...Neither of which are a review. But, they're the two things that have been distracting me from finishing The Games We Play (along with the whole weekend-full-of-symposiums thing), which I tentatively hope to have ready by Friday.
The first distraction has been Steven R. Donaldson's The Last Dark, the fourth and final book in The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. I love the Thomas Covenant books, and it caused me almost physical pain to not go buy a copy as soon as it went on sale, but I knew I was getting a copy for Christmas and have been sitting on my hands. I'm nearly finished with the book, and it's completely exceeded my expectations. Donaldson has an undeniably turgid style, and The Last Chronicles have been particularly dense, both in terms of prose and event; there were times during book three where I began to bog down, despite my inherent interest in the series.
But The Last Dark has been utterly amazing, piling on climax after climax to the point where I can hardly bear to put the book down. Unless the last few chapters are a complete throwaway, I am totally satisfied with the way this saga is concluding. Anyone who enjoyed the first two Chronicles but found the more recent books less gripping, take heart: it pays off.
On the writing front, my time's been eaten up trying to put something together for AugieDog's Luna story contest, which I was going blow off just like 90% of the contests I hear about, but then I got an idea, and now I want to write it, and... pegh. It may come to nothing, and it may not be ready by the end of the month regardless, but at least I'm trying. And in any event, I figured a little more exposure for the event would be a good thing. Go give it a shot, people who are more prolific than I am!