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Meet Easie Damasco, rogue, thieving swine and total charmer.

Even the wicked can’t rest when a vicious warlord and the force of enslaved giants he commands invade their homeland. Damasco might get away in one piece, but he’s going to need help.

Big time.
ebook, 416 pages
Published April 7th 2012 by Angry Robot (first published January 1st 2012)
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Ben Babcock
I love heist movies. It’s a weird addiction that I can’t shake. It doesn’t matter what type of heist movie: Ocean’s Eleven, Foolproof, The Perfect Score, that one episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine where they rob the holosuite casino to help their holographic friend (don’t ask). I love that moment in the middle where we get walked through the plan, usually as a montage set to a voiceover. It feels like a privileged sneak peek, because then we get to see the real thing.

Anyway, this has nothing
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Hannah
I really wanted to enjoy Giant Thief, but unfortunately it was a very mediocre, instantly forgettable "okay" book. I was actually glad when I finished it - not because it was terrible, but because I could move onto a more exciting book. That always makes me sad, because in a way I'd prefer it if it was so-bad-it's-good or even hurl-across-the-room!bad. At least then I'd have taken something away from the experience other than a heavy sense of apathy.

My main problem with Giant Thief was that neit
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Lea
I was given the opportunity to read this through the GR First Reads contests -- thanks!

I have to state up front that this really isn't my genre. The whole "saving the kingdom" thing doesn't really do it for me -- however, I found this book to be well written, and it held my interest.

Easie Damasco is a lovable rogue, a thief who seems to have a knack for getting himself into trouble. As the story opens, Easie's sticky fingers have landed him in a very tight position -- here's the opening line:

"Th
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Marc Aplin
Do you remember when giants were ‘in’? No? Well, actually – neither do I… Probably because Giants had their hey-day many, many years ago… Hercules met a few, David took down Goliath and even the most modern examples within Paul Bunyan and dare I say it; Jack & The Beanstalk are a least 100 years past.

The bible actually lists Giants as factual:

There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to th
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Ken
I’ve been reading a lot of books on thieves lately and each author manage to bring something different with their creation. Giant Thief is a fun and humorous take on this trend, and on many ways it succeeds. In this book we have a thief who has the charisma to charm his way out of any situation, and there are plenty of scenes where Easie Damasco uses his wit to weasel his way out of the direst confrontations. However its greatest strength is also its greatest weakness for me. At no point I felt ...more
Traci
A total forget-me-book. Okay while reading it but will be completely forgotten about a week from now.

I liked the author's attempt of trying to capture the mood of an old fashioned sword and sorcery pulp story but I'm sad to say that's all it was, a copy of those other books. This book's greatest fail for me was the unlikable lead. In order to have an anti hero they must be likable. They can still be dirt ball scums but you have to like them as they play their games.

Read Swords and Deviltry inst
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Elspeth
What a fun read, I loved it!
Poor Easie Damasco, every move he makes turns pear shaped.
Giant Thief is filled with adventure and snark, what is not to love?
I cannot wait for the next book!
Mieneke
As The Mad Hatter said, Giant Thief has one of the best opening lines ever. And as it begins, so it tries to go on in the same vein. And I'm glad to report that in this effort it largely succeeds. Giant Thief has a lot of humour in it and had me smirking at a number of scenes in the book.

Giant Thief's greatest strength could also be seen as its largest weakness: basically the book is one long chase scene. Action-packed and high-paced with relatively few breathing points, it's fun, but at times a
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Scott Forbes
I was given the chance to read an early review copy of Giant Thief by the publisher Angry Robot Books.

The highlight of the book is definitely the humor, delivered through the snarky dialogue of protagonist and narrator, Easie Damasco. While perhaps not the intention of the author, he strikes me as the Fantasy version of Han Solo.

The plot is pretty straightforward, and consists mostly of Easie being on the run from an evil warlorld. Despite not having any real surprising moments, it works as a ve
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Nikki
Meh.

This book can be a fun diversion -- I did read it all the the way through in the course of a day, after all -- but it's not very original and it's not all that well written. I have as little idea of what motivates some of the characters now as I did when I first met them, three hundred and fifty pages ago, and I didn't believe in the danger that they faced, not least because I was given no reason to particularly root for anyone other than Saltlick -- and only for him in absence of anyone els
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Marigold Dicer
Giant Thief started out well. The beginning was fast-paced, set up an interesting fantasy world and protagonist, and running off with a giant seemed interesting enough... until it wasn't.
It just didn't do it for me, and I think it's because the book ended up being one big long chase sequence, in one way or another.
I liked how the story started. I liked the giant. I sort of liked the thief. I found the world-building and the descriptions of the landscapes to be well done, if overdone for me. But
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Ryan Lawler
Thieves are in, thieves are cool, thieves are the new orphan boy whose destiny is much greater than his tattered clothes. And so its time for my next fantasy novel, starring another dashing rogue who is out and about stealing stuff and causing havoc. Easie Damasco - with a name like that you just know he is trouble. Giant Thief by David Tallerman is one of the better examples in the thieving genre, and while it wasn't always to my taste, the quality of writing in this book easily pulled me throu ...more
Stefan
You know that saying “For want of a nail”? Well, in Easie Damasco’s case, it was for want of a piece of bread, a chunk of fish and some cabbage that the fate of the entire land of Castoval was changed. When Easie is caught pilfering food from the baggage train of the invading warlord Moaradrid’s army, he is summarily pressed into service and assigned to a unit that’s ominously referred to as the “disposables.” Easie has no interest in becoming cannon fodder, and he sort of likes his home land th ...more
Andrew
The blurbs compare this to Scott Lynch -- commendable ambition, but that's not what this is. Easie Damasco is a *petty* thief. He's got a mouth on him, admittedly, but not an especially inspired one. He's readable because he's a genuinely terrible person -- not cruel, but small-minded and selfish -- who is not *quite* hopeless. Also, he is surrounded by much greater characters (both better and worse) who keep trying to use him but don't think he's quite hopeless either.

This is, in fact, an epic
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Ubiquitousbastard
I was very torn between giving this two and three stars, but decided that because it was a bit original, I shouldn't lump it in with the triteness that seems to be a lot of what I consider to be two star books. The first quarter of the book was pretty good as well, I just think it suffered from an extremely boring middle and an okayish ending. Easie sort of vacillated between being the biggest whiner of all time, to being extremely reckless. That sort of confused me, and threw me off a bit. I'll ...more
Nicole Luiken
This book got off to a great start: a hanging, a battle, an audacious theft of a *giant*, and some chase scenes. Unfortunately, I bogged down in the middle. I will say straight out that thief/rogue characters are a hard sell for me. They have to be audacious and charming and clever for me to like them, and Easie fell short--especially on the cleverness. Thieves shine best in a heist/scam story; Easie seemed uncomfortable and out of place with the gritty rebellion plot. The giant was my favourite ...more
Gary
This is the story of Easie Damasco “rogue, thieving swine and total charmer”. Starting right off the bat with Easie being in custody of law enforcement who had just decided to hang him, his quick tongue had already earned him a boot to the face while they were deciding what to do with him. Eventually he is hung and it looks like a quick end to his plight but while he is jerking on the noose he is suddenly by a band of riders. It turns out that it is the warlord and his bodyguard and Easie quickl ...more
Rrain
I was really torn about what to rate this one. On the one hand, it was flawed on a few levels: several characters weren't fleshed out and those that were are inconsistent; plot points come out of nowhere or are resolved too easily; and the logic and worldbuilding details don't always hold up when you think about them. On the other hand, I appreciated that the lead was fairly unrepentant about his lifestyle choices, and he was given the space to be a thoughtless asshole while still being a relati ...more
Leah
Man, this had a lot of potential, but completely fell flat. I didn't care about the main character. I didn't care about the minor characters. I didn't care about the story. I forced myself to finish the book.

Also, I couldn't believe this had been professionally edited. I felt like this book could have been at least a third shorter than it was.
Chris Girvin
I liked this book, it was fun and very tongue in cheek. It makes a refreshing change for an author to actually concentrate on humour and light heartedness. If only more books were like this and less pretentious. Lovely fantasy novels that reminded me of The Princess Bride. Nowt wrong with that.
Chris Branch
A decent story with some fun parts and some grim parts - would have preferred a few more of the fun parts. Damasco was a bit of a problem for me: his erratic redeeming qualities didn't quite make up for his general bad behavior, so I found it hard to sympathize with him.
Gregory Saunders
This one was just ok for me. I liked the premise, but the hero was a bit too antihero.
Dee
This started strong, with an interesting rogue in interesting trouble and just getting deeper. But the entire extended middle section of the book is driven in spite of the main character, because all he wants to do is escape it. It's hard to maintain much interest when he has none, so by the time he finally came around and realised he'd been an arse (something I'd realised approximately a hundred-fifty pages earlier) I wasn't really that involved. In the end, he learned some heartwarming lessons ...more
Matt
What could be easier than stealing a giant? Not a lot according to Easie Damasco. This first person account of a thief stealing the wrong thing is both amazing and kind of a disappointment. The three stars comes almost entirely from the voice of Easie Damasco. Easie's voice whispers in your ear and you get a real sense and depth to his character. It really carries you throughout the story by sheer strength of the author's imagination. Not that there is much depth to a thief, but you feel there m ...more
James
This was very much an okay book. It tried to be unique and to set itself apart from the rest of crowd, and it certainly did that. However, there is a reason that 'the crowd'/the 'cliche' is just that; because people like it. When you leave that and try and break away, you run a fine risk of failing dramatically. This book feels just like that, it gave up too many of the qualities that makes us love the 'cliche' books and tried too many things that just made me go, 'huh?'.

Plot: Two Stars
Now we a
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Christian Lindke
Easie Demasco is a character with whom I am conflicted. On the one hand, he is a witty character who has a well developed sense of humor. One the other hand, he's a jerk -- one who never really becomes more than a jerk. He's also the strongest feature of David Tallerman's novel GIANT THIEF.

GIANT THIEF is a fairly straight forward tale of:

1) Thief acquires MacGuffin not understanding it's value.
2) Thief meets people who understand value of MacGuffin and seek to use thief in battle against evil.
3)
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Steffi
Der Inhalt:

Der Dieb Easie Damasco schlägt sich eher schlecht als recht durchs Leben. Als sein Leben eines Tages am Galgen enden sollte, wird er unverhofft gerettet und ihm wird ein Angebot gemacht, dass er nicht ausschlagen kann. Von dem Tyrannen Moaradrid zwangsrekrutiert findet er sich auf einmal in der feindlichen Armee wieder und muss feststellen das der Mythos um die Riesen keine Legende ist. Easie nutzt die erstbeste Gelegenheit um von dort zu verschwinden, aber nicht ohne den großen Krieg
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Nina at Death Books and Tea
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
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Brid-Aine
Many folks want to be the kind of people that only engage with high-brow literature, even if their first love is speculative fiction, they only want to read the best speculative fiction there is. That's not the sort of reader I am (or TV and film watcher come to think of it). I love the high, the low and the middle and that's why Giant Thief was such a great read. For every author struggling to carve the new niche in epic fantasy, there still a few that take the main ingredients, give them a qui ...more
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David Tallerman is the author of the comic fantasy novels Giant Thief, Crown Thief and Prince Thief, as well as the absurdist steampunk graphic novel Endangered Weapon B: Mechanimal Science.

David's short science fiction, fantasy and horror has appeared in over fifty markets, including Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Bull Spec and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. He can be found online at davidtallerman.co.uk a
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