If you read previous three books, you'll get more of the same, for better or worse. If you are about to start 'Game of thrones'-cycle, stop reading thIf you read previous three books, you'll get more of the same, for better or worse. If you are about to start 'Game of thrones'-cycle, stop reading this comment and start reading the first volume. It's worth the effort. I wish the same could be said about 'A Feast for Crows', but I can't. This book feels like 1000+ pages long interlude before Martin gets his ducks in the row and gathers pace again. By now most of the fun and interesting characters are killed off and those who remain (Snow, Deneris and Tyrion) are barely mentioned in this installment. Instead, we get to deal (mostly) with Jamie, who's grieving for his hand, Cersei who turns out to be a prime grade bitch and finally Brienne and Sam, who seems to be in a competition about which one of them is more tedious.
Fine, fine... I admit that I'm exaggerating. 'A Feast for Crows' is actually a pretty decent read and should manage to keep reader's interest throughout its 1000+ pages. Transitions of some characters are certainly worth following and surprising in their own right (here's to you, Sansa, I hope Littlefinger will teach you well!). But at the same time I can't help but wish that Martin wasn't so quick in his butchery of vast majority of his main characters and left some breathing for a while longer; whatever is left of the original cast is just a tad boring and bland and this book suffers for it....more
A solid collection of 'warrior' short stories by some of the most known authors in modern sci-fi and fantasy genres. If I were to select a single storA solid collection of 'warrior' short stories by some of the most known authors in modern sci-fi and fantasy genres. If I were to select a single story that stands out, then it would be Soldierin' by Joe Landsdale; brilliant little story with huge pinch of wry humor. But all stories in this anthology are solid and the book in itself it's a nice 'sampler' of penmanship a wide variety of authors in different genres. .
Recommended to all readers of sci-fi and fantasy heavy on the military theme....more
Dark, gritty, merciless and with a vast gallery of twisted, corrupted, self-centered bastards with a glorious sense of humor. Oh yes, and the story isDark, gritty, merciless and with a vast gallery of twisted, corrupted, self-centered bastards with a glorious sense of humor. Oh yes, and the story isn't half-bad either. What else does one need from a fantasy book?
Seriously though... "Last Argument of Kings" is more of the same that we already got served in "Blade Itself" and "Before They're Hanged". If you liked first two parts, you'll like that one too. It is the perfect conclusion to excellent and, for once, quite original trilogy. This final volume gives us a satisfying, although somewhat open-ended conclusion of the story, and gives the reader hope that at least some of the characters will return on later occasion.
Joe Abercrombie has sailed right to the top of my favorite authors because of this trilogy, so I can't do anything else but recommend it to anyone who likes his fantasy dark, violent, gruesome and filled with twisted sense of humor....more