Three Hearts and Three Lions (Operation Otherworld #2.5)
Holger Carlsen was a very ordinary guy. True, he was born in Elsinore, hard by the gloomy castle of the Melancholy Dane; true, he was built like a football tackle (which he was, once, to the everlasting sorrow of his nose); true, he was fighting in the Danish Underground in World War II when it happened - but why sh ...more
"Don't play coy with me Mr. 'one middle name isn't good enough for me.' What the hell does R.R. stand for anyway?"
"Rich and Ridiculously famous."
"Why you arrogant S.O...."
"Just kidding, Poul. Now what do you want?"
There is a dearth of good books about Paladins (I actually have several in various stages of completion...pray for me. I need to complete them). ...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
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
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
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 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
That's how I felt reading ...more
"What's green, grows around the house and has wheels?"
"Grass. I lied about the wheels."
That's really in the book. No joke.
This is cliche fantasy parody from 62 years ago - way before you'd expe ...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
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
Holger Carlsen, giovane ingegnere danese timido ed impacciato, è all'apparenza una persona del tutto ordinaria, a parte la sua robusta taglia atletica. Nulla lascerebbe presupporre che egli sia il depositario del fato del cosmo e che lo attenda un destino eroico. Ma, nel corso di una delle sue azioni come partigiano contro i tedeschi durante la seconda guerra mondiale, Holger si ritrova sbalzato all'improvviso in un universo parallelo, in una terra fiabesca dove vigono le leggi della magia al po...more
The protagonist of Three Hearts and Th ...more
Ce livre était à l'origine une novella publiée en 1953 qui a été ensuite étendue pour en faire un roman. Il a servi d'inspiration à Donjon & Dragon pour le système d'Alignement ( loyal, neutre ou chaotique). Et Michael Moorcock l'a cité comme sa source pour l'idée du combat entre Loi et Chaos, donc ce livre est en gros un ancêtre à Elric et a pas mal de romans ensuite.
L'histoire puise allègrement dans les légendes hist ...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
It turns out that many of the major plot points have become standard tropes over the years. (not that the basic story isn't somewhat a rip-off of other works.)
It's self-acknowledged borrowing of A Connecticut Yankee and the ideas of anyone who has ever dreamed of waking in the magical world as escapism from the mundane.
Basically anyone who has ever rolled a 20 ...more
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