Shop now Shop now Shop now See more Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now DIYED Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Shop now Shop now Shop now
Profile for clevermonkey > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by clevermonkey
Top Reviewer Ranking: 6,154,230
Helpful Votes: 2

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
clevermonkey

Show:  
Page: 1
pixel
King of Thorns (The Broken Empire Book 2)
King of Thorns (The Broken Empire Book 2)
Price: £6.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hero's don't come any darker, 11 July 2013
If you like Joe Abercrombie and Richard Morgan, there's a good chance you'll like Mark Lawrence. They all share a similarly dark view of human nature and their hero's reflect that with a certain black humour.
This is the second book in the series and the main character, Jorg Ancrath, has grown and matured, and is almost likeable. In the first book the young Jorg had few redeeming traits, other than a keen intellect and a ruthless ambition, but the story was gripping and by the end you started to understand him a little. A sort of sympathy for the devil. This continues in the second book till you find yourself rooting for him despite what you know, or think you know, about him. The author never makes it easy for you to like Jorg, as his merciless examination of his own motives is truly machiavellian, but you cannot help but admire his wit and the brutal honesty of his analysis.
Setting the story in a post-apocalyptic world in which the act of armageddon frayed the very edges of reality, enough for magic to start to exist, is somehow more plausible than most fantasy worlds and adds to the enjoyment. Definitely a series for experienced Fantasy readers who like things a little more complex than "good pretty humans versus bad ugly monsters".


Red Country: A First Law Novel (World Of The First Law Series Book 3)
Red Country: A First Law Novel (World Of The First Law Series Book 3)
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Logan Nine Fingers is back., 17 May 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
If you haven't read the books preceding this one, go back and get them. Joe Abercrombie is simply a great storyteller.
If you got bored with formulaic fantasy novels with 2D characters, try something that will rekindle your delight in other worlds. Darkly complex characters and sparkling with humour, the stories will chime with the more cynical adult you've become. You'll get cool fights that smack of realism, but with the sensibilities of a hollywood blockbuster to appease the inner child. Archetypal characters from a whole new perspective and storylines that make you stay up too late.
I cannot rate these stories highly enough


The Quantum Thief (Jean le Flambeur Book 1)
The Quantum Thief (Jean le Flambeur Book 1)
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with The Culture novels, 17 May 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
When I first read the Culture novels of Iain M Banks I didn't understand them, but over the years I have come to love them and prize them as literary gems. I guess I needed to grow-up to appreciate them. I mention this because reading The Quantum Thief it felt like it was happening all over again. It's a complex world with no handbook, but the absorbing characters and the quality of the writing make you want to understand it.
A fast paced mystery with well rounded characters in a complex and absorbing world. Some cool fights with even cooler tech and some sparkles of wit. I look forward to the next one.


Page: 1