Orbit Website Guest Post: David Gemmell and the Depiction of the Hero

Thanks to the good folks at Orbit UK for hosting my guest post on David Gemmell and the Depiction of the Hero.


3 responses to “Orbit Website Guest Post: David Gemmell and the Depiction of the Hero

  • jasonite75

    I enjoyed your post very much. I’m not quite as big a fan of Gemmell as you appear to be, but it was an enjoyable read 🙂

  • Brandon Erwin

    Love your book! Love it! I’m a long time fan of David Gemmell and I enjoyed your post. I have a very difficult time finding books similar to Gemmell’s. I also enjoy Patrick Rothfuss and I am so happy to have discovered Blood Song. It’s just so damn hard to sift through all the fantasy books to find genuine “heroic fantasy”. Do you have any recommendations? If so it’s truly appreciated. Thank you for your literary contribution. Your writing excites my soul!

    • Anthony Ryan

      Thanks Brandon. My favourite (non-Gemmell) fantasy list currently reads as follows:
      The Farseer Trilogy – Robin Hobb
      The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant – Stephen Donaldson
      A Song of Ice and Fire – George RR Martin
      The Prince of Nothing & The Aspect Emperor – R. Scott Bakker
      The Dark Tower – Stephen King
      Memory, Sorrow & Thorn – Tad Williams
      The Sandman – Neil Gaiman
      The Prydain Chronicles – Lloyd Alexander
      The Belgariad – David Eddings

      In terms of ‘heroic fantasy’ though you might want to check out Michael J. Sullivan’s Riyra Chronicles. Also, not fantasy but Conn Iggulden’s historical novels have a decidedly Gemmellian feel to them.

      Thanks Again,
      Anthony

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