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The Dark Lord's Handbook (Englisch)

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I live in Bath, England. When I’m not writing, I’m cycling, which means I don’t get much writing done. My other interests include film, baking, physics, sport, Buddhism and playing all types of games. I have a BSc Degree in Physics from Bath University and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: MP3 CD.

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+ originelle, vielversprechende Grundidee und starker Beginn
- flacht dann allerdings etwas ab: (Untote und Zombies, aber bis jetzt noch keine Vampire)
+ bevor die Story gegen Ende wieder Fahrt aufnimmt
+ es gibt nicht nur den Haupthelden sondern auch interessante Nebenrollen: vor allem die Orcs, der Kanzler und sein Sekretaer, die Anwaelte und die potentielle Dark Queen Griselda (Hans Moser wuerde sagen "a Goschn wie ein Schwert")
+ der Autor legt nicht nur Wert auf gute Charaktere sondern vernachlaessigt auch die Story nicht
+ am besten haben mir die Zitate aus dem Handbuch gefallen und wenn das Handbuch seine Vortraege haelt
+/- wenn der Rest des Buches so gut und witzig wie die Einleitungszitate der 50 Kapitel waere, wuerde ich mehr als 3,5 Sterne vergeben
+ nette Anspielung auf Wirtschaftskrise nach Schneeballsystem im Fantasyland (schlimmer als a Dark Lord Rising und ein Held zusammen)
+/- hat noch Potential, daher werde ich auch der Fortsetzung eine Chance geben
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Maybe it's just me, but I could't shake the feeling that this is an attempt to start filling Terry Pratchett's shoes that (again, sadly) has not been successful. All the elements are there, Characters, general irreverence while still trying to tell a coherent, enteresting story. Still for me it just didn't come together. I found the main characters overwrought while still bland and not fleshed out at the same time. Shame about the fact that I like the premise and the theme of the "Dark Lord" was ripe for spoofing. It was enough to get me started on the second volume, but - spoilers - that doesn't improve things a lot for me.
Maybe somebody else will find more redeeming value and think of this as a short, fun, read - but from me it's a resounding "meh".
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An interesting twist on the genre 17. Juli 2014
Von Luke Andreen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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After I got through my initial disappointment of this not actually being the handbook itself but rather a story about someone else reading the handbook, I was along for the ride. It tells the tale of a fledgling dark lord, Morden, who receives the titular handbook and uses its lessons to Rise and begin to take over the world.

This is a clever premise and the author turns many common fantasy tropes on their heads, which I appreciate, telling a fairly compelling story along the way. I liked (or at least was interested in) almost all of the characters and was surprised by a few twists the story took. In fact, for most of my reading session, I wasn't sure exactly where everything was headed, which for the fantasy genre, is always a good thing.

There were a few grammatical quibbles that another pass by an editor could fix, but nothing that detracted too much from the experience. The main problem I had was with a few of the jokes that fell flat for me. One that stands out in particular is (minor spoiler ahead) when the orcs sack a town, they hang the guards up by their underwear, using a technique that the orcs referred to as "the wedgie". I know this is supposed to be comedic, but the best comedy in the book is the jokes that arise from the situation, not anachronistic humor. There are a few other examples throughout (the subject of "lawyers" was a bit nonsensical to me as well) and in some places, the book delves into other subjects (mortgage backed securities) that don't really mesh well with the setting (I had braced myself for a tirade about sub-prime lending that, thankfully, never appeared). It could have worked if the author was a bit sneakier about it, but it felt heavy handed to me, along with some of the other talk about the middle class. That being said, I still was able to read through the book quickly and was anxious to find out what happened to the main characters.

Short version: Do you have $3? Do you want to read an enjoyable fantasy novel? This one will fit the bill. The negatives I listed are far outweighed by the positives. I would recommend it if you are at all intrigued by the premise. As of this writing, this is the author's only novel. I hope it isn't his last. I'd like to hear what happens next to all these characters.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Hilarious High- Fantasy Parody 5. März 2012
Von The Haunted Reading Room - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Dark Lord's Handbook

In the never-ending warfare between Good and Evil, there needs always be-a Hero-and a Dark Lord. The problem on Evil's side is that Dark Lord candidates seem few and far between; and when one is killed by the Hero, then Evil simply must wait until the next one is born, which could be centuries. But Evil had a clever idea: it wrote a Manual, a Handbook for the Dark Lord. Problem is, in addition to a candidate being born in the first place, it really helps if said potential Dark Lord can even read the Handbook-and then manage not to forget its stipulations.

"The Dark Lord's Handbook" is a subtly hilarious tale penned in the mode of a medieval-style high-fantasy. The characters are delightful, caricatures come to life and given some spin to make them individuals, not stereotypes. The background description, locales, and settings are excellently done. I wouldn't recommend this for YA or younger readers, due to some terminology and situations. However, adult readers will definitely find their fancies tickled as they follow the exploits of young Mordred, the newest Dark Lord, and his evolution into world despot. The journey will take him from the humble village inn of his birth, into an altered reality few could have imagined, as he discovers his true heritage and his purpose in life. Author Paul Dales manages to suspend our disbelief and make the story seem natural, even realistic, thus keeping reader's interest (whilst we are laughing along the way). The novel works both as a light-hearted epic fantasy, and as a parody of the more laborious works in that sub-genre.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Skimmed the last third *Minor Spoilers* 17. Juni 2014
Von LG - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'd give the first 70% or so about 4 stars. It's fairly amusing, pretty consistent in the storytelling (i.e. it doesn't stray too far from the concept) and the characters, while not all evenly fleshed out, are interesting. However, the last third I pretty much had to skim through.

I don't want to give away too much but basically the protagonist spends most of his time sitting in a jail cell with not much going on; there's no more reading from the handbook (which was pretty much the whole point of the story right?) and there is a lot of shifting points of view. The finale for Morden was also unsatisfying to be honest. It was sort of like the author threw in a bunch of soap opera cliches and called it a day. I'm completely confused by Lord Deathwing's motivations. Not a clue what that was all about. On the other hand, I did enjoy the Lady Deathwing denouement.

All in all, I did enjoy the majority of the book but it runs out of steam pretty quickly as you get towards the end.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Just remember: They are all morons. 22. Juli 2014
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"There is no retirement plan for a dark lord."

This and many other great quotes from Paul Dale's The Dark Lord's Handbook. I picked this book up based on the recommendations of Amazon, the reviewers, and quiet frankly the price.

After the first two chapters I knew I was hooked. This is the age old tale of good versus evil, with a slight twist. Evil has given his would be champions a handy guide book. The only problem lies in the fact that it is just that a guide. You can give the best advice in the world however some will still manage to bugger the situation up.

The main character is Morden a young man that is different from the rest of the world. This is the base for so many fanasy novels that you see this one coming from a mile away. In fact all the base elements are there, a hero, a maiden, dragons and war. However this book plays into the fact you know this and further pokes fun at itself.

If you are into books told from the persepective of the bad guy then this is a book I would recommend to you.
4.0 von 5 Sternen A darkly good book 10. April 2017
Von Dave - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A good book. Quite witty and droll sometimes, and with a surprising twist or two. A bit of teenage angst from pour main characters as they grow, and plenty of ego.
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