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Sharps by K J Parker

Published in: Andromeda Spaceways Inflight
Magazine
58 (2013)

Pages: 158-159.

Editor: Edwina Harvey

Publisher: Andromeda Spaceways (Australia)

ISBN: 1446-781X

LINK:  www.andromedaspaceways.com

Also known as:

Pickled cabbage or the pole-sitter's folly? First blood: Parker


Stimulus Response:

I used to read bog-standard fantasy authors such as Terry Brooks and Raymond E. Feist. Indeed, I remember quite distinctly when I stopped doing so. It was at page 13 of Feist's Rides a Dread Legion, when a flummoxing grammar monster reared its head:

The demon's spell casting was interrupted as Brandos drew his buckler up against his left shoulder and rammed it into the creature's chest. It felt like hitting a stone wall, but it threw the demon backwards a few feet and allowed Brandos just enough time to pull away before a massive clawed hand decapitated him.

Ah, I thought, so Brandos is dead. Poor old Brandos. And yet, the next paragraph began:

Brandos lashed out with his sword, striking the demon's exposed arm.

So Brandos is not dead? (I pondered this innovative approach to beheading.) Or is he just fighting on regardless? Hmm… Presumably what Feist actually meant was something more along the lines of: "…but it threw the demon backwards a few feet and allowed Brandos just enough time to pull away before a massive clawed hand could decapitate him."

But either way, it gave me enough impetus to pull away and go in search of other, more exacting purveyors of prose. Thankfully, I discovered KJ Parker, who on the topographical chart of fantasy writers is about as far from bog-standard as one could hope.

 
 
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  - random selection from the unpublished memoire, Freefall