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Orcs

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Tolkien eat your heart out

This book is a different kind of fantasy. No prissy unicorns no cowardly midgets. No wussy elves. No whiny pathetic half human creatures. Orcs is a funny exciting read from start to finish.

posted by 6408752 on March 26, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Predictable, Not a New Concept

Despite all the critical praise that's adorned the cover (inside and out) of the book, this concept of portraying orcs in a more understandable and amenable light is nothing new if you're an avid reader of fantasy novels, such as Grunts by Mary Gentle (albeit a humorous...
Despite all the critical praise that's adorned the cover (inside and out) of the book, this concept of portraying orcs in a more understandable and amenable light is nothing new if you're an avid reader of fantasy novels, such as Grunts by Mary Gentle (albeit a humorous and anachronistic take). The language is quite basic and unsophisticated, and the plot is predictable and cliched. There's nothing wrong with being able to see how the plot will turn miles off, after all what fantasy story can truly claim its entirely original. The greatest failing of this book, however, has to do with the very element its using to claim to fame, in other words the portrayal of the Orcs. In an attempt to make the Orcs more understandable, and trying to connect to the readers, the author ended up portraying them as basically humans with the weird names and 'ugly' faces. In fact if the word orc was replaced with man, the reader would be none the wiser as to whether the book is talking about a group of brutal orcs or a band of human soldiers. I understand that the author was trying to paint them in a bit more sympathetic light than the usual oft maligned battle fodder in fantasy settings, but in the attempt, there's almost no characteristic left to distinguish these orc characters to be orcs. I hardly think portraying orcs as just brutish looking humans do them justice, nor are any of the critical praises this book received deserved.

posted by vkl on September 19, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2009

    Unconventional Tale of Orcs....

    The marketing of this book is amazing, the first pages are filled with kudos from various authors. I immediatly wanted to read this book after picking it up off the shelf at B&N. The bad news is that this story is fairly predictable, chapter after chapter. This book is a compilation of 3 books, with the first book really grabbing your attention. The 2 subsequent books become more difficult to get through and tend to drag on. The good news about this book is the unconventional persona of the orc. The author really went to great lengths to create a completly different view of what us "Sci-Fi/Fantasy" guru's think of an Orc. To that the author gets an A+.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    If its the lord of the rings orcs then count me in!

    If its the kind of orcs in fairy tales and knights..... then what were they thinking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    Worth reading

    The consept is great and the story is intriging but the plot from one chapter the next or struggles all mirror eachother and the book gets repeditive. All together it was still a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Good bathroom read

    When I first got this book I was over seas and need something to fill my down time. A friend saw that I picked it up a few times at b&n and he sent it to me. I read a few chapters but i just could not get into it. I did not pick it back up until i was back in the states. I had nothing to read and it was just sitting there. I only read whenever i was in the bathroom. The plot takes to much time to develop. It never really goes into the back story of why the"stars" where made or who really made them. As for the ocrs, they just stumble onto them and were like, hay lets go find them. Oh yeah and their leader just so happens to knowhow to use them. So over all the orcs are to humanistic, the villinous is moot and the quest line is lacking.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    OK, not great

    I may have had too high of expectations from this book. If was good to fill the need for a fantasy book but really not all that memorable. Definitely different from the norm if that is what you are looking for.

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

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    not as good as the first series

    loved the first set of books, but this one does not really make the grade.
    SO SAD

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