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David A. Gemmell

#1 Post by prongs » 10 Mar 2011 18:42

It seemed strange that such a great author didn't have his own thread,so here it is.

I've already read the "Tales of the Rigante" series (apart from Stormrider,stupid greek bookstores) and now I'm reading the "Dreanai" series.From the moment I read the first words of "A sword in the storm" I knew Gemmell would become one of my favourite writers ever.
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#2 Post by Palantyre » 10 Mar 2011 20:58

I've read Legend and The King Beyond the Gate. Great stuff, especially Legend. Simple story, but so dramatic and evocative.
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#3 Post by prongs » 10 Mar 2011 22:03

Palantyre wrote:I've read Legend and The King Beyond the Gate. Great stuff, especially Legend. Simple story, but so dramatic and evocative.
Legend is one of the best books I've ever read,as you say the story is quite simple but still it lacks nothing in epicness!
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#4 Post by t.a.j. » 11 Mar 2011 10:28

He is rather formulaic and his characters tend to be rather one dimensional, but his prose is engaging and enjoyable. I liked Sword in the Storm, Midnight Falcon but mostly I liked Knights of Dark Renown, which was not as formulaic as the other books. To my mind at least.
So, enjoyable and entertaining, but not really great.
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#5 Post by Lone Wolf » 06 May 2011 13:56

I'm a huge fan of David Gemmell but I do agree that he's very formulaic. Almost every book follows the same pattern.

Nice Hero and Rogue Hero. Big bad guy who turns out to be a tool of the 'ultimate evil'

Impossible odds which are overcome thanks to 'magic stones' and/or a very powerful wizard.

Redemption for the rogue and one of the bad guys top fighters. Token strong female character who is really just looking for the right man

Also his characters are very similar and some of his quotes get very repetitive, eg 'Either I'll die or I wont'

But despite all that, I've re-read his books several times and enjoyed the experience every time. Gemmell had the talent of storytelling and he exploited it perfectly.

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#6 Post by prongs » 13 May 2011 02:37

currently reading Waylander II: In the realm of the wolf...kicks ass!!! :wink:
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#7 Post by kanbera » 31 May 2012 20:47

I really like David Gemmel. I've read all his books we have. I would like to try to read him in English, but I'm not good enough in English to do this...
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