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The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie
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Jan 30, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-2011, e-books, current-favorite-5-stars

5 bloody stars!!! As the Bloody Nine used to say, "You have to be realistic". Joe Abercrombie has really perfected his craft and this novel is an exceptional read. Sure, it is a fantasy novel about a big battle between southerners and wild Northmen, but it really is so much more. This book is all about Heroes. It explores what it means to be a hero, a great man, and the fine line between what is good and what is evil. There are so many Pov's in this book that each make their mark as to what a real hero is. It is hard to pick out a main character in this book. Hard to really differentiate the protagonist from the antagonist. Hard to see the difference between the "good" and the "bad". Hard not to empathize with them all. I loved the way this book worked. I did not want it to end, and it is not a short read. There iare all the trademark Abercrombie witty one liners, clever puns, and colorful battles. The Bloody Nine is mentioned through out this book, and although I really missed him, it really made the other characters shine. Craw was my favorite, followed by Gorst, Finree, and Black Dow. StrangerComesKnocking was very cool. Calder was the lucky snake to the end. Bayaz simply is the scariest man in the north, the south, and all the union. If you want to explore what it is to be a hero, in a world filled with scary named men, ambitious rulers, and haunted men, than this is the book for you. If you have read Joe Abercrombie than you know what to expect, only you will find yourself shocked as to the depths that he will take you. My favorite read of the year so far, and one of the best books that I have read in a long time. Joe Abercrombie is one of the most important voices in fantasy that should not be missed. Go buy it!!!
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Reading Progress

January 30, 2011 – Shelved
February 10, 2011 – Shelved as: read-2011
February 10, 2011 – Shelved as: e-books
Started Reading
February 13, 2011 –
20.0% "No one writes about the gritty details of war quite like Abercrombie. I am blown away by how appropriate the title of this book is to this novel. I really miss the bloody nine..."
February 13, 2011 – Finished Reading
April 22, 2011 – Shelved as: current-favorite-5-stars

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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

I just don't get how someone could enjoy The First Law trilogy and still like this book. Multiple characters have been killed off from the original trilogy and we're left Totally in the dark. It took forever for the story to even begin because it was so convulted with various points of view to start. Amazing how different folks can be fans of the same author and have such differing views of one of his novels

Mychal You don't need to get it. Differences in opinion are not 'amazing.'

message 3: by Don (new)

Don Dunham the score board says: Mychal -One. Null - zero. "indeed, differences of opinion are not 'amazing' ".

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