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Chronicles of the Black Company

by Glen Cook

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Series: Chronicles of the Black Company (Omnibus 1-3)

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The first books I have been able to read for 10 minutes, put down for a week, come back to for 10 minutes, put down for two weeks; I think you get the point. It was entertaining but nothing I thought I would ever finish or so I thought. It wasn’t until I had a nine day vacation, nine days I took off from writing as well, when I got into the book. I finished around three quarters of the first book and the next two in two days.

Glen Cook’s style of writing is positively wonderful. I’m sure a lot of people don’t like it. I am not one of them. I wish nearly all the books I read, read like these three books. It’s so fun and personal too. Written in the first person, I felt like I knew all of the main characters (not just the person talking) in the story by the end of Book 2. I knew exactly how they were going to act in Book 3.

Fantastically written. It comes highly recommended.
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  scifi_jon | Jun 16, 2015 |
Litchick's Fiance via this post: Me: "Hey do you know where the ham is? Because it's not in the right drawer. Didn't you unpack the groc-"
Fiance: "FIND IT YOURSELF, I ONLY HAVE TWENTY PAGES LEFT AND THIS BASTARD JUST KILLED OFF MY FAVORITE CHARACTER!"
Me: ...I feel like that shouldn't have turned me on as much as it did.

Now how can you go wrong with that?
  bookqueenshelby | Sep 9, 2014 |
Ok, since I don’t have Mr. Greg’s reviewing skills I’ma keep it short and simple! This is like somebody gave the guy who wrote this book a fucking Minigun and loaded with bullets of awesomeness and told him to aim directly in to my brainand then the mother fucker went trigger happy! This is good shit! I read it twice in a fucking row!


It got it all! Awesome wizards, kick ass villains, drama, action, more action and more drama! And the hottest villain ever!!! EVER!!! I have a crush with The Lady now! I love this mother fucking book!
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  Alfonso809 | Apr 3, 2013 |
This is the collected first three books of Glen Cook's "Black Company" series, chronicling the adventures of a famous mercenary company in grim world threatened by all sorts of darkness. Although the series was continued, the first three books are an effectively self-contained trilogy.

I first read them in college. And back then (so long ago!) they seemed terribly dark - almost unbearably so. How times have changed; compared to some of the torture-porn that's being put out under the fantasy and science fiction labels, the Black Company seems almost as tame a Curious George.*

Well, not really. But it is much less horrible than I remembered, in retrospect. It's also much better than I remembered. While not necessarily a deathless classic of the genre, the books are very well written, well-paced, and exciting. Yes, there is some darkness, but this series would be a good addition to the library of any fantasy fan from mid-teen to adult. And if my memory serves me, the Black Company books did break new ground in fantasy, extending the "dark" trend previously exemplified in Michael Moorcock's Elric books.

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* - I'm talking about you, David Wingrove: you should be in prison, along with Jack Chalker's corpse and some of the contributors to the Wild Cards series. ( )
  PMaranci | Apr 3, 2013 |
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The Black Company
This one is for the people of the St. Louis Science Fiction Society. Love you all.
Shadows Linger
For David G. Hartwell, without whom there would neither be Sword nor Dread Empire nor Starfishers
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For Nancy Edwards, just because
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There were prodigies and portents enough, One-Eye says.
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All men are born condemned, so the wise say.
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The still desert air had a lenselike quality.
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Omnibus containing the first three books of the Chronicles of the Black Company: The Black Company; Shadows Linger; The White Rose
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765319233, Paperback)

Darkness wars with darkness as the hard-bitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must. They bury their doubts with their dead.
 
Then comes the prophecy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more…
 
This omnibus edition comprises The Black Company, Shadows Linger, and The White Rose—the first three novels in Glen Cook's bestselling fantasy series.

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Darkness wars with darkness as the hard-bitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must. They bury their doubts with their dead. Then comes the prophecy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more.... --From publisher description.… (more)

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