Joe Abercrombie

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Joe Abercrombie

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in Lancaster, England, The United Kingdom
December 31, 1974




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Joe Abercrombie was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University, where he studied psychology. He moved into television production before taking up a career as a freelance film editor. During a break between jobs he began writing The Blade Itself in 2002, completing it in 2004. It was published by Gollancz in 2006 and was followed by two other books in The First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings. He currently lives and works in London with his wife and daughter. In early 2008 Joe Abercrombie was one of the contributors to the BBC Worlds of Fantasy series, alongside other contributors such as Michael Moorcock, Terry Pratchett and China Mieville.

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Sons of Anarchy Season 7: Sons of Anarchy has been a frustratingly mixed bag for me right from the start. At its best it’s been toughand twisty as a mean rattler with some great charactersandjaw dropping shocks. At its worst it’s been nonsensical, melodramatic, and really quite silly. Without Ron Perlman’s gravelly presence to counterbalance idealistic Charlie Hunnam there’s a sensethat the Har...

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Average rating: 4.17 · 274,438 ratings · 16,302 reviews · 45 distinct works · Similar authors
The Blade Itself (The First...
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 69,762 ratings — published 2006 — 60 editions
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Before They Are Hanged (The...
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 53,950 ratings — published 2007 — 20 editions
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Last Argument of Kings (The...
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 49,485 ratings — published 2008 — 45 editions
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Best Served Cold
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 26,303 ratings — published 2009 — 48 editions
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The Heroes
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 20,105 ratings — published 2011 — 40 editions
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Red Country
4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 15,366 ratings — published 2012 — 30 editions
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Half a King (Shattered Sea,...
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 14,119 ratings — published 2014 — 28 editions
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Half the World (Shattered S...
4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 5,828 ratings — published 2015 — 18 editions
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The First Law Trilogy
4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 3,652 ratings — published 2008 — 8 editions
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The Blade Itself #1
4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 882 ratings — published 2013
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The Blade Itself Before They Are Hanged Last Argument of Kings
The First Law (3 books)
4.186513716256913 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 182,630 ratings

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Shattered Sea (3 books)
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The First Law Comics (4 books)
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“I have learned all kinds of things from my many mistakes. The one thing I never learn is to stop making them.”
Joe Abercrombie, Last Argument of Kings

“Once you've got a task to do, it's better to do it than live with the fear of it.”
Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself

“Has it ever occured to you, Master Ninefingers, that a sword is different from other weapons? Axes and maces and so forth are lethal enough, but they hang on the belt like dumb brutes. But a sword...a sword has a voice.
Sheathed it has little to say, to be sure, but you need only put your hand on the hilt and it begins to whisper in your enemy's ear. A gentle word. A word of caution. Do you hear it?
Now, compare it to the sword half drawn. It speaks louder, does it not? It hisses a dire threat. It makes a deadly promise. Do you hear it?
Now compare it to the sword full drawn. It shouts now, does it not? It screams defiance! It bellows a challenge! Do you hear it?”
Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself


OCTOBER FANTASY: This poll decides which two books will go on to the run off poll for the October 2015 Fantasy BOTM.

  22 votes, 29.3%

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  10 votes, 13.3%

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