A little round up of my obsessive trawling of the internet for the slightest nugget of opinion about myself. Will I be delighted or horrified? Will it be heaven or hell? We shall find out …
Jessica Strider from The World’s Biggest Bookstore has given The Blade Itself the once over. Fair news or foul?
“Abercrombie makes you imagine all sorts of strange, yet oddly compelling things. This book is great if you want a more realistic view of ‘barbarian’ life meets civilization. Here are ‘heroes’ whose arrows sometimes miss and who get injured during swordfights, outnumbered or not … this book will leave you asking for more.”
Which is nice, though she did take a little exception to the amount of swearing in the book. Sorry ’bout my potty mouth, Strider. Actually, having re-read The Blade Itself recently as part of a review of the whole trilogy to try and make sure I’d made no clanging errors, I think I somewhat agree with her. A little bit scatter-gun with the profanity, perhaps. I could have concentrated it more with certain characters and certain situations for greater effect, a balance which I learned to strike better as the series went on, maybe. Ah, well, one for the second edition …
The mysteriously titled Fool of Gold meanwhile, has been reading Before They are Hanged:
“Once again, Abercrombie does not open any doors in the realm of fantasy, he just expands on the framework that most people love and find enjoyable in a fantasy book. Great heroes, ill tempered and mutated enemies, laughable situations, palpable characters, and all in all, an immensely fun story.”
Which is particularly nice, since he wasn’t necessarily bowled over by the first book. Bob Lock, a writer himself no less, has ploughed through both and had this to say:
“it was a joy reading these two books and I have a feeling that Joe might have delved into the D&D; & MMORPG worlds now and then too.”
Guilty as charged on the first count. On the second, I played Guildwars for a couple of weeks and found the whole thing a bit … soul-destroying.
“Excuse me kind sir, would you happen to know the way to-”
“n00b mofo I’m gonna pwn your ass! n00b! f***ing n00b!”
“Ah. But I thought we were all here to, you know, have fun together and-“
Make new friends on the internet? Not really. But I digress. Bob adds:
“Both books are of the non-stop page turning variety … even if you are not a fantasy genre reader I’d still say give these stories a try, you may become converted!”
Amen to that, Bob. Amen to that.