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The Woods out Back Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 1993

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Reissue edition (Oct. 1 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441908721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441908721
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.6 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 23 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,269,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Napping after a dreary day in his dead-end job, Gary Leger wakes to find he has been kidnapped into "the world of the Faerie." Mickey McMickey, a leprechaun, has brought him to join the quest of Kelsey Gil-Ravadry, an elf who hopes that by following "the legends" he can repair a spear that belonged to an ancient king; the spear has great powers and is able to communicate with its possessor. Gary's reluctance to go questing is overcome by Kelsey's simple argument: help me or I'll kill you. As the trio ventures forth to corral a dwarf blacksmith (to reforge the spear) and a dragon (to supply the fire needed), they find themselves thwarted by the evil sorceress Ceridwen, who sends trolls and goblins to attack them, among other impediments. In this story, which initiates the Spearwielder's Tale series, Salvatore ( The Legacy ) does not adequately explain for what purposes Kelsey wants the spear or why Ceridwen opposes him. Also, it is discouraging to see Gary working for cooperation among various male creatures--human, elf, leprechaun, dwarf and giant--while the tale offers few female characters, all unappealing and all of whom endanger the quest.
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The author of the best-selling "Dark Elf" series turns his hand to a cross-world fantasy in this first volume of "The Spearwielder's Tale," a projected trilogy.
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By A Customer on Feb. 29 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Read Poul Anderson's "Three Hearts and Three Lions." Then, as soon as you're done, read R.A. Salvatore's "The Woods Out Back." They are essentially the same story. A mundane figure from 'our world' finds himself in an alternate world (both involve the myth of Faerie), where he is chosen to wear the armor and guise of an old hero, and take up that hero's weapon - which, in both cases, is essentially a spear, or lance. The 'stranger in a strange land' then becomes embroiled in a plot to save the world, confronts witches and trolls, befriends strange-accented little people (Hugi and Mickey are nearly the same character!), and ultimately tries to use his modern logic to win the day in a world that defies logic in all its forms. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Salvatore flatters Anderson in the same manner he often flatters Tolkien. If a novel's quality is gauged by its originality, then "The Woods Out Back," as you can tell, comes up short. Even so, it's a fast-paced read, and colorful enough that it differentiates itself a little from Anderson's likewise compelling (but superior) novel. Still, there's something to be said for borrowing concepts so blatantly from other writers. For goodness' sake, the lead characters in both "WOB" and "THaTL" are even similiar PHYSICALLY! I liked Salvatore's take on this kind of story, if only moderately, but I can't resist being the one to point out the glaring parallels between his work and Anderson's. Keep it in mind.
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Unfortunately for books like this, they are always compared to Salvatore's Drizzt novels. In my mind, it's tough to compare to the Drizzt novels, this book is not that good, but I still liked it. This book was very original and very different from the rest of his novels. It still had a lot of action like most of Salvatore's book, and it still had Salvatore's unique and fun characters. The story starts out with a normal guy being taken to a fantasy world. He meets a leprechaun and an elf and they try to reforge a famous spear. They go through many trials through a creative world with many references to "The Hobbit." The leprechaun was my favorite character, the rest of the characters were enjoyable too. This book reminded me a lot of "Magical Kingdom for Sale: Sold!" by Terry Brooks, I don't know which one was better. This is not the most advanced of books, but what do you expect from a 290 page first book. There are a lot of better series out there (LOTR, A Song of Fire and Ice, the Drizzt series, act.) but if you are looking for a simple and enjoyable book to read, this would not be a bad choice. I liked it, but it has too tough of competition to compete against. Hardcore Salvatore fans might want to give it a try, it's definitely better than "The Sword of Bedwyr."
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R.A. Salvatore, creator of the beloved drow warrior, Drizzt Do'Urden, from the D&D Forgotten Realms universe, is at once a fantasy powerhouse and a symbol of what is wrong with the genre. When he gets it right, it's remarkable stuff that combines elements of Tolkien and Robert E. Howard. When he gets it wrong... well, it's just boring, predictable, and trite. "The Woods Out Back," part I of the Spearweilder series, is somewhat remarkable in that it is a Salvatore effort that is neither wondrous nor dull.
One immediately gets the sense that this is a very personal endeavor for Salvatore (the lead character is named Gary, after the author's brother; his girlfriend, who appears later in the series, is named Diane after Salvatore's wife; the dwarf, Geno, shares his name with Salvatore's son, etc.). The premise is certainly a winner. A disenchanted fantasy addict from 'Real-earth' (aka, our world) happens into a fairy tale world (or, in other words, a generic Middle-earth clone), and winds up embroiled in a Hobbit-like quest to slay an evil dragon. Unfortunately, for everything "The Woods Out Back" gets right, it gets something else quite wrong.
On the positive side of the coin, Salvatore delivers some vivid characterizations (all save Gary, the somewhat bland everyman of the trilogy). His action sequences, while overused, are up to his usual standards. And, as per Salvatore usual, the writing is colorful, even if his prose is sometimes awkward. It's also clear that Salvatore was passionate about this work, and it shows. "The Woods Out Back" is definitely endearing, and fantasy buffs should find it instantly relatable.
However, it is a flawed novel. For starters, Salvatore often has his characters dispute J.R.R. Tolkien's classic, "The Hobbit." "If your Mr.
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By A Customer on April 1 2003
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'the woods out back' by drizzt do'urden creator r.a. salvatore is a light-hearted adventure with salvatore's custimarily colorful characters. the storyline is every fantasist's dream: discover a fantasy realm similar to tolkien's middle-earth, and it's up to you to save the day. this is what happens to gary leger, the story's disillusioned main character from 'real-earth.' it's good stuff, but not great - which is no surprise, really, as salvatore hasn't been great since 'the dark elf' and 'icewind dale' trilogies. it's all standard fare for the most part, and salvatore's trademark action sequences are annoying now rather than riveting, as they offer nothing that hasn't been done before - wow, more goblin attacks. oh my, let me contain my joy. still, there's a certain appeal to the novel's concept, despite some cheesy dialogue and bland action segments. it's a good diversion, but little else.
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