Cooks Garrett series is good too - less epic than the Black Company and more character focused (if possible).
You might like this (underappreciated IMO) book and series:
Heroes Die (Matthew Woodring Stover)
Yes, cheesy cover art but great story that has elements simliar to the The First Law series... Give it a shot.
Dominant Ideology Thesis? That sounds like one of R. Scott Bakker's books. Or was it The Thousandfold Thought?
Disclaimer: Bakker is also a very interesting writer, but not really similar to Joe Abercrombie.
Disclaimer 2: I know Bakker is not similar to Abercrombie because I just looked for their pictures using Google, and I was surprised to see that Abercrombie is a young man. Bakker is young too, but in Joe Abercrombie's case I was surprised because, for some reason, while reading his books I had imagined that he was a grumpy and sarcastic old fellow (kind of like Inquisitor Glotka). I don't know if he is grumpy and sarcastic, but he is not old...
Actually, Glokta is about the same age as Joe in The First Law - middle thirties.
Joe Abercrombie is definitely not overrated. The Heroes is a fabulous book.
If you like the dark cynicism, you should read some Stephen Donaldson.
If you like the Fantasy that is a little light on the magic, instead of being filled with wizards and such like, try Patrick Rothfuss.
If you like the realistic action.... that's harder.
For a mix of all three ... well that's what makes Joe Abercrombie such a revelation to some of us fans.
Joe. Please write more.
He reminds me alot of David Gemmel...ie extremely violent with deep characterizations and the plot is simply a vehicle for even greater violence.
Wasn't there some random guy on the interwebs posting about how "bad" nihilistic fantasy was? Abercrombie was mentioned and if I recall correctly, Erikson and Bakker too.
It was actually this that made me order all Abercrombies books ASAP:Here is the link to the article: http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/lg...en-fantasists/Quote:
"Think of a Lord of the Rings where, after stringing you along for thousands of pages, all of the hobbits end up dying of cancer contracted by their proximity to the Ring, Aragorn is revealed to be a buffoonish puppet-king of no honor and false might, and Gandalf no sooner celebrates the defeat of Sauron than he executes a long-held plot to become the new Dark Lord of Middle-earth, and you have some idea of what to expect should you descend into Abercrombie’s jaded literary sewer."
From the article,
"a conservative friend of mine once accurately derided “fat fantasy” cycles such as Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time as “Lord of the Rings 90210”"
That is HILARIOUS! Also, kind of true :(
the rest of that article is painful. Conservative bemoans deconstructionism, yearns for the "good old days", blames libs. I'm tempted to rant about Breibart, but that's not why we're here.