David Gemmell

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  1. CraigSmith

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    I logged on here today thinking, "cool, a fantasy forum, maybe I can find more David Gemmell or Robert Jordan fans!". I usually frequent The Tolkien Fourm, but as far as I can tell, I'm the only one who's heard of Gemmell.

    Now, David Gemmel is "Probably the greatest living writer of heroic fantasy", and his books are superb, frankly. So I was wondering if we have any other fans here, beside me?
     
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    Never heard of him. What are some of the titles of his books, and when were they published?
     
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    His first book was published in 1984, called Legend, I've been told that was his best book, I have it on order just now from the library. He's releasing new books all the time. I've probably read about a dozen of his books, and I haven't found one yet that I don't like, so you can't really go wrong, unless you buy a book from the middle of a series by accident.

    If you want one to get started, you could read anyone of these :D

    Sword In The Storm (The first in the Rigante series)
    Knights Of Dark Renown
    Dark Moon

    But really, as I said, you can't go wrong.
     
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    Sounds good. When I get the time (lots of books to read;)) I will look into it.
     
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    I liked the Stones of Power series, though I read Bloodstone first (was supposed to be last LOL)
     
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    I read Wolf In Shadow a couple of weeks ago, then I finished Ghost King yesterday. They're really good... obviously :D
     
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    Turin Valar Morghulis

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    Sounds interesting, I have never heard of him. Can you relate his writings to any others so I know what I would be getting in to?
     
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    I've Read all of his Books and i can't really think of anyone else that i've read that i can compare him to.

    He Delivers good Books everytime some say a lot of it is clichéd but i love a bit of good old fashioned heroism from my books... and a lot of his characters are more complex than your rush in and save the day hero.

    great Books on the whole i would highly recommend anyone to read them...

    p.s Waylander is the man
     
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    David Gemmell is THE MAN when it comes to dark heroic fantasy. Ive got 27 of his books so far and have enjoyed every single one. He can give your imagination a good stretch.
     
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    Agreed... Gemmell is the man

    Hit a kind of low point with morningstar and knights of dark renown... wasn't quite as good as most of his stuff. But on the whole best author i've read so far
     
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    I love David Gemmels work! I've only read 8 or 9 of his books though, I didn't know he had written so many.

    I'd have to say that Waylander and Waylander 2 are my favorites although all of them are excellent.

    Robert Jordan is still my favorite but Gemmel is right on his heels.
     
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    I'd have to say waylander 2 and white wolf have been my favourites does anyone else care to share theiers?

    C'mon ppl i only joined this forum cos there was talk of Gemmell

    Get posting on this thread
     
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    My favorites would have to be Legend cos thats the book that started it all and The Legend of DeathWalker and the Jon Shannow series.
     
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    I've read all the Waylander books and I liked the way nothing was quite black and white. His bad guys are not really that bad. They're just people who took a wrong turn at some point.


    Perhaps he ought to continue the series with Miriel (I think that was her name)
     
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    I haven't read alot of his work, but what I have read I liked alot. I've read Storm Rider, Midnight Falcon and I can't remeber the title of the last one in the series. But they were all very good. I also read this huge volume called Drenia Tales or something like that...alas...it was only after I bought it did I discove that it was infact the third of three volumes! But it was a good read never the less. The Legend of the Death Walker is great:D

    If I have any complaints on Gemmel it's this: his stories are so depressing sometimes! He can have such a pessimistic view on things it gets me down. Corruption, death, evil, blah blah...etc it can be very depressing. Especially if the character you like most dies:( Like Yu Yu Liang. Now there was one character that kept me laughing:p;) hehe! "I am Yu Yu Liang! I Kill you all!"
    Hillarious!

    But I suppose that's what makes Gemmel's stories so satisfying. 'Happy Endings' aren't always an option, and he's not as predictable as most. And his endings are always satisfying, even when the good guy dies. it's always the 'right' ending.
    You can never go wrong with a Gemmel:)
     
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    Gemmell's books are fantastic! I have only started reading the Drenai saga about 6 weeks ago but i thought that Legend was the start of it all, but it turns out that Waylander comes before it. Is Waylander to any good? Is it set before Legend so i no if i should by it next.
     
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    This is the order in which to read The Drenai series( I think)
    Legend
    The King Beyond the Gate
    Waylander
    Quest for Lost Heroes
    Waylander II : In the Realm of the Wolf
    The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend
    The Legend of Deathwalker
    Winter Warriors
    Hero in the Shadows
    White Wolf
     
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    That cant be right! In the Waylander they talk of egel and the amour of bronze and in legend it refers to egels bronze amour which regnak wears! and i no that White wolf comes before legend. So i think its in this order:

    Waylander
    Waylander II : In the Realm of the Wolf
    Legend
    White Wolf
    The King Beyond the Gate
    Quest for Lost Heroes
    The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend
    The Legend of Deathwalker
    Winter Warriors
    Hero in the Shadows

    Can anyone prove me wrong???
     
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    In my above post this list for the Drenai series is the order in which they were written by DG, also how they are listed in his latest book White Wolf. So usually this is the order in which the author wants the reader to read them. I think he wrote them this way to test our memory of what has happened and what we know will happen. It keeps you on your toes.
    Just my view though. :)
     
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    Books by Gemmell are brilliant, Druss is his best character. He is a hero of the old school, his power is almost elemental and his spirit is indomitable. The way Gemmell writes gives a great insite into human nature.
     
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