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4.62  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In a divided city, two rogues try to get their own back on a religious cult; the small but tough sell-sword Kaila and the teenage con-artist Sebastien don their disguises and play their parts.

In the wartorn north of Cruoningha, Ymke and her father live in exile. When her father rescues a giant warrior, Ymke learns that strength is not a matter of muscle alone, and that som
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Ricardo Pinto
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the grime and pungency of the Brothers Grimm, these three, interwoven stories pit damaged and lovable folk against the power wielded by remote nobles and false religion. To survive against such pompous but crushing fakery, our heroes must resort to humorous fakery of their own. Intimate, literate and touching scenes erupt into visceral violence; I was reminded of Poe’s Hop-Frog.
The work is rounded off by two autobiographical pieces that deepen and add even richer colour to the stories.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. The three linked tales, with three unconventional lead characters, pick a deft path through questions of what family members owe to one another, the relationship between religion and the truth, and how much of our lives are determined from birth. They’re also funny and lively, with unpredictable twists!

Kaila and Sebastien’s story begins in the first part of the book, a romp that turns serious when their plan for revenge is successful. The next story, the eponymous ‘The
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently read the fantasy short story collection The Red Man and Others as a palate cleanser from a longer SF&F reading project and I’m very glad that I took the time to do so!

The setting echoes early modern Northern Europe, a world coming unmoored in socio-religious upheaval and simmering violence but thus rife with opportunities for adventure. Our protagonists Kaila, Ymke, and Sebastien are the overlooked and never-weres, struggling to get by and stay true to themselves through cleverness, s
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In these three interconnected fantasy stories, The Red Man and Others tell of the relationship between outsiders and society, war and humanity, belief and organised religion, and how finding and keeping your independence may actually mean looking to others for help. The female protagonists share some qualities with each other - they are both disabled and queer - but show that there are different journeys to finding your place in the world.

Although the book is a short one the characters feel ver
Oliver Brackenbury
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The difference between a four and a five star review, for me, is that the book made me feel something special beyond "This story was very good". What this book made me feel was hope that the sword & sorcery genre has a future beyond rehashes of the genre's past, that it can expand and grow while still being recognizable as sword & sorcery.

But also, the story's very good! In the lovely additional material at the back of the book, it is said that the authors often aim for Howard and end up soundin
Bethany Penton
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic! I first read a good bit as a preview on Amazon and was hooked from the very beginning: each story has comes from such a well-crafted fictional world that you lose yourself in it. I personally found myself intrigued by the story of the Child, which factors into the first and last story; I wanted to know more but I feel like if any more detail had been added, it would have ruined the mystique that the story created around this character and the religion (or cult?) that surrou ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Red Man and Others is a collection of three linked stories set in a well-realised fantasy world that feels different and interesting. Full of rogues and rascals and the otherwise disobedient, the stories are also concerned with organised religion and how it can be abused, and how conflicts started by the ruling classes impact onto those people who don't have a voice in that conflict, and how those people see both sides. ...more
Roy Bayfield
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fresh-feeling adventure

Compelling tales in an intriguing world, with vivid and believable characters. It would be great to read more about Kaila, Ymke and Sebastien.
Mechteld Wapenaar
I loved all the characters, the world and the stories. I am certainly curious to whether I am going to read more about it.
Adam Skoglund
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly Enjoyable

I must admit I'm not a literary critic by any means. I must further admit that I bought this book without knowing much about it, having quite literally judged it by its great cover art!

So when I read the first few pages I felt a bit of apprehension when it became clear I was reading fantasy. It's not a genre I read a lot of or have had great experiences with, but this book certainly changed that streak.

These are three interconnected stories, and if you're looking for fantasy
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think the biggest thing I can say about this book and what it meant to me is that it is the sort of thing I wished I could have read as a teenager. Queer characters. Disabled characters. Those facts not being the focal point OF those characters and not seen as things to be commented on or fixed meant a lot to me. They were simply part of the stories. Sure, these things were part of the characters but so often it becomes the center of a plot. Not with this set of stories. These stories look at ...more
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Angeline Adams is involved in disability activism and wrote about disability for various online magazines like The Toast and Disability in Kidlit.

On Ymke, the protagonist of The Red Man and The Return of the Uncomplaining Child, she says: "Ymke's rebellions, like mine, have often been subtle ones: staying alive in a world that oppresses disabled people is also a form of resistance. But sometimes

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