This is Wistman's Wood in Dartmoor - one of the last remnant ancient high altitude oakwoods on the moor. It is well documented and has been written about for hundreds of years, it's quite famous and the walk to see it isn't very long or arduous, just under two miles.
I'm not writing very much about it because it's all on my other site :P
I could have written this book. I'm a bit annoyed/surprised/delighted (yes, all those) someone decided to. I thought those of that ilk were pretty rare indeed, let alone a publishing house deciding to print something related to it. Dash it all, I lost my chance ;)
But no, seriously.... I could have written this book. <3
People who act like this Hipster Barbie is mocking = we know you're full of shit. We're laughing at you.
Been looking for a book to read, Fantasy genre - I just finished a book from Bernard Cornwell and was monumentally underwhelmed by his prose I will not be cracking another book by him, ever. So I see that this fellow Patrick Rothfuss is popular. So I look him up on Goodreads and see this review at the top:
I have no interest in imagining I'm someone who is stronger, deadlier, smarter, sexier, etc. than myself - a famed hero in a milqtoast world little different from modern North America.
I read fantasy to immerse myself in strange worlds ripe with danger and conflict. To uncork primal wonders. And there is none of that in Rothfuss' book.
His world is about as strange and dangerous as a mashed potato sandwich. His protagonist is comically overblown wish fullfillment for people who weren't popular in college. I'm absolutely mystified that this novel is so highly regarded by so many.
I welcome fans of the book to explain its appeal. Specifically:
Writing quality. I found the quality of the prose very poor. Cliches abound, the author tells rather than shows, and the language is neither poetic nor elegant. So for those who find the writing quality high, I'd like to hear some examples of writing they feel is poor quality.
Content. I have no interest in wish fullfilment in fiction. So what other content does this novel offer me as a reader? Is there something in the plot or setting that makes this novel stand out to you as exceptional?
And no one could answer reasonably. People just screamed at him, butthurt. Which is more telling than anything else, truth be told. There was an even longer, better review that just makes me think that basically this is 50 shades of grey for the male Fantasy fan. (Not S&M, just bad pulp writing with bad plot, bad prose and shallow characters)
But these books remain wildly popular and on lists of "Best" series out there. I feel like I'm insane.
I think the reason why Twilight, 50 Shades and Bernard Cornwell and Rothfuss are popular HAS to be because of the level of reading comprehension required to consume it. Right? I mean... there is no accounting for taste but... I'm just trying to reconcile.
Maybe I'll try and put it into context of film. I enjoy stupid fare like Transformers, because it's brainless eye candy entertainment.
This possibly the same kind of thing?
The only reason I hold out with skepticism is because of the protestations of most of the reviews -- they claim it's one of the BEST THINGS EVER WRITTEN and I just have to scratch my head. Wha??
Never meanin' no harm.
Beats all you never saw
Been in trouble with the law
Since the day they was born
Staightnin' the curves
Flatnin the hills
Someday the mountain might get 'em
But the law never will
Makin' their way
The only way they know how
That's just a little bit more
Than the law will allow.
- Photographer, Illustrator. Gamer. Has opinions.present
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