Tuesday, August 01, 2006

David Gemmell Dies


Fantasy writer Gemmell dies at 57

Fantasy novelist David Gemmell, best known for stories such as Legend and Waylander, has died at the age of 57.

As a die-hard afficionado of cheap fantasy paperbacks (the kind that fit in your coat pocket so you can take them on the bus easily), I was dismayed to see this. While Gemmell's novels could be, sometimes, accused of being formulaic, this problem was mitigated by the fact that the formula was pretty good. And some of them, Knights of Dark Renown and Echoes of the Great Song for example, were quite original. All-in-all, Gemmell was a clear cut above most modern fantasy authors. R.I.P.

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