Giant Thief by David Tallerman audiobook

Giant Thief

By David Tallerman
Read by James Langton

Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio 9780857662118

The Tales of Easie Damasco Series: Book 1

10.29 Hours 1
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Meet Easie Damasco: rogue, thieving swine, and total charmer Even the wicked can’t rest when a vicious warlord and the force of enslaved giants he commands invade their homeland. Damasco might get away in one piece, but he’s going to need help. Big time. “A fast–paced, witty and original fantasy, reminiscent of Scott Lynch and Fritz Leiber.” —Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of Empire in Black & Gold “Fast-paced, quick-witted, engaging; as apt a description of Easie Damasco, reluctant hero, as of the novel itself.” —Juliet E. McKenna, author of the The Tales of Einarinn series.

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Summary

Summary

Meet Easie Damasco: rogue, thieving swine, and total charmer

Even the wicked can’t rest when a vicious warlord and the force of enslaved giants he commands invade their homeland. Damasco might get away in one piece, but he’s going to need help.

Big time.

“A fast–paced, witty and original fantasy, reminiscent of Scott Lynch and Fritz Leiber.” —Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of Empire in Black & Gold

“Fast-paced, quick-witted, engaging; as apt a description of Easie Damasco, reluctant hero, as of the novel itself.” —Juliet E. McKenna, author of the The Tales of Einarinn series.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A breezy novel…Tallerman’s charming, devil-may-care hero has plenty of swashbuckling roguishness to carry him through the planned sequels.” Publishers Weekly
“Capturing the brisk pacing and snappy dialogue of comic fantasy adventure, Tallerman’s accomplished swashbuckling series opener should appeal to fans of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories and Robert Asprin’s Thieves’ World series.” Library Journal
“Fast-paced, quick-witted, engaging; as apt a description of Easie Damasco, reluctant hero, as of the novel itself.” Juliet E. McKenna, author of The Tales of Einarinn
“A fast-paced, witty, and original fantasy, reminiscent of Scott Lynch and Fritz Leiber.” Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the Shadows of the Apt series

Reviews

Reviews

by Samuel 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
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Story

Not quite Lynch-ian, but enjoyable.

I definitely get why it's compared to Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora, as Easie Damasco is a thief with that sarcastic, self-deprecating, self-referential sense of humor; though here the action includes a large battle and contains gloriously ugly giants rather than inhabiting the various districts of an old city. You know you're off to a good start when in the first chapter the hero is being hanged. (Though I'm not sure why Angry Robot chose to whitewash the "olive brown" Easie Damasco in the cover art of book one and the just-released cover art for book two, Crown Thief, due out in October; it's sadly not an uncommon happening, thought in recent memory at least Night Shade corrected a similar issue after receiving a lot of negative feedback. C'mon, publishers. You can do better. You aren't adapting a film here. I hesitate to mention this at all, as I do not want people punishing the author of all people, which a "well, I'm not gonna buy that there book then" response does, and Tallerman is the wrong target. But I also don't want to be silent, so... there you go.) Back to the book: as the narrative stays in first person throughout, we see a bit more inside Damasco's head than we did into Locke Lamora's. However, even though Tallerman is not setting out to recreate a precocious group of Gentleman Bastards, Giant Thief is a step or two down from Lynch's excellent debut. We get bits and pieces of Damasco's back story, but never quite enough to build a solid idea of who he is or what he wants -- even if it is the now typical "thief just getting by and not really wanting much of anything or planning ahead" mold. The first half of the book has some quite nicely turned encounters -- Damasco's acquisition of the titular giant for example -- but the second half sees more and more improbable. Even for a book which asks its reader to accept the existence of talking giants, the plot turns on points which verge on the illogical, demanding that the reader unlearn what they have learned about characters and competencies up to that point. However! There's still something fun about a book which doesn't take itself too seriously. On the audiobook: The narration overall really fits the tone, though at times it strays just over into too much sarcastic detachment, where the curtain parts just a bit too much and you feel the acting.

Author

Author Bio: David Tallerman

Author Bio: David Tallerman

David Tallerman’s fantasy, science fiction, and horror short stories have appeared in numerous markets. Among other projects, he has published poetry, comic scripts, and an award-winning short film.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 10.29
Audience: Adult
Language: English