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The Last Wish - First Impressions
« on: July 04, 2015, 11:42:21 PM »
This is a thread for first impressions, a place to share your very initial thoughts when you sit down to read. This should be spoiler free. If there is something spoilerish you just really want to comment about right at the beginning, just be sure to use spoiler tags. :)
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Re: The Last Wish - First Impressions
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2015, 11:43:07 PM »
I'm really enjoying this one. It has a good mix of action and personality.
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Re: The Last Wish - First Impressions
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2015, 12:40:13 AM »
What do you get when you cross Conan/Elric style tales with the Brothers Grimm and some seriously original thinking for Fantasy about conflict and ethics? This book. Which is highly readable and always interesting.
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Re: The Last Wish - First Impressions
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2015, 06:09:01 PM »
What impressed me the most is how much personalties all the characters have simply by the way the talk and even though we're actually told very little about them. And this is a translation, which generally loses some of the crispness of the writers original words.
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Offline AzWingsFan

Re: The Last Wish - First Impressions
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2015, 02:58:37 AM »
Even so, The translation is done very well. I find very few continuity/translation issues throughout the book.
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Offline Victoria Hooper

Re: The Last Wish - First Impressions
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2015, 10:24:17 AM »
Really enjoying this so far. Well written, and the characters and world are interesting.  :) As Yora says, the characters really come through from very little info about them. I feel like I have a really good sense of who the king is, for example, just from one small conversation. Is anyone else audiobooking this one? The accent they chose for Geralt was... unexpected.

Offline Overlord

Re: The Last Wish - First Impressions
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2015, 10:59:59 AM »
I think the comparison to Elric is a good one, however I don't think the book is quite as 'whimsical' (is that the right word?). It feels to me more like your typical fantasy book with twists to the story as opposed to an unusual style - does that make sense? I like how Geralt can't take things at face value in the world he lives - reminds me a bit of Men In Black where Will Smith shoots the little girl because she is carrying a pile of books too intellectual for her and is so, to him, is obviously not what she seems...
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Re: The Last Wish - First Impressions
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2015, 04:42:40 AM »
I liked this witcher book more than the next two (available in English). It's a series of short stories more than a novel. There was more humor in this one than the other books, imo, and the promise I found in this book wasn't always present in the later books.