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David Gullen

Teoksen Shopocalypse tekijä

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Tietoja tekijästä

Image credit: David Gullen, 2012

Tekijän teokset

Shopocalypse (2019) 39 kappaletta
Once Upon a Parsec: The Book of Alien Fairy Tales (2019) — Toimittaja — 15 kappaletta
The Blackhart Blades (2023) 6 kappaletta
Open Waters (2013) 4 kappaletta

Associated Works

Best of British Science Fiction 2020 (2021) — Avustaja — 23 kappaletta
Best of British Science Fiction 2021 (2022) — Avustaja — 23 kappaletta
Vital Signals: Virtual Futures, Near-Future Fictions (2022) — Avustaja — 14 kappaletta
Tales From The Magician's Skull, No. 9 — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Focus 67 (2017) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Focus 72 (2021) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Focus 76 (2023) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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20th century



Tämä arvostelu kirjoitettiin LibraryThingin Varhaisia arvostelijoita varten.
Pretty good short novella with a mercenary company (numbers unknown) all the (leaders at least) have been cursed/blessed with a variety of minor abilities that make their lives more difficult but are occasionally useful.

This is apparently the 2nd story featuring them, although there is no indication of the 1dt. the crew are heading away from an expansionist empress to bury the remains of their former leader the Blackheart himself. They've cut through a small mountainous kingdom in the hope of avoiding the armies, but it turns out the normally peaceful and stable kingdom is in disarray. The king has died, and his daughter the heir has disappeared. The Chancellor has taken over, but a knight has taken command of the small army and fortifications. The blades pick up a kitchen boy en route, despite have a blessed chef of their own, and decide perhaps they can spare a little time to intervene.

Quite enjoyed this. The start was a little bit rocky and the prose could have done with another edit, but it soon settled down into a more readable style. The characters are a bit quirky and I'm not sure I would enjoy a full novel's worth of them without considerably more backstory and world development but for a novella did work quite well. A little bit like Cook's Black company but considerably lighter in tone.

Considering I very much didn't like the other title by this author I'd read (had I realised I probably wouldn't have chosen to read this, ) it's significantly different and much improved. Would read others of the series.
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reading_fox | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 22, 2023 |
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This was a delight to read! It is fast moving, witty, and attention grabbing. There are a few parts that read a bit like run on thoughts but nothing too distracting. The plot twists were surprisingly unexpected, the fantasy details/magics were original, and I found myself actively rooting for the Blackheart Blades very early on. I highly recommend this!
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PopCat | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 9, 2023 |
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Odd. A fantasy novella about a hopeless defence against overwhelming odds. Rather whimsical in tone, it comes across a bit like the offspring of Call My Bluff, Hell’s Kitchen, and The Song of Roland all filtered by Shakespeare. And it ends happily (mostly). I don’t think this will be to everyone’s taste. An OK read.
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Maddz | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 6, 2023 |
Tämä arvostelu kirjoitettiin LibraryThingin Varhaisia arvostelijoita varten.
I received a copy of this book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program. While I did enjoy many of the stories in Once Upon a Parsec, I'm afraid this collection falls short when it comes to a captivating hook in each story, which made engagement difficult. I doubt I will remember many of these after moving on to future reads.
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lessthn3 | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 7, 2022 |


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