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Never Read Eddings; Where to Start?


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Initial post: Jan 9, 2008 11:42:30 AM PST
I have never read any of Eddings works.

So my question is: "With which one should I start?"

I have heard that the "Garion" tales are considered superior because the "Sparhawk" and "Dreamer" works are considered so derivative-- but if I have never read either, which one might I find to be more satisfactory?

Because the plots are apparently so similar-- I expect, that, for me at least, reading the second or third one could be a bit of a letdown after reading the first one I ever read.

Is Elen/Tam or Dreamers really a second-rate rehash, or is one of them the pennicle of refining an art?

Is any single series superior to another in any respect?

Is any one of the sagas less violent than either of the others? Is any one particularly better suited to read with younger readers? (My son is only five years old now, but if I like these tales I might want to encourage him to read my favorite series.)

I know I should probably read them all and then decide which one I like the best, but I really think I would tire of derivative characters or plots and hold a fondness for the one I experienced first.

Any suggestions?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2008 10:46:24 PM PST
I would start with the Bellgariad. It was the beginning. Then the Malloreon then The Elenium then the Tamuli. The Bellgariad and the Malloreon go together as does the Elenium and the Tamuli. I read books like most people are addicted to things. I hardly ever read a book more then once, I remember things well and do not like repeats. I never reread Dune or most StarWars even some series; Edding's you can read millions a times and the books remain fresh and fun. I even have quit reading certain series I have loved, because they have become so predictable such as The Cat Who.
I usually do not like books with to much fighting, but Edding's does it well.

I loved them all. Dreamers were a let down. My favorite is the Tamuli, but can not start with it. I remember when I started the Elenium I was hesitant with new characters, wow, I warmed up fast. I would recommend this to the World.

My children actually got me started on these. I LOVE THEM>
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