaletta
A Man Rides Through (1987) 2,562 kappaletta
The Runes of the Earth (2004) 2,190 kappaletta
The Gap Into Conflict: The Real Story (1990) 2,139 kappaletta
The Gap into Madness: Chaos and Order (1994) 1,495 kappaletta
Daughter of Regals and Other Tales (1984) 1,305 kappaletta
Fatal Revenant (2007) 1,299 kappaletta
Against All Things Ending (2010) 877 kappaletta
Reave the Just and Other Tales (1998) 601 kappaletta
Gilden-fire (short story) (1981) 573 kappaletta
The Last Dark (2013) 502 kappaletta
Seventh Decimate (2017) 245 kappaletta
The Man Who Fought Alone (2001) 202 kappaletta
The Man Who Killed His Brother (1980) — Tekijä — 186 kappaletta
Strange Dreams (1993) — Toimittaja — 186 kappaletta
The King's Justice: Two Novellas (2015) 141 kappaletta
The Man Who Risked His Partner (1984) 122 kappaletta
Mordant's Need (2007) 110 kappaletta
The Man Who Tried to Get Away (1990) 101 kappaletta
The War Within (2019) 92 kappaletta
The King's Justice [novella] (2016) 28 kappaletta
A Man Rides Through, Part 2/2 (1987) 26 kappaletta
A Man Rides Through, Part 1/2 (1990) 26 kappaletta
The Augur's Gambit (2016) 25 kappaletta
The Best of Stephen R. Donaldson (2011) 24 kappaletta
The Reed Stephens Novels (2001) 20 kappaletta
Daughter of Regals [short story] (1984) 10 kappaletta
Mythological Beast (1978) 9 kappaletta
The Lady in White (1978) 8 kappaletta
The Conqueror Worm (1983) 8 kappaletta
Animal Lover (1978) 7 kappaletta
What Makes Us Human (1984) 6 kappaletta
Ser Visal's Tale (1984) 5 kappaletta
Reave the Just {short story} (1992) 4 kappaletta
The Killing Stroke [novella] (1998) 3 kappaletta
2002 3 kappaletta
Penance [novella] (1998) 3 kappaletta
By Any Other Name [novella] (1998) 3 kappaletta
World Tales 1 kappale
Moc, která chrání (2000) 1 kappale
1996 1 kappale
Le feu de ses passions (1986) 1 kappale
Lo specchio dei sogni (1996) 1 kappale

Associated Works

After the King (1991) — Avustaja — 768 kappaletta
The Wizards of Odd: Comic Tales of Fantasy (1996) — Avustaja — 636 kappaletta
Värisyttävä kosketus (1991) — Avustaja — 550 kappaletta
Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Volume 1 (2007) — Johdanto, eräät painokset463 kappaletta
Godbody (1986) — Jälkisanat, eräät painokset394 kappaletta
Berserker Base (1985) — Avustaja — 324 kappaletta
The 1985 Annual World's Best SF (1985) — Avustaja — 239 kappaletta
Unicorns! (1982) — Avustaja — 226 kappaletta
Gallery of Horror (1983) — Avustaja — 226 kappaletta
The 1986 Annual World's Best SF (1986) — Avustaja — 216 kappaletta
Stellar #4: Science-Fiction Stories (1978) — Avustaja — 133 kappaletta
Full Spectrum 4 (1993) — Avustaja — 106 kappaletta
Arabesques II (1989) — Avustaja — 71 kappaletta
The Year's Finest Fantasy: Volume 2 (1978) — Avustaja — 67 kappaletta
The Book of Kings (1995) — Avustaja — 49 kappaletta
A Very Large Array: New Mexico Science Fiction and Fantasy (1987) — Avustaja — 31 kappaletta
Nine Visions, a Book of Fantasies (1983) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
An Anthology of Angels (1996) — Avustaja — 9 kappaletta

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Virallinen nimi
Donaldson, Stephen Reeder
Muut nimet
Stephens, Reed
Donaldson, Stephen
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Akron, Ohio, USA
New Jersey, USA
Corrales, New Mexico, USA
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
The College of Wooster (B.A. | English | 1968)
Kent State University (MA|English|1971)
fantasy writer
American Contract Bridge League
International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts
Contributing Editor, The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
John W. Campbell Award (1979)
The College of Wooster Distinguished Alumni Award (1989)
WIN/WIN Popular Fiction Readers Choice Award for Favorite Fantasy Author (1991)
Atlanta Fantasy Fair Award for Outstanding Achievement (1992)
President's Award, The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (1997)
Howard Morhaim (Howard Morhaim Literary Agency)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Born in 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio, Stephen R. Donaldson lived in India (where his father was a medical missionary) until 1963. He graduated from the College of Wooster (Ohio) in 1968, served two years as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, doing hospital work in Akron, then attended Kent State University, where he received his M.A. in English in 1971.After dropping out of his Ph.D. program and moving to New Jersey in order to write fiction, Donaldson made his publishing debut with the first "Covenant" trilogy in 1977. That enabled him to move to a healthier climate. He now lives in New Mexico.The novels for which he is best known have received a number of awards. However, the achievements of which he is most proud are the ones that seemed the most unlikely. In 1993 he received a Doctor of Literature degree from the College of Wooster, and in 1994 he gained a black belt in Shotokan karate from Sensei Mike Heister and Anshin Personal Defense.After completing the five-book, seven-year Gap sequence of science fiction novels, Donaldson spent quite some time "on vacation." However, he has now returned to work. His most recent book prior to The Man Who Fought Alone was a second collection of short fiction, Reave the Just and Other Tales. He is currently hard at work on "The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant".



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A bit of a slog as Donaldson ties up most of the loose ends left over from the previous books in the series. Some of the material seemed a bit repetitive from previous volumes. Having devoured the previous books in the series, this was a book that I couldn't skip. I would recommend it to those who have read all of the previous 10 books in the Thomas Covenant series. And as always with Donaldson, have a good unabridged dictionary around for when you stumble over unfamiliar words - which you will.
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scififan42 | 32 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 6, 2024 |
The awesomeness of this book almost makes up for the tortuousness of the first book, and part of the 2nd book. Donaldson is an expert at writing about suffering. Every character in these books suffers from start to almost finish. A couple get lucky and make it to the end still alive, heavily scarred. I've seen this kind of plot structure in story arcs in comic books. Just completely beat the hell out of the heroes, make it seem like there's absolutely no way the good guys can win, and then they do. Except that Donaldson makes it so painful, that in the end you don't know if they really did win, considering how broken and damaged they are now. And unlike comic books, these heroes don't come back.

I guess, it's kind of original in fantasy novels, so I appreciate that, just not sure I want to read more of it. I hated Covenant almost the entire time. When one of his companions was someone who he had wronged and they loved him, I was delighted by thinking that he would suffer for it. Then I realized that he loves suffering and was always looking for a reason to be even more negative, so that ruined it for me.

BUT this still got 4 stars. What I loved, corrupted giants, friendly giants, ancient artifacts of power, huge sieges of ancient strongholds, lots and lots of magic, the deep history of the land, and of course, finally some good news for the good guys. About that good news, a couple people have talked about the "victory chapter". I loved it, but it seems like the key to it was "the oath of peace", which always seemed kind of lame to me. Like, "our whole world is being destroyed and everyone is being killed, but we better be nice and make sure we don't hurt the bad guys too much, unless we absolutely have to." Again, it almost became like a superhero trope, "we don't kill villains".
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ragwaine | 27 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 9, 2024 |
Donaldson’s The Real Story is as much a masterpiece as it is/can be disturbing; in short, you either love it or hate it. The setting grimy and dark; it is science fiction but that’s just a sideshow. In fact, this is an intense psychological thriller. Like I said, not for everyone. It puts you in the mind of a psychopath called, quite hmm may I say incongruently so, Thermopylae. See, there is nothing heroic about Angus Thermopylae. If he had lived in the 70s or 80s, he could have been right up there with Ted Bundy, Kemper, and the BTK strangler. Instead in a future time - the year remains undisclosed - Angus Thermopylae is a space pirate that is on a collision course with another pirate called Nick Succorso. Succorso, at least on the outside, is everything that Angus is not; charming, handsome in a rugged sense, and an inspiring leader to his crew. The third character is a female cop called Hyland, falling into the hands of Angus,a very unfortunate turn of fate for her indeed, we witness her profuse suffering at the hands of this twisted psychopath. Like any good writer, Donaldson abstains from any graphic descriptions, he dares the reader’s imagination to fill in the details. This proved rather disconcerting, for when I, as any true reader did just that, I almost got to the point where I considered shelving the book, in the proverbial sense for I’m reviewing the audio book. Fortunately, there is Succorso and with him springs hope from the concerned reader’s breast. He hatches a complex plan to rescue her, yet soon we find this is not a white knight rescuing damsels in distress plot. Succorso is in some ways just as bad as Angus (this is mostly hinted at but not yet born out by any of his actions). In the finale of this rather compact story (about five hours reading time) we realize that Angus is not the black and white character he was introduced to us. Some of the readers may even garner sympathy for him, at least this is how the author wants us to feel. Considering what Angus did to Hyland, well what can I say, a tall order for the writer, and a near impossibility of the writer’s own doing; for I’m giving it to you straight, Angus is one of the most revolting, disgusting, close to irredeemable characters that has ever come to life between the pages of fiction. (;… (lisätietoja)
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nitrolpost | 30 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 19, 2024 |
Definitely better than book 1 because there was a huge section without Thomas Covenant in it, but even the part with him in it at the end wasn't terrible. I'll definitely be finishing the trilogy, but that third book will help me decide whether I do the 2nd trilogy or not.

When confronted by his daughter and she says she wants to be his lover, what does Covenant say? Not, "eww that's gross you're my daughter.", Not "Well you are hot, but you're my daughter so no." But instead he says, "We can't because I'm a leper." EVEN THOUGH he totally can, because he's not really a leper in the fantasy world. But of course, he has to bring up being a leper. He's worse than a vegan!… (lisätietoja)
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ragwaine | 31 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 4, 2024 |



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