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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot Books (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857662104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857662101
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,024,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Tallerman is the author of the fantasy adventure novel Giant Thief - described by Fantasy Faction as "one of the finest débuts of 2012" - and its sequel Crown Thief, both published through Angry Robot.

He's also written around a hundred Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror short stories, comic and film scripts, poems, and countless reviews and articles. Many of these have been released in one form or another, and others are on their way over the next few months.

Further details can be found at his website, davidtallerman.net.

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Breathless pace Damasco resembles a landlocked version of Jack Sparrow. The atypical backdrop,self-aware style and downplaying of magics bring to mind the contemporary fantasies of Scott Lynch and Joe Abercrombie. --SFX Magazine

A fast-paced, witty and original fantasy, reminiscent of Scott Lynch and Fritz Leiber --Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the Shadows of the Apt series

About the Author

David Tallerman was born and raised in the northeast of England. A long and confused period of education ended with an MA dissertation on the literary history of seventeenth century witchcraft that somehow incorporated references to both Kate Bush and H P Lovecraft. David currently roams the UK as an itinerant IT Technician-for-hire, applying theories of animism and sympathetic magic to computer repair and taking devoted care of his bonsai tree familiar. Over the last few years, David has been steadily building a reputation for his genre short fiction and increasingly his writing has tended to push and merge genres, and to incorporate influences from his other great loves, comic books and cinema.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Theresa M. Derwin on 19 April 2012
Format: Paperback
Easie Damasco is a thief; a rogue and a crafty sod. He is due to be hanged for stealing food, one of his minor misdemeanours, when he is made a better offer. Moaradrid is at war with the Castovalians, and Moaradrid needs `volunteers' for his army. In the midst of battle, Saltlick's current `master' dies and Easie is left in charge of a giant called Saltlick. Seeing an opportunity, Easie offers the giant a chance of freedom and off they run. Intent on finding a little gold for their journey, Easie unwittingly steals something of much more value. Thus begins a novel of adventure and chases as Easie Damasco and Saltlick join forces with Mayor Estrada against Moaradrid.

The plot isn't the most original, the stolen item is a bit of a macguffin for the adventures that follow; however, the adventures that follow are top notch and great fun. What makes the novel so much fun is the varied interesting characters that are weaved throughout the narrative. Easie himself goes through a personal journey from scoundrel to saviour, as he finds himself thinking moral thoughts and starting to question his own chequered past. Mayor Estrada is a strong female character that takes no prisoners when it comes to her mission to protect her people. Moaradrid is suitably villainous and Saltlick is the epitome of the gentle giant.

With more cart and two legged chases than I've seen in recent fantasy novels, a pace that rattles along and a healthy helping of humour throughout, Giant Thief is worth every penny.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. I. Harrison on 12 Jun. 2012
Format: Paperback
This is an almost book. The lead character is almost loveable, the book is almost charming and the story was interesting..in parts.

The 'If you like Scott Lynch..' tag does it no favours at all however. You may as well say 'If you like Rolex watches you'll love our egg timer' because in terms of complexity and depth that is the difference. Truth is if you love Scott Lynch (and I do) you are likley to find this a bit disappointing and I'll tell you for why!

One the plot is essentially one chase scene.

Two our hero is a small time thief who shows no interest in events around him other than getting away with the goods till the last pages. There is no 'Han Solo' evolution from rogue to hero here.

Three there are very little clever twists and turns in the plot. I thought the ending was building for some master slight of hand by our hero but no nothing.

The hero just didn't have any charisma, cleverness or personality really. He needed to be a 'Glotka' type figure from Abercrombie's world to carry this off. Bitter twisted and self centred but at the same time fascinating and sympathetically drawn, but he was more like the the Fast show cockney bloke 'I'll nick it..' and he does, with no back story to tell us why.

Anyway enough already.. The good bits were that the plot tripped along very easily, Saltlick the giant had potential, the writing style itself was good and the central idea (nicking a giant) was original. This will make an undemanding and at times amusing story, particularly perhaps for people new to this genre. Readers already frequent visiters to Lynch, Abercrombie or George Martin's worlds may just feel a little underwhelmed however.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DrFireFlower on 2 Mar. 2014
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I loved the perspective of a thief and a rogue who inadvertently steals and befriends a giant! Very original. Which is hard to say of most fantasy. But I also loved this world, a world where real politics happens. There's invasion and imperial ambitions and all the usual stuff we love in fantasy, but the main political protagonist is a mayor of a small town. How she ends up being the last bastion against the foreign invader is a story in itself (and explored more in subsequent books), but the cast is eclectic and their relationships kept me hooked. Most surprising of all was the slow reveal of the giant's society. Truly a fun, intriguing and original piece of work. Went and got the other straight away and they were even better. You could actually see how David really got into his stride with creating this world. And oh, really funny too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. H. A. L. Keane on 7 Feb. 2014
Format: Paperback
I'll admit it took me a little time to warm to the protagonist of this book but by the end I was literally on the edge of my seat worrying about what would happen to him and his companions. Damasco is a self-serving rogue but you can't help but root for the guy.

And I have to say I really loved all the supporting characters. All of them felt well-formed and well-rounded.

The tone of the book is what really made it for me, though. It's a perfect blend of humour and drama, sentiment and action.

I'd definitely recommend giving this book a try. I really enjoyed it.
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Overall, if you are a fan of fantasy this book is worth a look and will keep you entertained, and I look forward to the next installment.

Giant Thief is a book that has charm and fluffs its way lightly from event to event. It starts strongly and the character of Damasco is easy (no pun intended) to grasp and get along with. It keeps you reading, taking you on a (sometimes too) breathless ride. The environment and political history is sprinkled lightly, but with enough detail to make the events in the book make sense without over-burdening the reader with too much background detail. The world is drawn simply but easy to imagine for that simplicity.

On the other hand, the character of Damasco would have gained by being drawn in a deeper dimension, and you learn nothing about his past, which for me is an unfortunate omission. Also, the relationship between Easie and his giant friend was a missed opportunity, and wasn't developed to the degree that I for one would have liked to see. The other characters are hard to develop as the story is told entirely through the eyes of Damasco (again, for me personally not a style I particularly enjoy, although it is popular with many others!).

But no book - especially a debut book - is perfect, and this is worth the time to read.
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