Grunts!: A Fantasy with Attitude

Grunts!: A Fantasy with Attitude

by Mary Gentle

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An orc is a fireplug of a fighting machine made of muscle, hide, talon, and tusk, with a villainous disposition and a mean sense of humor. And, of course, an orc is a poor dumb grunt—the much abused foot soldier in the Horde of Darkness.

The usual last battle of Good against Evil is about to begin, and Orc Captain Ashnak and his war band know exactly what to expect. The forces of Light are outnumbered, full of headstrong heroes devoid of tactics, but the Light's still going to win. Orcs will die by the thousands, and no one cares. Not even the Nameless Necromancer who hired them...

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ISBN-13: 9780451454539
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/1995
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 774,012
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mary Gentle has written eight books, including Grunts and Ash: A Secret History, which have won critical acclaim from science fiction and fantasy authors and critics alike. She's completed two master's degrees amd is an expert sword fighter. She resides in England.

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Occupies roughly the same territory as Harry Harrison's Bill the Galactic Hero...moves at a good clip and provides a hefty measure of gags.

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Grunts!: A Fantasy with Attitude 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
DallasFabulously More than 1 year ago
Grunts is a three book series by Mary Gentle. In the first book, Brothers In Arms, the dark forces and the light forces are preparing for "The Final Battle". The orcs are with the dark forces and have been advancing toward the battle grounds. The battalion the book is following is The Fighting Agaku with Ashnak in command. On the light side two brothers who have mad a living as thieves are main characters. Another aspect is that the Nameless and the Named are twins who have joined separate forces. Brothers In Arms is a very exciting series. A major setback of the book is it gets confusing once in awhile. The author does a good job switching character viewpoints back and forth which gives different opinions to what is happening in the book. Overall, Grunts by Mary Gentle is an exciting and well thought out series. Reviewed by: Izzy Sincerely
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately and was told to give Grunts a try. At first I wasn't too sure about it, but it quickly drew me in. I enjoyed every moment of this read, and won't be surprised if I give it a second or third go without getting tired of it. I do wish that Mary Gentle put out more books of this nature.
davidberry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is great fun a real reversal on how many orcs can we kill today. How much better could it be a grop of orcsobtain some magic weapons the only problem is that they are cursed by the USMC.The result being sands of IWO Jimo meets Lord of the Rings.Sgt Stryker eat your heart out The Orcs have landed.
neurodrew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A funny but slightly out of focus book about Orcs who liberate a dragon hoard of modern weapons, and become Orc Marines. It had many funny points, but the authress, a British woman, had no real acquaintance with Marines. All the usual features were lampooned, and it was beginning to get on to the bugs in Starship Troopers at the end, but it grew tiresome and I put it down. I mainly bought it to read in the car on the way out to Illinois to drop Joe off at college, and it served its purpose.
ds_61_12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Hordes of Darkness go Marine! The hoard of a dragon contains the weapons of the late 20th century. The curse of the dragon turns the thiefs into marines. Marines in a world of magic. Marines in employ of a necromancer. Marines unemployed. That can't possibly go well.The book is very original, funny and well written. The basic ideas are sound as is the execution. The characters aren't lovable, and they shouldn't be. However they are convincing and carry the story.
burningtodd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After finishing "Grunts" I really wasn't sure what I had just read. There are parts of it that are military fiction and parts of it that are a fantasy send up. There are dragons and swords and sorcery, but there are also comedy and sub machine guns. The basic Gist is that the final battle is approaching, and the bad guy has hired some Orks as his army. Orks are, by nature, incredibly dumb. And of course they bad guys know that they must loose in the end. There are some clever bits. I like the Halflings, but it is mostly a predictable silly book with a bit much potty forced potty humour for my taste.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, you get orcs, and you get guns, and you get the expected send-ups of various fantasy tropes,and it's all fun... but the author doesn't quite manage to put an ending on the book. Reminds me of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail. "
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read this book 4 times and have give to my friend to read, this mixes fantasy, comedy and military prospects in an hilarious blend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I only wish Ms. Gentle would write more books in this vein .
Guest More than 1 year ago
Grunts has a full flavor of offbeat and sometimes dark humor, a very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a hard time finding myself willing to pick up a book where the description is misspelled.