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3.0 out of 5 stars A good start!, 26 Aug. 2008
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This review is from: The Steel Remains (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Hardcover)
A surprisingly enjoyable book. I've never read anything by Morgan before as I don't do Sci-Fi, I'd heard that he had pretty visceral style of prose and producing very gory and sex filled stories.

I would say that this was quite an accurate description. A number of reviews of the book, not just here on Amazon, but in general, have commented on the number of sex scenes. The majority of these sex scenes are homosexual in nature and whilst the first few are quite graphic in there description, the later ones tend to swiftly passed over. I didn't really have a massive problem with the number of sex scenes or the nature of them, yes they may not have been 100% necessary, but I didn't find they interfered with the pacing of the story. The same can't be said for the violence, which is pretty graphically described at very possible occasion. That said, the fight scenes are well written and give a good blow by blow account of some impressive sword play. There is also a great deal of swearing within the book, which is becoming pretty standard in modern fantasy. At first this stuck out, but once you start reading the book it becomes invisible.

The story is a little traditional I suppose, but I don't see that as a bad thing. It is a traditional story, but dirtied and mixed up enough for it not to be clichéd. It is the first time in one of these "gritty, dark, modern fantasy" books that I've really cared about the characters. I've read GRRM, Abercrombie, Lynch, Erikson and Bakker and enjoyed them, well bar the last two authors anyway, but just not really been that bothered about the characters.

Morgan quotes Michael Moorcock as being an influence on this writing of this novel and I can see why. I'm not that well read in regards to Moorcock, but I've read enough to see how it has helped shape both the writing style and the world building.

One major fault with this book isn't the authors fault, but in my version (hardback) there are lots of errors - missing or incorrect letters and punctuation.

I'll be looking forward to the next novel in the series.
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Initial post: 27 Aug 2008 15:36:32 BDT
L. Palapala says:
" It is the first time in one of these "gritty, dark, modern fantasy" books that I've really cared about the characters."

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