Comments on Dan H's Review and Digression: The Black Magician Trilogy and Fantasy in General

Dan remains unnecessarily complicated

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Wardog at 16:31 on 2008-01-04
Also she's hotter than Scott Lynch...
Rami at 18:26 on 2008-01-04
Yay! I liked the Black Magician trilogy too -- although I thought bits of it did seem just a tad contrived -- and I'm glad it's not been ripped to shreds :-)
http://davidlynch.org/ at 08:03 on 2009-11-25
This is an excessively late comment.

I, too, really enjoyed the Black Magician trilogy, but there were two things in the final book which annoyed me enough that I'm unlikely to ever go back and reread it.

(Spoilers ahoy, gentle reader.)

First: Akkarin's death felt pointless, and seemed to mainly happen so that the trilogy could end on an "awesomely tragic" note. It sat poorly with the tone of the rest of the series, and broke my immersion in the world. Actually, the death itself I'm okay with... it was Sonea finding out she was pregnant that really got to me.

Second: The only character in the series who's sympathetic to gay people turns out to be gay... it's just he could never admit it to himself until now! This just bugged me. All it would have taken is for him to not be the only tolerant person, and I'd have been fine with it.
Dan H at 11:22 on 2009-11-25
I'm okay with Akkarin dying - I kinda felt it was heading that way. I mean once you've got life-energy transfer magic it's pretty much mandatory for somebody to sacrifice themselves with it.

The "and then she turns out to be pregnant" thing was a little bit irksome. If only because I'm beginning to get sick of the fact that people in fantasy settings only *ever* seem to get pregnant after their partners die (and then *always* do). It's like some kind of extremely severe population control policy in Fantasyland.
Wardog at 13:27 on 2009-11-25
This is completely off-topic but zomg, you write WoW add-ons! That is way cooler than being a director.
Rami at 17:12 on 2009-11-25
zomg, you write WoW add-ons! That is way cooler than being a director.

I almost agree. I mostly think lj.py is much more amusing than Mulholland Drive ;-).
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