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Memory (The Scavenger Trilogy, Book 3) [Hardcover]

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Orbit Book (1 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739449702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739449707
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 15 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How did these books make it into print? 18 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
Oh my God! I cannot conceive how anybody could enjoy these books! Although, I must say, these books incited in me some of the strongest feelings I've had reading fantasy fiction. Frustration was an overriding sensation as these books, instead of improving over the trilogy, actually managed to become less intelligible and increasingly soulless. In addition there was anger, that the author couldn't even remember the names of his main characters from one chapter to the next (don't doubt me, he actually does get his character names confused in the second book), and confusion resulting from fundamental mistakes in the text. Finally there was a deep feeling of regret upon completing the trilogy of having wasted my time and my energy, which would have been better employed injecting myself with deadly microbes and slowly watching myself decay in front of a full length mirror.
If you are in any doubt still as to whether you should buy this book, here are a few other observations.
The main character is entirely detestable, never at any point giving you any reason to support him and his pointless existence. At one point he massacres most of the people on his home island for some inconsequential reason that I have blocked out in order to preserve my sanity.
The author would also appear to have an unwholesome interest in writing lengthly instruction manuals on blacksmithing. If perhaps I had bought a book entitled "how to make a small boring looking knife in seven easily digestible chapters" then this would have been forgivable. However, I mistakenly thought I was purchasing a work of fantasy fiction, with all of the well-rounded characters, snappy dialogue and exciting plot turns implicit in such a genre.
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Building up to a climax or what? 27 Nov 2003
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Remember how exciting it was reading the last chapter of an Agatha Christie book, with all the revelations of things that you kick yourself for not thinking of? Well just imagine spreading that over 550 pages and you've got this book. Every chapter brings revelation after revelation, but just to keep you on your toes, there's still the odd extra question thrown in too. It's just one long tease, building up to a big climax and I love it!
Actually - confession time - I've still got one-and-a-half chapters to go so I've not yet seen how it finishes. But I won't be able to write up a review for a few days after I've finished. So I thought I'd better get it down now while I'm experiencing the thrill.
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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS THE END 30 Oct 2003
By Robert
Format:Paperback
So finaly the scavenger trilogy comes to an end. To be fair I found the first two books occasionaly tough going, not because Parker is not a good writter (his world is intirely beleivable and there are no traces of the laziness that runs through out most fantasy books) but because the books did not seem to go any where, little action and even fewer answers. So what made me keep reading?
Because I WANTED the answer, I wanted to know who Poldarn was and how he fitted into the greater story. This is K J Parker's true talent in regard to these books, the ability to give you what at first seems like an unsouvable pussle and a main charcter you can emphasise with because he's just as confused as you.
The connection between Poldarn and the god in the cart was obvious from about half way through book two, but again I wanted to find out what that had to do with anything, how it all tied up with Poldarn's previouse life(which he has fogotten, having lost his memory at the start of book one).
And here it is, all the answers, was it worth the wait? Worth the fact the when you realy look at the triology nothing much happens apart from Poldarn blundering around making a pigs ear of things?
The answer is yes. Though the revelations of Poldarns previouse life are a bit mundane and spewed out in a terrible bit of exposition (one character delivering a monolgue for three pages and most of it you can peice together from the earlier parts of the book).
But that is secondary to the main thrust of the books, namely the connection between Poldarn and the god in the cart and when you finaly close the book after reading the last page you'll feel like someones bashed you round your head a couple of times and gone on to kill your favourite pet.
That is why I have given this book four stars, for that last emotional page that made the whole prevouse 1,500 odd pages worth while.
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1.0 out of 5 stars review1 11 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
the whole triolgy was bad and i wished i had never bought it before reading
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, Awesome...Worth It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 15 May 2005
By J. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I wish i could rate this book even higher than 5 Stars. The ending is superb. It couldn't have been better. This series and I have had a time together. I got kinda bummed out with book two and starting book three was tough. I had thoughts of not even finishing it. But I'm so glad I did. This trilogy shot from the bottom of my favorite series to the top...just under King's Dark Tower Series. If you've read and liked books one and two, you will not be disappointed at all with book three. It was worth my time and money. I recommend this series to anyone wanting an intriguing, indepth read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great end to a great series 23 Jan 2006
By SerpentSatellite - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Yes, this book was pretty much the same as the first two installments. Which makes it a pretty darn good book.

The problem which keeps this one at 4 stars, was it was just a bit too... long. While the other books, especially the second, had passages that waxed into long descriptions and technical natured discussion (in this book, it is lengthy passages relating to working at a bell foundry) in this novel they were just far too long and far too plentiful.

I could have done with a much lesser amount of the dry "every day working" bits in this story.

They made this book drag a little, where the first two flew by for me.

However, the end of the story was all I could have hoped for and more. Not at all predictable, much is explained, and much of it shocked me quite a bit!

All in all an excellent series, and quite not what I expected.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Conclusion to the Trilogy 4 Sep 2012
By allong1118 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After the events of Pattern, Poldarn has gone away from his homeland and gets intertwined (yet again) in the politics that encompassed the first novel of The Scavanger Trilogy, "Shadow". The opening pages has one character going on a soliloquy of all the worst men in the world. As it happens, Poldarn happens to have met all of them, and is about to meet them yet again. All the different mysteries, characters, and plot threads come together in this spectacular conclusion to a very good trilogy.

Out of the six novels I have read by K.J. Parker, Memory is by far the best. All the answers you can imagine come forth in earnest, and they aren't all crowded in the final pages like many authors like to do (one of my pet peeves). There's a lot that happens, but none of it ever feels rushed. The ending is nothing like I ever anticipated, and the final pages left me chills that were even more powerful than the final twist from The Engineer Trilogy. The "big question" -- whether or not Poldarn is actually a god -- is resolved in perfect fashion.

What makes Memory so much better than any other K.J. Parker novel is the limited use of anything to do with forging steel, building a house, etc. There are still pages devoted to the craft, but they go buy quicker than ever before and take a backseat to the story of Poldarn. My biggest complaint with Parker was how the author sometimes got carried away with these "work day" bits and not much seemed to be added. Here, much of the novel is instead taken up by flashbacks as we finally get to see the major scenes of what made Poldarn how he is. Another surprise that I wasn't expecting was an actual battle scene (something Parker loves to avoid as it is stereotypical fantasy), which turned out to be very exciting and well done. The only complaint I have about the novel is the disappearance of one minor character that is never explained. I'm sure it never really mattered, and it wasn't enough to detract my enjoyment from the story, but I would have liked to see some resolution there. Besides that, everything was well done and the ending especially was just spot on perfect.

I have now read two trilogies by Parker. I felt Devices and Desires (Book 1 of The Engineer Trilogy) was by far the weakest of the bunch, but everything else is wonderfully written. As a whole, I feel this trilogy is much better written, more exciting, and has a much better story. Anyone looking for dark fantasy (that is completely void of any magic, which is quite refreshing) will love this entire trilogy. It has a bit of a weak middle (Pattern), but this finale more than made up for it. I would give the trilogy as a whole a 4/5. I'm extremely excited to see what other stories K.J. Parker has up his/her sleeve.

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5.0 out of 5 stars story line was very interesting and fast paced and unpredictable 11 Dec 2011
By blake - Published on Amazon.com
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the plot starts with a man who wakes up in a field and cant remember anything ! its full of mystery, action, unpredictable character devolopment. it makes this book a very good read ! i have read all three books in this series and i loved it ! someone who can write a book without copying something thats been done before, or someone else !
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!!! 6 April 2006
By Jochen H. Stritzker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The whole trilogy is just amazing! After reading K. J. Parker`s Fencer Trilogy I had to read these books - and now I have a new "favorite author"...

It`s always a pleasure for me to read about characters that you shouldn`t really like - and the end is just fantastic! You can not stop smiling on the last 5 pages (and many others before).

Enjoy!!!
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