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Mighty Hammer Down Paperback – December 10, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
Guyton is an excellent writer whose style walks the fine line where elegance meets readability perfectly. His protagonists are complex and worth caring about, and I always appreciate a story in which the antagonists are given the opportunity to present their case for moral superiority, no matter how flawed, rather than simply being "the bad guys." And while the story is meant to present a philosophical argument, the author avoids Ayn Rand Syndrome, smoothly integrating his points into conversations that feel perfectly natural. Even readers that disagree fundamentally with the author should appreciate his well-presented case; if only the talking heads on tv could argue with the same finesse and cordiality.
The book is more sword than scorcery, with its focus on character building rather than world building. It is a must-have for fans of low-magic fantasy (such as Goodkind), but I would recommend it to anyone who simply wants to read a great novel. Even though my preferred Terry is Pratchett, I consider Mighty Hammer Down to be among my favorite novels and eagerly await the sequel.
"Mighty Hammer Down" thrusts you into the story from the first page, and keeps you entrenched into its setting. Along the way you learn about some basic physics, capitalism, democracy, communism, and religious extremism. All of the afore mentioned subjects are handled in a very enjoyable way. Even if social discussion isn't your cup of tea, this novel is a very good read in it's own rights.
My favourite point was of how the moon stays in the sky because it is falling. Although that idea may not have been completely original, the way that the writer made the characters discuss and debate about it made it feel as though Mr. Guyton had had the discussion himself. What I also found most intriguing about the book and its story is how he had shaped his own Gods and religious views. The lore and information that was included with the Gods, as well as their creation and how they are sustained is truly amazing and it is quite possibly the most attention grabbing and detailed part of this book.
Of all the truly amazing characters presented in this book, I am forced to choose Rommus to be my favourite. His character is a truly amazing, intelligent person. Rommus is the main reason for the philosophy aspect of this book as it is his character that presents these well thought ideas. I also feel that I come to choose him as a favourite character because I became attached to his character through the compassion and care he shows to those who respect him, and also because of the truly horrific circumstances that we come to endure with him.Read more ›
1) Strong female secondary character is competent enough to make a daring assassination attempt on a top general and escape, yet for the rest of the book talks like a bumbling idiot. The number of "I've never thought about it like that before" statements from this 'dangerous assassin' in response to fairly trivial political or scientific revelations is almost offensive.
2) We get it... libertarian... Ayn Rand.. here's what rubs me the wrong way about his approach to the subject matter. It's virtually all unprompted, awkward exposition via dialogue. Not much occurs after the first half of the book because the characters are too busy 'learning' from Mr. Know-It-All main character about how they should view politics. This could be described as more than 'heavy handed'.. .it's like the author himself retrieved one of these 'god artifacts' and transformed himself into the 'Gauntlet of Political Libertarianism Bashed Down Your Throat'.
3) How is it that an immortal who's been around *thousands* of years, hasn't yet run across a book by Ayn Rand and is instead surprised at every turn by libertarian thought? I can't manage to walk 20 ft without kicking one. Why is this sidekick no smarter than that mentioned in comment #1?
4) Almost none of the conservative/libertarian positions are exposed in anything other than dialog. Don't have the characters talk about the threat of incompatible religions, make the exposition a part of the story. Yeah, it's probably hard to do, but that's why being a novelist is harder than being a talking-head-pundit.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Could not put it down. Had to go out and buy the next book in the series, Blood and bronze.Published 2 months ago by Otello Doz
I recommend this to anyone who loves a great book. If you like battles, magic, and gods even better. If you also like intrigue, romance, and fantasy, then this is the book for you! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ebrithil Sirrush
An amazing book! I found the reasoning and logic behind each argument compelling and well thought out.. the characters were well defined and finely interwoven.Published on June 30, 2014 by rod ganzer
I was very impressed now I have to find some more books by him. This definitely worth your money you will not be disappointed.Published on May 6, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed reading this Romanesque novel with magic, war, and religious conflict mixed in. While some of the character's philosophical debates could get tedious, at times, the flow... Read morePublished on March 16, 2014 by PKW
I stumbled across this book after finishing Jim Butcher's Calderon series. And I wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by Greenlite350
I couldn't get past the first chapter which was very short thankfully. Way too much use of the pronoun "he". Which he did what? Who knows? Who cares? Very confusing.Published on January 9, 2014 by Pappy H
I loved this book! loved the characters! the writing is excellent! as soon as I finished I went looking for the next book! Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by Jules