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The Black Company (Chronicle of the Black Company) (1984 original; edició 2007)

de Glen Cook

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Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hard-bitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead. Until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her... So begins one of the greatest fantasy epics of our age--Glen Cook's Chronicles of the Black Company.… (més)
Membre:PaulBaldowski
Títol:The Black Company (Chronicle of the Black Company)
Autors:Glen Cook
Informació:Tor Books (2007), Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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The Black Company de Glen Cook (1984)

  1. 30
    The Deed of Paksenarrion de Elizabeth Moon (romula)
  2. 30
    The Heroes de Joe Abercrombie (Rouge2507)
    Rouge2507: fantasy battles told from the point of view of soldiers
  3. 20
    Gaunt's Ghosts: The Founding de Dan Abnett (NickBlasta)
    NickBlasta: While existing in a different genre, the story of a company of fighting men is quite similar.
  4. 10
    Angles of Attack de Marko Kloos (Dragget)
    Dragget: Military fiction from the viewpoint of the individual soldier.
  5. 10
    The Deepest Sea de Charles Barnitz (Dragget)
    Dragget: Good dialogue and realistic combat. The humor is similar also.
  6. 10
    Le Trône de fer, tome 07: L'épée de feu de George R. R. Martin (yagarek)
  7. 00
    Los jardines de la luna de Steven Erikson (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: The Black Company was a strong influence on the development of Malazan.
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Gosh! The writing!
I tried and gave it more than one chance, but it isn't my cup of tea unfortunately. ( )
  Sara_Lucario | Oct 19, 2021 |
(...)

One needs to play close attention though. While this is not of the same complexity as Mazalan, there is no spoonfeeding either. The narrator knows his world, his fictional audience knows his world too, and as this is a naturalistic story the result is that nothing is explained. The reader has to be sharp enough to fit the pieces together. Most negative reviews I read boiled down to: “this was too difficult for me, I didn’t get it” which translates too: “I didn’t feel like paying attention”, since this book is not about rocket science and perfectly clear if you put in some effort. The fact that Cook takes his readers serious is a welcome diversion from so much recent speculative fiction whose redundant glossaries only serve to signal that its world building tries to be on the same intricate level as Dune. No maps either, by the way.

Another selling point was the magic: none of the overwrought systems like Sanderson, but just wizards being able to do cool stuff just because. Thunderbolt and lightning, very very frightening indeed. While published in the 1980s, this aspect of the novel felt very fresh somehow: an author not trying to come up with some bullshit convoluted rules to justify handwavium, but instead an author just letting his imagination run where it takes him, invoking awe and good old fashioned fun at the same time. This is not entertainment disguised as something serious, The Black Company is something serious that’s also entertaining.

(...)

Full review on Weighing A Pig Doesn't Fatten It ( )
1 vota bormgans | Sep 27, 2021 |
***Before (re-)reading***

I want to read this story but for some reason the omnibus is freaking me out. So let's try this one shall we?

  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
I'll stand my my earlier opinion. It was disjointed and very loosely plotted. The only real set-up of interest is in the aftermath of the book in the final chapter. I don't think it'll be enough to carry me forward in the series, though. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
The Black Company, an ancient mercenary army fallen on hard times, find themselves reluctantly contracting for an ancient and likely evil sorceress. Considering how famously influential the series (in which this is book 1) has been on the fantasy genre (especially the subsets focusing on military and/or gritty realism), I was half-expecting this novel to suffer the fate of so many innovators -- seeming trite and tame compared to its more modern copycats. To my joy, this is not so. The first person narrative that unpredictably will skip an entire siege only to then spend a lot of time on a minor operation adds an erratic but distinct pace to the events, and the personality of the narrator is sufficiently interesting, likable and conflicted to carry me along as the plot unfolds. The author's also very good at making the characters spring from the page immediately recognisable and memorable, feeling fully formed. There are moments of humour, moments of horror, and even some pathos to be had, and on the day I finished the book, I went straight out and ordered the entire rest of the series. Here's hoping they'll live up to the beginning. ( )
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Cook, Glenautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Berdak, KeithAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Hiltunen, PetriAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Vietor, MarcNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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No one will sing songs in our memory. We are the last of the Free Companies of Khatovar. Our traditions and memories live only in these Annals. We are our only mourners.
"Evil is relative, Annalist. You can't hang a sign on it. You can't touch it or taste it or cut it with a sword. Evil depends on where you are standing, pointing your indicting finger."
I am not religious. I cannot conceive of gods who would give a damn about humanity’s frothy carryings-on. I mean, logically, beings of that order just wouldn’t. But maybe there is a force for greater good, created by our unconscious minds conjoined, that becomes an independent power greater than the sum of its parts. Maybe, being a mind-thing, it is not time-bound. Maybe it can see everywhere and everywhen and move pawns so that what seems to be today’s victory becomes the cornerstone of tomorrow’s defeat.
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Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hard-bitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead. Until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her... So begins one of the greatest fantasy epics of our age--Glen Cook's Chronicles of the Black Company.

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