Few Are Chosen

Few Are Chosen

by M T Mcguire


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ISBN-13: 9781907809002
Publisher: Hamgee University Press
Publication date: 10/22/2010
Series: K'Barthan Series , #1
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.65(d)

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Few Are Chosen 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
shelleyraec on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is not the sort of book I would usually read but I was amused by the sample chapter supplied by the author. It's a chance I am glad I took because this quirky piece of fantasy adventure fiction was a lot of fun.The Pan of Hamgee is a fugitive on K'Barth, blacklisted by the Gronglians who are taking over his world,he has a special knack for getting into trouble. When he accidently burns down a local thug's apartment block he is blackmailed into using his skill as getaway driver. For The Pan, who has managed to stay on the run longer than any other GBI (government blacklisted indiviual)his role in Big Merv's crew is both a Niminism blessing and a Grongolian curse.The Pan is very likeable, he has an artless charm and endearing lack of self esteem. He is convinced its cowardice and luck that has allowed him to outmaneuver those pursing him, rather than taking credit for his skills and sense. I enjoyed his spirit of adventure and determination as well the sense of fun McGuire has infused him withDespite the physical oddities of McGuire's characters, Grongrolians have green skin and Big Merv is an orange Swamp Thing, they have human traits which are easy to relate to. One of the things I struggle with in this genre are books where the setting, history, technology, character descriptions etc., require or are given, extensive detailing. K'Barth may be an alien world, but what is 'other' is intergrated neatly into the plot. For me, this grounds the story so that the characters and events are the main focus of the tale.The pacing is good, there is plenty of action, though I feel the plot could have been tightened a little more to maintain impetus in the middle. The style is fluid and comfortable with neglible copyedit errors.As I don't read a lot in this genre, I can't compare Few Are Chosen to a similar title but I think anyone who enjoys a humourous fantasy adventure that includes a magic thimble, a [flying and submersible] car chase and a pair of concrete boots will appreciate this debut of the K'Barthan Trilogy. I am looking forward to reading McGuire's sequel.
Rebecca_Cullen More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review. Thanks, M.T.! When The Pan of Hamgee accidently sets fire to a crime bosses apartment, he realizes that he is worth more alive than dead. He has no family, he's blacklisted by the government, and now the head of the gangster gang, The Mervinettes, personally wants him dead because of the unintentional destruction he caused to his home. What's a poor guy to do? Well, the one thing The Pan is good at is getting away from the law. He's been blacklisted for five years, which is almost unheard of. So he becomes the getaway driver for The Mervinettes. Pretty sweet deal indeed. However when he illegally comes into possession of a golden thimble with magical properties that is actually owned by the cruel leader of K'Barth, The Pan finds himself in the middle of an epic struggle that will take a miracle to get out of! When I first read the description of this book I'll admit I was pretty intrigued. A science fiction thriller about gangsters? Hell yeah! Where do I sign up? Science fiction, in many cases, ends up being about serious stuff. Very rarely have I read a science fiction book and laughed my ass off. So it was a great experience to find myself doing so with this book! The Pan is a hilarious, lovable misfit that anyone can identify with. Sure he lives in K'Barth and drives a snurd as a getaway car for Big Merv. Sure he has eyes on the back of his head (literally). But at the heart of it, The Pan is a guy who just can't seem to get anything right, messes up quite often, and is basically looked down on by his peers and the rest of society. I think we can all relate to that at one point of our lives, right? Even though this is a fantastical setting, the author really brings it down to a relatable level for the reading audience, which is great for this genre of story. And he is so funny! I was laughing so hard right from the first chapter at The Pan's antics! I couldn't wait to see what he got into next! I really loved how everything was so...unique! You literally had no idea what was coming on the next page. Like I mentioned before, The Pan has eyes on the back of his head! Snurds are these amazing flying cars! There are magic golden thimbles! In an age where many books follow tired old tropes and clichés, this book was like a breath of fresh air! I really enjoyed reading it. My favorite aspect of the book however, is the idea that the author incorporated into the story about parallel dimensions and how every action we take causes ripples in those other dimensions. This is something so very fascinating to me! It's something we studied for a bit in a philosophy class I've taken, and also mentioned in lots of other science fiction and fantasy series (The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman are a few examples) I love how the author took this idea and really made it her own, and incorporated it into her story. It was so fun! I would definitely recommend this book to people who love science fiction books and have a good sense of humor.
BookwormReflects More than 1 year ago
The Pan of Hamgee is accident prone to say the least and when he accidently burns down a mob boss’ flat he soon wiggles his out of a cement box into being the greatest getaway driver K’Barth has ever seen, because if there is one thing The Pan knows how to do it is run away. This is only the beginning for the Pan though he soon becomes wanted not only by Lord Vernon the ruler of K’Barth but also wanted by the head of the resistance which seem just as bad as the current rulers, and for some reason an Old Man seems to bring him even more trouble as the man searches for the person who is destined to rule over the land. This book is witty and fast paced, The Pan often finds himself saying the most inappropriate things at the most inopportune times leaving you silently chuckling to yourself at the audacity of the guy. M T McGuire has also seemed to imagine some of the most interesting characters for instance the three foot tall creatures with cat’s facial feature and only one leg, which becomes very angry if you mention their height. This book is certainly entertaining and imaginative I can’t wait to read book two The Wrong Stuff.