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    Can i read Best Served Cold first?

    I mean before reading the First Law trilogy? I've recently really gotten back into fantasy and I wanted to check out Joe Abercrombie. As a big fan of ASoIaF, Malazan, The Black Company, Elric, Thomas Covenant and The Gentlemen Bastards i thought it would be right up my alley. And I figured it would be better to try a stand alone before committing to a full fledged trilogy, however i also heard it's set in the same world, after the events of the First Law trilogy. So yeah, please let me know, as I couldn't find a clear answer in the other Abercrombie threads I looked at. And even if it's okay, do you think it's the better place to start? Thanks very much.
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    TooNice,

    The events of Best Served Cold take place after the end of the First Law trilogy. While there is only one peripheral character from the trilogy involved in BSC, the linear, chronological progression will be somewhat ruined. Of course, one may read in whatever order they so deem, and you might even find it rather unique.

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    Yes. OTOH, you may enjoy the nuances more if you read the trilogy first.

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    I would advise against it, Best Served Cold provides a number of spoilers about events and characters from the First Law trilogy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ornery Wyvern View Post
    I would advise against it, Best Served Cold provides a number of spoilers about events and characters from the First Law trilogy.
    That's true. I wasn't thinking about it from that direction.

    Taking it that way, I agree with the wyvern. Read the trilogy first!

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    For what it's worth, I read Best Served Cold first. Like you, I didn't want (read: did not have the time) to commit to a full trilogy, so I thought I'd read a stand-alone first. I'm currently reading First Law, and haven't found the cross-over too distracting, or the spoilers (such as they are) too troublesome, but admittedly I am only about halfway through Before They Are Hanged. So maybe that'll change.

    That said, if you like ASoIaF, you'll like Abercrombie. I have a hard time imagining a fan of GRRM who wouldn't also enjoy Abercrombie. So start with the trilogy, because you're unlikely to be disappointed. Even though I haven't found the cross-over and spoilers problematic (yet), if I could do it all over again, I'd read the trilogy first.
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    I asked the same question a year or so ago and got the same answers. I ultimately read BSC first and then read the First Law Trilogy later. The 'spoilers' were minor and did not really 'spoil' anything for me.

    If I had all four books in hand I would probably read the trilogy first, but if not I would read BSC again first with no hesitation. BSC remains my favorite of the four books. This may simply be because it was the first Abercrombie I read and it impressed me to no end.

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    alright thanks a lot guys, i'll read the trilogy first, just to be safe. ordered them just then

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    Quote Originally Posted by TooNice View Post
    alright thanks a lot guys, i'll read the trilogy first, just to be safe. ordered them just then
    I'm late to the party, but that's a good move. You'll probably appreciate a lot of the background of BSC more.

    Ken

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    BSC was good. But First Law was amazing. I think what hurt my BSC experience was all I wanted was more
    Spoiler:
    9fingers and never got it. =/
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris777 View Post
    BSC was good. But First Law was amazing. I think what hurt my BSC experience was all I wanted was more 9fingers and never got it. =/
    Hah, spoiler!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dyloot View Post
    Hah, spoiler!
    Not sure how that's a spoiler.
    Spoiler:
    The book centers around a northern named Shivers. All of which can be read on the back of the actual book. I wish someone would have told me, might have made me able to relax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris777 View Post
    Not sure how that's a spoiler.
    Spoiler:
    The book centers around a northern named Shivers. All of which can be read on the back of the actual book. I wish someone would have told me, might have made me able to relax.
    Please don't spoiler books, especially in threads where you KNOW the OP hasn't read them yet. Now you've posted spoilers about two different characters, without even warning the OP first. If you must spoiler something, at least use spoiler tags.

    edited to add -- thanks for adding the spoiler tags!
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    1) I don't think they are spoilers. It's simple info about the book. It SPOILS nothing.
    2) If you believe someone posted a spoiler...Don't quote it.
    3) I put spoiler tags on it now, against my better judgement, and now all that remains are both of your quotes.
    4) http://www.sffworld.com/brevoff/542.html - That's the SFF review for the book. Spoiler free..containing exactly what I have already said. ffs
    Last edited by chris777; June 2nd, 2011 at 04:30 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris777 View Post
    1) I don't think they are spoilers. It's simple info about the book. It SPOILS nothing.
    Sure it does. Part of the suspense of books like Abercrombie's is wondering which characters survive and which don't. You posted information relating to the survival of not just one, but TWO important characters in the First Law books. IMHO there's nothing wrong with doing that AS LONG AS you give fair warning first...but you didn't.

    Thanks for adding the spoiler tags.

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