So, a few folks on the interbutts looked at Grimluk and said, “if he’s not outright inhuman, why not just be a human?” And this question gets asked by various people of any characters that are non-human that resemble humans at all. I got to thinking about this again after Scott Oden posted The Monster In Us All and addressed the question himself.
For those of you who don’t immediately recognize the name, Stan Nicholls is not only an veteran of the writing industry,the Chair of the wonderful Gemmell Awards for Fantasy (sort of like the Hugos or the Nebulas but the big award is a FUCKING AXE), the first person to write orcs as protagonists, and, from all accounts, an all around nice person. And he was nice enough to take the time to answer my silly questions. I just want to thank him again for doing this because wow, he is a busy dude. A note before you get to his answers, while I asked everyone else to focus on orc-centric works by other people that they favored, given Stan’s status, I accepted a general answer from him. Again, his time is precious and, well, he’s the guy that did it first.
Hello, friends, and welcome to the final installment of Orc Facts for this year. I wanted to go out on a higher note, something a little more upbeat. Heroes. This will mostly touch on a few different properties and not be that in depth (and fair warning, I only really solidly know about Elder Scrolls lore). Let’s dig in.
Sorry for posting late today. The past few days have been a little spacey. I’d forgotten about today’s Orc Facts until just before I went to bed last night. So, after thinking about what I might want to share and how it could connect to Grimluk, I looked up the orcs from Dungeons & Dragons. Specifically, because it’s what I found with the most info, we’re looking at the Forgotten Realms setting.
This book is like the Dresden Files with an orc…and a more realistic libido. I stress the word “like” there too. Had a lot of fun with Fixer. Jack is a fun character, smart, tenacious, caring, and, being an orc, tough as hell. Like Dresden, he’s basically the only game in town for what he does. Unlike Dresden, Jack is not a wizard. He’s basically jack-of-all-trades, playing handyman, mediator, facilitator, things like that, for his family. Which is not, as I had originally thought, a mafia thing. It’s just a regular family…made of orcs and goblins. The story itself is interesting, engaging, and clips along nicely. Great pacing. I’m giving it 4.5 stars, ultimately, cause of a few minor text issues and a slight personal preference. Nothing read breaking, certainly, and things I’m sympathetic to with being an author-publisher as well. It’s really hard to edit and proof by yourself. As for the preference issue, the book is primarily told from Jack’s first-person POV, with third-person sections sprinkled through out. I tend not to like that kind of split but, again, that is entirely personal preference and it doesn’t break the read. Beyond that, everything else was great and I can’t wait to see where James goes with the next book.
Speaking of which, why isn’t the next book out already? I need it.