Three Hearts and Three Lions (Operation Otherworld #2.5)
And alone against the armies of Chaos stood one man, the knight of Three Hearts and Three Lions. Carlsen, a twentieth century man snatched out of time to become again the legendary Holger D...more
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This was an extremely basic fantasy novel. It felt like the author was reading the following handbook:
The Idiots Guide to Writing a Fantasy Novel
1. Choose your Hero. Preferably a male. Someone with strong, chiseled features.
2. Put your Hero in an awkward, fantastical, situation. (In Poul's case, he transported his lead character to another world riddled with a war between magical beings and non magical beings.)
3. Send your Hero on a quest. And another one. And another one. In fact, send...more
There were parts of Three Hearts and Three Lions where I was genuinely interested in what was happening, and where I was excited to see what would happen next. I also enjoyed the juxtaposition between Holger's modern views and the advances of science with the pseudo-Carolingian world. Not to mention the tongue-i...more
I did find it fully enjoyable, engrossing, and leaving me wanting more when I finished it in record time. So much so that I bought other boo...more
The story was okay but had a few little quirks that detracted from my enjoyment such as the pointless Scottish accents of the protagonists two travelling companions and the boundless chauvinism that made me wince when I thought what I female reader might think reading this.
It was interesting to see how this had such a strong influence on Michael Moorcock t...more
The story is wonderful, but the audiobook narration by Bronson Pinchot is absolutely marvelous. I am simply amazed by the narrator, as he alternates between multiple acce...more
Poul Anderson was born in America but was of Scandinavian ancestry and his mother moved the family to Denmark to live for a time prior to World War II when they all moved back to the s...more
With that said, this book is an interesting read and a curious look at many fantasy conventions that shaped the world of the famous RPG, Dungeons&Dragons. For all you who wondered why D&D had so many non-Tolkien elements, this book (and Moorcock's "Elric" saga) might give you some answers.
It's a short...more
The lead character "wakes up" in a fantasy world, and discovers that he's recognized by the other characters. How he deals with a world where m...more
Michael Moorcock - he's explicitly acknowledged the influence of this book on the Elric series, and clearly the Melniboneans stem from Anderson's Faerie
The Order of the Stick - The dwarf with the heavy brogue.
The Cross-time Engineer
After 60 years, this book still feels fairly modern. Some might adopt a "been there, done that" a...more
A man transported to another world.
An epic battle between Good and Evil.
A series of encounters with a witch, a dragon, a giant, a werewolf, a nixie, an army of cannibals and a troll en route to the final battle against Evil.
That should be a blast, right?
Anderson's novel is too dense. So much happens in the text that it results in a lack of gravitas or wonder.
The author al...more
Downward the monster slanted, overhauling them with nightmare speed. Holger glanced back again and saw smoke and flame roll fr...more
Dodatkowo, znajomość - chociażby pobieżna - legend arturiańskich, sag skandynawskich i najbardziej popularnych (jak to dzisiaj brzmi?) "chansons de geste", (plus innej klasyki, w postaci "Jankesa na dworz...more
Holger Carlsen is a Danish-American engineer, who, while involved in a daring attempt to smuggle people out of Nazi-occupied Denmark, finds himself mysteriously transported to a medieval-esque land on the border of Faerie. He awakes naked, with no memory of how he arrived in this place - but finds a knight's steed and trappings sitting next to him, ready...more
Holger Carlsen is, so he thinks, a 20th century engineer, from Denmark but practicing his profession in the United States when World War II breaks out. Carlsen returns home to help the resistance fighters as best he can, but on one crucial mission--assisting someone critical to the freedom movement...more
For readers who approach fantasy as a means of heady, almost dionysiac relief from the real world, this is likely...more
The gathering forces of the Dark Powers threaten the world of man. The legions of Faery, aided by trolls, demons and the Wild Hunt itself, are poised to overthrow the Realms of Light. Holger Carlsen, a bemused and puzzled twentieth-century man mysteriously snatched out of time, finds himself the key figure in the conflict. Arrayed against him are the dragons, giants and elven warriors of the armies of Chaos, and the beautiful sorceress Morgan le Fay. On his side is a vague prophecy, a quarrelso
Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous a...more