February 3, 2019
With any luck on eBay I’ll be opening up a stretch of space on one my bookshelves. Fingers crossed.
It has taken me a number of years, but at last I collected a complete run of all eighteen Horseclans novels. Why? A legitimate question. Primarily because I am a stubborn completist. The same reason I kept reading the Wheel of Time novels. I started the series, damn it, and I’m going to finish it.
Now, generally speaking I keep books. I re-read certain books from time-to-time. If I sell a book then, if the whim struck me, I wouldn’t be able to pluck it from the shelf and read it again. But I’m not going to read Horseclans again. For those of you who like the series, that’s fine. I won’t tell you your appreciation of something is invalid. This isn’t the place to go into what I find the shortcomings of the books, writing, characters, dialogue, jeremiads, etc. Robert Adams possessed certain strengths, ably describing weapons and armor and writing battle scenes. The Horseclans novels are at their best when the story focused on armed conflict. So I got some entertainment value from the books, but not enough to merit a re-read.
Assuming I can find a buyer, the absence of eighteen paperbacks — albeit slim volumes by today’s standards — will clear up a nice stretch of space. And that means I’ll get to fill it again. I’m looking forward to it.