Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.
One reviewer said: 'This book is a sheer delight. It is beautifully written, full of vitality and endlessly inventive: its format, with half a dozen episodes and intervening rest periods for both the hero and the reader, allows for a huge range of characters, scenarios and action. It's thought-provoking without being in the least dogmatic, witty without descending to farce and packed with swordfights without being derivative. The dialogue sparkles; characters morph almost imperceptibly from semi-cliche to completely original; nothing is as it first seems. Sapkowski succeeds in seamlessly welding familiar ideas, unique settings and delicious twists of originality: his Beauty wants to rip the throat out of a sensitive Beast; his Snow White seeks vengeance on all and sundry, his elves are embittered and vindictive. It's easily one of the best things I've read in ages.'
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01 April 2008
Sonnet to Shunichi Noguchi on his 60th birthday, George Moor; our friend Shunichi Noguchi, John Lawlor; publications of Shunichi Noguchi; tabula gratulatoria; power as a measure of humanism in Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight , Raymond P. Tripp, Jr; festival in the York plays, Mikiko Ishii; Greyn of martyrdom in Chaucer's Prioress' Tale , Isamu Saito; a note on Nature in Hamlet , Shinsuke Ando; Allegory of Happiness in The Merchant of Venice , Soji Iwasaki; Hamlet and Modesty , Shiro Shiba; Cathleens in Yeats and Joyce - love's bitter mystery, Takashi Suzuki; the narrator's function in The Great Gatsby , Eiichi Hayakawa; the significance of Latin teaching in British education, Antony Dickinson; Hauberk and Helm in Malory's Le Morte Darthur , Derek Brewer; hunting, hawking, and textual criticism in Malory's Morte Darthur , P.J.C. Field; Malory's Noble Tale of Sir Launcelot du Lake , the Vulgate Lancelot, and the Post-Vulgate Roman du Graal , Edward Donald Kennedy; Chaucer and Malory - signs of the times, Gregory K. Jember; editor/compositor at work - the case of Caxton's Malory, Toshiyuki Takamiya; modernity of the Middle English stanzaic romance Le Morte Arthur , Jan Simko; the structure and tone of the stanzaic Morte Arthur , Tadahiro Ikegami; De Worde's displacement of Malory's secularization, Tsuyoshi Mukai; some scribal differences in Malory, Tomomi Kato; on the relationship between the Winchester Malory and Caxton's Malory, Yuji Nakao; texts of Be Cynestole in Wulfstan's Institutes of Polity , Tadao Kubouchi; Chaucer's use of words of Old Norse origin, Jun Sudo; Myn deere herte in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde , Fumiko Oka; negation in the Wycliffite sermons, Shuichi Aita; spelling variations in Cambridge, St John's College MS.B 12 (34), Yuzuru Okumura; Caxton's revisions - the Game of Chess , the Mirror of the World , and Reynard the Fox , Kiyokazu Mizobata; discourse properties of initial and final When -clauses in English written narratives, Kazuo Fukuda.
Andrzej Sapkowski was born in 1948 in Poland. He studied economy and business, but the success of his fantasy cycle about the sorcerer Geralt of Rivia turned him into a bestselling writer and he is now one of Poland's most famous and successful authors, selling more in his own country than Stephen King or Michael Crichton.
Reviews for The Last Wish (#0.5 Witcher)
Captivating, often nerve-wracking, and truthfully . . . rip-roaring fun * Fantasy Hive * Refreshing and a lot of fun to read * Grimdark Magazine * There's lots of imagination on show, the writing has a strong voice, and the Witcher is an entertaining character * Mark Lawrence * Like Mieville and Gaiman, [Sapkowski] takes the old and makes it new . . . [a] fresh take on genre fantasy * Foundation * One of the best and most interesting fantasy series I've ever read * Nerds of a Feather * Sapkowski has a confident and rich voice which permeates the prose and remains post-translation. I'd recommend this to any fan of Heroic or Dark fiction * SF Book * Delightfully dry humour, mythology brimming with radical creatures and a group of interesting characters, The Last Wish is a great introduction to this universe * Fantasy Book Review * Character interplay is complex, unsentimental and anchored in brutal shared history * SFX * Like a complicated magic spell, a Sapkowski novel is a hodge podge of fantasy, intellectual discouse and dry humour. Recommended * Time Magazine *