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Giant Thief (Tales of Easie Damasco #1)

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Meet Easie Damasco, rogue, thieving swine and total charmer.

Even the wicked can’t rest when a vicious warlord and the force of enslaved giants he commands invade their homeland. Damasco might get away in one piece, but he’s going to need help.

Big time.
ebook, 416 pages
Published April 7th 2012 by Angry Robot (first published January 1st 2012)
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Ben Babcock
Feb 19, 2012 Ben Babcock rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, ebook, 2013-read
I love heist movies. It’s a weird addiction that I can’t shake. It doesn’t matter what type of heist movie: Ocean’s Eleven, Foolproof, The Perfect Score, that one episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine where they rob the holosuite casino to help their holographic friend (don’t ask). I love that moment in the middle where we get walked through the plan, usually as a montage set to a voiceover. It feels like a privileged sneak peek, because then we get to see the real thing.

Anyway, this has nothing
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Hannah
Aug 23, 2012 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really wanted to enjoy Giant Thief, but unfortunately it was a very mediocre, instantly forgettable "okay" book. I was actually glad when I finished it - not because it was terrible, but because I could move onto a more exciting book. That always makes me sad, because in a way I'd prefer it if it was so-bad-it's-good or even hurl-across-the-room!bad. At least then I'd have taken something away from the experience other than a heavy sense of apathy.

My main problem with Giant Thief was that neit
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Lea
I was given the opportunity to read this through the GR First Reads contests -- thanks!

I have to state up front that this really isn't my genre. The whole "saving the kingdom" thing doesn't really do it for me -- however, I found this book to be well written, and it held my interest.

Easie Damasco is a lovable rogue, a thief who seems to have a knack for getting himself into trouble. As the story opens, Easie's sticky fingers have landed him in a very tight position -- here's the opening line:

"Th
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Marc Aplin
Dec 15, 2011 Marc Aplin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you remember when giants were ‘in’? No? Well, actually – neither do I… Probably because Giants had their hey-day many, many years ago… Hercules met a few, David took down Goliath and even the most modern examples within Paul Bunyan and dare I say it; Jack & The Beanstalk are a least 100 years past.

The bible actually lists Giants as factual:

There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to th
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Mieneke
Dec 24, 2011 Mieneke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2011
As The Mad Hatter said, Giant Thief has one of the best opening lines ever. And as it begins, so it tries to go on in the same vein. And I'm glad to report that in this effort it largely succeeds. Giant Thief has a lot of humour in it and had me smirking at a number of scenes in the book.

Giant Thief's greatest strength could also be seen as its largest weakness: basically the book is one long chase scene. Action-packed and high-paced with relatively few breathing points, it's fun, but at times a
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Ken
Feb 18, 2012 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
I’ve been reading a lot of books on thieves lately and each author manage to bring something different with their creation. Giant Thief is a fun and humorous take on this trend, and on many ways it succeeds. In this book we have a thief who has the charisma to charm his way out of any situation, and there are plenty of scenes where Easie Damasco uses his wit to weasel his way out of the direst confrontations. However its greatest strength is also its greatest weakness for me. At no point I felt ...more
Traci
Mar 03, 2012 Traci rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A total forget-me-book. Okay while reading it but will be completely forgotten about a week from now.

I liked the author's attempt of trying to capture the mood of an old fashioned sword and sorcery pulp story but I'm sad to say that's all it was, a copy of those other books. This book's greatest fail for me was the unlikable lead. In order to have an anti hero they must be likable. They can still be dirt ball scums but you have to like them as they play their games.

Read Swords and Deviltry inst
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Elspeth
Oct 31, 2011 Elspeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
What a fun read, I loved it!
Poor Easie Damasco, every move he makes turns pear shaped.
Giant Thief is filled with adventure and snark, what is not to love?
I cannot wait for the next book!
Nikki
May 04, 2013 Nikki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Meh.

This book can be a fun diversion -- I did read it all the the way through in the course of a day, after all -- but it's not very original and it's not all that well written. I have as little idea of what motivates some of the characters now as I did when I first met them, three hundred and fifty pages ago, and I didn't believe in the danger that they faced, not least because I was given no reason to particularly root for anyone other than Saltlick -- and only for him in absence of anyone els
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Scott Forbes
I was given the chance to read an early review copy of Giant Thief by the publisher Angry Robot Books.

The highlight of the book is definitely the humor, delivered through the snarky dialogue of protagonist and narrator, Easie Damasco. While perhaps not the intention of the author, he strikes me as the Fantasy version of Han Solo.

The plot is pretty straightforward, and consists mostly of Easie being on the run from an evil warlorld. Despite not having any real surprising moments, it works as a ve
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Ryan Lawler
Apr 08, 2012 Ryan Lawler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thieves are in, thieves are cool, thieves are the new orphan boy whose destiny is much greater than his tattered clothes. And so its time for my next fantasy novel, starring another dashing rogue who is out and about stealing stuff and causing havoc. Easie Damasco - with a name like that you just know he is trouble. Giant Thief by David Tallerman is one of the better examples in the thieving genre, and while it wasn't always to my taste, the quality of writing in this book easily pulled me throu ...more
Marigold Dicer
Giant Thief started out well. The beginning was fast-paced, set up an interesting fantasy world and protagonist, and running off with a giant seemed interesting enough... until it wasn't.
It just didn't do it for me, and I think it's because the book ended up being one big long chase sequence, in one way or another.
I liked how the story started. I liked the giant. I sort of liked the thief. I found the world-building and the descriptions of the landscapes to be well done, if overdone for me. But
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Andrew
Mar 19, 2013 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The blurbs compare this to Scott Lynch -- commendable ambition, but that's not what this is. Easie Damasco is a *petty* thief. He's got a mouth on him, admittedly, but not an especially inspired one. He's readable because he's a genuinely terrible person -- not cruel, but small-minded and selfish -- who is not *quite* hopeless. Also, he is surrounded by much greater characters (both better and worse) who keep trying to use him but don't think he's quite hopeless either.

This is, in fact, an epic
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Stefan
You know that saying “For want of a nail”? Well, in Easie Damasco’s case, it was for want of a piece of bread, a chunk of fish and some cabbage that the fate of the entire land of Castoval was changed. When Easie is caught pilfering food from the baggage train of the invading warlord Moaradrid’s army, he is summarily pressed into service and assigned to a unit that’s ominously referred to as the “disposables.” Easie has no interest in becoming cannon fodder, and he sort of likes his home land th ...more
Amy Aelleah
DNF - page 72

The book started off well enough. I mean, a cocky thief steals a giant (and some jewels) right out from under a warlords nose. It tickled my funnybone. But then we're treated to the duo escaping from the camp. And escaping from the riders on horseback. Then they split up. You take two characters that have hardly interacted with anyone else for the last thirty pages and split them up and my already waning interest is gone.

I flipped ahead and for over a dozen pages, we're just followi
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Ubiquitousbastard
I was very torn between giving this two and three stars, but decided that because it was a bit original, I shouldn't lump it in with the triteness that seems to be a lot of what I consider to be two star books. The first quarter of the book was pretty good as well, I just think it suffered from an extremely boring middle and an okayish ending. Easie sort of vacillated between being the biggest whiner of all time, to being extremely reckless. That sort of confused me, and threw me off a bit. I'll ...more
Nicole Luiken
Oct 15, 2012 Nicole Luiken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sfantasy
This book got off to a great start: a hanging, a battle, an audacious theft of a *giant*, and some chase scenes. Unfortunately, I bogged down in the middle. I will say straight out that thief/rogue characters are a hard sell for me. They have to be audacious and charming and clever for me to like them, and Easie fell short--especially on the cleverness. Thieves shine best in a heist/scam story; Easie seemed uncomfortable and out of place with the gritty rebellion plot. The giant was my favourite ...more
Leah
May 24, 2012 Leah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-readings
Man, this had a lot of potential, but completely fell flat. I didn't care about the main character. I didn't care about the minor characters. I didn't care about the story. I forced myself to finish the book.

Also, I couldn't believe this had been professionally edited. I felt like this book could have been at least a third shorter than it was.
edifanob
I still need to decide how many stars I will give.

I expected a different book after reading the blurb and few reviews.
Of course there is humor in the book and the story is easy to read. The style is entertaining.
But a lot of time the main character Easie Damasco was a pain in my neck.
I have been disappointed by the giant Saltlick.
Chris Branch
Feb 21, 2012 Chris Branch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A decent story with some fun parts and some grim parts - would have preferred a few more of the fun parts. Damasco was a bit of a problem for me: his erratic redeeming qualities didn't quite make up for his general bad behavior, so I found it hard to sympathize with him.
Chris Girvin
Jul 08, 2012 Chris Girvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, it was fun and very tongue in cheek. It makes a refreshing change for an author to actually concentrate on humour and light heartedness. If only more books were like this and less pretentious. Lovely fantasy novels that reminded me of The Princess Bride. Nowt wrong with that.
Gregory Saunders
This one was just ok for me. I liked the premise, but the hero was a bit too antihero.
Steffi
Aug 08, 2013 Steffi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Der Inhalt:

Der Dieb Easie Damasco schlägt sich eher schlecht als recht durchs Leben. Als sein Leben eines Tages am Galgen enden sollte, wird er unverhofft gerettet und ihm wird ein Angebot gemacht, dass er nicht ausschlagen kann. Von dem Tyrannen Moaradrid zwangsrekrutiert findet er sich auf einmal in der feindlichen Armee wieder und muss feststellen das der Mythos um die Riesen keine Legende ist. Easie nutzt die erstbeste Gelegenheit um von dort zu verschwinden, aber nicht ohne den großen Krieg
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James
Apr 24, 2012 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was very much an okay book. It tried to be unique and to set itself apart from the rest of crowd, and it certainly did that. However, there is a reason that 'the crowd'/the 'cliche' is just that; because people like it. When you leave that and try and break away, you run a fine risk of failing dramatically. This book feels just like that, it gave up too many of the qualities that makes us love the 'cliche' books and tried too many things that just made me go, 'huh?'.

Plot: Two Stars
Now we a
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Brid-Aine
Many folks want to be the kind of people that only engage with high-brow literature, even if their first love is speculative fiction, they only want to read the best speculative fiction there is. That's not the sort of reader I am (or TV and film watcher come to think of it). I love the high, the low and the middle and that's why Giant Thief was such a great read. For every author struggling to carve the new niche in epic fantasy, there still a few that take the main ingredients, give them a qui ...more
Christian Lindke
Easie Demasco is a character with whom I am conflicted. On the one hand, he is a witty character who has a well developed sense of humor. One the other hand, he's a jerk -- one who never really becomes more than a jerk. He's also the strongest feature of David Tallerman's novel GIANT THIEF.

GIANT THIEF is a fairly straight forward tale of:

1) Thief acquires MacGuffin not understanding it's value.
2) Thief meets people who understand value of MacGuffin and seek to use thief in battle against evil.
3)
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Nina (Death, Books, and Tea)
Review: Easie Damasco is about to be hanged. He is saved when the warlord Moardrid comes along and orders him freed, even if it is just to be put in the army. But anyway. There he meets Saltlick, a giant who is twice the size of a man, and ends up becoming Saltlick’s carer, handler, friend on the journey to get Saltlick back to his home. But it’s not all that easy/ Maoradrid’s men are after a stone, the owner of which has the power to control the giants. And he thinks that Easie might have it.
I
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Gary
Nov 30, 2014 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thief, fantasy
This is the story of Easie Damasco “rogue, thieving swine and total charmer”. Starting right off the bat with Easie being in custody of law enforcement who had just decided to hang him, his quick tongue had already earned him a boot to the face while they were deciding what to do with him. Eventually he is hung and it looks like a quick end to his plight but while he is jerking on the noose he is suddenly by a band of riders. It turns out that it is the warlord and his bodyguard and Easie quickl ...more
K.zsi
Dec 07, 2012 K.zsi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Matt
Mar 24, 2014 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
What could be easier than stealing a giant? Not a lot according to Easie Damasco. This first person account of a thief stealing the wrong thing is both amazing and kind of a disappointment. The three stars comes almost entirely from the voice of Easie Damasco. Easie's voice whispers in your ear and you get a real sense and depth to his character. It really carries you throughout the story by sheer strength of the author's imagination. Not that there is much depth to a thief, but you feel there m ...more
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David Tallerman is the author of the comic fantasy novel The Black River Chronicles: Level One, the Tales of Easie Damasco series (Giant Thief, Crown Thief and Prince Thief), and the Tor.com novella Patchwerk. His comics work includes the absurdist steampunk graphic novel Endangered Weapon B and the Lovecraftian horror miniseries C21st Gods.

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