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Thursday , 12 March 2015 , 05 : 05 AM
By Sean Grigsby   Logen Ninefingers is “grimdark personified”. He's a man whose duality is not just philosophical. Whether you sympathize with the quiet and loveable lug, Logan, or the blood-lusting counterpart known as the Bloody Nine, this guy gets under your skin—one way or another. He's a brute of a man: scarred, broken, but unbeaten. The actor who plays him will need to be big and have the skill to play both the affable barbarian, and the psychotic Bloody Nine. (If you haven't read The Blade Itself, quick, go find out more about Logen Ninefingers) While there’s no mention just yet of Joe Abercrombie’s First Law series heading for the big screen (through no lack of wishful thinking here, here, and a step towards visualisation with the First Law comic here), we've thrown together a list of actors who would fit well in the role of everybody’s favourite barbarian.   Sven Nordin You’ve probably never heard of this guy, unless you’re keen on Netflix’s Lilyhammer. This big Norwegian is a fine actor, who we think can bring out all of Logen’s complexities. He’s definitely the most soft-edged on the list. But remember, Hugh Jackman was doing musicals before becoming the Wolverine.     Manu Bennet Known for his roles as Crixus in the Spartacus series and Deathstroke in Arrow, Manu Bennet has shown he can pull off the part of a gruff warrior. He has the size, the brutality. But does he have the heart?     Clive Standen Fans of the Vikings TV series know that Clive Standen’s Rollo is a complicated force to be reckoned with. The Bloody Nine would be an easy transition. He was also in a few episodes of Doctor Who for those of you keeping fandom points.     Rory McCann The Hound is a...
Friday , 05 September 2014 , 10 : 24 PM
THE BLADE ITSELF By Joe Abercrombie Review by Jeremy Szal It’s been quite a number of years since Joe Abercrombie first published what would be the start of The First Law trilogy, The Blade Itself. Every time he approached a literary agent, they raised their shields, quaking in their boots. Abercrombie then found a home for his novel over at Gollancz. Looking back all these years later, does The Blade Itself still hold water as a fantastic debut? Is it worth picking up? Simply put: yes. A brilliant, complex world with morally grey characters and ever on going wars, The Blade Itself truly reminds me of what a joy it is to read a gritty, dark fantasy. We’ve been so stuffed with dark lords, unimaginable evil, stereotypes and bland worlds, that this is a fresh start to what would later become one of the grandest fantasy trilogies in recent memory. Switching back and forth from multiple perspectives, each with their own voice, The Blade Itself is filled with rip-roaring action, hilariously dark moments, complex characters, and an unpredictable plot. The book goes so far as to subtly mock the typical stereotypes in fantasy that we’ve seen over and over again until they become navel-gazing cliches. For something that was written almost a decade before Game of Thrones first aired and helped soar gritty fantasy into the mainstream, this is a mean feat. And it’s a fantastic one. What I liked best what that each and every character feels unique and very credible. Logen is smart and quiet. Jezal is foolish, arrogant and judgmental. Glokta (my favourite) is bitter, brutal, and hilariously dark when he wants to be. There are more characters, but I’ll let you meet them yourself. You might not survive the encounter, though. Even if you haven’t ventured into...
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