The Union army may be full of bastards, but there's only one who thinks he can save the day single-handed when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta.
Curnden Craw and his dozen are out to recover a mysterious item from beyond the Crinna. Only one small problem: no one seems to know what the item is.
Shevedieh, the self-styled best thief in Styria...more
There are few stories though like A Beautiful Bastard and Wrong…moreYes and no. Most stories you can read and enjoy but you won't get the full scope.
There are few stories though like A Beautiful Bastard and Wrong Place, Wrong Time that won't make much sense if you haven't read First Law trilogy and Best Served Cold first.
So whilst you can read it before reading First Law - I would not recommend simply because if you do like it - there would be spoilers for the series.
If you want to check out Abercrombie's writing before committing to full book few of these stories are available and free online:
Two’s Company: http://www.tor.com/2016/01/12/twos-co...
Some Desperado: http://www.tor.com/2013/11/04/some-de...
I hope that helps :)(less)
A Beautiful Bastard- 5/5- I feel like I’ve been waiting for this story for a long time. If you’ve read The First Law Trilogy then you’ll know what an ugly bastard Glockta is. He was captured by the enemy and tortured to the point of ruination. As a result, he reaps vengeance on the world, but still serves his country. This story is a glimpse of the Glockta we often hear abo ...more
Sharp Ends, the ultimate collection of Tales from the World of First Law by Abercrombie’s, is a great dessert to provide insights and more info for most of the previously established characters.
Picture: My complete collection of Joe Abercrombie’s ‘The First Law’ series
There’s no way I’m missing any stories in the First Law world, it’s one of my favorite series of all time, especially the First Law trilogy.
Unlike most anthologies, there is a sense o ...more
Buddy read with my lovely friend; Petrik
So my phone kinda deleted all the notes I had written down to write this review. Clearly the world hates me right now.
Also I see a lot of people starting their First Law journey with this Anthology or one of the standalones.. Why do they do this? Please read the series in order so you actually know what's going on.
I'm going to do my review a little differently then I was going to: All novellas in this book apart from Made a Monster, gets a solid rating ...more
A Beautiful Bastard: 5 Stars.
Really strong short story. The malicious "practice sessions" led by Glokta and cheered on by his sycophants while a military campaign was conducted (poorly) in the background created a real sense of unease and tension. The characters really stole the show ...more
I think this book is mainly for telling the hilarious stories of Shev and Javre, but because the length is not long enough for novel length book, then book added some chapters of previous First Law stories. The additions have various quality but mainly are for comic relief or showing some characterization of a few characters. My personal favorites of course the appearance of Corporal Tunny.
The full title of this anthology is actually Sharp Ends: Stories from the World of the First Law, so fans of Joe Abercrombie’s novels set in this universe should be in for a treat. All thirteen tales in here are set in the Circle of the World, spanning a period that starts about a decade before the beginning of The Blade Itself and ends a few years after Red Country, and some feature locations and characters that have appe ...more
Reseña de todas las historias y de la colección en general en mi blog: Click aquí.
One of my most anticipated reads of 2016 and it didn't disappoint! Joe Abercrombie returns to his dark, brutal and gritty world with thirteen stories that revisit some key moments narrated in his different books, providing detailed background for our old favourites characters: Logen Ninefingers, Glokta, Temple, Shy South, Cur ...more
The stories vary for ...more
Writing really strong characters is one of Abercrombie's greatest strong points and his tales of Shy, Glokta and Nine Fingers were brilliant back stories. Then he introduced some new (to m ...more
Overall, pretty average I have to say. It was nice being back in that world, but the stories were pretty bland. There are a couple of stories that follow on from each other, which made the book tolerable. But it certainly showed me that I am not a fan of very short stories. There was really nothing to get your teeth into and felt more like adding some scenes to sell another book.
This is NOT a book to buy to give you an ...more
This 7th book reflected all of that. Some of the shorts I really enjoyed. Others I hated. Some like Glotka's story I wanted to see beyond where it ended. I found Shev and Javre's stories t ...more
This book contains everything I love about Abercrombie and more. Gritty realism, vulgar language, dark humour, blood, guts, desperation. What more could you ask for? This has had the desired effect and now I feel like I need to go read everything by this author! This is a big problem for me because I've already got books waiting and books I've paused to read other books and now I can't keep up anymore! Dammit.
*I received a copy from NetGall ...more
Also, the four stories featuring Shev and Javre are sort of a short novel of their own, and they somewhat remind me of Lansdale's Hap and Leonard (and that's a good thing, in case you're wondering).
What I loved the most about "Sharp En ...more
Como muchos de sus fans tuve un flechazo con Abercrombie y devoré seguidos los 3 tochazos de La primera ley (no llegan a 3000 páginas, pero yo a eso lo llamaría pasión igualmente).
Descubrí que existían más novelas ambientadas en el mismo universo y leí La mejor venganza (quizá mi favorita) y Los héroes, haciendo palmas con las orejas al comprobar que, además de ser buenas historias que se disfrutan por sí mismas, estaban llenas de referencias, cruces de personajes y se compleme ...more
Highly recommend to Abercrombie fans and readers familiar with the First Law world. I wouldn’t recommend for the new readers – whilst some stories would work, majority would lose too much without the context.
Here are few sentences about each story as I’ve read them:
Beautiful Bastard - 3* Nice insight to how Gl ...more
Ya. (Es que el último relato era de Logen Nuevededos. Costaba limpiárselo todo).
A ver, sigo sin ser amigo de las historias cortas porque los personajes no están suficientemente definidos para mi gusto. Tiene que tener mucha fuerza en la historia para que por sí sola salve el relato.
Pero si ya has leído el resto de libros de Abercrombie este no es sino leer alguna peripecia más de nuestros viejos conocid ...more
Mis relatos preferidos:
Trabajos ridículos: Me ha encantado el humor negro que destila el relato. Craw y sus secuaces haciendo un trabajito.
Lugar equivocado, momento equivocado: Revivimos desde otros puntos de vista de gente desconocida, los hechos narra ...more
My favorites out of the thirteen short stories were:
“A Beautiful Bastard”, the story of Colonel Sand dan Glokta immediately before his was taken captive and tortured by the Gurkish army. My biggest complaint comes with this story, as w ...more
Una colección de re ...more
Срещнах се със стари любимци, появиха се и нови, непознати до сега.
Джавра, Лъвицата от Хоскоп официално измести от сърцето ми като най-любима героиня Змията на Талинс. :) Не би било зле да видим цяла книга за нея. Е, и на още една за Монцкаро Муркато не бих се намръщил де.
Надявам се един ден да видя сериал по творенията на Джо, ще е просто епично!!!
От преводача научих, че зайците ръсят бибенки и че разстоянието, което имат някои хора между двата си предн ...more
Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie is a collection of short stories all set in The First Law world. By the dead did it feel good to be back in this world, to be amongst the shadiest of characters once again, and to just enjoy some more stabby stabbyness!
I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan of s ...more
There are few things I love more than Joe Abercrombie's writing, specifically his First Law works. I was excited, after getting a short-story collection from Mark Lawrence's Broken Empire series last fall, to get back into Fitch's series as well.
Anyone who's read my reviews and blog knows that I'm a big, BIG fan of novellas and shorts. Love them. A collection of shorts is a great thing as well, especially a novel containing something like 12 new ...more
I loved the glimpse into the life of a pre-tortured Glokta. I liked the stories with Shev and Javre all of those were good except the last one which I didn't care for (the one where the stolen package changes hands about 10 times). I also didn't like the story with Costa in it. The rest of the stories were just OK.
I have a hard time getting into short stories and I didn't remember ...more