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I do alot of reading.
I just finished a series about The Black Company written by Glenn Cook.
It was 9 books long and it was awesome to the last page.
That makes it one of the longest series I have read, I think that Conan is the longest (and honestly I haven't read all of those, but I have read quite a few of them.)
I'm interested in re-reading the Thieves World series. I read it about 10 years ago and while I remember it being a great series I have forgotten enough about it to where I want to re-read all the books.
Has anyone else read the series?
Who was your favorite character? I thought Tempus was pretty damn cool and extremely well written. And there was a thief I liked but I can't remember his name.
Can you tell me how many books there are now? I plan on collecting the whole series (maybe from e-bay and the local used book store).
Collections of similar themed short story science fiction and fantasy are among my favorites.
War World. Hammer's Slammer's. Bolo. Elric. Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser. They are all great series'.
Can you list some you may have read? I would love to hear about some I may have missed.
Last edited by Joker; April 4th, 2005 at 15:29. Reason: damn I miss spell check!
I really enjoyed the Conan and Elric stories, but I think Fafhrd and theMouser are my favorites.
It's wierd, there aren't any great short fantasy characters at the moment (that I know of), they all tend to be one-offs or huge Tolkein-esque books with names like the "Shadows of Elgatharion Trilogy."
Someone should write some new heroes....
I couldn't have said it better myself.Originally Posted by robotnik
It seems that way too many current sci-fi and fantasy writers are taking the 'George Lucas/Terry Brooks (Brooks wrote the Sword of Shannara series)' approach to making a hero.
By that I mean they create a protaganist with the summary of their biography reading something like..'your father was a powerful (insert term like warrior/mage/jedi/soldier) and you didn't know it until now, but you are a chip off the old block making you an instant hero!'
'the power has lain dormant inside you until you reached your (insert birthday) and now it has begun to manifest itself making you an instant hero!'
I really enjoy the types of books where the writer crafts his hero not by what his parentage or genetics make him to be, but the type of hero that is a hero because of what he/she does or doesn't do and the choices they make/don't make.
Anti-hero's are even more interesting because despite their major character flaws (and sometimes because of them) they make choices that usually aren't in their best interest and yet become heroic or even anti-heroic! Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser and Elric are perfect examples of this.
Thieves World is full of well written characters and if you haven't read the series I couldn't recommend a much better one.
I remembered the thieves name, it was Shadowspawn. The name is interesting enough because of its duality. It becomes even more meaningfull after you read more about him. The question of whether he is the Shadow-Spawn or the Shadows-Pawn makes him an interesting character.
Last edited by Joker; April 5th, 2005 at 14:10. Reason: damn I miss spell check!
Wow! I think I still have a couple of Thievesworld books packed away somewhere. It's been awhile but they had sooo many cool characters! Tempus was always a good read but I also like the blue star magician who's secret was the key to his/her demise and the fortune teller in the market square (can't remember their names though.) Definitely a good read...I highly recommend them!
I hear voices...and they don't like you!
One of the things I found most gratifying about reading this series was the interaction between the writers themselves!
They were given rules before they were allowed to contribute to the series that included not being able to kill off a fellow writers character.
The entire series struck me as a 'who's who' of contemporary fantasy writers all getting together to play an extended game of Dungeons and Dragons in a published format!
I know I have at least half a dozen or so Thievesworld books in the attic back home (I box 'em up after I've read them...8 boxes so far...can't bear to part with a good paperback!) Anyways, I think I'll have to read them again...Joker, what was the 1st book? I can't remember if it was called "Thievesworld" or "Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn." The retired gladiator now crime lord was pretty good character...I think Jubal was his name.
Also, some other good reads are "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant" by Stephen Donaldson and the "Belgariad" series by David Eddings...Great little character (rogue/thief/spy) called Silk in that one.
I hear voices...and they don't like you!
Thieve's World was the 1st book and Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn was the 2nd. I think there are some new books in the series! I will have to to a search for them sometime and find out what owning 'all' of the series is going to cost me.
Thomas Covenant is an awesome anti-hero as well. He's one of the only protaganists that I have almost no respect for, that nontheless is central to one of the greatest series ever written!
The name David Eddings seems awfully familiar, although I don't remember yet why. I will have to scour my library as I'm sure I have some books written by him.
Thanks for the kudos Wookie, I really appreciate that.