As anyone who knows me is aware, I hate a lot of things. I want to take the time, however, to let you all know about something I don’t hate. Something that is really awesome. Well, it’s not really a ‘something’ as a ‘someone’. An author, to be more precise.
Before I continue I just want to say, in quite a defensive and annoyed manner, “Yes, I read!” I know this must come as a surprise.
I, only this year, have discovered a love of the written word. I thought books were just something lazy people, who couldn’t be bothered playing video games, did on rainy days. I mean, why stare aimlessly at a few hundred pieces of paper, when you could grab hold of a little controlly-hand-thing and kill Nazis/Zombies/Nazi Zombies? That way, you’d be a useful member of society for once. You totally don’t kill enough Nazi zombies. Don’t think I haven’t noticed. You haven’t been pulling your weight with the Nazi Zombie killing, and now the city’s overrun. Thanks a lot, asshole.
Anyway, I know it took me a while. I’m 24. That’s a bit late in the game to find out that books actually have stuff in them. Now I can’t get enough. Sex, drugs, rock’n’roll… these are all things I consider obstacles in the way of book time.
One author who has stuck out for me, in a big way, is Joe Abercrombie. This (reasonably) new, British fantasy author is, for lack of a better word, the fucking shit. This guy’s awesome. His debut trilogy, The First Law, is a masterful work of dark, political fantasy, dripping with intrigue, deep characters, and most of all, blood.
Seriously, this guy’s good. He’s crazy-hyped by anyone and everyone, and for once they were right. Usually, people get all hyped up by stupid shit like Lady “Please Murder Her Now” Gaga, and Beyonce (the anti-talent). Joe Abercrombie is worth the hype.
My favourite character he has created, is Logen Ninefingers, a.k.a. “The Bloody Nine”. Logen is a barbarian with a body for battle, a mind for strategy, and a heart of gold. Throughout The First Law trilogy, the reader is treated to Logen’s highs, lows, and innermost feelings.
All the other characters Mr. Abercrombie paints in his world, are vivid and real. He knows his work is heavily character-driven, and the reader is never let down.
Anyway, I don’t really have anything interesting to say on the subject. Just… Joe = good. That’s all. Now go to his site, or Amazon.com, or Fishpond.co.nz, or walk to the bookstore, and buy his stuff. Seriously. Do it. If you buy his books, he’ll get money, and can then write more books. I’ve bought them. You’ve should always follow the every word of your emperor. Did I tell you I’m your emperor now? I didn’t? Oh, well I was supposed to. It’s all good. Nothing’s going to change, really. You’ll have to pray to me every second Tuesday of the month, but that’s no biggie. It’s no biggie… right? Right? Yeah it better not be. Because if you’ve got a problem with it, then, then, then I don’t know what’s going to happen, but it’ll be major.
What was I talking about? Oh yeah, here’s Joe’s site.