Snowy wrote:Oddly enough I have also just picked up The Blade Itself, and am thoroughly enjoying it.
For people who like world-builders, I think you could be disappointed, as the books hammer along at a hell of a pace with very little extraneous detail at all, but that said I love Robert Jordan (in parts), GRRM etc and am also really liking this, so I could be wide of the mark there.
Like Erikson, Abercrombie is not afraid of spilling the claret, and doing so with grisly relish. Having a character in a book who is a crippled ex-hero turned Inquisitor is just genius too, especially one with such an amusing inner dialogue.
Well worth a read!
Snowy's email wrote:-----Original Message-----
From: Joe Abercrombie [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 02 June 2008 16:59
To: WICKES, Ian
Subject: RE: The First Law
Thanks a lot for your email and Iâ€™m real glad you enjoyed the books, especially that there were a few surprises in there for the jaded readerâ€¦
I, too, eagerly await my next. Better get on with it.
From: WICKES, Ian [mailto:snowy's work email addy]
Sent: 28 May 2008 09:33
Subject: The First Law
Dear Joe, or Mr Abercrombie if you prefer
I very rarely feel the need to write to authors, but having just finished the First Law trilogy felt I had to just to thank you for writing them - three of the most enjoyable reads I have had in years!
I picked up the first book purely by chance - I enjoy the fantasy genre although I do tend to avoid the hackneyed high fantasy end, and was intrigued by the title. My initial thoughts were not hugely favourable, for the fairly daft reason that I am not used to characters in books saying "Oof" and "Argh" etc, as Logen does in his scrap with the flathead. A couple of chapters in though, and I was completely hooked (just following my introduction to the sublime Inquisitor Glokta).
Your characters are superb, vibrant and alive, and a fresh take on character types which usually make me cringe - violent barbarian, wise mage etc. Also hugely enjoyable was the way my attitude to the characters changed (and also where they didnâ€™t where I expected them to). ***SPOILERS*** Bayaz for example I really liked initially, despite suspecting (expecting?) that there was more to him than met the eye. By the end of the trilogy, I loathed him. Ferro I expected to realise the futility of her endless desire for vengeance and hook up with Logen, and she didn't. When Logen left for the North leaving her in Adua, I was just waiting for the twist which reunited them, and when it didn't come I was delighted - another trite clichÃ© sidestepped. Well done sir! Finally Mr Ninefingers himself - with his frequent mutterings of "still alive", I was dreading the last gasp from him to the contrary, and was fully expecting it in the last chapter, so thank you very much for keeping him aliveâ€¦maybe.***END SPOILERS***
So yes, thanks for a brilliant read, I have not enjoyed a series that much since I read the late and greatly missed David Gemmell's Rigante trilogy I don't think.
Say one thing for Joe Abercrombie, say he can write a cracking book. I eagerly await your next!
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