Tong Lashing: Sir Apropos of Nothing, Book 3 (3) Paperback – 1 January 2019
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- Publisher : ComicMix LLC (1 January 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 390 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1732457735
- ISBN-13 : 978-1732457737
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.03 x 21.59 cm
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Prepare yourself for the heroic fantasy novel that laughs at convention, scoffs at tradition, and overturns the apple cart of expectations. Peter David, noted 'Writer of Stuff, ' is at it again with Sir Apropos of Nothing, the book that Tolkien is glad he didn't write, the story Eddings shut the door on, the tale too unpredictable for Jordan. I promise you, if you're not rendered speechless at least twice by the end of the book, you're not reading it properly...if you like fantasy, and you're tired of the same old epic quests, noble knights, unpronounceable names, and recycled elves, you'll enjoy Sir Apropos of Nothing....All in all, this is one of the best books I've read in quite a while. -- Green Man Review
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Darauf startet Apropos einen "Rachefeldzug"...
Es ist sehr schade, dass dies der letzte Teil der Davidschen Saga zu sein scheint. Viele offene Fragen werden in diesem Buch beantwortet und Apropos scheint seinen Frieden mit sich gefunden zu haben. Doch dann kommt die letzte Seite des Buches, die nochmal Samen für eine mögliche Fortsetzung pflanzt. Leider werden diese am Ende aufgeworfenen Fragen auch in der Kurzgeschichte (siehe "Heroes in Training", Herausgeber: Jim C. Hines & Martin Harry Greenberg) zu Apropos nicht beantwortet, wohl aber angesprochen.
David can truly break your heart, though, when he feels like it, which is once per book. And which happens here. The writing is effective, but the books have become very formulaic: pun, pun, snarky observations, Apropos runs away, everyone wants to kill Apropos, Apropos questions whether anti-heroism is an effective philosophy, he tries half-heartedly to do something good and is horrendously punished for it, a villain reveals an unexpected and poignant side, then the big heartbreak scene, and...END.
The page count could've been trimmed easily by dropping a good deal of the relentless internal monologuing over "Am I a good person or not, and is there such a thing as a good person, and why would anyone WANT to be a good person?" and so on.
The author definitely has skills and is not a little daring. I mean, in a single scene featuring three characters (immediately after a climax that some may find borders on troubling territory), he manages to allude to the Christian Holy Trinity, the atomic bombs Fat Man and Little Boy, AND the cult duo of Lone Wolf and Cub. But he needs to shake things up a bit. Every novel he writes, no matter the setting or cast, is largely the same novel. I want to see something different from him for once.
Future adventures of Apropos may not be forthcoming for awhile. David has noted that Pocket Books is not publishing new fantasy novels, but since they have the rights to the existing trilogy, he would have a hard time shopping a fourth book to another publisher. In the meantime, he intends to write some Apropos short stories, but whether those will ever see the light of day is unclear.
The novel begins with the protagonist drifting at sea, the only survivor of a shipwreck. This wreck was the result of a dangerous Dungeons & Dragons-like game that Apropos is forced into playing with some rather obvious parodies of Fafhrd, the Grey Mouser and Thomas Covenant. Now, Apropos seems doomed, but he is the ultimate survivor who eventually winds up washed up on the shore of Chinpan, a land that is a blend of China and Japan.
Apropos is taken in by a farming village and begins to find peace with their simple existence. Eventually, however, the real world intrudes and he is drawn into a conflict between the local emperor and a vast criminal/rebel organization. Even this has mixed blessings as Apropos shifts his allegiances from one side to the other and reaps the benefits, at least temporarily. He may even find true love, albeit with a woman who is distinctly evil.
This is dark fantasy, not in the standard sense of a supernatural horror story but because of the pervasive grimness that seems to follow Apropos. He is unable to be happy; any sense of contentment is marred by his worries about the next bad thing. Do the gods truly conspire against him or are his problems caused by his own dark nature? There is no simple answer.
Mixed in with all this darkness is a lot of humor (especially in the first half of the book). Much of this relies on puns that range from the clever to the ridiculous, but there is also plenty of good pokes at the conventions of the fantasy genre. Sometimes, the sillier aspects are an inconvenient distraction. Overall, however, this is a good book - a high four stars - that should please most fantasy fans. It is the third book in a series, however, and is better read as part of the set than as a standalone book. As a whole, this is one of the better fantasy series in recent memory.
Reviewed in the United States on 12 September 2020
Sadly, I enjoyed the first two of this series and found them worth reading. This one seemed to just want to roll around in the vulgarity and avoid any real resemblance to the first two except for its lead character....
I would avoid this one like the plague. This was a total waste of time and paper.