Wilbur Smith Message Board
Emma posts on 5/4/2007 2:43:42 AM
Devastated is the only word I can use to describe the way I feel after attempting to read The Quest.
River God & the Seventh Scroll were fantastic, WS at his best, I struggled with the Warlock, but it's nothing compared to The Quest. I doubt I will be able to finish it, it's just terrible.
For all you new readers, I would suggest that you only read River God and the Seventh Scroll from the Egyptian series to avoid ruining the love affair with Taita's character.
I hope WS returns to his old form soon as it would be sad to remember him for the books he's releasing now....
chris tobin posts on 5/4/2007 2:32:47 AM
Thanks be for finding this site. I have been hooked on smith and george mcdonald fraser ( Flashman series ) for thirty odd years up untill the last two (fraser) and the last 3 (smith) and now quest, which I havnt read and now probabbly wont. Both have gone down the same path apparently bereft of fresh ideas. The last one I read I thought it was aimed at the 13/14 yr. old market. very sad to see smiyh in particular writing like he is
john hillary posts on 5/3/2007 4:07:44 AM
i have been avidly reading wilburs books for over 30 years i have everyone of them in my personal library. i have felt the quality slipping for a while but can not believe that someone who could write when the lion feeds or sunbird amongst so many could write such a woeful book. he surely can't need the money. i never been able to resist buying his books but this could well be the last. how sad but i guess all good things come to an end. wish he had an email address.
Shirley posts on 4/27/2007 4:22:13 PM
New reader of WS's books. Just finished the River God Wow! can someone please tell me which order I should read the rest of them before I spoil my read. Adore anything Ancient Egyptian(ish) any suggestions are most welcome
Ben posts on 4/17/2007 7:56:59 AM
I agree with you Ren. The Quest is a sad tail end to a great career. I have read all of WS's books, and know his work and style well, and there is something very wrong in The Quest. His story is inconsistant, the supernatural aspect is an insult to his readership, and if I have to read one more sad sexual fantasy of an elderly viagra taker I think I will just put the book down. I think the time has come for him to give up. Actually his books dtarted deteriorating after Danielle died, makes one wonder how much of it was influenced or editied by her.
Ren posts on 4/8/2007 8:21:38 PM
Like most of us Ive been hanging out for the next W S novel having read every one so far ( I was hooked by The Sunbird, even took a day off work (sickie)to finish it) Ive just started reading The Quest, in fact Im only about 30 pages into it however as I read and although I recognise the characters, it feels different somehow?? My immediate thought was, did W S write this, at least on his own?? I just wondered if anyone else felt the same? I realise styles change and there is possibly an age factor (to be expected). He is my favorite author by a mile.
Andy Staynor posts on 3/17/2007 12:44:14 AM
The Seventh Scroll - I was told there may be a movie? Anyone know the name of this movie?
Tyrone posts on 3/13/2007 1:03:43 PM
Ya i know what you mean steve.
Steve W posts on 3/6/2007 10:06:20 PM
Wow, I havent checked the site for ages, and it seems noone else has too. Anyone wanna talk bppks?
Tyrone posts on 1/6/2007 11:39:05 PM
I feel ya dude... trust me i do! i have about 2 dozen Wilbur books, including all the the Courtney series.
It's understandable that he slowed down though, he's pushing 80 very soon, but I believe he won't retire. Wilbur will probably be on his death bed and die before he retires.
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