I suppose many of my friends here will wonder at the rating I've given this book. Looking at my screen name you can probably tell I like the paladin cI suppose many of my friends here will wonder at the rating I've given this book. Looking at my screen name you can probably tell I like the paladin character. Reading this book I find myself wondering if possibly Gary Gygax may have been influenced in the creation of the Dungeons and Dragons Paladin by this book. Holger Carlsen is definitely a Paladin.
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). The trilogy The Deed of Paksenarrion is probably the best and I'm hard pressed to think of another. Most people who write about the character tend to use him or her as a parody of the actual character.
This book in many ways lays out the character as it was to be played in the first editions of D&D. He's rather noble while still being realistic. When push comes to shove he does the right thing. All good.
This is another of those books where a man from this world awakes in a different world...and off goes the story.
So, why only 3? Well, the story telling itself is part of the problem. Told in a style that dates back a few years and in places rather slow you need a little "stick-to-it-of-ness" to stay with the story. Then there's the writing of the book in a dialect... I mean he could have just told us the guy had a heavy accent. Instead Anderson chose to write the accent into the story and sections of it are rather...tedious to read.
All in all I'd say try this one yourself. I've read a lot of Poul Anderson's work and like a lot of them. Growing up his science fiction and fantasy were some of my introductions to the genres. However this one was only mildly pleasing...
As noted, try it yourself and see what you think. ...more
This is the second of these books. as noted I earlier I read the first years ago. This one I'd never go on and picked up.
here Gary is dealing with theThis is the second of these books. as noted I earlier I read the first years ago. This one I'd never go on and picked up.
here Gary is dealing with the results of something (somethings?) that happened in the last book.
(view spoiler)[ Also in the telling of the story Gary finds that much of what's been going on and is still going on has to do with Micky's plan to get his "pot o' gold" back. (hide spoiler)]
There is a strong strain of silliness in these books and I suspect that it may get under the skin of some readers. That said I didn't mind it...this time. Strangely there are books that have gone down the silly path that I can't stand. Go figure.
In this case I will suggest that you try these yourself. Gary ends up back in Fairy and things are really...heating up. Get it, heating up, dragon...
With the sentient spear still nagging him, Kelsey the elf still being superior, the dwarf still being grumpy, the leprechaun still being...well a leprechaun, Gary Ledger has his work cut out, again.
And he still ends up being so slow on the uptake soooo often.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I always "feel" that I should like R.A.Salvatore's work more. I've never really been able to really get into his D&D themed books. As I've alwaysI always "feel" that I should like R.A.Salvatore's work more. I've never really been able to really get into his D&D themed books. As I've always enjoyed D&D greatly that has always seemed odd to me.
I saw this and I picked it up...only realizing I'd read it years ago after I started it.
Look this book (for me of course) only barely gets 4 stars. it's a fun read. I don't grade it as "just 4" because we've all seen the "person from our world find's him/her self in fantasy world theme. I tend to enjoy books built around this theme and just because it's been done before is no big deal. It's always "how it's handled".
Here Gary ends up being pulled over into the realm of "Faerie" or "Fairy" because he happens to "fit the armor" of a legendary hero who's magic spear the Elf "Kelsey" (not his full name but it's what Micky MacMicky the Leprechaun calls him) has made a life vow to have reforged. BUT they need someone who can wear the armor....
The book isn't bad, as a matter of fact as I said it's sort of fun. We get a book that bounces back and forth between humor and action and doesn't do a bad job.
It has 2 problems that wore on me to the point of complete annoyance. One is a continuing joke that gets completely "run into the ground" (as my dad would have said...he was always saying when something got over used or we'd continued to ask about something over and over, "you're running that into the ground!") I'll put it under a spoiler warning in case you don't want to know it before you go in:
(view spoiler)[ The helmet of the armor is too large and it's continuity gets knocked askew or forced down blocking his vision. Over and over we get treated to the picture of Gary with his helm knocked front to back. (hide spoiler)]
Secondly...why do writers continue to write characters who are supposed to be bright but act like idiots? Gary is supposed to have done well in school, he's supposed to be a long time reader of fantasy...yet he's incredibly slow on the uptake and does things that no fan of fantasy would ever do. he misses things no fan of fantasy would ever miss.
It drove me crazy....
Oh well. i get the next from the library as when I read this book I never went on with the next. We'll see how it goes. The library has the next 2. Who knows, maybe I'll try some more of Salvatore's work...from the library of course.
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I don't have a "parody" shelf...but I'm not sure this would actually be called "parody".
The book is, "okay" I liked some of it and i can recommend itI don't have a "parody" shelf...but I'm not sure this would actually be called "parody".
The book is, "okay" I liked some of it and i can recommend it if you know what you're getting. The biggest problem with the book is it can't seem to figure out what it is. In many ways it's neither "fish nor fowl".
We have the annoying and snarky main character. She's so snarky and rebellious at times it doesn't really make sense. (view spoiler)[ part of the book's "story" or "plot line" is the development and changes in Amy and the assistant store manager who she starts the book hating. (hide spoiler)] The book is said to be an update of the haunted house story in a more modern setting. And it is that. You'll see themes that have been haunted house standards for many years. There is no softening of things. (view spoiler)[ people die and people are lost (hide spoiler)]. The thing is that I never actually felt any "horror", or terror. There were no chills. I never got really involved in the story or found myself identifying with anyone in the book.
The "insert ads" in the book were somewhat humorous, so much so that they lightened the feel of the entire book. (view spoiler)[ They progress from fairly standard furniture ads to ads for the torture devices in the book. (hide spoiler)] Somehow the book never settled in for me to be either horror or dark humor... Others who read it may come away feeling differently.
So, while I like it pretty well and may try more by the writer I can't go more than 3 stars here. I think some will like it a lot more than I did...matter of taste. So, try it yourself.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I have read several books by Alan Dean Foster. He wrote at least one series that resides on my favorites shelf (I think).
This one won't get there. MyI have read several books by Alan Dean Foster. He wrote at least one series that resides on my favorites shelf (I think).
This one won't get there. My review here bounced back and forth between 1 and 2 stars..though at first I thought it would be higher.
What we have here is an interesting world but one of wild differences and assumptions. The people here can if they choose become "melds". What apparently started as advances in cosmetic surgery has evolved into a branch of medical science that can do almost anything.
Want to run faster...new or even extra leg tendons. Want to be thin, light...adjusted metabolism and I mean majorly adjusted. The melds range from minor adjustments (you can now look exactly like anyone you want) to very great adjustments (humans changed so they can live on Mars or Titan).
Our protagonists is a very tall very thin "guy" melded to move fast and quiet...his moniker is, "Whisper".
Sadly the novel itself never drew me in. I frankly just didn't care. it was pretty predictable...and some of that was because it was repetitive. By the time I got to the end I was purely and simply ready for this book to have it's misery (and mine) ended. Just shoot the poor thing.
You see the book opens with our protagonist killing someone for a "meld hand" he can sell on the black market (yeah there are "back street melders".) When he does this he comes across something unusual, a strange thread implanted in the person they just killed for his hand.
But, let's not call it a thread here for purposes of this review we'll call it the..."MacGuffin". You see throughout the rest of the book everyone wants the "MacGuffin". The "MacGuffin" itself serves very little specific purpose in the book except that people are ready, willing and able to kill, torture, maim and or other "stuff" to get it.
Our main villain is shown torturing and questioning people about the "MacGuffin"...time and time again. Question-tirture-kill, rinse repeat.
And by the way no spoilers but the book ends with us still chasing the "MacGuffin". Tune next volume.
Anyway, don't think I will. Enjoy if it's your cup of tea. I can't bring myself to recommend this one. Sorry. Disappointed....more
As I sit here considering this book there's a part of me that wonders why I'm not more taken, more enthusiastic about this series. I can recommend it.As I sit here considering this book there's a part of me that wonders why I'm not more taken, more enthusiastic about this series. I can recommend it. It's a good series filled with good writing. I like the understated humor. I like the interaction with the world Aaronovitch has created and it denizens.
Somehow with all that I'm always, at best mildly enthusiastic about them. I read the first back when it came out in one of those reader copies with "NOT TO BE SOLD" written all over it. I liked it but it still took me years to pick the next 2 up. Reading this one I found that when I laid it aside I'd just not get back to it. I wasn't "dying" to finish the book.
In contrast when a new Jim Butcher Dresden books hits the stands I usually finish it in one sitting. I've been known to sit up to the "wee hours" with one of those.
Somehow in spite of all the pluses in these books I never move beyond mildly involved.
That said, as I mentioned before these are excellent books and I know that some readers devour them as I do the Dresden books. I can only account for it as a matter of taste.
Here we slide into the magical world connection with the case in a slightly oblique way when the body of a young man is found. The "Underground" of London is a huge factor here and we're going to get a tour of both the mundane and also the more unusual sides of said underground. Of course the rest of the police are not thrilled when they discover that the "odd squad" has to take part of in the investigation...common reaction. Things also get a little more complicated when it's discovered that the victim is an American, the son of a Senator. Because of this an FBI agent arrives to also...help.
As noted this is a well done book and I can heartily endorse it. While I've come to the conclusion that Mr. Aaronovitch will never be my favorite writer I do like his work. I'll probably regard his work as something I can go to when I'm simply looking for "a book to read". Others of you will I'm sure find him your all time favorite writer. I can tell he's that good.