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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (14 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575095849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575095847
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
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For me Red Country felt like deadwood meets The hobbit. A western journey that was fairly pointless but was often violent.
This is far from my fav book by Abercrombie, its not that its trying too hard, its just that its, well 150+ pages too long. Sometimes (and heroes was heading this way) Joe Abercrombie doesn't seem to know where to speed things up a bit, it was the plodding that got to me (i need more pace, but thats a personal choice). The characters were great, Lamb, Shy etc so rich in detail, emotion, back story, I loved reading about them. Cosca and his men, so many rich characters, so deep and dark, but the journey was just too long for me. I think many will really love this book.
A good book, that could have been a great book. But as ever i look forward to what comes next from one of the Review:
For me Red Country felt like deadwood meets The hobbit. A western journey that was fairly pointless but was often violent.
This is far from my fav book by Abercrombie, its not that its trying too hard, its just that its, well 150+ pages too long. Sometimes (and heroes was heading this way) Joe Abercrombie doesn't seem to know where to speed things up a bit, it was the plodding that got to me (i need more pace, but thats a personal choice). The characters were great, Lamb, Shy etc so rich in detail, emotion, back story, I loved reading about them. Cosca and his men, so many rich characters, so deep and dark, but the journey was just too long for me. I think many will really love this book.
A good book, that could have been a great book. But as ever i look forward to what comes next from one of the truly talented fantasy writers out there

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After reading the book blurb above you could easily be mistaken for thinking that Joe Abercrombie has flipped his lid. Where the hell is the grimness? What has happened to the darkness? Shouldn't there be a fabulously graphic coming together of the two in order to create some sort of vile fantasy by-blow (let's call it "Grimdark" for want of a better name).

The First Law trilogy was Abercrombie's take on the epic fantasy opus. The Heroes was a novel that explored the horrors of war, and now, Red Country heads off into the territory of the Western. I'll admit to being a little sceptical before I began reading. I found myself continually going back to the big question - can a fantasy novel and Western inhabit the same space and happily coexist with one another?

Shy South is used to hardship. Running a farm in the middle of nowhere has created a woman of single-minded purpose and determination. When her younger siblings are kidnapped she sets out to find them. She refuses to let any obstacle get in her way and will move heaven and earth to find her family. At first meeting Shy comes across as hard, almost unfeeling, but there are hidden depths to this young woman. She is much more than just your average homesteader.

The other main character is a Northman, known only as Lamb. Some try to distance themselves from the past while others, no matter how far they travel, just can't seem to escape it. Lamb has lived a peaceful, almost solitary, life for years but a series of events out with his control force him back into a place he thought he had left far behind. This character was the real highlight of the novel for me. There are some wonderful moments where we get to discover what's going on in the mind of this world-weary man. Lamb is seeking peace but finds only violence.
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So i really enjoyed it. The wild west theme was great, along with the world building. But yet again I was left frustrated because I wanted to love it, I wanted to love the characters, especially an old one from previous books. Yet again I feel its a case of an author insisting on becoming darker and trying for an excessive amount of realism.

I read fantasy to take me away from reality and maybe give me a character or two to love. I hated the old school Hero's, but this new school fantasy where everyone is caught between black and white is getting a bit depressing.
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Red country is very much a pioneer story with some great leading character the beloved lamb, temple lawyer, liar and thief. Look forward to the next one... :@)
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This is not up to the standard of the previous books.
It seems to be a rushed out piece of work, perhaps the publishers or his agent wanted something in a hurry ?
Although there are some characters from the classic books they seem to have been transplanted into a western I half expected six shooters to be drawn.
There were cannons gunpowder and steam engines, even a steam powered dragon which unfortunately never took to the air due to the hurried approach and hasty ending, swords but no sorcery.
Nowhere close to his other stuff, quite a sad effort...
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I'm a big Abercrombie fan, but Red Country was really disappointing, not up to the standard of previous novels. This attempt to recreate themes from several classic Westerns in the setting of the Union's Western frontier should have been left in the ideas notebook. Overly long, meandering and most of all dull and unrewarding with a particularly boring plot. Not sure if the editing wasn't up to scratch or if the author was just having trouble with the project. Hope the next one is better!
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