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The Blade Itself by fantasy author Joe Abercrombie. Is it a work of genius or just derivative mush?

Joe Abercrombie's work is heavenly
16 (69.6%)
Joe Abercrombie's novels are the work of the devil and suck, suck, suck
7 (30.4%)

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Granny Warostzcki

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Joe Abercrombie - superstar or derivative mush?
« on: March 11, 2010, 05:41:36 AM »
I have finally borrowed the novel 'The Blade Itself' from my brother. I think it is very, very good and can't wait to read the next one in the series.

He thinks it is derivative sub-Tolkien mush with a peppering of ultra-violence (and light romance), cynically inserted to make it popular with the wider reading public.

We can't both be right.

Vote for me or my brother here!

Granny W.

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Re: Joe Abercrombie - superstar or derivative mush?
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2010, 05:46:02 AM »
I don't see any reason why he can't be both!!!

Estin Dwarfslayer

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Re: Joe Abercrombie - superstar or derivative mush?
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2010, 06:34:50 AM »
I have a soft spot for Abercrombie's novels.

Don't expect anything too deep or profund, but as pure entertainment, they are expertly crafted.

The fantasy elements are kept to a bare minimum, though, so as not to scare the horses for the non-fan audience. You could almost be reading a historical adventure for most of the books, beyond the invented lands.

No dragons here. Lots of blood and guts, though. Love it!!!

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Re: Joe Abercrombie - superstar or derivative mush?
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2010, 09:08:46 AM »
I quite like Joe's writing - it's fun, if dark.

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Re: Joe Abercrombie - superstar or derivative mush?
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2010, 02:08:01 AM »
J.A. is more addictive than he should be.

More violent too.

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Re: Joe Abercrombie - superstar or derivative mush?
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2010, 12:44:43 PM »
First trilogy was outstanding.

Anyone read the 4th book in the - new? - series to be able to comment on whether it's any good or not?

Hell I'm going to buy it eventually anyway. Just saying.

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Re: Joe Abercrombie - superstar or derivative mush?
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2010, 12:44:43 PM »