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Not Exactly The Three Musketeers Mass Market Paperback – Feb 15 2000


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy; First Edition edition (Feb. 15 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812550463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812550467
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 11.1 x 16.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #373,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I actually started the series by reading this book (thank you, Andy, for the gift. Good call) and I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Summary: Three soldiers are dragged into a political argument and ordered to investigate a minor dispute in the outreaches of the realm, which leads to more than anyone had bargained for.
Pretty good opening concept, although I never read the backs of the books (it ruins the surprise for me). What interested me more than anything else was the pure grittiness of the world that Joel, whom I'm sure doesn't mind being on a first-name basis from me, captured and dropped into my hands. In a land of magic, legends and dragons, one wouldn't expect there to be hardship in simply travelling or even danger in getting a simple drink.
If life were so simple, there wouldn't be much of a story. So the attention to detail, the dangers of everyday life in a world without constant police presence, was impressive.
The characters are hardened veterans, having fought, bled and watched those they've known fall in battle, or even in a street fight. They're honorable without being fanatical about it, exceptionally practical and utterly dedicated to their lord. Joel captures and keeps the societal differences between our world and theirs, and the consistency of it was well done indeed.
The characters are Pirojil, ugly as can be and never is he portrayed otherwise, Durine, large and dangerous and distant, and Kethol, heroic and not too bright but humble. Despite their weaknesses, they are engaging and make for some plausible interaction. It seems obvious that people who have worked together for a long time would know each other, but Joel makes it a point to note some of their conversational short-cuts, and includes some failings among friends that are understandable.
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By Rondall Reynoso on July 27 2002
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This book is a fun read. I started reading the guardians of the Flame series a few years ago and have enjoyed them all.
The book starts off a little slow but has great character developement and by the end you won't want to put it down. In fact you'll be sad that it's over.
This the first time that the leads of the story are neither Othersiders or the son of an Oothersider and it is fun to see things from a different point of view.
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By A Customer on Sept. 21 2001
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I keep hoping the Guardians of the Flame series will improve, but after the first two, it was all down hill. The author has a habit of reusing favorite phrases and descriptions. Particularly disgusting is the frequently mentioned "loosing of the bowels with a horrible flatulence" upon someone's death. Although many of the other stories in the series follow an interesting idea (modern-day folks transported into a wizards-and-warriors world), this story fails to have anything interesting to explore. He keeps you in the dark about the 'real' part of the plot until at least page 288, and even then it's over so quickly that I almost missed it. This book doesn't really have anything to recommend it; it has poor writing, poor character development, and a poor plot. I'd take Terry Brooks over this any day.
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By A Customer on Aug. 26 2000
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I didn't exactly ROFLOL, but there are funny places in the book that at least made me chuckle, and all the rest of the literary requirements (plot, characterization, not overusing cliches, etc.) were there.
I had not read any of the other Guardians of the Flame novels, but that probably made it better for me--I get tired of unedited books that insist on telling *everything*. "The protagonist breathed in and while breathing out noticed the gnat whirring to and fro. Finishing that complete cycle, the protagonist breathed in again." It was nice to think that there was something I didn't know--histories, alliances, hates, stories.
Of course, I now plan to read the rest of those books :)
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Another Great book for the Gaurdian of the Flame series. I was a little disipointed it didn't continue with Jason. I would have given 5 stars if the book would of continued with the original characters. Ahira was not even mention and Walter and Ellegon did not have a big enough roll. Yet the book was a good filler until the next book in the series comes out!!!
To the readers who liked the book, but did not read any of the prior books in the series I think you would be diong your self a favor to try and get a hold of the hole set if possible.
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I didn't realize when I bought this book that it was part of an ongoing series. I was disappointed because the author didn't really seem to make any effort to bring the reader in to his world, so I was screwed because I'd never read the other books in the series. The characters and plot had potential, but they seemed empty and cold, and I found myself longing for deeper characterization, especially of the "heroes" and their relationships with each other. How did they meet? Why did they become friends? What keeps them together? These and other questions all seemed inadequately addressed and made me wonder, at times, if they weren't characters carried over from some other book (which indeed they are). If you're a fan, maybe you'll like it, I couldn't really say, but don't try to read it with no knowledge of the world.
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