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The Steel Remains Lib/E: 1 Audio CD – Unabridged, 3 February 2009
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"Absolutely stunning. A gritty, well-constructed tale, this dark, haunting story is about a man who has seen and done terrible things. Not a typical epic fantasy, it will provide a challenge to many readers, but it's absolutely worth reading."-- "RT Book Reviews (41/2 stars, Top Pick!)"
"Bold, brutal, and making no compromises--Morgan doesn't so much twist the clichés of fantasy as take an axe to them."-- "Joe Abercrombie, author of the First Law trilogy"
"Morgan has taken traditional sword and sorcery tropes and given them a hard, contemporary kick. The antithesis of the cosy fairytale, this one is for big boys."-- "Times (London)"
"Morgan takes plot elements that are as old as those of Lord of the Rings or Conan the Barbarian and gives them a freshness by importing many of the themes that drove his sci-fi work."-- "Bookmarks magazine"
"Spellbinding...There's so much to like about the adventure."-- "Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger"
"The award-winning author of Altered Carbon and Market Forces brings the same iconoclastic approach to his fantasy debut as he did to his SF technothrillers...Morgan's storytelling talent and his atmospheric, hard-hitting prose make this a strong addition to mature fantasy collections."-- "Library Journal"
"The well-developed characters and realistic battle scenes ring true, as do some gruesomely explicit sex scenes...[A] dark, gritty tale."-- "Publishers Weekly"
Morgan's storytelling talent and his atmospheric, hard-hitting prose make this a strong addition to mature fantasy collections.-- "Library Journal"
About the Author
Simon Vance, a former BBC Radio presenter and newsreader, is a full-time actor who has appeared on both stage and television. He has recorded over eight hundred audiobooks and has earned fifty-seven Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, including one for his narration of Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini. A multiple Audie finalist, Simon has won Audie Awards for The King's Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Market Forces by Richard K. Morgan, and The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. Winner of the 2008 Booklist Voice of Choice Award, Simon has also been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009.
- ASIN : B08XZCYVNY
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (3 February 2009)
- Language : English
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200128259
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Like most of Richard Morgan's characters Gil is fuelled by powerful emotions and resentment at the world he inhabits. Quick to lust and quicker to violence, he carves a swath through all encounters with wit, passion and an unerring ability to tick everyone off...
I loved Morgan's use of a gay protagonist, it refreshes the genre and confronts the reader with how prejudice shapes a person and their response to a hostile cuture. Some reviewers have said Ringil worries about his homosexuality, I completely disagree. Gil is simply unapologetic and uses his hero status to highlight the hypocrisy of a society that lauds him for saving it and reviles him for his sexuality.
A nice twist for the heroic fantasy genre with plenty of standard tropes like ancient enemies/weapons, unknown sorceries, getting the band back together, and hard, Hard violence.
Interesting SF aspects as well as plain old political intrigue
Top reviews from other countries
Ringil is quite amusing and gets in a few good lines.
There is plenty of action and the pace is good.
There are dark and violent aspects to the plot which keep you guessing throughout.
It is slightly spoiled by two things: the first is that the romantic angle is over-played and seems a bit forced, the second is the use of the gods as a crutch, they aren't an integral part of the plot and although there are two involved the motives of one of them doesn't really make sense.
A good book but a little short of great.
It's like a 13th setting, but it could also be some time ahead. It is quite savage
and the words are very much up to-day and earthly as well.