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Thraxas: The Thraxas Novels: Book One Paperback – 1 Apr 1999


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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit ( London ); 1st.Ed.Reprinted 2000&01 edition (1 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857237293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857237290
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A pulp fiction hero par excellence (SFX)

Blindingly funny, deeply subversive (The GUARDIAN)

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Thraxas, a new star of comic fantasy, is born.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 April 2001
Format: Paperback
"Thraxas" is the first of the Thraxas novels written by Martin Millar under the pseudonym of Martin Scott. This was the second Thraxas chronicle I had the fortuity to read, and although it received the (Texan Orbit) World Award for Best Fantasy Novel of 1999, I found it remarkably similar to the third novel "Thraxas At The Races". Nonetheless, "Thraxas" was a huge delight despite its wavering originality, interspersed with laugh-out-loud one-liners, sardonic Thraxas witticisms, and satiric observations by Millar. The novel is set in the magical, and ultimately corrupt city of Turai, arch-nemesis to the self-reproachful Niojan nation next door. The unlikely protagonist of the sojourn into fantasy is Thraxas, a Sorcerous Private Investigator (akin to the hardboiled "film noir" American P.I.), who despite being a cynical, ribald drunkard, is also a philosopher, scholar and all round amiable fellow. Unfortunately for him, his girth (er...he's rather bulbous, one might say) is prone to getting incongruously in the way, just as he is about to solve one of the (yet again) intensely complex three mysteries which intertwine and overlap one another. Just as Turai is climactically altering to 'Orcish hell' in terms of sweltering heat, and just as Thraxas desperately needs to acquire some money before his predilection for beer and gambling interfere in sustaining his life, he is commissioned by Praetor Cicerius to prevent his son Celius from being implicated in a dwa drug dealing operation; by a pair of sly Elves to recover a stolen Red Elvish Cloak; and by the Princess Du-Akai, third in line to the monarchist throne of Turai, to save her from being blamed from the robbery of the Elvish fur itself.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Foulds VINE VOICE on 4 Feb. 2003
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This novel is fun and just that. Seriously mauled by the sci-fi critics when it first came out I bought it anyway! And for a load of fun and sheer escapism you can do no better .Booker prize winner it aint but the characters are fun and sexy and if you want to while away an afternoon in another world ....then read this!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Oct. 2005
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Set in the utterly corrupt city-state of Turai our man Thraxas, the ex sorceror, ex-soldier, ex-palace guard and oft drunk investigator eeks out a life amoung the drug-addled, criminal and poor until Princess-Akai turns up with a seemingly easy job to perform. Which ends up with a high-ranking foreign diplomat dead and Thraxas in prison accused of his murder.
It's a joy to read from start to finish. Filled with laughs and action as Thraxas attempts to prove his innocence while taking on some other cases, taking him into the higher echelons of Turaian society. The characters are well written, entertaining and believable, the plot while fixed in the fantastical is always fun and not too difficult to follow. There are also numerous and humorous real-world parodies that deal with drugs, government and prejudice that provide some intellectual meat aswell.
I'd certainly recommend this to anyone, there's something here everyone can love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dave.gee@bris.ac.uk on 13 July 2000
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A good read. The characters are solid and believable, the setting is drab yet presented in an "it's bad but it's ours" manner. The story is engaging with some clever twists and story devices that keep the reader interested. I would recommend this book to fans of the humourous fantasy genre without hesitation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan. 2001
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I was given this book as a present and I am here looking for sequels. Well written with believable characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 May 1999
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I really enjoyed reading this exciting book. There were many highlights and the whole story was memorable. This is the only Thraxas book I have read, but I will probably be buying the others in the series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tomas M. Daujotas on 21 Feb. 2013
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Thraxas series is one of the best of it's kind. Each novel has it's own plot but follows larger one. The world is populated with living characters that live their own lives throughout the series some popping out as main characters in later books, some die, some continue to live their miserable lives unaware of their involvement or even that the yummy pies they make are crucial to the wellbeing of the whole city.The main characters are lively and extremely well written. Do not mix Martin Millar's (Scott is a pen name) sense of Irony and humor for the real thing. The books are soaked in dark humor, irony and just a huge dose of pure awesomeness. And now, when the last book is finally under way I urge everyone to buy and enjoy the whole thing as it was meant to.
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