The Black Company (The Chronicles of the Black Company #1)
Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hard-bitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead.Until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to ...more
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Other than that, I second Sanderson (Way of Kings), Rothfuss (Name of the Wind), and Erikson (Malazan book of the fallen).(less)
The world they live in is plagued by war bet ...more
Especially given the fact that MBotF is one of my all-time favorite series and the marines were always my favorite parts. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I enjoyed this more, but I can't help but make the comparison and think it a good one. Don't ask me how my mind works, I obviously don't have a clue.
The comparison also makes sense because this series was influential on Erikson's MBotF. Th ...more
The Black Company is now recruiting in your city. All applications considered. No credit checks, no criminal history checks, no psychological tests, no moral aptitude tests. No matter how dark your history the “Black” in Black Company is Black enough to blot out all your past sins.
Prerequisites: We prefer those who are experienced at “wet work.” If you have never killed anyone, we can provide on the job training but one must consider carefully before hand if you can undergo such ...more
After only reading the first book in the three-part omnibus edition, I can already tell that Glen Cook is an exceptionally skilled storyteller, and that The Black Company is probably the best war story I have ever read.
First, the book is told from a first person perspective by an unreliable narrator in a vernacular that is less flowery than is common for fantasy works. This is often the thing that turns people off to this book, but I encourage y ...more
I think Croaker is a great character and a perfect choice of narrator! He's been part of the Company for many years and I at no point questioned his loyalty to them, but he's more than just a soldier for hire. Being a physician he has a greater admiration for human life and his perspective on the front lines of war / fighting was refreshingly different. I also liked that he was the historian who kept a record of the Company and the ...more
As far as plot, it mostly consists of a series of encounters for the Black Company, starting with getting out of their current contract and accepting employment from the Lady. I don't mind this style of plot in my books, but not everyone may enjoy.
The pacing of the story was uneven at best. Mostly the narrative stopped on plot points germane to their particular tasks for the Lady, but occasionally it takes time to linger on company dynamics. ...more
I'm pretty sure that the Black Company would exemplify "anti heroes" here. nasty fighters a mercenary company made up of the good, bad and ugly (with the good being in the decided minority.) The company has a long and....well "illustrious" isn't a ...more
I thought it was, for quite a few chapters, almost plot-less; it followed the Black Company on its travels, with no real beginning or middle to the story: it was a series of events. By the end a pattern became clearer, ...more
The Black Comp ...more
In actual fact, the book isn’t more violent than you would ...more
I'm interested in where it's all going, and the moral s ...more
*turn on whiny voice*
That's why I just don't want to do it anymore!
Its not about the plot or content of the book, those were fine, even interesting. Its about this author writing style, its making me angry!
*turn on super whiny voice*
No description of any kind, crude language, ridiculous characters names and characters them selves sounding like they're illiterate!
I'm giving this 2 stars because the plot was good, execution left a lot to b ...more
It has a very strong plot, non stop action and plenty of intrigue to keep you going. I did not think I'd ever say that but - if anything - there could be more filler and explanation. It often drops you in the middle of things and leaves you confused for awhile especialy in the beginning. Writing takes some time to getting used to. There are few sparks of black ...more
As I started out reading the book, the first thing I noted was the names of the characters which were very reminiscent of Joe Abercrombie's books, the use of personality adjectives and nouns like Silent, Goblin,Darling etc as names.
Starting out the book underwhelmed me with talk of vampires and werepanthers but as I went deeper the real and more deeper issues of soldierly ...more
This is the exception to the rule.
I’m sorry. I’m 50 pages into this book and I don’t think I can stomach reading anymore of it. It’s confusing, the prose is bland and boring, the characters lack any real depth, and ...more
The book is told from the perspective of a character called Croaker. That's his nickname. His real name is never revealed. He's called Croaker because he's the physician for a mercenary company called "The Black Company". He's also the chronicler of the company, which expla ...more
It's a nice thought - the Black Company isn't working for the "bad" guys...evil is relative, it's all relative, man (smokes giant doob). But none of us are kidding ourselves after one of the primary characters kills his wife in order to join the Black Company: these guys are evil.
Okay, not a prob ...more
Pullitzer-winning war journalist Chris Hedges, in War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, explains how war as we perceive it is a patriotic fantasy that has very little to do with the ...more
I feel like there is a standard hero story in fantasy. A person, or a small group of friends, starts the story in a settled, complacent home. Their town gets attacked and they begin the quest. They acquire new powers and abilities and try them out. The whole story leads up to some climactic battle with the evil empire or a dark lord, and the heroes save the day and go home.
This is not that story.
Instead this story is about the henchmen of the dark lord...more
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