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The Mongoliad: Book One Collector's Edition [includes the prequel Sinner]… (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Neal Stephenson, Erik Bear, Greg Bear, Joseph Brassey, E.D. deBirmingham3 more, Cooper Moo, Mark Teppo, Mike Grell (Illustrator)

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Title:The Mongoliad: Book One Collector's Edition [includes the prequel Sinner] (The Foreworld Saga)
Authors:Neal Stephenson
Other authors:Erik Bear, Greg Bear, Joseph Brassey, E.D. deBirmingham, Cooper Moo2 more, Mark Teppo, Mike Grell (Illustrator)
Info:47North (2012), Edition: Collectors, Hardcover
Collections:ebooks, Your library
Tags:sci-fi, historical fiction

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The Mongoliad: Book One by Neal Stephenson (2012)

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This is a very interim review and I have also given it am interim rating. I approached this book with trepidation, because of Neal Stephenson's presence on the list of co-authors. I never give up on a book, but he came closest to makings do so with "Cryptonomicom". But I was intrigued by the concept and the subject matter, as well as being attracted by the Kindle price, so I jumped in and the water was fine. It was very easy to read and, despite the 4/5 strands of the story easy to follow. I did not notice any significant distinction between authorial styles. I enjoyed it and then, just for good measure, they throw in a "Grail" thread; yes, it's that Percival!. So I am hooked and have downloaded books 2 & 3. So watch this space, but I have three other books to read before part 2. ( )
  johnwbeha | Nov 18, 2015 |
At the leading edge of the Mongol Empire as it flows remorselessly into Europe, a group of knights from an obscure martial order hatch a mad scheme to thwart the invasion. The group splits, the young warriors to fight in the Khan's circus, the other, more seasoned men head deep into Mongol Territory to assassinate the Khan of Khans.

There's a lot going on here, a lot to take in, and it doesn't help that we seem to begin the novel in the middle of the story. It feels as of a few chapters have been left out - a feeling reinforced by the fact that there appear to be prequel stories available for the kindle but not in the print edition. Sucks to be old-fashioned, I suppose. Anyway, once past the abrupt opening, and the tale spreads out to a young Mongol warrior learning courtly manners and a pair of defeated Asian warriors, it all warms up a bit and and draws the reader in. Until it ends, again rather abruptly. Oh well.

The list of authors seems vast, and it stands to their credit that they manage to achieve a uniform style throughout. This does not read, for example, like a Neal Stephenson book, though his influence is everywhere. It's not an especially dazzling style, but it's not bad for an amalgam. Anyway, I found myself enjoying it, and felt it ended too soon after it got going properly. I think there are two more volumes, one of which is out, and I hope to get them, but I hope they're not reserving too much exclusive stuff for the Kindle. Grr. ( )
  Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
I have become a big fan of Neal Stephenson, especially his science fiction work, and purchased this novel partly as result of his involvement and partly due to the subject matter (Middle Ages, Mongol Empire). While I cannot classify this work as a complete dud, I feel like I can say that Stephenson’s influence on the finished product was well hidden.

I am not sure that the collaborative effort used to produce this novel is the best way to go about such a project, and while the old saying, “too many cooks spoils the broth” may not be entirely accurate in this case, it has resulted in a completely mediocre and average work at best.

The book boasts three story lines, one within the court of the Mongol Khan (successor to Genghis) and two others among a Christian sect of warrior monks who have split in their efforts to stem the advance of the Golden Horde. The story line and the writing is very simple, far more so than anything you might expect from Stephenson.

This is part one of a three part story and since I purchased all three at once, I’ll be completing the trilogy. ( )
  santhony | Mar 2, 2015 |
A secret history of knights sent on a suicide mission to kill the Great Khan and stop the fall of Christendom into the hands of the Mongol Horde. Lots of sword fighting and shield bashing and medieval combat tactics. The characters aren't all the memorable and plot twists aren't all that surprising, but heck, its still fun escapism. Sure its not high lit but it satisfies that little beast in me that wants to go questing across the lands with some shield brothers against all odds fighting the barbarians. Fun, fun, fun. Be warned though: just because Neal Stephenson is on the author list does not mean that the book is anything like his usual fair. You can catch glimpses of him here and there but this does not read like a prequel to the Baroque Cycle. This collaborative effort is something altogether different. These are group of authors who all love western martial arts and wanted to write a serial story that highlights that interest. As long as you go into the Foreworld Saga with that understanding, the reading can be more easily enjoyed. ( )
  BenjaminHahn | Jan 5, 2015 |
Great story. Two story lines that have a long way to go before they intersect.

Left me hungry for the next volume! ( )
  Vettius29 | Jan 2, 2015 |
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Bear, ErikAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Cnan halted just outside the clearing surrounding the stone monastery and dropped to a crouch.
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A note on this edition: The Mongoliad began as a social media experiment, combining serial story-telling with a unique level of interaction between authors and audience during the creative process. Since its original iteration, The Mongoliad has been restructured, edited, and rewritten under the supervision of its authors to create a more cohesive reading experience and will be published as a trilogy of novels. This edition is the definitive edition and is the authors' preferred text.

The first novel to be released in The Foreworld Saga, The Mongoliad: Book One, is an epic-within-an-epic, taking place in 13th century. In it, a small band of warriors and mystics raise their swords to save Europe from a bloodthirsty Mongol invasion. Inspired by their leader (an elder of an order of warrior monks), they embark on a perilous journey and uncover the history of hidden knowledge and conflict among powerful secret societies that had been shaping world events for millennia.

But the saga reaches the modern world via a circuitous route. In the late 19th century, Sir Richard F. Burton, an expert on exotic languages and historical swordsmanship, is approached by a mysterious group of English martial arts aficionados about translating a collection of long-lost manuscripts. Burton dies before his work is finished, and his efforts were thought lost until recently rediscovered by a team of amateur archaeologists in the ruins of a mansion in Trieste, Italy. From this collection of arcana, the incredible tale of The Mongoliad was recreated.

Full of high adventure, unforgettable characters, and unflinching battle scenes, The Mongoliad ignites a dangerous quest where willpower and blades are tested and the scope of world-building is redefined.
[retrieved 9/22/2012 from Amazon.com]
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In 1241, warriors try to stop the Mongols from invading Europe; in the nineteenth century, a group of martial artists provide a language expert with lost manuscripts to translate that chronicle their ancestors' thirteenth century battles.

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