Three Hearts and Three Lions
And alone against the armies of Chaos stood one man, the knight of Three Hearts and Three Lions. Carlsen, a twentieth-century man snatched out of time to become again the legendary Holger D ...more
Poul Anderson was born in America but was of Scandinavian ancestry and his mother moved the family to Denmark to live for a time prior to World War II when they all moved back to the s ...more
I got this from Netgalley.
Since I've been wanting to read this for several ice ages, since I first got into Dungeons and Dragons and, later, Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion craziness, it had a lot to live up to. Yeah, it was kind of a disappointment.
Three He ...more
As in the The Broken Sword Poul Anderson likes to back up his fantasy with some science. I am not sure why but it does add to the enjoyment of the book if you ...more
There's plenty of old adventure that's a little less nuts than White's Arthurian adventures, with a bit more in the straight adventure arena, including a sphinx/troll Scene, clever science fixes for epic battles, swooning women, time travel, witches, Faery courts, dragons, hidden memories and unbreakable promises. ...more
There is a dearth of good books about Paladins (I actually have several in various stages of completion...pray for me. I need to complete them). ...more
This was an extremely basic fantasy novel. It felt like the author was reading the following handbook:
The Idiots Guide to Writing a Fantasy Novel
1. Choose your Hero. Preferably a male. Someone with strong, chiseled features.
2. Put your Hero in an awkward, fantastical, situation. (In Poul's case, he transported his lead character to another world riddled with a war between magical beings and non magical beings.)
3. Send your Hero on a quest. And another one. And another one. In fact, send ...more
A hard one to rate; my mind says 4 but my heart says 5. First, the thing I didn't like:
The book feels very disjointed. This was throwing me off as I read it until I checked out the wiki page and saw that this was intentional, being a "pastiche of interwoven stories", though it doesn't really present itself as such anywhere. I guess I can't really fault it too much for being written in a particular style, but it was still a bit jarring to read at times. I imagine on a re-read this would ...more
Holger Carlsen is a Danish-American engineer, who, while involved in a daring attempt to smuggle people out of Nazi-occupied Denmark, finds himself mysteriously transported to a medieval-esque land on the border of Faerie. He awakes naked, with no memory of how he arrived in this place - but finds a knight's steed and trappings sitting next to him, ready ...more
The story is wonderful, but the audiobook narration by Bronson Pinchot is absolutely marvelous. I am simply amazed by the narrator, as he alternates between multiple acce ...more
There were parts of Three Hearts and Three Lions where I was genuinely interested in what was happening, and where I was excited to see what would happen next. I also enjoyed the juxtaposition between Holger's modern views and the advances of science with the pseudo-Carolingian world. Not to mention the tongue-i ...more
A WWII Danish Resistance fighter finds himself hurled into another time and place where a similar war rages and he is the Expected One. Lots of references to Charlemagne and his Knights, Song of Roland. Originally published in 1953, I read it in 1974.
This was a fun enough romp, but ultimately a fairly shallow one compared to most others of the author: a simple adventure, with little more to it. Even the prose was less effective, and the thick accents of the ...more
Full of colorful, fantasy characters going on a typical fantasy adventure. Would have been a really good read if someone else wrote it. I did not like Poul Anderson's writing. It felt like he tried too hard to be intellectual and he had a forced sense of character that came off as fake.
I'm glad it's over. Scratch another book off my old TBR list and punch another square on my bingo card.
Aside from the trappings, the direct Appendix N inspirational value is in t ...more
This is one of those that does it all - humor (lots of that), pageantry, cosmic sweep, danger, tragedy, true love, beloved characters doing supernatural things, with an author solidly grounded in what makes the natural world go even as he spins us this yarn, while though ...more
The story was okay but had a few little quirks that detracted from my enjoyment such as the pointless Scottish accents of the protagonists two travelling companions and the boundless chauvinism that made me wince when I thought what I female reader might think reading this.
It was interesting to see how this had such a strong influence on Michael Moorcock t ...more
Holger is an ordinary twentieth century Danish bloke right up until the moment he blacks out in a WWII gunfight on a lonely beach, and wakes up in a parallel medieval fantasy universe where everyone seems to have heard of him but no one can tell him who he is. Assisted by a dwarf, a girl who can turn into a swan, and a smooth-tongued knight who may or may not hav ...more
I did find it fully enjoyable, engrossing, and leaving me wanting more when I finished it in record time. So much so that I bought other books b ...more
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Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous a ...more