quote:The weather beaten trail wound ahead into the dust racked climes of the baren land which dominates large portions of the Norgolian empire. Age worn hoof prints smothered by the sifting sands of time shone dully against the dust splattered crust of earth. The tireless sun cast its parching rays of incandescense from overhead, half way through its daily revolution. Small rodents scampered about, occupying themselves in the daily accomplishments of their dismal lives. Dust sprayed over three heaving mounts in blinding clouds, while they bore the burdonsome cargoes of their struggling overseers.
I'd agree with you, except that 'The Eye of Argon' has provided me with endless entertainment. It's a story that starts out unpromising, but delivers much, much more. It's like a black hole: you go into it expecting to be crushed into quantum particles, but then you exit out the other side into some sort of extra-dimensional universe, where the awkwardness of prose is so profound as to be almost enlightening.