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David Gemmell
« on: July 04, 2011, 03:30:51 PM »
Never met a single one of his books I didn't love. They're exciting and moving and simply awesome. My favourite ones tended to be the stand alone ones like Echoes of a Great song or Dark Moon but they should all be read.

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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2011, 05:32:01 PM »
Couldn't agree with you more! One of my favourite authors. There is something very understated but amazing about his writing.

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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2011, 10:12:52 PM »
I'm reading "Legend" for the first time, and I am very impressed.  He handles the epic-ness of the situation with ease.

What do you suggest I read of his after Legend?

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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2011, 06:04:14 AM »
Great call!!  Out of all the books I've bought over the years, I've lost some, sold some, wore some out, lent out without getting back, his are the only ones I've kept intact.  Love me some Gemmell!  Druss, Skilgannon, Waylander and Jon Shannow are some of my all time favorite characters.  He wrote awesome battles and sieges, great storylines with love and sacrifice.  I get a little choked up just thinking about the end of Ravenheart.  David Gemmell was a man to walk the mountains with. RIP
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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2011, 06:21:51 AM »
I'm reading "Legend" for the first time, and I am very impressed.  He handles the epic-ness of the situation with ease.

What do you suggest I read of his after Legend?



If you like Legend then you'll probably like almost everything else he wrote. Legend is part of the Drenai books which continue on into the future of the Drenai people.  I think Swords of Night and Day is the last book in that series.  The Rigante books are good too or there are a few standalones plus 3 books that take place during the Trojan war which were his last books. The Stones of Power books start out in Arthurian legend and then the last few books remind me a little of the Dark Tower by King.
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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2011, 06:48:05 AM »
My all time Favourite Gemmell is Sword in The Storm, there are several very realistic and lovable characters.It made me laugh out loud and cry, in public, on a train. I was left with the feeling that my life was better for having read it  ::)
He worked as a bouncer and I think he had a very good understanding of different types of people that really comes across in some of his books.
When I'm introducing people to Gemmell I usually lend them Dark Moon, its a stand alone,its a text book Fantasy plot but with truly Gemmellesk characters. Oh and there is a kick ass female warrior in there as well, that's always good.

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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2011, 06:54:22 AM »
My all time Favourite Gemmell is Sword in The Storm, there are several very realistic and lovable characters.It made me laugh out loud and cry, in public, on a train. I was left with the feeling that my life was better for having read it  ::)
He worked as a bouncer and I think he had a very good understanding of different types of people that really comes across in some of his books.
When I'm introducing people to Gemmell I usually lend them Dark Moon, its a stand alone,its a text book Fantasy plot but with truly Gemmellesk characters. Oh and there is a kick ass female warrior in there as well, that's always good.

Dark Moon is a great read, so are Morningstar and Knights of Dark Renown.  I know what you're saying about laughing and crying while reading his books, they always hit me just right.
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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2011, 08:41:24 AM »
The Troy trilogy is also very good, made even more poignant by the fact that his wife finished the last one after he died.

There's a line about a storyteller towards the end of the final book, and it's absolutely heartbreaking.

Gemmell's writing for me was always emotional, very heart-on-sleeve and he's had me in tears more times than I dare to say.
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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2011, 07:25:16 PM »
I should go back to DG sometime.i read Legend, then read any of his books which featured Druss.I read one more about the guy with the crossbow??sorry been a while. But felt i was reading the same story again and again after a while. . . But I do wish someone would take up his reigns of just writing fun standalones.   
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« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2011, 07:03:59 AM »
Try the Jon Shannow Books, I read those first and they are very different from the Druss and Waylander Books.
Oh yeah and the ending blows your mind.

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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2011, 07:11:52 AM »
Tell a lie the first Gemmil book I read was White Wolf cos it had an awesome cover (then i was inspired to go back and read all the Druss books cos he made a great impression on me)

BUT wasn't this supposed to be the first in a trilogy or a series?  Was it ever continued?
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« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2011, 07:20:46 AM »
I think there's two books in that series. Actually two of the few Gemmell books I've not read yet.

I look at how short Gemmels books are although some of the really good stand alones I wish he had made into a trilogy(Dark moon).
So often read a trilogy and think, this would have fitted into two shorter books and been better for it. Publishers seem to have such a thing for really thick books in trilogies at the moment.

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« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2011, 07:28:35 AM »
I've read White Wolf, Legend, The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend, The Legend of Deathwalker and Hero in the Shadows.
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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2011, 08:47:00 AM »
I've read White Wolf, Legend, The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend, The Legend of Deathwalker and Hero in the Shadows.

If you like Druss and have read White Wolf, you have to pick up Swords of Night and day.  It's the follow up to White Wolf.  Finishes the tale of Skilgannon the Damned plus Druss sort of makes an appearance.
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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2011, 09:12:48 AM »
Need to reread White Wolf again first!  (awesome cover though!)
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