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- Publisher: Gollancz; 01 edition (19 Aug. 2010)
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- Language: English
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Character interplay is complex, unsentimental and anchored in brutal shared history, SFX
Delightfully dry humour, mythology brimming with radical creatures and a group of interesting characters, The Last Wish is a great introduction to this universe, Fantasy Book Review
Sapkowski has a confident and rich voice which permeates the prose and remains post-translation. I'd recommend this to any fan of Heroic or Dark fiction, SF Book
One of the best and most interesting fantasy series I've ever read, Nerds of a Feather
Like Mieville and Gaiman, [Sapkowski] takes the old and makes it new . . . [a] fresh take on genre fantasy, Foundation
There's lots of imagination on show, the writing has a strong voice, and the Witcher is an entertaining character, Mark Lawrence
Refreshing and a lot of fun to read, Grimdark Magazine
Captivating, often nerve-wracking, and truthfully . . . rip-roaring fun, Fantasy Hive --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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I agree with others that call the writing 'disjointed'. It stutters, short sentences that are good for fights but just don't fit with a relaxed dialog. I can't find a rythm in the writing, like those books that just take your breath out and force you to turn pages one after the other. The fights are quite good, but then there other things like rough and heartless sex scenes that make little sense (they would if the rest of the book was different, but as they are they add little). The reason for me to drop it is that the characters are all soulless. The witcher cannot talk straight, and if you take the character names out of the dialogs you don't really know who is talking. It feels like there are just a few characters that just change name and face and appear in different stories... I don't know, I cannot feel anything for them, just not my type of book. On top of it the stories don't seem to have much depth and add little to the witcher character. Perhaps the other 60% of the book is awesome, but after what I have read, I rather invest my time in something else.
In summary, hope you really like it (most reviewers loved it), but just in case take a peek at a chapter before buying it.
The last story in the book deservedly took third place in a magazine competition and sowed the first seed that created a universe. I enjoyed these original stories, discovering Geralt’s origins in pre-game events. (And these stories are echoed in-game.}
The collection is assembled to reflect the chronology of Geralt’s life, although we have yet to learn many things – and I look forward to reading more books. Sapkowski creates a brilliant and exemplary framing structure for these stories that gives them more impact – and adds to the unfolding plotlines that I know develop. (This is a writing technique that I need to learn.)
Some amazing and complex characters are introduced, including the sorceress, Yennefer, whose life is woven into a complicated relationship with Geralt that opens great possibilities. And then there is Dandelion, the bard whose tales and exploits are something else amusingly different. These are origin stories perhaps before the Witcher-universe had fully-formed, but the characters are relatable.
The tales are rooted in heroic deeds – even if Dandelion has a habit of re-telling them differently. The author demonstrates that he has been inspired by folklore. However, while the echoed fairy stories have a germ of truth, this is a grimmer tradition than Grimm, in a cutthroat environment. There are the Slavic monsters that a reader might expect but other mythologies play their part, adding to a rich tapestry.
The world rings with the realism of bloody steel and fangs, the smells of soiled streets and tempting food. The era doesn’t feel not static, even across so few stories. The times are changing and so are the people. Evolving? Maybe not - but sowing many seeds. This is a medieval world of superstition and persecution – and riven by discrimination that resonates today. Witch-burnings are inevitable, and nothing is black-and-white. Not all monsters are obvious or what they seem.
Is my interpretation coloured by exploring the game-world? Perhaps, but these are the roots of the legend that is Geralt of Rivia. I look forward to discovering how the writing evolved, and how the world of The Witcher builds in later stories and novels. This was definitely the place to start on my quest to enjoy how Sapkowski grew from a very good writer into a master craftsman.
Story – five stars
Setting/World-building – five stars
Authenticity – five stars
Characters – five stars
Structure – five stars
Readability – five stars
Editing – five stars
The narrative flows easily, the plots are exciting and the translation from the author's native Polish is excellent. There were however a few instances in which I had to read the odd paragraph again where the sentences were rather awkward, but this in no way distracted from the story.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this introduction to The Witcher, and will definitely be reading more of the books in the series by this very talented, imaginative author.
'The Last Wish' is a good introduction into the world of the Witcher, whether you come at it as the fan of the games or general sci-fi aficionado.
And even if you are neither there is something uniquely true about the human nature, the ever changing world and life in general that can be gleaned from it.
I read it originally as a teenager and in Polish, but years have passed, translations have occurred and the book is still very good.
The last wish is an episodic story telling the tale of geralt and dandelion and they're first meeting with yennifer.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, meeting new characters and monsters and seeing that geralt is more than just a cold blooded killer looking to get paid but thinks and plans for the best outcome for all; a great antihero. I loved his meeting with yennifer and dandelions sarcastic nature.
If you like the game or enjoyed geralt other adventures this is worth your time. If you like fantasy and adventure in an adults world then this is for you. The author has created a wonderfully visceral world with consequences and nuance. I applaud his efforts and can't wait to read book 2
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1)The voice of reason 1- Page 1
2)The Witcher- Page 2
3)The voice of reason 2- Page 33
4)A grain of truth- Page 39
5)The voice of reason 3- Page 70
6)The lesser evil- Page 75(this one is the authors personal favourite)
7)The voice of reason 4- Page 114
8)A question of price- Page 118
9)The voice of reason 5- Page 157
10)The edge of the world- Page 164
11)The Voice of reason 6- Page 207
12)The last wish- Page 214
13)The voice of reason 7- Page 271
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I just love the way each story plays out, when you think you know who is right and who is wrong, who the real monster of the story is, it flips what you know on it's head and makes you take a completely different stance. I loved it, and I'm excited to continue reading.
Ich hatte das Glück, noch vor Entdeckung der The Witcher-Spiele die Charaktere unvoreingenommen vor meinem geistigen Auge zu sehen (die Darstellung der Charaktere gefiel mir in den Spielen nicht so sehr). Man merkt bereits auf den ersten Seiten, dass Andrzej Sapkowski ein erwachsenes Publikum anspricht, denn sowohl die Themen als auch die Ausdrucksweise sind sehr darauf ausgerichtet. Wer ein Jugendbuch sucht, ist hier eher an der falschen Adresse.
Mit The Last Wish beginnt die Hexer-Saga und bietet sozusagen ein Intro in die Geschichte an sich. Darauf folgt der Band The Sword of Destiny. Alle beide sind - wie bereits eingangs erwähnt - ursprünglich als Kurzgeschichtensammlung konzipiert worden und finden zeitlich vor den eigentlichen Bänden (ab Blood of Elves) statt. Der Leser wird ganz in Ruhe in die Welt des Hexers eingeführt und erlebt einige Aufträge mit, bei denen er mehr über die Kreaturen lernt, mit denen man in der von Herrn Sapkowski geschaffenen Fantasy-Welt zu tun hat.
Ich möchte nicht zu viel vom Inhalt verraten, um Lesern nicht den Spaß an der Reihe zu zerstören, doch eins sei gesagt: die Bücher der Reihe sind allesamt spannend bis zum Schluss. Man erfährt mit der Zeit immer mehr über den Hexer und dessen Vergangenheit, aber auch über dessen innere Konflikte, die ihn dazu bringen, so zu handeln, wie er es tut. Eine Liebesgeschichte spielt sich neben all den Abenteuern nebenher noch ab, allerdings nicht auf einem so schmalzigen Level, wie man das eventuell aus anderen Fantasy-Reihen (bspw. Die Elfen) kennt.
En fait l'auteur a sortir les deux premiers tomes, son récit a été adapté en jeu vidéo, devant le succès il a sorti la suite, si je ne me trompe pas.
Donc c'est bien de lire d'abord ces deux là.
Au niveau du récit, on suit Geralt of Rivia, un Witcher. En gros un mutant qui a les yeux fendus au soleil, voit dans le noir, bouge très vite, est détesté de tous même de lui-même et éduqué pour tuer à la commande les monstres qui pullulent dans ce monde très moyen-âgeux et rendent la vie dure à la populace.
Les personnages sont très amusants, les dialogues très drôles, bref c'est sombre mais très amusant à lire. En prime c'est rudement bien écrit (pour la version anglaise). C'est du pur grim dark fantasy, ça meurt, ça coupe, ça fait mal. Le personnage de Gerlat n'est pas un ado boutonneux, il y a des histoires d'amour mais ça sent pas bon la rose (pour dire, il se tape Blanche-Neige est c'est pas une petite fleur délicate).
Ah oui, parce que chaque histoire correspond à un conte célèbre sauf qu'il faut un certain temps pour le reconnaître et comme je ne le savais pas, à un moment donné je me dis "c'est bizarre on dirait la belle et la bête" mais en trash. C'est ça et c'est très irrévérencieux et de ce fait très distrayant.
Je recommande ce livre vraiment excellent, j'ai déjà lu la suite que je recommande aussi. C'est vraiment de la très bonne fantasy légère.
La historia del primer libro The Last Wish relata varios cuentos cortos protagonizados por Geralt, un cazador de monstruos que va por el mundo ejerciendo su profesión pero diversos eventos siempre lo alcanzan y el sin quererlo debe tomar parte en cada uno mas variado que el otro, desde combatir monstruos, maldiciones, monstruos que en realidad son mas humanos que algunas personas, brujas, bandidos, etc.
Todas las historias son muy buenas, sobresaliendo the lesser evil y the last wish donde se ven en conflicto las morales de los personajes, aquí nada es lo que parece y eso es de lo mas impactante de esta serie. La escritura es soberbia, el autor te mete de lleno en cada escena con los detalles necesarios para dejarte en una atmósfera perfecta, los personajes son muy buenos y están muy bien definidos y al terminar de leerlo me dejo con ganas de mas, ya tengo la continuación The Sword of Destiny y no lo voy a soltar hasta terminarlo.
Lo recomiendo a todos los fanáticos de la fantasía medieval con elementos mágicos, normalmente solo nos llega lo popular como Canción de Hielo y Fuego que también es una serie muy buena pero a mi parecer no esta a la altura de la serie The Witcher, de lo mejor que he leído hasta ahora.
Instead, The Last Wish does not waste any words or pages. It describes a number of set events that take place in the life of Geralt, the witcher, and then slowly ties them up together beautifully. There is no blabbing or pointless events and dialogues and the book is short but concise. I got a lot more meaningful and impactful story and character development from these mere 300 pages than I get from a typical novel in Western literature that goes on for 1000 or more pages.
The book will surprise you with its clear and concise writing, its humour and its more serious moments. It's a must read!
If you're new to the series, read this one in the order it was published i.e. after the main trilogy (you can find helpful lists online); this is because while Geralt is obviously prevalent in this story, if you have no prior knowledge of him or any other characters, you may find the descriptions somewhat lacking and have trouble imagining him. If you're a fan of the Witcher game, you can read this before starting the rest of the books (like I did), thus reading it in the chronological order of the world of the Witcher. As far as character development goes, I really found that this added to Yennifer, who I strongly disliked in the games (Team Triss!); I understood her motivations more than I did before, and I was able to even feel compassionately towards her, which surprised me.
The books itself is made up of several short stories--interesting, not what I expected! The nods to age-old fairytales--and the twists on them--is a bonus; it plays on readers' existing knowledge and lends to the nostalgia that arises from remembering the fairytales of our childhood. The episodes are generally "stand-alone" -- tidbits of Geralt's life as a Witcher and the people and beasts he encounters. There are nods to things going on in the world at large (politics, conflicts, etc.). However, there is one larger story that threads its way through the books, titled, "The Voice of Reason." This story appears episodically, interspersed with the other tales, which breaks up the "quest-style" narrative format by grounding the larger story in a chronological time.
I like how each chapter is a different story yet they are connected in some way
Only thing is that the book is very different from the Netflix series. Even the main character, Geralt has a different vibe and personality in the book compared to the show. I like the book version better since I saw the show after I read it. It's better to read since the show added many things in between that don't exist in the book
Must read. Cant wait to read what happens in the next part.
Each of the stories feels like it has a point, some lesson to be learned, even though it's not totally obvious what that lesson is. The stories, all following the life of the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, make you stop to question what actually constitutes a monster. Things aren't always as they seem. At one point this becomes clear when some of the townspeople point out that some of the monsters actually do more good than harm, and state that they don't want the monster to be removed.
I also really liked how the world feels like a medieval fantasy world, and yet it also has something somehow modern about it in the way some people talk and some concepts they have like insurance and so on.
All in all it was a great story, great characters, and a great format. A clear 5 out of 5 stars.
I've played the games first then watched the Netflix show second. This book represents an excellent opportunity for the gamers to learn about the origin stories of the main protagonists (a subject the games don't broach and only reference very quickly). As for the show, this book is essentially season 1 minus the war and Yennefer's origin story. There are minor differences between the book and the show however.
I ordered the hardcover version which doesn't feature a dust jacket like it's usually the case with hardcovers. All in all, the book feels nice but the cover warps in a weird way as the book is used.
This is a good buy and I highly recommend it.
The writing is quite good with the melancholic and disrespected hero proving himself to be quite a good combination of brains, brawn and training but nevertheless a loner.
The magical creatures are drawn from Slavic mythology too.
Overall, a good time pass. I am thinking of reading the novel series also.