- 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:
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.
Abercrombie pulls it off in his latest installment of the First Law/Circle of the World series. The setting is the Old Empire, last seen in the original trilogy with massive ruins from an ancient and mysterious civilization. At the same time, Abercrombie has added Ghost People, a tribal population that may or may not be descended from the Old Empire. On top of it all, the Union is expanding into the region under somewhat dubious pretenses.
I lay all this out because there are a lot of moving parts to this book. The world is complex in a way that it previously was not. It's not a criticism to say that the basic setup of the world was easy to grasp before Red Country: the Union as England, the North as Scotland/Ireland, Styria as Italy and Gurkhul as the Ottoman Empire. But the Old Empire, or Near and Far Country, is a lot murkier. There are obvious similarities to both the "New World" and old Europe, but it doesn't feel forced or shoehorned.
The cast of characters is a familiar one, and the new ones have familiar traits- lousy pasts, lousy habits, obsession with vengeance, self-justification that borders on delusion. It might be a formula, but just as Monza Murcatto was merely similar to Glokta, so also Shy is somewhat similar to Monza in good ways while diverging in good ways as well.
Abercrombie is the first fantasy author I've read to take a serious stab at modernization, and his take on the western expands those efforts. He's frank instead of nostalgic: progress is a specific, palpable thing. Capitalism displaces feudalism. Technology displaces laborers. Standing armies displace mercenaries. The conflict hits all of the major characters, and is essentially the main story conflict. I've written that he has a strange optimism before, but I think "progress" might be a better term for it. Things don't necessarily get better, they progress. That might mean the near-anarchy outside central cities is reduced. It might also mean firearms are developed for warfare. There's an ambivalence without any favored conclusion, and he writes it beautifully.
As with the previous "sequels" to the original trilogy, the book fully stands on its own. Reading its predecessors illuminates some of the characters, but it is not necessary to understand what's going on. Suffice to say that when Abercrombie tells you a character has an ugly past, that character is going to have enough of an ugly present that you get the idea without any need for exposition.
It's an outstanding and amazing read and I hope to see more.
He's lived several years on a quiet farm, keeping his personality so muted that the daughter of the farm--Shy--thinks he's as peaceful as the name she knows him by: Lamb. She's sure he's a coward.
Then her brother and sister are kidnapped by an unknown band and Lamb shows his true colors. He's the one who agrees they must go after the children, the one who makes the plans on how to follow the kidnappers, the one who--to Shy's disbelief and chagrin--takes charge.
As they follow the trail, she realizes Lamb is not the man she grew up knowing. And it's a good thing, because without him, she'd never manage the harsh trek to a frontier town. Going past the town into the land of the people who stole her siblings will mean their deaths.
Woven into the story are Abercrombie's expected gibes at civilization and little tidbits of wisdom like: "The trouble with running is wherever you run to, there you are." Or: "Folk she'd known to be big on religion had tended to use it as an excuse for doing wrong rather'n a reason not to."
Maybe not as memorable as some of his others in the series, but still a great read.