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Stories in Rogues – “Tough Times all Over” by Joe Abercrombie

So I’m reading Rogues and want to leave a little bit of my thoughts about each story here. Then, maybe put together a “go no-go” list, if people with limited time only want to read the gems. The first story in the anthology is called “Tough Times all Over” by Joe Abercrombie.

Let’s get this out of the way first: Abercrombie’s inclusion in this anthology might be the single biggest driving factor in me picking this one up. So, needless to say, I was pretty hyped to read his story and was thrilled to find it first in the line up! Read the rest of this post …

The Shattered Sea – A Review (no spoilers).

Driving down to the beautiful Bonita Springs, for a short family vacation, I finished Half a War; book three of Joe Abercrombie’s latest trilogy. As some of you may have gathered by now, this guy has become my favorite fantasy author–beating, or at least standing toe-to-toe with fantasy giants (Weis/Hickman, Martin, Brooks, Rothfuss, etc …). Read the rest of this post …

Finished reading the six-book First Law series and it reminds me of a time long gone

Just completed a six-book series, and it has reminded me of a time that I wasn’t sure could ever be reborn in quite that meaningful of a way.

I remember reading the Dragonlance Chronicles, then Dragonlance Legends, and being completely immersed, enamored, and thoroughly nostalgic throughout the series. Characters made legend in the early books, then those legends solidifying their place in history in the following books. Every death. Every surprise appearance. Every bit of character creation, leading to those pivotal choices. Those sacrifices.

Those betrayals …

But it has happened again. Perhaps the great oak borne from seeds of inspiration, I’m not sure, but Joe Abercrombie has done it. His debut as a Fantasy author was the First Law Trilogy, immediately followed by three stand-alone novels–but it’s wrong to think of them as stand-alone novels. They are very much linear extensions of the first trilogy, meant to be read in order, and are extremely good. Read the rest of this post …

Just finished the First Law series by Joe Abercrombie and it’s an instant classic.

I had no expectations. No personal recommendations (actually, this is debatable. A dear friend of mine may have also recommended this without knowing that I had already spotted it while researching my next read–we may never know!–but that is beside the point). Almost at pure chance, I picked up “The Blade Itself”. Right out of the gates, shortly after Logen Ninefingers mutters the word “shit”, I thought to myself, “what the hell am I reading?” Then I finished the trilogy of books and thought, “that was one of the best fantasy trilogies I’ve ever read.” Read the rest of this post …