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review 2017-03-18 00:00
The Black River Chronicles: Level One (Black River Academy Book 1)
The Black River Chronicles: Level One (B... The Black River Chronicles: Level One (Black River Academy Book 1) - David Tallerman,Michael Wills,Ed Greenwood Take a standard adventuring party of a rogue, warrior, mage and ranger. Then take a look at how they just happen to be travelling together and what led them to those career choices.

This book does just that - a school for adventurers, introducing the four character classes and the people who enter each academy. It concentrates on one group, all with their own secrets and reasons for joining.

As they are put together they need to work on becoming a team rather than four individuals hoping to make it to Level Two.

The characters are done well, and the story is told in an engaging manner. Slightly predictable in places, but that doesn't detract from a good read that moves along at a solid pace.
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review 2016-11-03 20:00
C21st Gods #1
C21st Gods #1 - David Tallerman, David Tallerman, David Tallerman,Anthony Summey

I remember a time when comics appeared on Netgalley at least as a first volume, as to give us a clue as to where the story is heading and what the overall style is. With a tendency now toward presenting a first issue, this feels more like a teaser and less like a real part of something.

Based on the Lovecraftian monster Cthulhu futuristic cops are investigating a string of gruesome murders, that are all linked to Cthulhu. Based on the first 24 pages, I would say it is probably going to be a rather dark story. I would probably wait until more has been published, but will give it another try someday.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2016-10-19 13:40
A teaser
C21st Gods #1 - David Tallerman, David Tallerman, David Tallerman,Anthony Summey

*Digital review copy provided by NetGalley & the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

C21st Gods #1 was an issue long introduction, felt even more like a teaser.
Tho it looked like smth I would really love: detective story, a bit gruesome illustrations, futuristic/noir-style setting with an uncertain, mystery story line I was a bit disappointed.
It was a bit "rushed" and as I said before, it gave me the feeling of a teaser and with 24 pages long issue I was expecting a solid start to the story, where there were none.
Tho, I want to give it a try when other installments are out, I hope for a more slow build process and more background for the main character.         

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review 2013-05-01 15:45
Leider nicht empfehlenswert
Im Schatten der Giganten - David Tallerman,Andreas Brandhorst

Auch wenn ich schon beim Namen des Protagonisten Zweifel hatte, ich meine, Easie Damasco?, das klingt doch schon irgendwie relativ bescheuert. Aber die Inhaltsangabe und gerade dieser letzte Satz klang einfach total verlockend… Leider hat sich relativ schnell herausgestellt, dass das Buch nicht einmal ansatzweise damit mithalten kann.


Easie ist der typische Antiheld, weitestgehend unsympathisch, wenn auch nicht ohne das Potential zur Besserung. Er hat eine große Klappe hinter der tatsächlich nicht allzu viel hinter ist und auch das, was er von sich gibt, ist nur begrenzt lustig und meistens eher altbekannt und langweilig. Leider waren er und alle anderen Charaktere auch sonst so gar nicht herausragend, sondern allesamt sehr mittelmäßig und haben dadurch bei mir höchstens durch ihre negativen Eigenschaften nachhaltigen Eindruck hinterlassen.

So ähnlich ging es mir mit dem gesamten Buch, denn genau wie die Charaktere ist auch die Handlung durchschnittlich. Dabei fand ich den Anfang noch ganz spannend, denn Easie hängt im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes schon am Galgen, als er so gerade eben noch gerettet wird. Und dann fängt eine ewige Wiederholung der immer gleichen Struktur an: Easie landet irgendwo, bringt sich mit seiner großen Klappe in Schwierigkeiten, flieht und landet dann wieder irgendwo, und so weiter und so fort.

Eigentlich sollte man ja meinen, dass man hier als Leser an der Seite des Helden quasi durch die Geschichte fliegt oder zumindest hetzt, aber leider ist dem nicht so. Selbst wenn die ewigen Wiederholungen nicht irgendwann sowieso nervig werden würden, wirkt die gesamte Handlung auch noch furchtbar in die Länge gezogen.

Zwar war der Anfang interessant und auch die Idee ist eigentlich wirklich gut, der Protagonist wirkt aber leider einfach nur egozentrisch und unfähig und die Handlung ist repetitiv und langatmig. Meiner Meinung nach ist “Im Schatten der Giganten” daher leider nicht empfehlenswert.

Source: anima-libri.de/rezension/david-tallerman-im-schatten-der-giganten
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review 2013-02-25 00:00
Giant Thief - David Tallerman Review: Easie Damasco is about to be hanged. He is saved when the warlord Moardrid comes along and orders him freed, even if it is just to be put in the army. But anyway. There he meets Saltlick, a giant who is twice the size of a man, and ends up becoming Saltlick’s carer, handler, friend on the journey to get Saltlick back to his home. But it’s not all that easy/ Maoradrid’s men are after a stone, the owner of which has the power to control the giants. And he thinks that Easie might have it.I don’t remember when I requested this, but upon starting to read, I could see why. Giants and a quest aren’t totally original, but I loved it here. Good adventures are always great stories to get lost in-and multiple times more interesting than a rugby match.Easie is instantly likeable-rogue, young, witty. Saltlick is a little strange to start with, but it’s not long until you fall in love with him. He’s like an intelligent pet, but much more than that. Estrada, the mayor of small town Muena Palaiya, is a strong woman who keeps going through pretty much everything. It is annoying that she’s the only recurring woman though (what is it with fantasy having almost single sex cast sometimes?)There’s a lot of supporting characters who turn up and disappear for various reasons. They aren’t always nice, but they’re realistic and do well in the story. You really get to know them as they go through everything, and you get to care for them.I loved the giant civilisation so much. It’s built up well with hints throughout, but when you get there, it really does feel like we’re in a new foreign country. The rest of the world setting is really good too.As I said, it’s not totally original, but there’s so much fun and adventure that it really doesn’t matter.Overall: Strength 3 tea to a fantasy adventure with a wellbuilt cast and characters/
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