Thieves' World (Thieves' World Series #1)

Thieves' World (Thieves' World Series #1)

by Robert Asprin

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ISBN-13: 9780441805792
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/1982
Series: Thieves' World Series , #1
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert Aspring (1946-2008) was an American science fiction and fantasy author best known for his MythAdventure fantasy series, which he began in 1978 with Another Fine Myth. He continued writing until his death thirty years later. He is also known for his science fiction series Phule's Company.

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Thieves' World (Thieves' World Series #1) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, I'm only about 25 years behind the curve on this one. In my defense, I was in kindergarten when this came out, and it isn't exactly an appropriate read for a child, so there. I'm correcting the oversight now. Anyway, Thieves' World, for the two of you who don't already know, is a 'shared world' anthology, where many different authors write stories set in the same universe, using a common pool of characters. This anthology is set in the city of Sanctuary, an old, worn down port town that has a very vigorous criminal underground. A new imperial governor, actually the emperor's brother, has been installed in Sanctuary, and the poor sap actually is trying to clean up the town. That is the background for all of the stories. As with any anthology, some of the stories hold up better than others. I've never cared for the writing of Joe Haldeman, for example, and his story here was rather strange, and it did nothing to change my opinion of the man's work. My personal favorite stories were those involving Illyra, the fortune teller, and Shadowspawn, the thief who never injures his victims. They were quite interesting. I also liked Cappen Varra, and his story was one of the best. The other characters were of passing interest, but nothing to get excited about. So, an interesting read, and worth your effort if the setting sounds interesting.
jpsnow on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Interesting anthology of 8 stories by notable and newcomer sci-fi authors; characters and plots are interwoven with consistency throughout all author's perspectives; storylines occur in the city of Sanctuary, continuously under political and economic transition due in part to the actions of the thief, bard, ruler, crime lord, child, fortune teller, translator, soldier, henchman, barkeep (One-Thumb), prostitute, and other characters. Poul Andersons Gate of the Flying Knives (the scroll) was perfect. The tales of Shadowspawn, Jubal and Mungo, Jarveena, Myrtis (the brothel owner), and Prince Kadakathis were also memorable.
Karlstar on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is the first of a 'shared world' series of novels about a fantasy world with a strong focus on (guess what?) a thieves guild. It features a ridiculously good collection of authors - Brunner, Abbey, Anderson, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Joe Haldeman. The stories are very good and all work together well, which is why this series went on for many more collections.
Darla on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I'd read later books in this series--this is the first one. Anthology by different authors, but all set in the same world. Fun, & clever. I've got a few more in my TBR pile.
kukkurovaca on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Thieves' World is your basic dark noir sword-and-sorcery shared world; it pulls down some fairly big names, and some of the writing isn't too shabby. Not, however, knock-your-socks off experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not one who likes to read much, but I truly believe it was a worth wile read. Are you a person who loves to read mythical fictional stories? Do you love stories with a lot of adventure and action? If so I think if have the book for you! Thieves' world! Thieves' world is a book written in the early renaissance era. The story is set in a desert wasteland, home too many out casts and unwelcome guests of the empire. It starts off with a character by the name of Hakiem he is known as a great story teller and that is why young merchants are always bugging him to tell them a story for money. Hakiem is poor so he will do almost anything for money so he tells them the story of how their city came to be. As he is telling his story a woman comes by and hears the story he is telling and chips in a gold coin and he continues his story due to his desperation of money. About ¾ of the way through his story some "Blood hounds" come and scare away the children because they overheard Hakiem say that if it wasn't for the empire this city would be a lot better than what it is. Blood hounds are a nasty way of saying empire solders. After that it changes view points to a 15 year old scribe who is schooled at the town's church. Her name is "Jarveena" and her duty is to deliver messages from her master to and from the prince who is temporally visiting the city. As the story goes on Jarveena begins sneaking around trying to get to the king because her assignment was to cypher out an enchanted scroll writing in a dialect that she could usually read. She manages to meet with the price and tries to warn him that she won't be able to cypher out the scroll due to the enchantment. He doesn't take to this to well. I would love to tell you the rest but that ruins the fun of discovering what happens for yourself. So with that said it is a book truly worth reading if you are in to the mythical adventurous genre.