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Velan the Reticent Paperback – April 18, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
James Grant has returned to showcasing his writing skills instead of his talents as an cartoonist, and high time. It's been too long since he wrote _On the Banks of Lethe_ but it's been time well spent. He's still coming into himself as an author and it's obvious as you read _Velan_, his style improves, even as the story progresses, and he becomes more comfortable with his storytelling.
_Velan_ could easily have turned out to be just another Conan sendup but, in spite of the sardonic humor familiar to readers of Flem Comics, Grant also displays a genuine respect and appreciation of Howard's work in a novella that is the best tribute to Howard's Conan since John Jakes' _Mention My Name in Atlantis_.
Downside? It's a novella; it just doesn't go on as long as you'll wish it would. Upside? It's a novella; as a result it's a quick, affordable read. Also, since Grant's already at work on a sequel, we can look forward to a steady supply of twisted entertainment for the foreseeable future.
Buy the book. It's the best four bucks you'll spend today and if it encourages Grant to keep writing, as well as illustrating, we all win.
Fortunately, James L. Grant has wrote a book that is both funny and entertaining regardless of how much or little one knows about the genre. He does it the old-fashioned way - by creating real, complete characters who deal with the strange situations they face (scavenging warbirds, scheming townspeople, hidden temples) in realistic (for the genre) ways. The humor flows from the characters and their situations, rather than any forced wordplay, joking, or overt silliness, and is all the more effective for it. While I suspect there are depths I missed due to unfamiliarity with the genre, I nevertheless thorougly enjoyed the book and look forward to Velan's return.
This novella has two extremely well executed facets. First, it is a coming of age story that follows Tygus in his quest to revenge his town, which was massacred by a rampaging horde. Seemingly hopeless at first, Tygus soon shows his reticent mentor, Velan, that he has a lot of hidden potential. Often bemused and confounded by the world outside his now-smoldering village, Tygus provides the reader with a front row seat to some of the most realistic (well, as realistic as fighting ruby-eyed scorpions can be) action scenes you'll read.
Second, this novella is a tongue in cheek homage to famed action heroes such as Conan the Barbarian and the aforementioned Red Sonja. We learn, for example, that having long, flowing hair isn't always the most practical hairstyle for a female mercenary, that honor is NOT the better part of valor, the life of a mercenary (aka "hero") is brutish, short, and likely to end badly, and that scavenging Warbirds can be very, very patient.
This novella is not perfect, however.
For one thing, it is too short. It promises us sequels, however, which will hopefully explore the character of Velan more fully. He remains shrouded in mystique (perhaps by his own design) for most of the novel.
A few passages are confusing, and require re-reading, but all in all, a very clever, very funny book that will leave you wanting more.
If you like books such as the Discworld novels, that simultaneous pay homage to and make fun of the fantasy/action/sci fi genre, this is right up your alley.
I read this incredibly interesting, bizarre, super-funny, ultra-violent, strange, and exciting (did I get enough adjectives in there?) adventure/satire from cover to cover in a single sitting. And I loved ever word of it. I highly recommend this title to any fans of the fantasy, sci-fi, and/or satire genres. I can say with confidence that this work is MORE than worth the cover price.
James L Grant creates a marvelously parodic scenario and drops us square in the middle of it. He gives us people to care about, and fun things for them to do. If you're a fan of violence, folklore, or smart-ass birds, Velan the Reticent should def be on your to-read list.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent story, engaging and humorous. Unfortunately, it sets the stage for a ripping yarn, then ends without telling it! Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by C Sherman
Don't be fooled by the somewhat whimsical title; Velan the Reticent is both more and less than a parody of Conan and other sword-and-sorcery tales. Read morePublished on May 8, 2011 by Kristan O. Overstreet
Fun story. Excellent character development. You become entranced by the players and don't want to put it down and miss something. There MUST be a follow up! Read morePublished on May 7, 2011 by smokey
From deep in the bowels of the mind, across continents and ages, James conjures forth a hero like no hero before. Read morePublished on May 6, 2011 by curry l perkins