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|Monday, October 13th, 2008|
Fall of Heroes
I just finished reading Fall of Kings
. I put it off for a year, unwilling to allow myself to read the last novel, knowing that there are no more to come.
“…storytellers never die as long as their stories live on.”
~Andromache, Fall of Kings
It's true, they don't. Gemmell will never die while people read his stories. And I, for one, will never stop reading them, over and over. Even though it's hard to watch my favorite heroes die, it is a gift to watch them live. Without any real heroes left in this world to aspire to, I know I can open any book by Gemmell and walk beside a good man or woman and learn honor, wisdom, loyalty, courage, and hope.
Thank you, David Gemmell, for sharing this blessed gift. I hope when I come to the end of my days that I'll find myself at your feet, listening to one of your tales.
|Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008|
anyone out there
hello, is there anyone out there?
just saw your community. joined with much sadness. still can't get over the fact that my favorite author is dead. no other fantasy novelist comes close. I miss Druss, and waylander, and tanka and the thirty, and decado, and the rest. I long to stride the walls of dros delnoch with rek once again. mayhaps when we leave this world for the source.
|Saturday, November 24th, 2007|
Call for assistance: SFX Interview
Count Libido mentioned the extensive SFX interview with Gemmell, and I remember it well. I'm a Wikipedia editor looking to punch-up Gemmell's article somewhat and this could certainly come in useful; I have pretty much every issue of SFX stashed away in boxes in my mother's cellar, and if anyone can remember which issue this appeared in (or even the year), it would certainly help me so I know where to look.
Many thanks in advance. Current Mood: grateful
|Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007|
|Wednesday, September 26th, 2007|
Has anyone read Troy 3 yet? What did you think? Did Stella do a good job?
|Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007|
Sword in the Storm quote
Just to keep the community alive, awaiting the final book (does anyone know when it's coming out btw?), here's a quote:
'Words are stronger than iron. Everything we do - everything we are - is born from words. A man's prejudices are passed on to him by the words of his father and mother, or by older friends he worships. Religion and myth - though both may be the same - are kept alive by words more than deeds.'
|Thursday, June 28th, 2007|
Not sure if anyone is still watching this community...
... but hopefully someone is out there.
Just a quote from "The Legend of Deathwalker" (which I think Gemmell stole from an ancient Chinese proverb):Any good that I may do, let me do it now, for I may not pass this way again.
Can't wait until September when the third Troy book comes out!
|Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007|
I hate that this place has gone stagnant. I'm not computer-savvy enough to understand role-playing games, but you other members have fun. Since I asked a member of my household to hide my copy of Shield of Thunder
until after the semester is out for the summer, I'd like to know who's read it and how is it? Current Mood: sleepy
|Monday, December 18th, 2006|
Alright, here we go...
This group hasn't been used for much recently, so to whomever is still watching it, I'd like to propose an idea that not only could bring us closer as a community(It's sad to see a group go to waste), but promote Gemmel's books to a broader crowd. Just looking through a lot of your guys interests, I've noticed that a lot of you also enjoy roleplaying(Pen and paper style), which leads to my idea: To create a comprehensive roleplaying system based around the Drenai world. One that, once we've created it, we can attempt to have it published(Wizards perhaps...Also, with permission from the Gemmel family of course).
Thoughts or opinions? Questions?
|Thursday, October 26th, 2006|
Well hello there, fellow Gemmellians.
As I'm new to this community, I thought I'd take the advice on the profile page, and try to outline which my favourite book is and why.
It's really very hard to say - my first temptation is to go with Legend
, as that was my first Gemmell book and the one that made me a fan of his. I may have to cheat somewhat and just say the entirety of the Drenai
sagas are my favourites. Simply because it's impossible to choose between them.
One of the most striking things about Legend
, I found, was how he broke the mould of traditional fantasy in so many ways - particularly with the deaths of his lead character and what is probably the majority of the "main" cast.
If forced, I would probably still choose Legend
, and to a lesser extent First Chronicles
, for the effect they had on my life - giving me some sort of role model and code to follow. On that note, I'll bid you adieu, for now - leaving you with these immortal words:
"Never violate a woman, nor harm a child. Do not lie, cheat or steal. These things are for lesser men.
Protect the weak against the evil strong, and never allow thoughts of gain to lead you into the pursuit of evil."
-DW Current Mood: thoughtful
|Monday, September 4th, 2006|
"Transworld are delighted to announce that David Gemmell's wife, Stella, is going to complete FALL OF KINGS, the final novel in the Troy trilogy.
"David delivered 70,000 words of FALL OF KINGS to his editor the day before he went into hospital, taking the story up to the final siege.
"He had discussed the storyline with Stella who has been deeply involved with the research and creation of the trilogy since its inception in 2003. He left behind him a chapter by chapter plan as to how each character should develop and how he saw the final novel ending.
"David's editor at Transworld, Selina Walker, says, 'There's in no doubt that there is no better person than Stella to conclude this magnificent trilogy of novels in the way David would have wanted'."
|Monday, July 31st, 2006|
Fantasy writer Gemmell dies at 57
Fantasy novelist David Gemmell, best known for stories such as Legend and Waylander, has died at the age of 57.
That is a real tragedy. He was still relatively young with so many more stories to tell. We'll never know how his Troy saga ends now and I was looking forward to the next adventures of Skilgannon.
I couldn't believe it when I read this! To me, he is the finest exponent of heroic fiction. I read the last interview with him in SFX and I loved his explanations of the thinking behind some of his books such as Dark Moon and Morningstar.
I don't read an awful lot of fantasy fiction but there was something about his writing that really captured my imagination. All his characters were beautifully rendered.
|Friday, July 28th, 2006|
david gemmel died! i thought i should share this with people, so people will know. that's so awful! he was so young, (late 50s) i feel for his family, and in a selfish way, im upset that i won't have another drenai novel to read. he was one of the first fantasy writers i ever read, and is still one of my favourites. legend was an amazing book, waylander was a great character, and it's so tragic that he's gone
:( Current Mood: sad
|Wednesday, April 5th, 2006|
so i finished gemmel's morning star last night.
and well, tho i hated the characterisation and the plot was weak, in my opinion, i LOVED the romantic concept of the time travelling element. i just thought that was so sweet.
spoilers (i guess!)( Read more...Collapse )
|Thursday, March 16th, 2006|
so i FINALLY brought it, and to me, its bizzare. not because of the plot, im not far in enough for that, but ebcause of the style. not the first person, but how BAD it is! sorry. i compare it to legend, or even knights of dark renown, all earlier books, (and the latter set in the same world) and they are far superior. characterisation is better, the writing is better.
for me, i have counted three, suddenlys, in the first 100 page or so. im not really a fan of when anyone says, and suddenly, this happened. it seems a bit forced excitement and rather childish to me!
i find his characterisation of the anti hero, the jarek person, to just be a bit too ott, trying to make him a likeable cad? *shrug* he just seems an annoying conceited *insert word* to me. the main character, the bard, he's very wooden. even tho he's looking back, describing stuff that happened, he has a lack of passion, or emotion, even tho he seems to think he has it.
i dunno. its really not up there with his other stuff and tho i will stick with it cos its an easy enough read, i find it way below his usual standards for writing. not on plot, but just on writing.
|Thursday, March 9th, 2006|
apparantly this is a drenai book, yet somehow i have TOTALLY missed it and never read it.
going to buy uit now
just wondering how i missed it
and what peole think of it :) (those who were smart and didn't miss it :) )
also, iheard that knights of dark renown was ALSO a drenai book.
any thoughts/opinions on this?
|Monday, December 26th, 2005|
Im A Newbie!
Well hello there!
As you can see I am a newbie
Anyways, Here is a list of the Gemmell Books I have currently read
Druss The Legend
Legend Of Deathwalker
Quest for Lost heroes
I have to say my favourites at present have to be Quest for Lost heroes (I love Maggrig blesh!) and Stormrider.
|Monday, December 19th, 2005|
Has anyone read Echoes of the Great Song
? If so, how is it? Because I can't seem to get through the first few pages. Current Mood: depressed
|Thursday, November 17th, 2005|
I have all the books from the Drenai Saga
but have never read any of the Druss books. So, craving some Gemmell, as I often do, I picked up Legend
off my bookshelf. Little did I know that I would be going to the bookstore the next day. It wasn't intentional since I was close to broke, but it just happened to be right next to Best Buy and I had a two hour wait while they fixed my computer. So I went into Barnes & Noble and laid my eyes upon Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow
for the very first time. No way could I walk out of the store and just leave it there. There were only three of them. I needed it. I desired it. I craved. So I bought it. And now I'm a happy little Gemmell Girl. Yay! Current Mood: busy
|Wednesday, September 14th, 2005|
I just finished Winter Warriors
and I think it's now my favourite book in the Drenai Series. I can't really describe it. It was just a great adventure with all the majesty and courage that is the Drenai. It had an ending I could appreciate, too, which is uncommon for Gemmell. Most of his endings leave me feeling like there is more of the story to tell, but this had a good and happy ending that left me feeling satisfied. Current Mood: relaxed