YMMV / The Death Gate Cycle

  • Base Breaker: There are basically no neutral opinions about Zifnab (much like his counterparts in other W&H works). He's either dreadfully unfunny, constantly breaks suspension of disbelief, and way over-pushed, or he's charmingly daft, desperately needed comic relief in a dark story, and pleasantly nostalgic.
  • Critical Dissonance: While popular with the Weis & Hickman fanbase, certain critics seemed to have it in for the series. Publishers Weekly in particular got increasingly scathing and vitriolic with each entry.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Hugh the Hand.
  • Genius Bonus The discussion in one of the appendices of how magic works (by manipulating the "wave" that governs the probability of events) seems a fairly clear reference to/inspiration from quantum mechanics.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Sang-drax is one in Hand of Chaos when he first appears; he unfortunately comes off as more of a (literal) Smug Snake in the last two books. Kleitus is also one to a lesser extent, at least before he gets turned into an Ax-Crazy undead.
  • Moral Event Horizon: It's impossible to have any sympathy for Sinistrad after learning how he used and abused his teenaged wife Iridal and son Bane though Bane didn't exactly take it lying down...
  • Nightmare Fuel: In rough descending order of freakiness, the Lazar, the serpents, and the tytans.
  • Squick: The Haplo/Alake subplot in Serpent Mage. Not for the squeamish.
  • Tear Jerker: Bane's death, though you feel far more sorry for the mother forced to execute her own son than the psychopath-in-training who really had it coming.