He made an amazing world and cultures, described exquisite lanscapes, but all the characters seem such one-dimensional, stiff, cardboard cut-out creatures (I was going to say wooden but then I thought of Ents) .
[I]In the sea without lees standeth the Bird of Hermes.
[/I][I]When all his feathers be from him gone, He standeth still here as a stone.
Here is now both white and red, And all so the stone to quicken the dead[/I][I].
The Bird of Hermes is my name, Eating my wings to make me tame.[/I]