Wednesday, 9 April 2008

The Last Wish - Andrzej Sapkowski

The basis for the video game THE WITCHER, The Last Wish is an interesting novel. Built as a frame story incorporating several short story adventures that Geralt, the Witcher, undertakes, the book blends several fairy tales (Snow White, Beauty and the Beast) and a lot of common and uncommon mythology (vampires, striga, djinn). But don't expect the traditional interpretations for any of the stories or creatures he borrows.

good writing
interesting stores with unique takes on a variety of mythologies
Geralt as a killer with a conscience makes for a great protagonist

confusing at times
each story is left without a conclusion (you have a fair idea of what's happened but the stories end just that bit too soon for proper satisfaction)

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