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The Dark Lord's Handbook by [Dale, Paul]
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Book 1 of 2 in The Dark Lord's Handbook (2 Book Series)
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About the Author

I live in Bath, England. When I’m not writing, I’m cycling, which means I don’t get much writing done. My other interests include film, baking, physics, sport, Buddhism and playing all types of games. I have a BSc Degree in Physics from Bath University and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 844 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500819948
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Paul Dale; 4 edition (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00756ZO4Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,931 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I must admit that i was doubtful upon reading this as to whether or not it would be my cup of tea, the title alone was enough to poke my interest. I am not what one would call a big fan of fantasy literature, personally i think Tolkien could have done with slimming his volumes down by a mear 500 pages or so. I am however a big fan of excellent writing and this is excellent writing. The characters take full advantage of being written by a writer who allows them space to come truely alive in a world where the fantasy genre finally makes sense, a surreal edge to modern dilemmas rather than pompous wizards and albinos riding dragons. This is not a parody or a spoof but a loving homage to something i imagine is very close to Mr Dale's heart. It made me laugh out loud and i found it hard to put down and the character of Morden is one that will last; part Holden Caulfield and part Alex from A Clockwork Orange but with literal demonic powers. I feel better for having read it.
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Paul Dale takes us into a world where the Dark Lord has not even risen yet, not only that, but he still has to learn how to rise... then there is the small matter of what to wear, and whether he should simply pillage, or burn a city. This very funny book brings the angst of becoming a Dark Lord to the fore. Morden is a wholy believable character, and his orcs are wonderfully created.
A most exciting book from a very promising author. More please.
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Conceptually it is a superb idea.
I mean it is only natural that Dark Lords, who intend to take over the world with their minions, would need a basic step by step manual to do so.
The author has quite the flair for irony and a witty repertoire. Quite a few times I found myself shaking my hand and grinning.
However I do think it could have so much more.
The story often slips in and out of banal storyline and then whips back into a great comedic dryness. This roller coaster is what made it less than what I think could have been a brilliantly funny and satirical book.
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A fairly enjoyable book, a little disappointing that it adheres to the cliches instead of breaking them. With a name like the Dark Lords Handbook I was expecting something like the Evil Overlords handbook that took cliches and broke them. But the Handbook in the story actually tells the protagonist that these cliches are important and to do them. The book also ended with a sense of incompleteness and I was forced to buy the sequel in order to finish the story which should have been one book. Despite this it is a good story and worth a look.
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Reading this book was like reading LOTR, Disc world and many other fantasies put together a mixture that truly works including a great Star Wars reference. I'll be starting the next book tomorrow just to see how Morden is getting on
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I did wonder if this might be a kind of Haynes manual for "being evil and conquering the world"...which would have also been an interesting read :-) The handbook is in fact one of the characters in this ingenious story, which is told from the point of view of the characters usually portrayed as stereotyped and two-dimensional "baddies" - orcs, tyrants bent on world domination and so on. You end up quite seeing their side of the story!

There are knowing references to the works of Tolkein and Pratchett, but the author has his own style, which is very readable and enjoyable.

All in all an enjoyable read and a novel "take" on the fantasy genre.
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My only criticism is that he hasn't finished the next book yet! I want more please!
A great well rounded story with everything thrown in - fantasy - humour - love, and a
good cleverly woven plot to boot.
Forget the cycling Mr Dale, and get down to business . . . .
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When I lived in London, I used the tube every day and pretty much every day, I would look at the bottle-shaped diagram on the wall of the train and reflect that Morden (which is at one end of the Northern Line) would be a great name for a baddy in a book. Sure enough it is.

This book is great fun. There's a strain of subversive humour going on throughout which I really enjoyed but never at the expense of the characterisation. No typos that I noticed but some laugh out loud funny bits and a deftly handled sexual tension between our hero, or at least, our dark lord, Morden and the fundamentalist, mentalist, hero's potty-mouthed girlfriend. On the humour front, one particular chapter from the handbook about the dark lord rising and suddenly coming forth had me guffawing with Sid James like laughter. The book operates on more than one level though, with our own world situation intelligently parallelled.

However, to me, and face it, this is all pretty subjective so take it with a pinch of salt - it does slightly rush to the end in the last chapters. The ending wasn't dissatisfying exactly but an awful lot happened rather suddenly in a short time and it didn't seem to connect as smoothly, or flow as seamlessly as what had gone before. And in the last pages, the sexual tension suddenly ceases to be an issue which sort of feels... odd. Undoubtedly, that has more to do with me than the quality of the writing, which was excellent throughout.

So, I, for one, will be eagerly awaiting Paul Dale's next book and if you're looking for a funny, but thoughtful, read I thoroughly recommend this one.
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