It’s been a while since I trawled the dank corners of the interweb for opinions about my books. Well, it’s been about ten minutes. But it’s been a while since I talked to you lot about it. Time to set that straight…
Salvek – no, not a vulcan, but a Frenchman – has been reading the French translation of The Blade Itself to accompany a piece of burned toast, at Fantasy au Petit-Dejeuner. My French (or possibly vulcan) is nowhere near good enough to understand what he might actually have said. Bonus points to anyone who can tell me…
To quote The Usual Suspects, “in … English … please.” Fellow Fantasy Author Tim Stretton, who has his first commercially published novel, The Dog of the North out later this year (he didn’t pay me to say that, I just thought it was good manners), has also been reading The Blade Itself:
“Abercrombie is a real talent. I can’t remember enjoying a debut novel so much for years. He understands the tropes of the fantasy genre and is able to subvert them in a way which is both invigorating and respectful of the genre. There isn’t–yet–a great deal of plot, but the characters are so compelling that it doesn’t matter. He also has a highly entertaining blog which mixes pleasingly ironic self-aggrandisement (at least I assume it’s ironic…) with some perceptive observations on writing in the fantasy genre.”
Why, that’s this blog, you lucky f*ckers! Moving onto Before They are Hanged, SQT has been giving it the once over at her Fantasy and Sci-Fi lovin’ Book Review:
“Despite a few critiques, I still think “Before They are Hanged” is a superior book in an outstanding series. Abercrombie has style that I have never really seen before. It’s a kind of no-holds-barred, in-your-face fantasy epic that takes all the typical fantasy tropes and says – I’m not going to do what you think I’m going to do, and you’re gonna like it.”
Yes you will, or your money back, guaranteed! (note that actual money will not in reality be returned under any circumstances). Joe Sherry has also read the second book at Adventures in Reading. He has some interesting points about the old middle-book syndrome, but not in relation to my work, oh no!
“Before They Are Hanged improves upon the vision of the first novel, feels more tightly written (for whatever that means or is worth) and overall *feels* like a stronger novel. It lacks the freshness that can only exist in the opening novel of a series, but it measures up to the promise of the first book. Another fine effort from Abercrombie.”
Jessica Strider, from The World’s Biggest Bookstore in Toronto has meanwhile completed the trilogy with a read of Last Argument of Kings. It’s only a quicky so I’ll quote the whole thing:
“The third in the First Law trilogy is not a book you can read alone, you must read the first two to understand the action (and they’re great books so what are you waiting for?). Having said that, and in the interest of not posting spoilers I’ll simply say: expect surprises. Lots of them. Everyone gets betrayed and no one gets what they deserved… A brilliant book with a completely unexpected and non-traditional ending.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself. And I’m a writer.
No one cussing off my work this month? Well, not really, so far as I could tell. I guess my stuff just truly must be that good. Feel free to restore the cosmic balance by cussing me in the comments section. I probably won’t respond for a while as I’ll be away down in Cornwall for a week, off the internet. But I can be outraged on my return, don’t worry about that.