This is the book to read if you are headed to a Rennaissance Fair. And if you're not, you'll be in the mood to find one. It's filled with adventure, mThis is the book to read if you are headed to a Rennaissance Fair. And if you're not, you'll be in the mood to find one. It's filled with adventure, mugs of ale, delicious food and boisterous taverns and inns.
The title, the Unknown Man, refers to the main character. Not only is he unknown to anyone in the world around him, he's unknown to himself. He wakes with no memory of how he got where he is, and why he's dressed in an awesome set of armor and holding a powerful sword. The story becomes a quest to learn the answer, along with a larger quest to find a number of magic orbs and prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. As our main character journeys along his path, he picks up various interesting companions. Each has a role to play in ensuring the future safety of their world.
I enjoyed following along with the cast of characters very much. The protaganist and his friends are a good-hearted bunch. Fainthearted readers be warned, though. The bad guys are brutal and gory and no details are spared.
The tale ends with a big revelation that leads to the next story. Fortunately, this one is wrapped up enough to feel like an ending for this particular book. All in all, an enjoyable read.
My review is based solely on the story. I have opted not to comment on the grammar, spelling and writing style and therefore cannot vouch for those aspects of this book. ...more
I am a fan of historical fiction, and in a number of ways this story delivered. It's about a period I'm not overly familiar with, so that alone was aI am a fan of historical fiction, and in a number of ways this story delivered. It's about a period I'm not overly familiar with, so that alone was a plus. Christopher Lee Buckner is skilled at throwing you right into the center of a bloody battle, with all the gory details. Not for the squeamish, yet on the other hand it felt very real. War is brutal, particularly combat fought with traditional weapons.
The author creates very human, well-drawn characters with heartfelt motivations. I enjoyed reading about Gaius and cared about what happened to him and the people around him. The story was well thought out and kept me turning the pages. Although it's not heavy on history, he created a solid experience of place....more
Xanadu is an adventure that takes you veering off into a serious romp with some stand-out characters.Felt like I was hanging with the cool crowd. . .
Xanadu is an adventure that takes you veering off into a serious romp with some stand-out characters. The writing style is gritty, fun, humorous, edgy. Although it's not science fiction in any way, for me Zichao Deng's work is reminiscent of cyberpunk authors like William Gibson/Bruce Sterling/Neal Stephenson. Lots of witty observations on the state of everything that make you say, yeah, I know exactly what you're talking about.
Xanadu takes it time, wending its way through mahjong parlors, hospitals, and various wonderfully seedy venues. The writing is well done and the characters were fun to hang out with so I was happy to go along for the ride.
On a side note, I love to travel but have never even considered what it might be like to visit Afghanistan. This provided a memorable window into a fascinating place....more