Velan the Reticent

Rated 5.00/5 based on 5 reviews
"Toward that great city traveled Velan, the last of the Klatothian Tribe. Great of strength was he, dark of eye, grim of countenance... He came with burning fire in his eyes... his thick boots eating miles of the earth. And truly, he never wore sandals, for those were for people who liked having their toes stomped."

A tale of adventure, sorcery, swordplay and gold. Also, figs.

Available formats: epub, pdf, lrf, pdb

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Words: 47,580
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458077462
About James L. Grant

Best known as the artist behind the popular webcomic Two Lumps, James L. Grant mostly draws cats and drinks beer. He lives in Dallas with his wife and co-creator, Mel Hynes. His fiction has appeared in Weird Tales, Gothic.Net, Short-Story.Me, Bloodlust UK, and various others. He also writes novels and plays musical instruments to varying degrees of success.

Reviews

Review by: Zeynep Dilli on May 31, 2011 :
Appropriately snarky, appropriately exciting fantasy/adventure story which, as everyone else has said, is truly worth $4.

One thing I especially appreciated was how clean the language is most of the time---very few unnecessary words. So many times, a self-published book makes you run away crying for an editor. Not so with _Velan_; its author knows what he is doing.

Add me to the multitudes who would relish a sequel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Coinneach Fitzpatrick on May 13, 2011 :
Velan the Reticent is a brilliant, hysterically funny story in its own right, as well as being a perfect homage to Howard, de Camp, etc.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stabbity on May 05, 2011 :
Very enjoyable read, and well worth the paltry $4. Funny, well rounded characters, generally a great twist on the standard fantasy novel. I really hope this is the beginning of a series.

The warbirds were fantastic, I actually laughed out loud.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: tigerAspect on May 04, 2011 :
This is one of the most enjoyable and flat-out best written fantasy stories I've read in the past year, hands down. An incredibly enjoyable and engaging read from start to finish, simultaneously revelling in and parodying a wide range of fantasy conventions. The author's wry humor is woven throughout the pages, making it a delectable treat to read. It's incredibly funny and accessible, even if you've never read or seen Conan, which this is ostensibly a parody of, it has more than enough coherence and depth to stand on it's own.

Seriously, it's like $4, just buy it already.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: RisenShadow on May 01, 2011 :
The release of Velan the Reticent couldn't have come at a better time for me. I'd just recently gotten onto a Conan kick and after reading the (original) collections of short stories of Conan, when I purchased and begin reading this work.

Although the Conan stories filled me with a subdued pleasure, I found much more enjoyment in reading about Velan. In fact, I'd been reading the book non-stop since early this afternoon and only now having finished it do I feel that I can pull myself away from the computer to go to bed. The combination of humor, detail, and storytelling has taken me on a roller coaster of emotions and kept me smiling the entire time. I was on the edge of my seat when Tygus was in danger, laughing at the Warbird narration (Go Scorpions...er keepers!), and generally having a grand time.

This book has a level of amusement on par (or close to) with Pratchett and Adams writings without being as long-winded with descriptions.

I recommend at least reading the free example portion of this book, it's a good example of the pace and writing style of the rest of the book.

Good storytelling and though it was over 200 pages, by the end I still wanted more Velan and was sad that the story was over.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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