- Copertina flessibile: 464 pagine
- Editore: Gollancz (14 novembre 2013)
- Collana: First Law World 3
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0575095849
- ISBN-13: 978-0575095847
- Peso di spedizione: 222 g
- Media recensioni: 4.0 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (2 recensioni clienti)
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 37.610 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
Red Country (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 14 nov 2013
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Highly recommended - a funny, finely-wrought, terrifically energetic work of high fantasy. Seek it out (Joe Hill)
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The past never stays buried.
This is the new, violent, bloody and fast-paced tale from SUNDAY TIMES bestseller, Joe Abercrombie.
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Di contro, il romanzo ci mette molto a decollare. Non annoia, questo no, perché Abercrombie sa sempre come creare situazioni d'interesse, anche e soprattutto grazie ai protagonisti, e quindi a non far calare l'attenzione tra le sue pagine. Ma se ci si distacca da questo aspetto, si nota che, gira e rigira, sarà solo l'ultimo terzo di romanzo a entrare nel vivo della storia, a renderla davvero palpitante.
Una piacevole lettura.
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After returning home to her farm, headstrong Shy South and her hulking but sullen step-father Lamb, discover that they've been raided. With their farm burned to the ground, and the children missing, they set off to hunt down the kidnappers. The party eventually teams up with a wagon train of desperate prospectors as they trek across the plains searching for gold in them thar hills. Their adventure takes them across a wild frontier full of natives, mercenaries, the inquisition, and betrayers. A few characters from the First Law Trilogy return and it's great to see them. There are some twists and turns and people get what's coming to them.
The world is similar to the old west, but the characters carry swords instead of guns. Gunpowder and a cannon type weapon are introduced in this book and there's no magic. With the themes of natives, a gold rush, wagon trains, a small dirt-water town, it feels more like a western, than a fantasy book.
Shy South is hard as nails, enjoys a good drink, and can negotiate a banker to tears.
Temple is a man of many talents, but his cowardice holds him back.
Dab Sweet is a legendary scout far past his prime.
Lamb is a shy giant of a man, who avoids confrontation... until pushed too far.
The characters are all fun to read and they play off of each other with witty dialogue and dry humor.
Joe Abercrombie is known for his gritty writing style, bloody violence, dark humor, and not-so happy endings. Everything in this book is dirty, dusty, covered in puke, blood, or excrement. But that's just the way it is on the frontier. The action is extremely violent and bloody. The humor is dry. And at times, the story takes an unexpected turn away from things that are predictable and climactic, to throw the reader a curve ball.
This book has less action than the other Abercrombie books, but there are raids, horseback battles, brawls, duels, and skirmishes. The action is bloody and there's a bit of gore. It's well written and you feel the characters struggle, the impact of the blades, and the injuries afterwards.
There's sex, swearing, adult themes, drinking, puking, killing, beating, decapitating, dismembering, and downright ornery characters.
This is a very good book. The pace is uneven, but when there isn't any action, it's enjoyable to read the characters interacting with each other. The action is violent. The dialogue is funny. The humor is dark. The setting is right out of the gold rush. The characters are shockingly ruthless... but true to their motives.
If you enjoyed Joe Abercrombie's books, you'll like this one, even though it's much more western than medieval fantasy. If you haven't read the First Law Trilogy, just know that you'll get a lot more out of this book if you read that first. It's not completely necessary, but it helps!
The book focuses around some new characters: Shy, Lamb and Temple. Shy South has some skeletons in her closet but is generally a good person trying to get her brother and sister back and will travel into the Far Country to get them back. Lamb is like her step dad and Shy will be the first to tell you that he's a coward but Lamb goes along on the trip being that he promised their mom that he would look after them. Temple is a man who's worked a bit of everything most recently being lawyer and he has a nagging conscience. There are some familiar characters that are featured in the book such as Cosca, Friendly, Shivers and yes the return of Logen Ninefingers!
This book is just great. Its in the same world but you can defiantly forget and think its a western at times. It has a gang of outlaws, bar fights, a caravan of wagons across the plains, savage natives called Ghosts, miners looking for a fortune of gold, and bloody disputes in a boom town.
You can expect the same in this book that you find in Abercrombie's other books: a great story, interesting and flawed characters, surprises, a world that's not black and white but grey and of course bloody great action. Oh and once again, the return of The Bloody Nine himself !!!
So again if you have any doubts about this book, you don't need to worry. Its as good as his other books or better.
Violence is pretty much never justified and even though Red Country is filled with violence it is never for the greater good, the greater good simply doesn't exist in Abercrombies world (or in reality for that matter). Selfishness, greed and stupidity drives the story and no good deed goes unpunished for long. What keeps the book entertaining in the light of such pessimism is the great characters and the dark humor. Who can not love characters like Nicomo Cosca? Who can not at times identify with Temples cowardice and isn't there something appealing with Lambs resignation that violence is in his nature?
A great read, it can be read without reading the first law trilogy but reading them first adds to the experience.