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Heroes Die by Matthew Woodring Stover
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Jan 09, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 5-star-favorites, action-adventure, gritty, epic, hero-quest, sword-and-sorcery, favorites, thought-provoking, witty
Read on January 09, 2012

Fast-paced and action oriented. Lots of twists and turns, surprises, bad guys who aren't evil. In fact, the standard good vs. evil of fantasy trope barely even factored into the plot - an unexpected relief. As the title suggests, lots of heroes die. Philosophical in places with some interesting social commentary on the entertainment business and capitalism in general. Nods to classical myth and Joseph Campbell's hero. Gritty and violent at times, plain gross at others - what is with this unnatural penchant for sh*t? Despite this the story is driven by love (in many of its incarnations) and the striving of our hero to reconcile his real self with his pretended self in his quest to earn back his ex-wife. Not chick-flick romantic though - another bonus.

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