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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...
Saturday , 20 September 2014 , 02 : 57 AM
In celebration of Grimdark Magazine's first release on the 1st of October, 2014, we're running a competition. Join our mailing list or pre-order issue number 1 (and join our mailing list) for the chance to win either an annual subscription or the first issue of Grimdark Magazine for free. Winning is simple. Be the 1st, 100th, 200th, etc, person to sign up to our mailing list before 23:59 September 30th (AEST) and you'll get a free membership for the first year. That's 4 free editions of Grimdark Magazine.  Be the 25th, 50th, 75th, 125th, 150th, 175th, etc, person to sign up to our mailing list before 23:59 September 30th (AEST) and receive the first edition of Grimdark Magazine for free.  All people that joined Grimdark Magazine's mailing list prior to the 00:01 21st of September, 2014, will be entered into a separate draw. The prizes are one (1) annual membership and two (2) first issues. Winners will be picked randomly out of a hat. If a Winner has pre-paid for the first issue, the payment will be refunded in full. Competition winners will be announced on Grimdark Magazine's Facebook page and by email on the 1st of October, 2014. Joining Grimdark Magazine's mailing list means we'll be able to notify you of new issue releases. We will respect your privacy, only using your details for the purpose that they were obtained - notifying you by email of our quarterly ezine releases. That's it. Nothing more. Nothing less. Pre-order here or click this whopping great green button to get on the list and into the competition!     You're able to opt out of the mailing list: After 23:59 October 2nd 2014 by emailing adrian@grimdarkmagazine.com. You'll remain in the competition. Before 23:59 October 2nd 2014 by emailing adrian@grimdarkmagazine.com. You'll be removed from the competition.   Notice to Australian NSW and...
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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Thursday , 28 August 2014 , 05 : 59 AM
ROGUES Edited by George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois Once again George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois have done a fantastic job in gathering stories from some of the biggest names in fantasy and science fiction. The characters are consistently grey. The stories vary through grim and gritty to fantastical and funny. And the central theme in each one, whether male or female, is a rogue. Abercrombie, Rothfuss, Lynch, Abraham, and Martin all contribute some fantastic works amongst a host of superlative authors. The stand outs for me were: Joe Abercrombie's piece 'Tough Times All Over' (First Law) which follows a package through the streets of Sipani as it's stolen time and time again by the city's interesting and colourful denizens; Gillian Flynn's 'What Do You Do?', a spine-tingling story about a con artist and a family she shouldn't have conned; Patrick Rothfuss's 'The Lightning Tree' (Kingkiller Chronicle) where we get to see a day in the life of Bast as he ventures from the Waystone Inn to learn lessons, trade secrets for riddles, and help the children (while also helping himself to the maidens) of the surrounding area; and, George RR Martin's 'The Rogue Prince, Or, a King's Brother' (A Song of Ice and Fire) where he tells us the story of Daemon Targaryen and his impact in the lead up to the Dance of Dragons. George RR Martin's short releases where the story is told with the voice of a maester recounting a historical research piece are really engaging. At first i thought they may read a bit poorly, as if Martin might just be trying to make a bit of extra coin out of his own historical notes. However, Martin very quickly gets you into the right headspace and has your imagination whirling as he adds layer upon layer of mouth-watering story...