Joe Abercrombie


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December 31, 1974

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Joe Abercrombie was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University, where he studied psychology. He moved into television production before taking up a career as a freelance film editor. During a break between jobs he began writing The Blade Itself in 2002, completing it in 2004. It was published by Gollancz in 2006 and was followed by two other books in The First Law trilogy, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings. He currently lives and works in London with his wife and daughter. In early 2008 Joe Abercrombie was one of the contributors to the BBC Worlds of Fantasy series, alongside other contributors such as Michael Moorcock, Terry Pratchett and China Mieville. ...more

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The Wisdom of Crowds US Cover

And Orbit’s hardcover of The Wisdom of Crowds in the US will look something like this:

As with the other books in the series, art by Sam Weber and design by Lauren Panepinto. The three of us did a little event yesterday to celebrate, talking about the design process and answering some audience questions. You can watch the recording over here. Obviously it’s a continuing development of the theme

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The Blade Itself (The First...

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“I have learned all kinds of things from my many mistakes. The one thing I never learn is to stop making them.”
Joe Abercrombie, Last Argument of Kings

“Once you've got a task to do, it's better to do it than live with the fear of it.”
Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself

“Has it ever occured to you, Master Ninefingers, that a sword is different from other weapons? Axes and maces and so forth are lethal enough, but they hang on the belt like dumb brutes. But a sword...a sword has a voice.
Sheathed it has little to say, to be sure, but you need only put your hand on the hilt and it begins to whisper in your enemy's ear. A gentle word. A word of caution. Do you hear it?
Now, compare it to the sword half drawn. It speaks louder, does it not? It hisses a dire threat. It makes a deadly promise. Do you hear it?
Now compare it to the sword full drawn. It shouts now, does it not? It screams defiance! It bellows a challenge! Do you hear it?”
Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself

Polls

June July Groupread Topics<>: top two selections win. Write-in suggestions welcome.

The Hour of the Dragon by Robert E. Howard -- only novel length Conan
 
  10 votes, 24.4%

First Law books - The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
 
  8 votes, 19.5%

Broken Empire books -Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
 
  7 votes, 17.1%

The Shadow Kingdom by Robert E. Howard ~1929 first Kull story
 
  6 votes, 14.6%

Anything Malazan - by Steven Erikson and Ian C. Esslemont like Gardens of the Moon
 
  5 votes, 12.2%

The Phoenix on the Sword by Robert E. Howard ~1932 first Conan Tale
 
  3 votes, 7.3%

The Phoenix on the Sword (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 2.4%

Abercrombie
 
  1 vote, 2.4%

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