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Fancast: The First Law Trilogy

From the moment I started reading The First Law trilogy I knew I wanted to fancast it. Some books just have that cinematic quality, y’know? Frankly, I can’t believe this hasn’t been optioned for a TV series yet, considering the fantasy golden age we’re in!

Anyway, for this fancast, I tried to stay true to the spirit of the characters while also, as Logen Ninefingers would say, being realistic: that is, I tried to pick actors who weren’t too high-profile for a particular role, who could, theoretically, actually be cast if a show were to be made. Of course, there’s really no reason to do that, since it’s not like Hollywood casting directors are gonna look to my fancast when making decisions, but it makes it more fun for me to pretend that’s a possibility. Continue reading “Fancast: The First Law Trilogy”

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Book Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

The Blade Itself the blade itself
Joe Abercrombie

Orbit/Gollancz, 2006
★★★★☆

The Blade Itself is a rather standard, basic high fantasy, which isn’t necessarily a criticism (I enjoy basic European-esque fantasy very much!), but I guess I just expected more from this series, since it’s often spoken of as one of the best in the genre. I enjoyed it, to be sure, but I wasn’t blown away. Much more classic fantasy than I was expecting, with some clear inspiration from A Song of Ice and Fire. Based on this book alone, I’d say this series is 1000% overrated and over-hyped, but I keep hearing that the sequels make up for it, so I’m withholding judgement. Continue reading “Book Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie”