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Offline jdiddyesquire

The Folding Knife - KJ Parker
« on: July 26, 2011, 06:30:26 PM »
I know I'm not the only Parker fan here.  This was my first Parker novel and I was blown away.  Absolutely adored this novel.  This now goes to the top of my "must recommend" to people list.

My review: http://staffersmusings.blogspot.com/2011/07/folding-knife-kj-parker.html
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After writing this glowing review, I started wondering why Parker isn't ubiquitously mentioned as one of the foremost authors in the genre?  If I had to answer I'd give a two-fold answer. First, Parker is an anonymous writer with no social media presence.  Second, Parker writes literary fantasy. Last time I checked Martin Amis and Don DeLillo weren't exactly making the New York Times Bestseller List. If we can all agree that less people read fantasy than "real" fiction, the market Parker is ultimately writing to is even smaller than her mainstream contemporaries.  Most the novels that are placed above Parker's are more traditional epic fantasy - A Song of Ice and Fire, The Black Company, The Kingkiller Chronicle, Lord of the Rings, etc.

Interestingly, for all that, Folding Knife is an epic fantasy - just not traditionally so. It follows a man through thirty years of his life describing his rise and fall from power through war and peace in 400 some odd pages.  Unfortunately, this straddling the line of epic and literary fantasy limits Folding Knife's exposure somewhat preventing Parker from being appropriately recognized.  I might be wrong.  But if I am, why is there any list of the best fantasy novels out there without The Folding Knife right near the top?  I can't explain it any other way.
Justin
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Re: The Folding Knife - KJ Parker
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2011, 07:05:11 PM »
Hmmm, seems like yet another book to add to my must read some day soon list.
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Re: The Folding Knife - KJ Parker
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2011, 09:46:59 AM »
YES.

Parker's one of my absolutely favorites and I slavishly await his/her new novels with the same frenzy that most (sane) fans await the next GRRM.

If you liked The Folding Knife, you'll love the Engineer Trilogy - which has a very similar political slant - but three volumes of it. (Based around engineering, not economics).

Also very similar, Purple & Black - a novella about politics.

Slightly different - the Scavenger Trilogy (which has the best swordplay in all fantasy, as well as the best concluding paragraph in any trilogy ever). The Fencer Trilogy is also quite different, and is very much the darkest of all Parker's works. Again it continues with the metaphors, but this time they're a bit more physical - the hero makes swords, bows and armor throughout the series.

Honestly, everything is good. I think The Company, Blue & Gold and The Hammer aren't Parker's best, but they're all still very, VERY good.

OH AND... there are a couple (free) Parker short stories on the interweb - promos for Subterranean Press:

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/winter-2011/fiction-a-small-price-to-pay-for-birdsong-by-k-j-parker/

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/summer-2010/fiction-amor-vincit-omnia-by-k-j-parker/




Offline jdiddyesquire

Re: The Folding Knife - KJ Parker
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2011, 12:14:34 PM »
YES.

Parker's one of my absolutely favorites and I slavishly await his/her new novels with the same frenzy that most (sane) fans await the next GRRM.

If you liked The Folding Knife, you'll love the Engineer Trilogy - which has a very similar political slant - but three volumes of it. (Based around engineering, not economics).

Also very similar, Purple & Black - a novella about politics.

Slightly different - the Scavenger Trilogy (which has the best swordplay in all fantasy, as well as the best concluding paragraph in any trilogy ever). The Fencer Trilogy is also quite different, and is very much the darkest of all Parker's works. Again it continues with the metaphors, but this time they're a bit more physical - the hero makes swords, bows and armor throughout the series.

Honestly, everything is good. I think The Company, Blue & Gold and The Hammer aren't Parker's best, but they're all still very, VERY good.

OH AND... there are a couple (free) Parker short stories on the interweb - promos for Subterranean Press:

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/winter-2011/fiction-a-small-price-to-pay-for-birdsong-by-k-j-parker/

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/summer-2010/fiction-amor-vincit-omnia-by-k-j-parker/


I figure I'll be through the Parker catalog by years end. Stay tuned haha
Justin
My reviews and other malarkey:
http://staffersmusings.blogspot.com
Twitter: @jdiddyesquire
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1652081-justin