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The Grey Bastards: A Novel (The Lot Lands) (utgåvan 2018)

av Jonathan French (Författare)

Serier: The Lot Lands (1)

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Call them outcasts, call them savages--they've been called worse, by their own mothers--but Jackal is proud to be a Grey Bastard. He and his fellow half-orcs patrol the barren wastes of the Lot Lands, spilling their own damned blood to keep civilized folk safe. A rabble of hard-talking, hog-riding, whore-mongering brawlers they may be, but the Bastards are Jackal's sworn brothers, fighting at his side in a land where there's no room for softness. And once Jackal's in charge--as soon as he can unseat the Bastards' tyrannical, seemingly unkillable founder--there's a few things they'll do different. Better. Or at least, that's the plan. Until the fallout from a deadly showdown makes Jackal start investigating the Lot Lands for himself. Soon, he's wondering if his feelings have blinded him to ugly truths about this world, and the Bastards' place in it. In a quest for answers that takes him from decaying dungeons to the frontlines of an ancient feud, Jackal finds himself battling invading orcs, rampaging centaurs, and grubby human conspiracies alike--along with a host of dark magics so terrifying they'd give even the heartiest Bastard pause. Finally, Jackal must ride to confront a threat that's lain in wait for generations, even as he wonders whether the Bastards can--or should--survive. Delivered with a generous wink to Sons of Anarchy, featuring sneaky-smart worldbuilding and gobs of fearsomely foul-mouthed charm, The Grey Bastards is a grimy, pulpy, masterpiece--and a raunchy, swaggering, cunningly clever adventure that's like nothing you've read before.… (mer)
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Titel:The Grey Bastards: A Novel (The Lot Lands)
Författare:Jonathan French (Författare)
Info:Crown (2018), 432 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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***WHY I DON'T WANT TO READ IT***
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Ceki's review:
Jonathan, there are four types of women in this book:
1. only one female warrior.
2. only one foster mom (who luckily doesn't get fucked by the main characters).
3. only one elf girl who is a slave.
3. whores aka 'bedwarmers'.

Such a diversity.

There was a time I could enjoy these kinds of stories. But to be honest, there wasn't much else to read. Now I can choose stories with a more balanced character crew. Stories in which woman aren't only there to be a damsel, to fuck, to be eye-candy or to be a mother.

BUT THE ORCS THOUGH.
For some reason I liked them since reading Lord of the Rings...
  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
This was a pretty good book, overall, but definitely not worth all the drooling five-star reviews it's getting. I mean, holy crap, if it could have veered a bit farther from the entire Sons of Anarchy thing, it would have easily earned the four stars I gave it, instead of me having to round up a 3.5 star rating.

Yeah, there's some great action, some cool magic, and a bunch of interesting characters, but as someone else stated in their review, there's very few females, and most of them are whores, or treated as whores.

The story itself was a touch overlong and drawn out at times, but in the end, yes, it got the job done. Yes, I'll read the next one, but I really didn't think the world needed a fantasy/SoA mash up, and quite frankly, I still don't. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
Post apocalyptic motor cycle gang, but make it fantasy. Is it good? Sure. Is it for me? Nah. If you're into macho stories with lots of long, detailed fight scenes where men respect prostitutes while f**king them for free, this right here is the book for you. If, like me, your eyes roll whenever a character talks about the love of their (literal) hog or calls their decrepit gang buddies "brothers" maybe look elsewhere. ( )
  systemfailure | Jun 16, 2020 |
3.5 stars, so 4 for now

This is a fun book, full of action, adventure and dirty minds. It's a bit more loosey goosey than Joe Abercrombie's stuff, but has the same potent character of a violent world with an overly developed sense of humor. No, a violent world where the only thing that can't be killed is the sense of humor. Hm, there's got to be a more poetic way of putting it. A world whose sensory homunculus has only a bicep, a dick, and a sense of humor. Is this getting more poetic yet? Ok, last one: a world full of rape and murder, but it's hilarious, trust me. Hmmmmmm.

One of the things I think could have been done better is the differentiation of various fantasy species, behavior wise. They all seemed very much human, except for the color of their butts and the caliber of their biceps. It made it easier for me to lust after the half orc she-warrior...but I think I could have managed anyway. ( )
  mvayngrib | Mar 22, 2020 |
This book sat for some time on my TBR before I finally picked it up, despite my curiosity to sample it given the many enthusiastic reviews from my fellow bloggers and the promise of a different kind of fantasy story, one where the proverbial bad guys – in this case half-orcs – were the heroes and not the villains.

The novel approach was indeed a welcome change from the usual narrative tracks, but unfortunately the delivery did not work for me: to be honest I kept trying to remember that with a debut work I should have given this book a wider latitude and exercised more patience, but when I reached the point of “too much is indeed too much” I saw no other option than to give up reading and move toward greener pastures.

The Lot Lands are a harsh, dangerous place where – after long conflicts and a devastating plague – a multitude of creatures has come to live: reclusive Elves, rampaging Centaurs, a smattering of Humans and the half-orcs, the product of a forced mating between humans and full-blooded orcs. The latter now and then still trespass into the area in search of plunder, and that’s where the half-orc bands – or hoofs – come into play as a defensive force, mounted on specially bred wild pigs called barbarians whose loyalty and intelligence are highly valued.

Jackal, Oats and Fetching (the only female of the Grey Bastards hoof – and probably the only female ever admitted into a band) are very close comrades, and at the very beginning of the book they clash with a troop of human soldiers killing one of them and setting in motion an unpredictable chain of events whose consequences might be ranging even farther than they can imagine, or that I could imagine, since I chose to desist at roughly one-third of the way.

As I said, the premise is an interesting one, even though the story went all over the place with no indication of a precise concatenation of events: it’s quite possible that the disparate situations DID come to a confluence at some point, but since I lacked the willpower to reach it I guess I will never know…. What turned me away from The Grey Bastards was a growing annoyance with two of its major components, one being the foul language used with irrepressible glee: granted, in the kind of background and company described in the book, profanity would be a major ingredient, but the frequency with which it was used went well beyond any reasonable narrative need and quickly turned into the kind of fixation for repeating a newly-learned four-letter word we see children indulge in, using and abusing it for its shock value. I am far from prudish and understand that harsh language and a harsh world go hand in hand, but the effectiveness of vulgarity is inversely proportional to its frequency, so that the profusion of f-bombs, crude sexual references and their many combinations quickly went from colorful to bothersome, and a distraction from the story itself. More than once I was reminded of something a wise friend told me once about the excessive use of coarse expletives in any conversation: that it’s a filler for the lack of appropriate language to express one’s thoughts, and ultimately the indication of a lack of thoughts as well. Not exactly the best endorsement for any story…

My other point of contention comes from the portrayal of women: again, I know that the chosen background is far from conducive to female agency, but why are the women in this story relegated to the roles of either caregiver (just one, as far as I went) or whore? No, that’s not right: there are also one woman warrior, with a chip on her shoulder that’s even bigger than the hog she rides on, and an elf who was the prisoner of a foul creature and the victim of orkish rape, which resulted in a pregnancy. Not the best kind of representation, from my point of view. The proverbial “oldest job” appears to be the only one ever considered for women, because in this world there seems to be no place for, I don’t know, a village baker or vegetable grower: if one does not find employment in the orphanage where youngsters are raised, all she has to look forward to is the brothel, or the bunk of a warrior as his personal bedwarmer. That’s all, and it’s a dismal summation, indeed – hopefully just an over-the-top description of this world and not the author’s view on life…

Before posting this review I re-read the ones from my fellow bloggers that compelled me to try The Grey Bastards, and came to the conclusion that this might be a classic case of “it’s not you, it’s me”. Not my kind of book, sorry. ( )
  SpaceandSorcery | Jan 10, 2020 |
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Call them outcasts, call them savages--they've been called worse, by their own mothers--but Jackal is proud to be a Grey Bastard. He and his fellow half-orcs patrol the barren wastes of the Lot Lands, spilling their own damned blood to keep civilized folk safe. A rabble of hard-talking, hog-riding, whore-mongering brawlers they may be, but the Bastards are Jackal's sworn brothers, fighting at his side in a land where there's no room for softness. And once Jackal's in charge--as soon as he can unseat the Bastards' tyrannical, seemingly unkillable founder--there's a few things they'll do different. Better. Or at least, that's the plan. Until the fallout from a deadly showdown makes Jackal start investigating the Lot Lands for himself. Soon, he's wondering if his feelings have blinded him to ugly truths about this world, and the Bastards' place in it. In a quest for answers that takes him from decaying dungeons to the frontlines of an ancient feud, Jackal finds himself battling invading orcs, rampaging centaurs, and grubby human conspiracies alike--along with a host of dark magics so terrifying they'd give even the heartiest Bastard pause. Finally, Jackal must ride to confront a threat that's lain in wait for generations, even as he wonders whether the Bastards can--or should--survive. Delivered with a generous wink to Sons of Anarchy, featuring sneaky-smart worldbuilding and gobs of fearsomely foul-mouthed charm, The Grey Bastards is a grimy, pulpy, masterpiece--and a raunchy, swaggering, cunningly clever adventure that's like nothing you've read before.

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