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review 2017-10-20 17:34
Non-Standard Fantasy: “The Blade Itself” by Joe Abercrombie
The Blade Itself - Joe Abercrombie

I "discovered" Abercrombie in 2012 when I was actually looking for some fantasy novels that "weren't Dragonlance-level shit". Back in 2012 I started off by reading “The Heroes” first. Only in 2013 I got to reading the First Law from the beginning.


Abercrombie does not sugar-coat his narrative. That’s for sure. That’s the first indication you’re not reading your running-of-the-mill fantasy:  it’s disturbing because it skews closer to real life than we are used to or comfortable with fantasy-wise. Protagonists fail, start things but don’t finish them, have their plans changed in mid-stride and generally push through as if they were making it up as the narrative progresses. While reading “The Blade Itself” I kept expecting conventional fantasy storytelling to assert itself and bring the characters back around to the “right” path, despite evidence to the contrary. I’m not that well versed in fantasy lore, but I think this first novel in Abercrombie’s fantasy milieu sets up a precedent for an ending that just isn’t what you expect, but I still kept waiting for that tide to turn back and give me a the usual happy ending cropping up in a lot of fantasy nowadays.  What I found most unsettling is that there IS a happy ending – it’s just the last person in the entire book you’d expect gets everything he wants. It was one of those endings, and one of those books, that sits with you for a very long time.



If you're into SF of the Grimdark variety, read on.

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review 2017-10-20 11:49
Perfect State - Brandon Sanderson

Dobre, ale krótkie. Trudno to oceniać w odniesieniu do dłuższych form literackich, jednak skoro ustaliłem sobie, że będę tu oceniał moją frajdę z czytania, to daję trzy gwiazdki. Nie zrozumcie mnie źle, było całkiem dobrze. Po prostu... za szybko się skończyło.


Tak jak moja recenzja zresztą.

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review 2017-10-19 16:09
The Iron Jackal by Chris Wooding
Iron Jackal - Chris Wooding

Another fine action packed, fantasy-steampunk addition to the Tales of the Ketty Jay.  The beginning of the book was a bit long-winded, but the pace picked up somewhere near the 1/4 mark.  The characters are amusing and their escapades entertaining.

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review 2017-10-17 20:53
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Eleven - Joe Abercrombie,N.K. Jemisin,Ken Liu,Jonathan Strahan

Great collection of some of the biggest names in the field. Highly recommended.

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review 2017-10-16 08:01
Exiles of the Rynth by Carole Nelson Douglas
Exiles of the Rynth - Carole Nelson Douglas

This is a fun, light-hearted story that continues the adventures of Irissa and Kendric started in Six of Swords.  The characters of interesting, and the world building and magic system unique.

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