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KING PINCH NOBLES Mass Market Paperback – May 23 1995

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (May 23 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786901276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786901272
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 10.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,314,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Cook, King Pinch (TSR, 1995)

The typical Dungeons and Dragons-related novel has one pace to it: breakneck. I've wondered more than once if one of the writing guidelines for new TSR authors is Poe's old maxim that all novels should be written as if they are to be read in one sitting. (This, of course, is why Poe wrote only one novel.) I've read a lot of D&D-themed novels, and very few break that mold. The most recent to cross my desk is David Cook's King Pinch.

Pinch is a thief of indeterminate birth who leads a band of merry men (and one overly merry woman) down a road of small-time crookery-- that is, until a member of Pinch's past life shows up and takes him and his companions back to Ankhapur, the city of Pinch's birth, with promises of a nebulous job that will put enough money in their bank accounts to keep them comfortable for life, and threats of their heads on pikes if they don't come.

The book starts off in an almost leisurely way, with Cook taking some time to develop Pinch's character before getting into the action. While that's never a bad thing, it does jar in the greater scheme of things. The pace does pick up as the novel goes on, but I wonder if most series readers who focus on TSR novels won't abandon this one given its initial slow pace. More fool them, however, because the reader of swords-and-sorcery fantasy will find much to enjoy once it gets going. ***
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This book is a good mystery, in a nutshell. It's got a good and slightly complex story line, with many surprises along the way. Even though some surprises were expected, others were a big surprise. This story is not a comic FR novel, as some are, but more serious, and terror and surprise are the big attractions here. It's kinda like Sherlock Holmes or something, but the main part is played by a pretty nasty character. Unlike other FR novels, the main character of this one are aging and not in so good shape, which is nice to see one in a while, to know that not all people in the Forgotten Realms are hulking barbarians or mystical mages, it adds realism to an already perfect world. Entertaining as it is exciting and well written, you should definitely "pinch" this one up next time you want to read a good FR novel.
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By A Customer on May 20 1999
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Cook put together a sly, gritty, yet likable character when he created Pinch. After reading about Harpers and other assorted do-gooders, its great to read about an anti-hero for change. Not that Pinch is a real evil guy, but he's no paladin either. I could go on about the rest of the book too. The plot was very intriguing, very enjoyable. The supporting characters were very strong too. All in all, a great read. But create more characters like Pinch!
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