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Anthologies > BoS: The Best Man Wins by K.J. Parker

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Bill | 1596 comments Discuss the story The Best Man Wins by K.J. Parker.

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Bill | 1596 comments Been meaning to read Parker for a few years now so was happy to see him included in this anthology. I thought the story had some interesting elements but I saw the “twist” coming from the first mention of revenging the murdered father.


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Rob (robzak) | 6373 comments Mod
I enjoyed it, but I saw the twist coming pretty early as well. That didn't spoil it for me though. Are we to assume he was banished for killing his friend in the tavern brawl?

I thought it was well written. I'll have to look into some of his novels.


Bill | 1596 comments Rob wrote: "Are we to assume he was banished for killing his friend in the tavern brawl?"

That was the sense I got but if that was the case I don’t understand why it took him so long to make the connection.


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Rob (robzak) | 6373 comments Mod
Yeah. Then again didn't the story of a guy killing his best friend in a tavern brawl ring any bells at all?


Ctgt | 629 comments I enjoyed this one. I didn't pick up on the twist until about halfway through but even after that point I thought it would end differently. As far as why he didn't figure out what was going on, I figured either the guy wasn't a "best friend" or he had killed so many people he couldn't keep track.


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Rob (robzak) | 6373 comments Mod
Is that your way of telling me we're not really best friends?


Ctgt | 629 comments C'mon, you know we're bff


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