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What have you read in 2009? Post your list here and update it as you go along! (One thread per member, please.)
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Kveto from Prague
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Location: Prague, Bohemia

Postby Kveto from Prague » Tue November 10th, 2009, 10:32 pm

"annis" wrote:What did you make of "Golden Slave", Keny? I'm not convinced that it's one of Poul Anderson's better efforts, but it's certainly an interesting hypothesis for the origin of the Norse æsir gods.



hey Annis, i liked it thanks for the recommendation. (although the copy i got had a risque cover. Anderson's books seem plagued by crappy fantasy covers)

I completely forgot about the Aesir angle until the final chapter, which made the thing brilliant. I guess it had just slipped my mind. Then in the last chapter, the names, Eodan and Tjorr, the one eye, the hammer. I shouted out loud in joy when it all came together. the same feeling when you suddely realize when watching the "13th warrior" that its beowulf. (or when you figure out the end of "the sixth sense")

I had that great "wow" moment when reading. it was nice.

as for the story, yeah it was solid poul anderson. I really liked the ongoing rivalry beween the protagonist and Valerius. and as anderson says in the forward "this could have happened". no doubt norse and slavic gods started out as ancient warrior/lords.

thanks, again.

annis
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Postby annis » Wed November 11th, 2009, 7:17 am

Both "Rogue Sword" and "Golden Slave" have utterly awful covers despite being pretty much straight HF- you'd never buy them if you didn't know the author! Mind you, that type of cover was typical at the time the books were published - certainly made it hard to tell the good stuff from the crap :)

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Kveto from Prague
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Postby Kveto from Prague » Wed November 11th, 2009, 9:19 am

"annis" wrote:Both "Rogue Sword" and "Golden Slave" have utterly awful covers despite being pretty much straight HF- you'd never buy them if you didn't know the author! Mind you, that type of cover was typical at the time the books were published - certainly made it hard to tell the good stuff from the crap :)


im reading "rogue sword"now and im embarrassed to read it in public. i wonder how many readers picked it up expecting it to be a conanesque type of book? then i wonder if they were disappointed or intrigued.

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Kveto from Prague
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Postby Kveto from Prague » Sun November 15th, 2009, 11:54 am

"rogue sword" by poul anderson

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Kveto from Prague
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Postby Kveto from Prague » Wed November 25th, 2009, 4:31 pm

"live and let die" by Ian Fleming

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Kveto from Prague
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Postby Kveto from Prague » Wed December 9th, 2009, 11:06 am

"the Saracen Blade" Frank Yerby

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Kveto from Prague
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top 5 reads

Postby Kveto from Prague » Wed April 28th, 2010, 7:15 am

5. swords of the steppes by harold lamb

4. family favourites by alfred duggan

3. golden slave by poul andersen

2. winter quarters by alfred duggan

1. leopards and lilies by alfred duggan



and the least liked of the year

booke of days by steven rivelle


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