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The Company (2008)

by K. J. Parker

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Fall-Winter-2010
  lencicki | Aug 28, 2013 |
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  orbitbooks | May 9, 2013 |
Fairly bland an uninvolving compared to the Engineer trilogy.It was OK ( )
  SChant | Apr 26, 2013 |
Hahahaha, wow.
This did not end the way I expected it to, and it was awesome. I mean, it wasn't exactly surprising, but it was unexpected.

It kind of reminded me of No Country for Old Men (well, the movie at least--I haven't read the book) in the way it explores the inevitable corruptibility of human nature.

I think the lesson we can all take away from this is that if you find a large amount of wealth suddenly for no good reason, you should run the hell away because no good is going to come of it. ( )
  JenneB | Apr 2, 2013 |
This book relies on the characters and the story of their interactions together. I like that there is a lot of room given for the tale to unfold. It is certainly a while until you even learn what they did in the war. In many cases you don't get all the explanations in one place and the pieces are dotted around. Mostly from the current day being mixed up well with the back story of their war exploits/ the forging of the team dynamics which makes it feel more complex that the actual bare plot really is at the end. There are nice twists and surprises even to the last. ( )
  C4RO | Apr 17, 2012 |
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To Pete Thompson, transport officer, A Company,

Brookwood irregulars, starer-down of lions, with thanks.
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The boatman who rowed him from the ship to the quay kept looking at him: first a stare, then a frown.
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Other people help themselves to penknives and inkwells; if they’re feeling really daring, they might liberate a keg of nails or a few lengths of timber. You steal bits of geography.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316038520, Paperback)

Hoping for a better life, five war veterans colonize an abandoned island. They take with them everything they could possibly need - food, clothes, tools, weapons, even wives.

But an unanticipated discovery shatters their dream and replaces it with a very different one. The colonists feel sure that their friendship will keep them together. Only then do they begin to realize that they've brought with them rather more than they bargained for.

For one of them, it seems, has been hiding a terrible secret from the rest of the company. And when the truth begins to emerge, it soon becomes clear that the war is far from over.

With masterful storytelling, irresistible wit, and extraordinary insight into human nature, K.J. Parker is widely acknowledged as one of the most original and exciting fantasy writers of modern times. THE COMPANY, K.J. Parker's first stand-alone novel, is a tour de force from an author who is changing the face of the fantasy genre.

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Hoping for a better life, five war veterans colonize an abandoned island. They take with them everything they could possibly need: food, clothes, tools, weapons, even wives. But an unanticipated discovery shatters their dream and replaces it with a very different one. The colonists feel sure that their friendship will keep them together. Only then do they begin to realize that they've brought with them rather more than they bargained for.… (more)

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