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King Pinch the Nobles: v. 1 (Forgotten Realms) Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 1995


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (1 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786901276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786901272
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.2 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,406,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having robbed a temple, Pinch must hide his theft from the temple's priestess, his traveling companion Lissa, who holds the secret that could make him the next king of Ankhapur.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 May 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cook put together a sly, gritty, yet likable character when he created Pinch. After reading about Harpers and other assorted do-gooders, its great to read about an anti-hero for change. Not that Pinch is a real evil guy, but he's no paladin either. I could go on about the rest of the book too. The plot was very intriguing, very enjoyable. The supporting characters were very strong too. All in all, a great read. But create more characters like Pinch!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jan 1998
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This book is a good mystery, in a nutshell. It's got a good and slightly complex story line, with many surprises along the way. Even though some surprises were expected, others were a big surprise. This story is not a comic FR novel, as some are, but more serious, and terror and surprise are the big attractions here. It's kinda like Sherlock Holmes or something, but the main part is played by a pretty nasty character. Unlike other FR novels, the main character of this one are aging and not in so good shape, which is nice to see one in a while, to know that not all people in the Forgotten Realms are hulking barbarians or mystical mages, it adds realism to an already perfect world. Entertaining as it is exciting and well written, you should definitely "pinch" this one up next time you want to read a good FR novel.
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Really enjoyed reading this book has it's a change from the normal fantasy books that I've read before. Having the hero has an anti-hero and the plot twists and turns. A real page turner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Review From Mr. Ronto's CCG and RPG Page 18 Jan 1998
By MrRonto@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is a good mystery, in a nutshell. It's got a good and slightly complex story line, with many surprises along the way. Even though some surprises were expected, others were a big surprise. This story is not a comic FR novel, as some are, but more serious, and terror and surprise are the big attractions here. It's kinda like Sherlock Holmes or something, but the main part is played by a pretty nasty character. Unlike other FR novels, the main character of this one are aging and not in so good shape, which is nice to see one in a while, to know that not all people in the Forgotten Realms are hulking barbarians or mystical mages, it adds realism to an already perfect world. Entertaining as it is exciting and well written, you should definitely "pinch" this one up next time you want to read a good FR novel.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
We need more characters like Pinch! 20 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Cook put together a sly, gritty, yet likable character when he created Pinch. After reading about Harpers and other assorted do-gooders, its great to read about an anti-hero for change. Not that Pinch is a real evil guy, but he's no paladin either. I could go on about the rest of the book too. The plot was very intriguing, very enjoyable. The supporting characters were very strong too. All in all, a great read. But create more characters like Pinch!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not your usual TSR offering 26 Nov 2001
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
David Cook, King Pinch (TSR, 1995)

The typical Dungeons and Dragons-related novel has one pace to it: breakneck. I've wondered more than once if one of the writing guidelines for new TSR authors is Poe's old maxim that all novels should be written as if they are to be read in one sitting. (This, of course, is why Poe wrote only one novel.) I've read a lot of D&D-themed novels, and very few break that mold. The most recent to cross my desk is David Cook's King Pinch.

Pinch is a thief of indeterminate birth who leads a band of merry men (and one overly merry woman) down a road of small-time crookery-- that is, until a member of Pinch's past life shows up and takes him and his companions back to Ankhapur, the city of Pinch's birth, with promises of a nebulous job that will put enough money in their bank accounts to keep them comfortable for life, and threats of their heads on pikes if they don't come.

The book starts off in an almost leisurely way, with Cook taking some time to develop Pinch's character before getting into the action. While that's never a bad thing, it does jar in the greater scheme of things. The pace does pick up as the novel goes on, but I wonder if most series readers who focus on TSR novels won't abandon this one given its initial slow pace. More fool them, however, because the reader of swords-and-sorcery fantasy will find much to enjoy once it gets going. ***
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good ideas, Weak writing 11 Sep 2004
By Monstre - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The plot was reasonably good, and the character of Pinch was interesting and had great promise. In fact, it started pretty well, and it ended well -- the last chapter was a good one.

The other people in Pinch's gang could have used better development -- especially Maeve, who seemed like a useless character until the last two chapters. Therin was the best developed of the other characters, and we see a good bit of tension between him and Pinch at times.

The problems? First, this has to be the most poorly edited book I've ever read. It's filled with errors, mostly problems that a spell checker would not catch. Extra words in sentences, missing words in sentences, "though" instead of "through", "loose" instead of "lose", and so on. It happens ALL over, and it's worse towards the end.

Secondly, the author seemed to be so intent on inventing the next bit of thieves' slang that he forgot to pay attention to the consistency of the story. These problems kicked in about 1/3 of the way through and got worse and worse. This book suffers simply from poor writing. There are contradictions all over the place, sometimes from chapter to chapter, sometimes from one page to the next. The dialog is often repetitive, as if a character forgot what he said two pages ago.

Here are just a few examples (none of these are major plot spoilers):

- Prince Vargo described as blonde, with reddish beard. Later, he is "the dark haired prince".
- On one page, it is "late afternoon". A few pages later (and less than an hour later in sequence of events), Vargo is "sipping his morning tea".
- mixup of which character was being talked about -- the name changed from one page to the next
- An amulet Pinch wears is described as being created from a piece of skullbone from a great prophet, the Dawnbreaker, wrapped in precious metal. Next page, a priestess says the Dawnbreaker called upon its powers once or twice (HOW, if it was made after he was dead?)
- Pinch detects a trap with a rod he carries, and a few pages later is a sentence about "the trap Pinch detected with Maeve's scroll"
- It's established early that Pinch is older than the princes. When he is describing to his friends how ruthless Manferic was, he recounts a situation that happened when he was 10 years old... Which involved the king sending princes Vargo and Throdus to perform executions. (When they were what? 6 years old? 8? unlikely).

There were LOTS more. Many of these detail issues were minor, and just one or two would be easily forgivable. But they were SO numerous that this became a very frustrating read. It's a shame that the writing and editing were so sloppy, because this story and character had lots of promise -- it could have been so much better. If the middle of the book had been written to the quality of the last chapter, it would have earned 3, maybe even 4, stars from me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
King Pinch - Review 2 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
King Pinch is definatly one of the greatest FR books ever. It has never ending action, a whole lot of surprises, and much more. This is a great book to read. The action is so great that you never want to put the book down. Definatly one of the greatest books ever!
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