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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softback edition (1 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575082933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575082939
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 432,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stan Nicholls is the author of more than thirty books, most of them in the fantasy and science fiction genres, for both adult and young readers. Titles include 'Strange Invaders', 'Fade to Black', The Nightshade Chronicles trilogy and 'Wordsmiths of Wonder: Fifty Interviews With Writers of the Fantastic'. He adapted David Gemmell's 'Legend' and 'Wolf in Shadow' into graphic novel form, novelised TV series 'Dark Skies', and wrote authorised biographies of, among others, Gerry Anderson of Thunderbirds fame and Coronation Street's Willam Roache. His Quicksilver trilogy (Dreamtime trilogy in the US) - 'Quicksilver Rising', 'Quicksilver Zenith' and 'Quicksilver Twilight' - is published in the UK by Voyager/HarperCollins.
His Orcs: First Blood trilogy - 'Bodyguard of Lightning', 'Legion of Thunder' and 'Warriors of the Tempest' - published in the UK by Gollancz, is a worldwide bestseller, with over a million copies sold to date. The associated Orcs story "The Taking" was shortlisted for the 2001 British Fantasy Award. The second trilogy, Orcs: Bad Blood, consists of 'Weapons of Magical Destruction', 'Army of Shadows' and 'Inferno'. The trilogies have appeared as unexpurgated audiobooks, read by John Lee and published by Tantor Media. An original Orcs graphic novel, 'Orcs: Forged For War', illustrated by Joe Flood, was published in October 2011 by First Second Books in the US, Pan Macmillan in the UK and Les Editions Gallimard in France, and entered the New York Times bestseller list. It also won the 2011 Geek Life Award for Best Comic Book of the Year, and was awarded a Great GN Accolade by Graphic Novel Reporter. A collection of orcs novellas and short stories, entitled 'Orcs: Tales of Maras-Dantia', is scheduled for publication in Spring 2015.
His books have been published in more than 20 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain and the United States.
Before taking up writing full-time in 1981, Stan co-owned and managed Notting Hill bookstore Bookends, and was manager of specialist sf bookshop Dark They Were and Golden Eyed. He was the first manager of Forbidden Planet's original London store, and helped establish and run the New York branch.
He has had approximately fifty short stories published in anthologies and magazines. A collection entitled 'Shake Me To Wake Me: The Best Short Fiction of Stan Nicholls' was published by NewCon Press in November 2013.
A journalist for national and specialist publications, and the Internet, Stan was for six years the science fiction and fantasy book reviewer for London listings magazine 'Time Out', and subsequently reviewed popular science titles for the magazine. His journalism has appeared in 'The Guardian', 'The Independent', 'The Times', 'Film Monthly', 'Films & Filming', 'Movie', 'Rock Power', 'SFX', 'Sight & Sound' and some seventy other publications.
He was the recipient of Le'Fantastique Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Literature, presented at the Trolls & Legendes Festival in Mons, Belgium, 7th-8th April 2007. Stan is Chair of the annual David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy. The first presentation, which he co-hosted, took place at the headquarters of The Magic Circle in London on 19th June 2009.
Stan is married to psychotherapist Anne Nicholls, who writes self-help books and journalism under that name, and sf/fantasy as Anne Gay.

www.stannicholls.com

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"The precise but vivid prose delivers fully-formed worlds without any heavy descriptions, and there's unrelenting action as the Orcs gleefully bound from one battle to the next." (Sandy Auden SFX) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fast moving, tongue-in-cheek and full of sorcery and bloodshed, ORCS BAD BLOOD gives a fresh perspective on the endless war between good and evil.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 Jan 2010
Format: Paperback
I loved the first Orc trilogy. It took an unusual twist on the fantasy genre - orcs as good guys and humans as fanatic invaders - but this first book in a new trilogy, after the events of the first one, is hugely disappointing. As another reviewer has pointed out, there is little plot and little characterisation, the latter a fault I also found with James Barclay's second Raven series. A shame, as Nicholl's "Quicksilver" trilogy was a mature and complex development after Orcs. With Joe Abercrombie and the like rapidly regenerating the tiring sword and sorcery genre, Orcs II needs a rethink. Repetition is not reinvention and this book feels like wheel spinning.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Aug 2009
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed the author's first Orc trilogy, quite fun to have the aggressive Orc perspective! So picked this up knowing it would be more of the same, light easy reading that would be enjoyable but not set the world alight!

And I was disappointed. There is a re-cap at the start for new readers to the saga and then our little Orc chums are off through a magical portal and almost straight into combat against a bunch of re-animated corpses. Quite why these corpses re-animate is never quite explained. Then a brief respite and...another battle. And the whole book is like that, a vague plot linked by a number of scenes where the Orcs mix it big time. It got a little repetitive and, dare I say it, a little boring. Insufficient plot and character development and while the humour is still there, we have seen it before and it felt a little forced and tired. I 'might' have pushed this to an average three stars on the basis that it does not pretend to be anything else but a fun Orc romp, but this book came to a very abrupt end, obviously leading towards the next book. So if you buy this, you will be left somewhat wanting or having to buy the next one. If you are really keen on this, wait a year until this trilogy gets sold in one volume, at least then you can get the whole story in one hit.

But this left me with insufficient reward for the reading time invested and I probably not bother with any more.
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By Avidreader on 5 Jun 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The action was very good but again the swearing put me off and spoiled the book for me maybe I,m old-fashioned but that's me
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By jan whitefield on 11 July 2013
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I am still trying to read this, But other books seem to interest me more maybe is is a little to different for me.
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I had to have this after reading 'Orcs' on holiday. Brilliant! I think in a past life I was probably an orc myself. My husband thinks I probably still am.
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