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Jesse Bullington

Autor(a) de The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart

17+ Works 1,622 Membros 75 Críticas 2 Favorited

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Inclui os nomes: Jesse Bullington, By Alex Marshall

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Obras por Jesse Bullington

A Crown for Cold Silver (2015) 405 exemplares
The Enterprise of Death (2011) 247 exemplares
The Folly of the World (2012) 143 exemplares
A Blade of Black Steel (2016) 127 exemplares
A War in Crimson Embers (2017) 76 exemplares
Swords v. Cthulhu (1852) — Editor — 30 exemplares
Zombies vs Robots: This Means War! (2012) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Letters to Lovecraft: Eighteen Whispers to the Darkness (1600) — Editor — 29 exemplares
Charlie's Hole 1 exemplar
DANSE MACABRE (2013) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Running with the Pack (2010) — Contribuidor — 150 exemplares
Future Lovecraft (2011) — Contribuidor — 111 exemplares
Historical Lovecraft: Tales of Horror Through Time (2011) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares
Fungi (2012) — Contribuidor — 79 exemplares
Evil Is a Matter of Perspective: An Anthology of Antagonists (2017) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XXVII (2011) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
The Outcast Hours (2019) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares
The Book of More Flesh (2005) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
Extreme Zombies (2012) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Last Drink Bird Head : A Flash Fiction Anthology for Charity (2009) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Cthulhu Fhtagn! (2015) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
The Book of the Dead (2013) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Tales for Canterbury: Survival, Hope, Future (2011) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
The Lion and the Aardvark: Aesop's Modern Fables (2013) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
The New Hero: New Heroes for a New Age (2013) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Schemers: Betrayal Knows No Boundaries (2013) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Grimdark Magazine #4 (2015) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Grimdark Magazine #8 (2016) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Grimdark Magazine #14 (2018) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Mechanical Animals: Tales at the Crux of Creatures and Tech (2018) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Game doth recognize game???? No.

I think that sentence epitomizes why this book was a 2.5/3 star read versus a 3/5/4 star read for me. It was just trying so so hard to be clever and funny in a way that often detracted from really getting to know the characters and understand their motivations. Ultimately I will read the next book because I'm curious to see where Marshall is taking this, but I hope it focuses more on the plot and less on wordplay.
Jthierer | 17 outras críticas | Apr 16, 2024 |
I like the sub-genre of grimdark fantasy. Right now I don't think anyone is doing a better job of it than Joe Abercrombie. I had heard a lot of early positive things about A Crown for Cold Silver. I was looking forward to getting my hands on it and seeing how it compares. The good news is the book is quite enjoyable and introduces some really interesting twists to the genre. The bad news is that it starts a little slow and the author made some stylistic choices that were a little rough for me.

The story starts many years after Cobalt Zosia and her five villains have conquered the Crimson Empire only to be overthrown themselves. Cobalt Zosia is believed dead and the five villains have scattered around the empire to lick their wounds. The only problem is someone claiming to be Zosia is stirring up the shit again. The five villains begin the long trek to find this new Zosia and see who the hell she is and what the fuck she is up to.

I liked the basic plot. It wasn't anything particularity new to the genre but it did have some nice twists. One of the best parts of the book is how Alex Marshall plays with gender. That alone was almost worth reading the book. I was also a huge fan of the devils and loved that people ate bugs as their drug of choice. The story starts slow, but about 100 pages in Marshall starts applying gentle pressure to the accelerator and the book begins to build to a giant battle where nothing turns out the way you think it might.

The world building is great in the novel. It was definitely a playground I want to return to. Despite its length, I felt there were a lot of little mysteries left lying around. I can't wait to see where they go in the next book. Marshall can also write a fight scene but remember this is grimdark so heads will be flying and curse words will be spewed. One of the most surprising aspects of the book for me was how funny it was. There were plenty of laugh out loud moments nestled in between all that blood.

There were a few things that worked against the story but they were not book killers for me. The world building and introduction of the characters in the beginning of the book was a tiny bit slow. I think some of the characters could have been introduced later or some of the world could have been left a mystery. There were some interesting style choices in the writing also. Some of the language felt like it was plucked right out of the real world. Sometimes this worked and sometimes it felt a little awkward. It's hard to describe. It just seemed to pop off the page and make me think about it. It was distracting but it didn't happen often. I also felt a few of the characters were a little been there done that. Marshall was clearly trying to bring something new to the table, which I believe he succeeded at many times. So whenever I ran into a character that felt fantasy 101 I was a little put off.

The small things did not stop me from enjoying it though. I will gladly pick up the second book (especially since this one basically left off with a giant cliff hanger). While not as good as Abercrombie or Scott Lynch it was worth the read. Block out some time and dig into this monster. Bring some safety goggles though, it gets a little messy.

This book was a review copy provided by Orbit Books.
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cdaley | 17 outras críticas | Nov 2, 2023 |
The title of this anthology is a little misleading, implying a sense of kitsch and lack of seriousness; this could not be further from the truth. The introduction discusses the fact that this falls more within the Conan-sequence sword and sorcery camp of fantasy, rather than high fantasy. I would say these stories go a step further than that. While I agree that sword and sorcery frequently incorporates Lovecraftian mythology elements, and are certainly dark and action packed, these particular stories have a sense of bleakness and futility that is much more reminiscent of true lovecraftian fiction. Many also fall firmly within the realm of weird fiction, as we are left with a sense of confusion, a lack of clear explanation for what has just transpired.
Bullington has edited other anthologies for Stonskin Press, and both he and the imprint itself do a good job of recruiting authorial talent for their collections. While there are one or two stories in here I found a bit of a slog to finish, on the whole it was an excellent example of what can be accomplished by placing weird fiction in various historical ages. One or two of the stories I was struggling with really turned around after a few pages and became some of my favorites of the collection. There’s even a really novel use of something which other children of the 80s like myself may remember with fondness, the choose your own adventure story, by one of the authors.
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jdavidhacker | Aug 4, 2023 |
Bought this on a whim for a dollar or so. It's a sort of historical fiction adventure story that I wouldn't normally have picked for myself. As a result it's rather different from anything else I've read. Although I won't search out his other books, I really did enjoy reading something outside my alley(s), and I found this a little spooky and somehow charming at the oddest moments, and overall well written. I think my lasting impression is going to be amusement that it managed to charm me.
Kiramke | 6 outras críticas | Jun 27, 2023 |



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Orrin Grey Contributor
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Carrie Vaughn Contributor
Fabio Listrani Illustrator
Jason Heller Contributor
Ben Stewart Contributor
James A. Moore Contributor
Jonathan L. Howard Contributor
Wendy Wagner Contributor
Natania Barron Contributor
Lincoln Crisler Contributor
Brea Grant Contributor
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Sean Taylor Contributor
Rachel Swirsky Contributor
Joe McKinney Contributor
Nathan Carson Contributor
John Hornor Jacobs Contributor
Remy Nakamura Contributor
Caleb Wilson Contributor
L. Lark Contributor
Jeremiah Tolbert Contributor
Nicholas Kaufmann Contributor
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Kirsten Alene Contributor
Cameron Pierce Contributor
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Angela Slatter Contributor
Paul Tremblay Contributor
Livia Llewellyn Contributor
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