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What did you like best about Sharp Ends? What did you like least?
Joe style ++
The stories --
What was most disappointing about Joe Abercrombie’s story?
He just does not write great short fiction. Not his fault.
Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey and Joe Abercrombie ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Excellent performance as usual.
Do you think Sharp Ends needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
It's been awhile since Joe's last book and with all the other books I have read in between, I had forgotten just how much I love his work! Just about everything else pales by comparison. I enjoyed catching up with these characters from previous stories, they feel like old friends.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
This jumps around a bit. There's no real story thread, just lots of short stories packed together - the only link being that they are all about minor characters from the First Law series.....
If you're a fan of Abercrombie, and a devotee of the First Law Series, then you'll enjoy this. There's the expected Abercrombie grit, with Steven Pacey narration - you'll know exactly what to expect. 4 stars rather than 5, as I'm not really a fan of the short story approach, and coming to this book cold (outside of the series), is probably not to be recommended.
At one point, Jo Abercrombie himself narrates one of the stories.....He "voice-acts" in a way that is supposed to be consistent with the character in question, and I suppose it is, but have to admit that I couldn't cope with it, and had to forward through that story. Jo is a fabulous storyteller - one of my favourites - but the narration is best left to Steven Pacey, who is without a doubt, one of the best narrators out there.
My favourite part of this audiobook is the footnote.....where Steven Pacey and Jo Abercrombie are being interviewed by the Audiobook people. It was brilliant to listen to the two of them chatting about the books, and the various characters, and interpretations and the performances. (I could have done without the interviewer whose questions were a little lame - rather just letting them chat away, down any path they cared to go.....good fun.).
16 of 18 people found this review helpful
Shev & Javre, the most enjoyable characters I have come across in a very long time. They deserve their very own series. Laughed out Loud a good few times at their antics. Rest was good also of course and great to meet some old names I knew well, but these two stand out as just fantastic. Love the short story style where you are not sure if any more is coming or not on each story line. Genius :D My book of 2016. Please give Shev & Javre a whole series, they make me smile so much :) Oh..., this is hell.....LOL!!.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
This collection of short stories adds further depth to some of the great characters already acquainted with in the First Law and First Law World series, plus a few new names who tie in. Hearing some of the favourites back in the day is a real treat and Pacey performs these younger versions excellently. A few gaps filled, some alternative perspectives and learning how some names were earned. Another gem from Abercrombie.
It's quite obvious why Joe Abercrombie has firmly established himself as one of the genre's greats, & I expect that he'll stay up there. As usual Steven Pacey breathes a roar reality into it, giving it such believable life. Truly a joy to listen to, or just to read. 5stars as usual👍