Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Summa review

Frank Luke reviews Summa Elvetica:
One book that I recently gave a second read to was Theodore Beale’s Summa Elvetica. (Beale sometimes writes under the pen name Vox Day.) When I saw the title, I immediately thought of Aquinas‘ masterpiece Summa Theologia. When I read the blurb, I saw Beale had been going for that very connection. It’s a good connection, and the book makes good on the promised link without being heavy handed in the debate department....

I thoroughly enjoyed how Marcus’ journey from Amora to the Elven lands paralleled his journey into becoming his own man and making his own choices. Two other members of the envoy are fellow church men on opposite sides of the debate. Marcus will be writing his own opinion for the Sanctiff (though the Sanctiff will make the final decision on the question of elves and souls).
In very much related news, I'm pleased to say that I've received several emails from people telling me that the new Summa Elvetica hardcovers have arrived and that it is a worthy companion to A Throne of Bones on the bookshelf.

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Anonymous es1966 June 19, 2013 4:41 AM  

I enjoyed this book also, my only criticism is that the ending seemed a bit rushed. Though on one hand that's not a bad thing because it means I enjoyed spending time in the world you invited me into. I just felt that it jumped to the end and could of been fleshed out a bit more. I do know this is one of your older books and that you're writing has only gotten better. I especially finding out some of Lodi' s backstory since I recently read A Magic Broken. Now my curiosity is peaked regarding Lady Everbright. Is she perhaps a character in A Throne of Bones? Although I may not agree with a lot of your opinions, this has NOTHING to do with your skill as a writer. I think it's deplorable that this does not seem to be the case lately. I look forward to reading more from you. I especially would love to read more short stories about the Cat People of Selenoth!

Anonymous es1966 June 19, 2013 4:47 AM  

Sorry the sentence should read I especially liked finding out some of Lodi' s backstory since I recently read A Magic Broken. I hate typos LOL

Anonymous VD June 19, 2013 5:23 AM  

Is she perhaps a character in A Throne of Bones?

She does indeed make numerous appearances, although she is not one of the perspective characters. Lodi, however, is, and I think you will enjoy his chapters.

Anonymous Emperor of Icecream June 19, 2013 8:48 AM  

*the book makes good on that promised link*

Actually I thought the book chickened out on it (probably for sound commercial reasons).

Anonymous Ten41 June 19, 2013 10:12 AM  

Love the hardcover book, not so fond of the font that was used though.

Being in teeny-tiny point, and the font used, makes it hard for me to really get my speed up.

But, to reiterate, love the book.

Anonymous Claymore June 19, 2013 10:40 AM  

I tried to get some use out of my tax dollars and submitted a request to my local library for AToB, and they did!

However, after a few days of reading, the hardcover cracked right off of the rest of the book. I repaired it with shipping tape, but the librarian said "You break it, you buy it!" So I did. At least the hardcover for SE should last longer since it's a thinner book.

Anonymous mistaben June 19, 2013 11:55 AM  

My copy arrived yesterday, and it is indeed gorgeous. Whereas I rushed my way through an e-version of SE a couple of years ago, I look forward to savoring the story this time.

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