The Mongoliad: Book One (Foreworld #1)
A girl, as is the fashion today, acts as the main protagonist. Cnan is ardy and crafty, a trail scout and a 'Binder' (what this means not explained in the text). She is on the side of the knights of Christendom.
Another protagonist, and on the Mongols' side, is Gansukh, a young horseman of the steppes who is sent to tell the Khagan, one of the sons of Genghis Khan, to curb his drinking. He is too naive to realize what a dangerous task this could be.
Soon you are well into a stewpot of strange name...more
If "Anathem" was intellectually challenging in its intellectual exploration of multiverses, then "Mongoliad" is challenging in its gut-wrenching, emotional depictions of the world in which it takes place.
This world would be eastern Europe, on t...more
Set in the year 1241, with Europe still reeling from the onslaught of the Mongol invasions, The Mongoliad tells the story of a group of warrior monks, The Shield Brethren who, along with their guide, a young woman named Cnan, hatch a daring plan to save Europe from the armies poised to spread terror and destruction into Centra...more
The story mainly follows characters spread over three locations:
1. An abandoned mona...more
Neal Stephenson and his co-writers have imagined this world and tell readers the story of the struggle to retain Europe. Ancient manuscripts were given to the famous ni...more
There's a lot going on here, a lot to take in, and it doesn't help that we seem to begin the novel in the middle of the story. It feels as of a few chapters have bee...more
The characters are a mixed bag. I found the Mongol warri...more
I have always wanted to read Stephenson as I hear only good things. Time is always the enemy. So what did I think? It started slow, very slow but the hint of what was coming started early. This is the story of two converging tales. One of Christendom in the wake of the Mongol...more
Trust me, my own rating breaks my heart, because I really wanted to love this book. I thought the origin of this book was badass and I dug the social media element of it. (I even created a username on the official web...more
I was a little concerned about this, given it's a collaborative work written by a bunch of fantasy authors after they created a club for playing with ancient weapons. And true, there is a lot of fighting in this book, but it's actually pretty compelling - it turns out that when a fight is described analytically and tactically by people who know what they're talking about, it comes across al...more
This is an historical fiction, very “boys own” charting multiple storylines as they converge on something around the repulsion/retreat from eastern Europe of the third Mongol Khan.
There is rag tag knights and Mongol warriors and secret crusaders and all that guff. But...more
The Mongoliad, of which Book One has just been published, is any number of things. It's the first book in something its seven creators call The Foreworld Saga--more on that later. It's also a cooperative effort with seven, count them, seven authors--but it isn't a collection of short stories. It's a novel, at least as published.
It started out as an experiment. A serial novel, published online at mongoliad.com, then the result edited down and published as a...more
Non stiamo parlando di un libro serio. Stiamo parlando di una fantasia geek di un gruppo di appassionati di armi marziali soprattutto occidentali (e non è una contraddizione in termini). Capita che questi appassionati siano anche autori di libri di fiction e di...more
I wolfed it down. I started and finished ‘The Mongoliad’ this weekend – and ignored the ‘to-do’ list that was supposed to happen on Saturday/Sunday. It’s a simple read, and straightforward plot. Some characters expand over time and evolve a little. The pacing is good and the fight scenes are graphic and detailed.
Honestly, this is not the...more
I'm a huge fan of the idea of researchi...more
I tried reading this via the interactive webpage (The Mongoliad), which is full of really cool video and extras, but I have an extremely hard time reading on electronic sources. Call me old fashioned.
So why only 4 stars for a book that obviously deserves 5? Because I have been horribly spoiled by Joe Abercrombie, who...more
We first get to know Cnan, an Asian-descended traveler who specializes in delivering messages across long distances without getting caught. After delivering a message to a group of virginal monk/knights some...more
At least that's what it is in its present form; in its original form, as a sort of collaborative multi-media presentation, it may have been more interesting. I'm not interested enough to pay the $49.99 to find out. As it is it's an alt-history (I don't know how much "alt") written, as another commenter put it, "by a committee of weapons nerds." The result is page upo...more
Not enough premise or action.
I’m sorry to say that I just couldn’t get into this book. I’m not entirely sure why—yes, Alternate History isn’t my usual style, but still, it’s not different enough from my usual High Fantasy to be a problem or any real disadvantage.
I’m afraid this book just doesn’t have enough wow factor to it: the cover doesn’t force you to pick it up (or click on it), the blurb isn’t immediately interesting, and the characters aren’t unique enough or myste...more