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Giant Thief (The Tales of Easie Damasco) Mass Market Paperback – January 31, 2012
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"Capturing the brisk pacing and snappy dialogue of comic fantasy adventure, Tallerman's accomplished swashbuckling series opener should appeal to fans of Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories and Robert Asprin's "Thieves' World" series." - Library Journal
“A fast-paced, witty and original fantasy, reminiscent of Scott Lynch and Fritz Leiber.” - Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the Shadows of the Apt series
“Fast-paced, quick-witted, engaging; as apt a description of Easie Damasco, reluctant hero, as of the novel itself.” - Juliet E. McKenna, author of The Tales of Einarinn
"Breathless pace... Damasco resembles a landlocked version of Jack Sparrow... The atypical backdrop,self-aware style and downplaying of magics bring to mind the contemporary fantasies of Scott Lynch and Joe Abercrombie." - SFX Magazine
"If you're up for a fun, fast-paced adventure featuring rogues, giants and lots of fighting, you won't want to miss it!" - A Fantastical Librarian
About the Author
David Tallerman's fantasy, science fiction and horror short stories have appeared in numerous markets, including Lightspeed, Bull Spec, Redstone Science Fiction and John Joseph Adams's zombie best-ofThe Living Dead. Amongst other projects, David has published poetry, comic scripts, and an award winning short film. He can be found online at http://davidtallerman.net/ and http://davidtallerman.blogspot.com/.
More About the Author
David's short science fiction, fantasy and horror has appeared in over seventy markets, including Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Nightmare and Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
He can be found online at http://davidtallerman.co.uk/ and http://davidtallerman.blogspot.com/.
Top Customer Reviews
Giant Thief begins with a bang, or should I say a sizeable noose around our main character's neck, and it sets the tone for the entire book which sees Damasco constantly scrambling to save his own life. His homeland is at war, struggling to survive the onslaught of a warlord who has somehow convinced a tribe of giants to fight for his cause. So Damasco does the only logical thing, he steals one of the giants and runs. This is a story that is very much about running, almost three quarters of the book has Damasco and his companions on the run from something or someone, and then during the breaks we are given a bit of back story and a chance to progress the plot. The plot is not overly large, nor is it very complicated, it just serves as a framework for all the action to take place within. The problem is that I found the back story, the provincial war and all that shady politics far more interesting than the monotony of Damasco on the run. I would have loved to see Damasco engage more with these background elements instead of running from them every single time, and in the end I felt like I was missing out on a much greater story that was going on outside of the characters.Read more ›
Well, this book scores on both fronts. While Easie is running about the countryside avoiding bad guys, we are treated to a fairly complex plot involving villains, good guys, possible good guys, femmes, possible bad guys, and GIANTS. And, we get that treat packaged up in some sharp dialogue, decent action, and solid, competent writing. There are chases, conflicts, double crosses, tricky stuff, well thought out set pieces, and even an "Of Mice and Men" buddy angle with the GIANT.
Now, to be fair, this is not the best sci-fi fantasy book ever. But, it is a fine choice for a pleasant read, and Easie is a fine companion. Well worth a look.
Easie Damasco is a despicable rogue, a not very accomplished thief, and is out only for himself. The story opens with Easie on the verge of being hanged, but instead he's drafted to the army of the vicious warlord bent on conquering his homeland of Castoval. Months ago no one had taken the warlord seriously, but that was before a race of enslaved giants began to bolster his ranks.
Trouble always seems to find Damasco, and yet somehow he always manages to extricate himself. Not only does Easie escape his conscription, he rides away on the shoulders of a homesick giant. And because he's a thief, Easie can't leave without first rifling thru the warlord's tent. He steals away with what he thinks is the warlord's coin purse. It's not a coin purse, and it puts a huge target on Easie's back.
Because of what's in the "coin purse," Easie Damasco and the party he accumulates are chased the length and breadth of the Castoval territory. Underneath the narration of Easie's hapless misadventures, a fictional travelogue was dying to come out. Anyway, Damasco and company are so persistently in flight, a sense of monotony creeps in.
The lead character is so unlikable and exasperating. Tallerman must've banked on the high quality of his writing to pull the reader thru. His prose is clear.Read more ›
His ticket out of this predicament proves to be Saltlick, one of the terrifying giants in Moaradrid's army. The thing is, Easie doesn't just steal the giant -- he also steals a money bag that, without his knowledge, contains the item that allows Moaradrid to control his contingent of giants. This unwitting theft sets off a long chase that will change the face of the Castoval forever...
Easie Damasco, the main character of David Tallerman's debut novel Giant Thief, is an opportunistic thief whose only real interest is his own enrichment and well-being. He's not above grandstanding, yelling taunts at opponents as he escapes, or abandoning his companions to their fates to save himself. In other words, he's a bit of a jerk. Readers who prefer novels with likable main characters may want to look elsewhere.
Still, if you look a little closer, Easie occasionally shows a different side throughout the novel -- it's just that it gets overshadowed by his selfishness most of the time. He shows compassion towards the horses, people and, well, giant he takes advantage of. Sometimes he even feels guilty about what he does, although he usually manages to rationalize that guilt away.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are various smaller and bigger things that make you stop and go "where did that come from?" in this book, which is quite annoying to me. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jana
An interesting read. I enjoyed the development of the main character, Easie.Published 18 months ago by A River
The story starts, essentially, with Easie Damasco getting caught with his hand in the wrong pocket and thus conscripted against his will, sent to the front lines of the coming war. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bibliotropic .net
the hype about this book, or why it kept showing up on my recommendations. It seems like it was a story made up for a five year old. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
The story is one of a thief who finds himself enrolled in an army he has no reason to support and steals an artefact which value he is unaware of when deserting, along with a... Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by xi'an
"Giant Thief" was an enjoyable novel, but one that became wholly repetitive the longer it went on. If the happy editor or author had seen fit to trim some of the 150 some-odd... Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by N. Bilmes
The one good thing about this book is the unwavering humor of the main character. The downside: I don't know how the author managed this, but the ENTIRETY of the book with the... Read morePublished on October 3, 2012 by C.L.
Easie Damasco - a charming character and a loveable thief! Tallerman's novel is witty, sharp and funny. It was gripping from the very first page and I thorougly enjoyed reading it. Read morePublished on May 12, 2012 by Jaz (UK)
This book is brilliant! I thought it was very imaginative & the characters have real personalities. It was rather funny, Easie Damasco is a brilliant character who aggravates just... Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by Phil