Monday, October 01, 2007

No. 37 - Waylander

by David Gemmell

Started: September 30
Finished: October 9

Notes: I've heard a lot good about this author, and specifically this book, so thought it was time I got around to it. I've read the first couple of chapters as of now, and so far I'm liking what I've seen.

Mini review: Wow. This is definitely fully of great action writing. Not sure I'd quite call it Sword & Sorcery, but maybe a more modern version of the genre. Some great characters, and the action rarely lets up for more than a page or two. I only have two nitpicks with this book: 1.) The ending comes at you really quick, so quick there's no wrapping up. Just a final, two-page chapter that tells you everything that happens in years to come. 2.) There's not a lot of depth here, but maybe that's to be expected in action writing. There is a lot of macho bravado, some of it quite good (in a Clint Eastwood sort of way) but sometimes it didn't quite fit. Oh, yeah, and LOTS of people die. I'll definitely be picking up some more of Gemmell's work.

12 comments:

Howard von Darkmoor said...

Sure, pick one I haven't read yet. It is sitting in my TBR pile behind me though.

Ty said...

It figures. I was really hoping to bait you with the next post below, but nooooo ... this is the one you decide to gripe about.

Howard von Darkmoor said...

Gripe!

I am wounded.

I'm looking forward to reading your review.

;)

Howard von Darkmoor said...

and hey! add the date to your timestamp please - I'm tired of never knowing how far apart our comments are.

Howard von Darkmoor said...

bait me with union bashing or your submission streak?

Ty said...

I see the timestamp on my computer. So, blah!

As for baiting you, either post ... union bashing or my whining. Either will do.

Howard von Darkmoor said...

Dude! I said 'Add the date' to your timestamp - I can see the timestamp, too, but there's no date by it, so on what day was it that time when someone commented?

Huh!?

Go into settings and turn on the date - check out my blog if you need any proof it can be done.

So there!

Ty said...

You really want to duel, dontcha?

Okay, okay! I fixed it!

Howard von Darkmoor said...

well now, let's see if you did . . .

Howard von Darkmoor said...

nope. no date.

dawn.
courtyard.
chose thy weapon: dirks or claymores.

Ty said...

Okay, by the gods, I see dates all over the friggin' place now! I switched every setting I can find that adds a date to something, and I see them on my screen, so tell me they're there!

As for dueling ... I'm not a morning person. I'm a night guy. I prefer my combats by moonlight.

Traditionally, my favorite dueling weapons are rapier and buckler, but as I'm older, heavier and larger now, I guess I can go along with the claymores. Did you mean the older two-handed version, or the 18th/19th century basket-hilted ones? I've got both.

Or did you mean the explosive claymores? In that case, I'll go with dirks.

Howard von Darkmoor said...

I meant the explosive ones :) :)

Oh, and yes, I see dates now.

Thank you.