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Book Title: Trek to Kraggen-Cor|
The author of the book: Dennis L. McKiernan
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 480 KB
Edition: New American Library
Date of issue: September 1994
ISBN 13: 9789994093830
Read full description of the books Trek to Kraggen-Cor:This is pretty blatantly Lord of the Rings fanfic with the serial numbers barely filed off. Following the destruction of not-Sauron a few centuries ago, the Dwarves now wish to reclaim their homeland of not-Moria. Aided by a Warror (read: totally not a hobbit, guys, really) named Peregrin (yes, really) not-Durin leads an army overland to the Dusk Gate, the opening of the ancient dungeon. Despite being a blatant knock-off, I actually found this rather enjoyable. The characters aren't especially deep, and the lack of women is frustrating, but McKiernan's writing isn't too bad. He at least makes a vague effort at differentiating his world from Tolkien's, though I hope he gets better at that in later books. There are some nice poignant bits, especially the way the protagonist deals with the realization that war is horrible rather than the happy thing of epic tales. All in all, while this definitely isn't the best fantasy novel ever, it's actually kinda fun if you can get past the obvious parallels to Middle Earth and the fact that this is kinda The Hobbit but positioned as a sequel rather than prequel to The Lord of the Rings.
Read information about the authorMcKiernan was born in Moberly, Missouri, where he lived until he served the U.S. Air Force for four years, stationed within US territory during the Korean War. After military service, he attended the University of Missouri and received a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1958 and an M.S. in the same field from Duke University in 1964. He worked as an engineer at AT&T, initially at Western Electric but soon at Bell Laboratories, from 1958 until 1989. In 1989, after early retirement from engineering, McKiernan began writing on a full-time basis.
In 1977, while riding his motorcycle, McKiernan was hit by a car which had crossed the center-line, and was confined to a bed, first in traction and then in a hip spica cast, for many months. During his recuperation, he boldly began a sequel to J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. The publisher Doubleday showed an interest in his work and tried to obtain authorization from Tolkien's estate but was denied. Doubleday then asked McKiernan to rewrite his story, placing the characters in a different fictitious world, and also to write a prequel supporting it. The prequel, of necessity, resembles The Lord of the Rings; the decision of Doubleday to issue the work as a trilogy increased that resemblance; and some critics have seen McKiernan as simply imitating Tolkien's epic work. McKiernan has subsequently developed stories in the series that followed along a story line different from those that plausibly could have been taken by Tolkien.
McKiernan's Faery Series expands tales draw from Andrew Lang's Fairy Books, additionally tying the selected tales together with a larger plot.
McKiernan currently lives in Tucson, Arizona.
(Biography taken from Wikipedia)
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