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justinalias

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  • Red Country

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (838)
    Performance
    (760)
    Story
    (755)

    They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

    Kristina says: "Freakin' Awesome!"
    "Awful Good"
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    Joe Abercrombie is the Guy Ritchie of fantasy fiction. His books are fast paced and fun with emphasis on wit and action rather than the depth of human experience that you might find in more challenging work. His stories move well, due to a confident and easy prose, with occasional rough gems as well as polished turds. While Abercrombie seems to try to push conventions with how dark and gritty his protagonists are, I find the gratuitous violence and sex to be instantly forgettable. There is nothing haunting or unsettling in Abercrombie's fantasy, not because there isn't terrible things happening, but because it doesn't feel real.
    Like Ritchie's movies, I wouldn't recommend a steady diet of Abercrombie any more than I would a steady diet of Bojangles biscuits, but that doesn't mean the occasional one doesn't go down awful good.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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