Thieves World: Turning Points
, a reboot of an anthology franchise I loved as a teen. It is simply not good. I keep telling myself that as an anthology, I really should read all the stories as some of the authors may have turned in good work; and yes, some of it is
decent. However, I can't get past how bad some of it is. Shadowspawn was always my favorite character and he returns in a story by Andrew Offut, "Role Model." It is unreadable. Was his writing always this bad and I was simply too young to realize it before? Did I accept his "style" of randomly inserting unneeded adjectives and adverbs into the narrative as good writing, rather than simply overdone and muddy as I see it now?
This is the passage where I refused to read more, from page 90:
Lone swallowed and, even in pitch darkness, blinked. It had not occurred to him that his idol was capable of such profundity.
"Doubtless you think that was profound," the darkness said, in the shadow-quiet voice of the master thief of Sanctuary.
You can't use a ten-dollar word like "profundity" and then follow it up with it's more common root word in the next sentence. It just draws attention to the fact that the author is trying too hard. Or, it implies that the author thinks the reader is an idiot and will not know what the word means without the additional clue. Either way: fuck you, book. I have better things to do with my time.