Racheklingen (The First Law)
Here's the short review: reading Best Served Cold is like being a guest judge on 'Iron Chef America: Sardines.' Sure, there's some incredible stuff happening--but still... it's sardines . And would you really want to eat like that every day?
The long review: What's good? The writing, the world, the character description, the brilliant way Abercrombie links and weaves so many plots together, both large and small, and the tension he is able to build...more
Vengeance... it's unpredictable, unplannable and never really satisfying. Especially when revenge becomes a race. I have 7 to go, and because of what i do, you now have 7 to go. They say revenge is best served cold, they say revenge is bittersweet. And hardly anything bittersweet is worth a damn when it's cold (except Gini and Schweppes Bitter Lemon perhaps).
This book is not bittersweet though. This book is fabulous. Well-constructed, remarkable character building, and not predictable at all. I...more
I'm surprised about all the glowing reviews this book has gotten considering how little new ground t...more
Okay, no spoilers.
Fabulous beginning, got a bit saggy in the midddle (as you do), and then ran out of steam at the e...more
1: Being Vague, rambling plot with no little believable storyline
5: Ripping yarn, clever, thought provoking
Abercrombie once again comes up with a ripping yarn that keeps you completely immersed in the story from the strangely disturbing start to the almost expected ending.
I read this book after the First Law series, whilst it is easily classed as a stand alone in the story, some knowledge of the First Law series will give you a interesting back story to put certain aspects in perspec...more
After the romping ride that was The First Law trilogy, I found myself strangely disappointed with Best Served Cold. Don't get me wrong, everything I love abo...more
This is a stand alone novel by Abercrombie set in the same world as the First Law Trilogy. And to be honest, if you liked that, then you will love this novel. These days, it is hard to find a single self contained fantasy volume, so reading this book was an unusually satisfactory experience.The great thing about this is the straight forwardness of the plot. A mercenary woman is betrayed by her employer. He kills her brother and leaves her almost dead and severely injured. The rest of the book is...more
That said, it did give the book a clear direction. I may have enjoyed the story more in The Firs...more
I really enjoy a lot of things about Abercrombie's writing, and I enjoyed this book too...just not nearly as much as the First Law Trilogy (which, for the uninitiated, begins with The Blade Itself). One thing I love in his writing is his gritty, painful, raw descriptions of violence. I'm not a fan of gratuitous violence, nor am I a teenager with any kind of violence fetish--much the opposite, really. I'm a 30-something English teacher who is averse to anger and who likes us all to get...more
I listened to Tantor Media’s audio version which was read by the excellent Michael Page. This was a great format except for one chapter (“To the Victors…”) in which Mr. Abercrombie meant for us to be surprised by who the principal actors were. In the text, section breaks indicate scene (and therefore character) changes. The audiobook reader, however, used the voices for the characters that Mr. Abercrombie meant for us to think were involved. When the trick...more
Really worth reading, though. And I really, really liked it... perhaps even worth a 4.5 stars from me, but I don't like to diminish my 5-star ratings. Yes,...more
I just didn't care enough...more
It had failings, it veered left and right at places, but it finished right where it was suposed to and I came out of it happy, but satisfied and finished with the series, perfectly happy in leaving it as it was.
But the obsessive reader in me couldn't help to give into curiosity, and decided to check and brave into the spin-off, to peer into the directio...more
If I am honest, I didn’t rate him as highly as George R R Martin, Bernard Cornwell, Stephen King or Robert McCammon but then they are my four favourite authors. With Best Served Cold, Joe Abercrombie has taken...more
That is basically the story... and generally, I liked it. It is se...more
In "Best Served Cold" Abercrombie takes a "sword and sandal", feudal setting and uses it to present a very straightforward revenge t...more
Joe Abercrombie will frequently be lumped in with George R.R. Martin in modern "amoral" fantasy, and the comparison is fairly apt - both love twisty plots, multiple narrator characters, and highly explicit sex and violence. Actually, Abercrombie has even more of a taste for gore than Martin, to the extent that it's actually a bit OTT at times.
The basic set up finds...more
Afraid of her influence with the public, he betrays her and her brother. He and six other men see her stabbed, beaten and thrown down a mountain to die, saved only because she falls on her brother's body.
But someone rescues her and half-way heals her. Revenge consumes her. Luckily she has a hidden fortune to call upon. Because someone's going to pay.
I was a tad disappointe...more
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