The FRAG


 
HomeCalendarGalleryFAQSearchMemberlistUsergroupsRegisterLog inThe Order of the Stick

Share | 
 

 Joe Abercombie

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
AuthorMessage
emi
Mostly Harmless
Mostly Harmless
avatar

Posts : 224
Join date : 2010-01-05
Age : 53
Location : at pc

PostSubject: Re: Joe Abercombie   Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:28 am

Finished these a couple of weeks ago. They didnt fail to deliver at the end either.
Back to top Go down
emi
Mostly Harmless
Mostly Harmless
avatar

Posts : 224
Join date : 2010-01-05
Age : 53
Location : at pc

PostSubject: Joe Abercombie   Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:46 am

Cant praise these books enough, so i will let others have a go:-

"Critics compare Abercrombie to Dickens, but come on – Dickens was never so entertaining. This intricate story just flows, carrying along barbarian fighters with real courage (and real injuries), spoiled nobles with redeeming potential, mages with disconcerting agendas... plus the most sympathetic torturer ever. The First Law Trilogy: an adventure whose characters grow in tough, surprising, satisfying ways, in a gritty, exotic world that is sometimes awful, and always fascinates. Expect fast, funny dialog and one hell of a rush."
John Meaney, author of Paradox and Bone Song

"Darkly humorous, dripping with rich characterisation and with great control of voice, Abercrombie is setting the standard for modern fantasy fiction." Tim Stretton, author of The Dog of The North

"An exciting new entry to the heroic fantasy ranks - rough-and-tumble, bold and authentically original." Jeff VanderMeer, author of City of Saints and Madmen

"Delightfully twisted and evil... for once the novel comes close to living up to its publisher's hype." John Courtnay Grimwood, Guardian

"There is a gritty edge to his world, and an awareness of violence that is very contemporary... there is much to reward the reader." Lisa Tuttle, Times

"An admirably hard, fast and unpretentious read... packs a mean punch in the bloodthirsty mayhem and mystery departments." Saxon Bullock, SFX

"It's funny, violent, and brilliant. Imagine if Quentin Tarantino wrote a sword & sorcery novel." Unshelved book club.

"You'd never guess that The Blade Itself is Joe Abercrombie's debut novel. He writes like a natural. There are great characters, sparky dialogue, an action-packed plot, and from the very first words and an opening scene that is literally a cliffhanger, you know you are in for a cheeky, vivid, exhilarating ride." Barbara Davies, Starburst

"The Blade Itself is a page-turner powered by a combination of gritty, fast-paced action and juicy doses of cynicism." Edge Magazine

"Abercrombie kicks off his series masterfully with a heroic fantasy without conventional heroes. Its clearly the characters that take center stage here. Their dialogue is full of cynicism and wit, their lives full of intrigue, battles and magic." Gail Pruszkowski, Romantic Times

"Fast-paced, deeply sarcastic, spitefully witty and well observed. The dialogue is razor sharp, the author is comfortable changing voices depending on viewpoint and there is very little to find fault with." Den Patrick, Dreamwatch

"A fantasy novel full of enough ironic and slightly self-deprecating humor and Scorcese-esque violence to make the average hipper than thou non-fantasy reader want to learn more about the genre ... yet filled with enough touchstones to make your average Tolkien-weaned fantasy reader quite happy indeed." Lucien Spelman, Blood, Blade & Thruster

"Fans of character-driven epics who are willing to take their heroes with a grain of moral ambiguity should add this novel to their 'must read' list... The Blade Itself is a smartly-written, sophisticated debut with compelling characters, a complex plot, and style to burn." Siobhan Carroll, Strange Horizons

"In addition to excellent characterizations and fascinating world-building, Abercrombie also writes the best fight scenes I have read in ages. I'm glad the whole package is good, but I could happily recommend The Blade Itself for the fight scenes alone." John Enzinas, SFSite

"Now this is a breath of fresh air! A story told with wit, dash, and a keen eye for character... Finding a writer like Abercrombie amidst the clutter of second-raters who crowd the fantasy genre is like the sun breaking through dark clouds; he wakes you up and reminds you why you took up reading in the first place." Simeon Shoul, Infinity Plus

"The Blade Itself is an incredibly accomplished first novel." Victoria Hoyle, Emerald City

"An extremely impressive debut, the first in a series subtitled The First Law, and in Joe Abercrombie it brings us a writer who oozes promise. This is surely a novel as sharp as its title." John Berlyne, SFRevu

"The Blade Itself easily equals anything released in epic fantasy in the past few years, and just may rise to the top ... This book is about characters first, and Abercrombie skillfully portrays them with near-perfect internal and external dialogue set at an ideal pace ... he stops just short of spitting in the face of genre and set my heart racing through some the best written fight scenes of any genre. This one is not just for fans of epic fantasy." Neth Space
Back to top Go down
 
Joe Abercombie
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 1

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
The FRAG :: Public :: Off-topic-
Jump to: