Orcs Bad Blood I: Weapons of Magical Destruction (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Paperback – 1 May 2009
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The precise but vivid prose delivers fully-formed worlds without any heavy descriptions, and there's unrelenting action as the Orcs gleefully bound from one battle to the next. (Sandy Auden SFX) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fast moving, tongue-in-cheek and full of sorcery and bloodshed, ORCS BAD BLOOD gives a fresh perspective on the endless war between good and evil.See all Product Description
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And I was disappointed. There is a re-cap at the start for new readers to the saga and then our little Orc chums are off through a magical portal and almost straight into combat against a bunch of re-animated corpses. Quite why these corpses re-animate is never quite explained. Then a brief respite and...another battle. And the whole book is like that, a vague plot linked by a number of scenes where the Orcs mix it big time. It got a little repetitive and, dare I say it, a little boring. Insufficient plot and character development and while the humour is still there, we have seen it before and it felt a little forced and tired. I 'might' have pushed this to an average three stars on the basis that it does not pretend to be anything else but a fun Orc romp, but this book came to a very abrupt end, obviously leading towards the next book. So if you buy this, you will be left somewhat wanting or having to buy the next one. If you are really keen on this, wait a year until this trilogy gets sold in one volume, at least then you can get the whole story in one hit.
But this left me with insufficient reward for the reading time invested and I probably not bother with any more.
It involves the ubiquitous 'orcs', it has a MacGuffin which various sides are after, and as a whole seems to reference a variety of writing styles, from Philip Pulman, (alternate worlds anyone?), to most predominately that of James Barclay; if you don't know what 'eviscerate' means by the end of this novel, you've missed pages somewhare along the line.
It moves at a rapid pace, has some deft touches of humour, and makes for an undemanding read.
Recommended if you want a fantasy novel that you can read with your brain firmy in neutral.
This was yet another brilliant continuation of the storyline and it is totally captivating. You know you enjoy a book if the story starts spilling into your dreams!
I might get the second in the series to see what happens.
Nicholls feels like he wants to make some more philosophical points about society: Are the Orcs more shaped by their genes or their environment? I am curious to see if he can deliver on this broader theme while maintaining the readability of a fantasy novel.
Great read, fast and furious, could not put it down. Look forward to the next one.
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Not up to the standard of the first trilogy. A bit let down, as a fan. This one is the best of the second trilogy, which unfortunately only gets worse from herein.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great book written very well. If you like fantasy read this.Published 15 months ago by Martin Nicholls
Tremendous read action packed once you pick it up you cant put it downPublished 18 months ago by Anthony Ainsley
This was bought as a Christmas gift and I know the book was very much enjoyed.Published 19 months ago by Mrs S
I am still trying to read this, But other books seem to interest me more maybe is is a little to different for me.Published on 11 July 2013 by jan whitefield
I had to have this after reading 'Orcs' on holiday. Brilliant! I think in a past life I was probably an orc myself. My husband thinks I probably still am.Published on 13 Sept. 2011 by C. Ashton