But he didn't, so it didn't. That's the case of most characters in this story, actually. What makes it worse in the MC's case is that he is an insensitive bastard. And an egotistical asshole , too. I lurrrve my aggravating anti-heroes but this is one of these guys you just can't bring yourself to care about. Bloody hell, this was so bad I couldn't even bring myself to hate him with glee!
Now ain't that a depressing thought, my Little Barnacles? Plus, the guy is boring as hell. He's a non-stop rambler. He's blah blah blah-ing with himself all the time. Which is something it I never fail to find extremely compelling. So yay and stuff. But what really really really really sucks here is that this guy could have been an awesome, harem-worthy character.
I should have fallen head over heels for the guy! But Polansky ruined his wondrous potential , so I didn't. As you should, Mr Polansky, as you should. I didn't give a damn about any of the characters. Their development is as lacking as the world's. They are one-dimensional , bland and feel completely lifeless.
One character could have, if not saved the story, then at least made it more engaging. But it didn't happen. Mostly because the reader is not given enough information for said character to make sense. And because said characters' actions towards the end of the book were as predictable as they were puzzling. Suffice it to say that I now realize Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler is the only character that might have tempted me to read book 2.
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Looks likes the to-read shelf life of this series has just been dramatically shortened. Well this didn't go quite as planned. When I started writing this fascinating review, I'd decided to go for a 3-star rating and to continue with the series. Now I'm struggling NOT to lower my rating to 2 miserable little stars. As for the rest of the series , well… Get it?
I have no shrimping idea. You read it and tell me, my Little Barnacles. I'm so funny sometimes. View all 22 comments. Aug 18, Carol. It was unexpectedly engaging.
Low Town was decimated by plague years ago; survivors have grown up, moved on, but still carry the horror of those days with them. The Warden is a street-smart survivor of those years. Polansky did an excellent job of balancing the line, showing us a functioning addict who is occasionally despicable, but occasionally capable of goodness. Like many noir mysteries, the Warden is a man who has fallen from grace, except he takes an angry kind of pride in his ability to survive the streets.
Some might find the rest of the cast to be tend towards the stereotypical side of detective fiction. His backstory was woven in well, giving insight to his character as well as the fantasy world.
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To me, this was one of the weaker points of Low Town. But, in a way, it really is the untutored viewpoint of a person who has lived his life in a very narrow environment, only leaving it for war. He has a lot of class bitterness without great insight into the structure overall that might help the reader differentiate the world.
Overall, an interesting read. View all 7 comments. Jun 04, Bookwraiths rated it really liked it Shelves: Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. A noir crime story set in a fantasy setting Low Town is a dark tale of drug dealers, realistic politics, corrupt cops, and vile sorcery. In the ugly, dirty, and crime infested section of the finest city in the Thirteen Lands lies Low Town: An Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.
And it is here that the Warden resides, using his cynical, streetwise, and violent skills to rule this slum as a crime lord. His days spent dealing drugs; his nights filled with turf wars for control; and the profits he makes from the drugs he deals paying off the guards to look the other way and setting him up in a bearable life.
But there is more to the Warden than meets the eyes. His past filled with unexpected friends, surprising triumphs, and mysterious falls from grace. All his varied experiences making him the perfect person to deal with a series of child murders in Low Town. The fact that children are dying in the slums not unusual, but the how and the why what draws the Warden into the dangerous game being played by powers seemingly beyond him, reinforcing to him yet again that in Low Town no one can ever be trusted! Like many fantasy readers, I enjoy stories dealing with anti-heroes.
That happens as you get older and the world moves on I understand. So the Warden immediately grabbed my attention. Daniel Polansky having created the perfect anti-hero for my tastes: A drug dealer and mafia boss who does despicable things yet still manages to retain some small portion of innate goodness, which rears its head occasionally. The constant evolution of who the Warden is and why he does what he does keeping me riveted to the pages. The constant clues, frantic search for answers, struggles with dirty guardsmen, devious secret police, and corrupt nobles, and the desperate desire to uncover the true murderers mesmerizing me.
Be that as it may, Low Town was the exact addictive brew I desired. The only weakness in this narrative would have to be the minimal amount of magic or fantastical elements. Yes, there were magic users, a few paranormal creatures even, but Low Town and its surrounds were so normal most of the time that it was difficult for me to maintain my belief that this story was taking place in a fantasy world at all.
Others might not find this an issue at all, preferring low magic settings, but I could have used a little more of the fantastical in my fantasy, if you know what I mean. Overall, this was a great read, one of my favorites from the recent past. Low Town providing me with a strong dose of grimdark yet blending it so well with noir crime that it provided me with an exhilarating hit of something fresh and exciting. View all 4 comments. I'm not a big fan of Noir fiction.
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It has to be exceptional for me to embrace it. The similarities between the two end there, however doing two books of this style at once when I might do one per year was a bit much. Overall I like the world of this book.
I like the 2. I like the dubious nature of the characters. The story was what you would expect for the combined nature of these two genres fused together along with an urban fantasy nature as well. Lots of drugs, thugs, street urchins, corrupt cops For me personally it was just OK.
I think somebody who likes Noir will really like this. Dresden files a DNF after book 2 for me and Hellequin readers for certain. I will continue the series to see where it ends up but if book two doesn't improve I'm done. Dec 11, Robin Bridge Four rated it it was ok Shelves: I have no idea what that adds up to really. I mean the writing is there. It is really the type of writing style that I generally enjoy with some real depth to it.
The really dangerous men had been up for hours, and their quills and ledgers were getting hard use. Maybe it is as simple as missing a bit of humor to lighten the very dark tone of the book. I can root for just about anybody if they also make me laugh here and there. He was once on the side of law and order but has since fallen to the wayside and now he is a drug dealer who has to use his own products just to get through the day.
I found him really hard to connect to. Sometime you have characters like that and they are made more human by those that surround them. Sometimes that worked out and other time he seemed more of a jerk because of those surrounding him. I think my main issues were: He is so broken and I should love him as a have a penchant for broken characters that need to be saved. But I never wanted to save him. He lived off them and needed them to get through the day. It really interrupted my attempt to care about him.
The voice of Rob Shapiro was melodic and hypnotizing. He did a great job with the narration of the story. View all 10 comments. Mar 05, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: Dirty noir fantasy, featuring drugs, dead children, plague, and revenge, now featuring dirty cops and cocky evil nobles and a crowded world of blades, sorcery, and mystery.
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The novel is very successful in its world-building. The place is even more interesting and claustrophobic than the characters, and this is pretty much a character-driven tale where no one is quite good enough. I mean, how heroic is it going to be when a main character is a drug pusher?
And yet, when push comes to shove, deeper Dirty noir fantasy, featuring drugs, dead children, plague, and revenge, now featuring dirty cops and cocky evil nobles and a crowded world of blades, sorcery, and mystery. And yet, when push comes to shove, deeper motivations such as stopping the deaths of children does transcend most petty or old beefs, but that's not to say that everything gets resolved neatly, because nothing is ever clean in this fantasy.
The name should give it away. I enjoyed this book mostly for its conception, but it did hit me viscerally with all the kid's deaths. The characters could have pulled me in more, perhaps, but I certainly didn't dislike the novel. If you love dirty fantasy noir, then you'll certainly enjoy this. The MC's aren't OP.
They're generally in over their heads and do the best they can. The gritty realism is the biggest selling point. View all 14 comments. Feb 02, Andy rated it liked it Shelves: A lot of polarising reviews from friends on this one, so fingers crossed as we go in! The story is told as a narrative from the perspective of the hero of the book, his daily life unfolding as we go, after his discovery of a body of a young girl in the opening chapter.
We are introduced to the contributing players through contact with our MC, the world being built around us as we slowly picture it To fill in the missing gaps we have a series of small flashbacks to help A lot of polarising reviews from friends on this one, so fingers crossed as we go in! We learn his role in this life, his past, his enemies, his friends Who is he, what is he?
Its a clear 3. View all 5 comments. Jul 12, seak rated it really liked it Shelves: Low Town is Daniel Polasnky's debut novel - a fantasy that's not completely a fantasy. Told in the first person, Low Town is, and I don't think I'm the first to report, a crime noir story in a fantastical setting. It literally is a crime thriller set in a medieval secondary world Warden is your typical bad-A with a heart of gold.
His hard exterior comes from the way the system's treated him, his participation not only in the military, but in the police force, neither Low Town is Daniel Polasnky's debut novel - a fantasy that's not completely a fantasy. His hard exterior comes from the way the system's treated him, his participation not only in the military, but in the police force, neither of which ending on the best of terms. Throughout most of the book, Warden is extremely mysterious and Low Town was very hard to put down because of this aspect - Warden's always got something new up his sleeve, some talent or contact.
This is especially surprising because of his work as a drug dealer. And that's one of the things that makes Warden so surprising. This drug dealer has already tried everything and this is the field of work he's landed on and stuck with. As we learn more about Warden's talents and networking skills, certain parts of his past are revealed as well and these were some of the best parts of the book. Not only do they not slow down the fast pace of this book, but they move the plot forward deftly. Coming from the streets, Warden had it rough, but was able to prove his good nature by helping those less fortunate than himself, those who hadn't found a place for themselves as he had.
This next paragraph is not quite a spoiler, but may spoil the book if you read it, so read at your own risk: I did figure out the ending pretty early on in the book, and the reason for the warning is because I think it's only because I read a review that mentioned this same thing. But, despite the fact that I knew the ending "whodunit," I still highly enjoyed the ride, exploring the world of Low Town and the character of Warden. Why Read Low Town? Are you in the mood for a fast-paced book that's almost impossible to put down? Low Town is a great break from your average fantasy.
It certainly has plenty of fantasy elements, but this is its own beast altogether, something I've never seen in a fantasy novel.
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View all 3 comments. Apr 24, Twerking To Beethoven rated it liked it. I thought I would have loved this book. I mean, "Low Town" is a noir story set in a fantasy world. How can you possibly go wrong? At the end of the day, i'm sort of There are no particular issues, the writing's good and everything's well crafted, there's just something missing. I don't know if I should use this word to describe "Low Town" but I find this book to be "bland.
I mean, I really am. Buddy read with the Buddies Books and Baubles group starting December 5, Jul 18, Jason rated it it was amazing Shelves: Builders Daniel Polansky Ljudbok. Tomorrow, the Killing Daniel Polansky E-bok. Skickas inom vardagar. Here, the criminal is king. The streets are filled with the screeching of fish hags, the cries of swindled merchants, the inviting murmurs of working girls. Here, people can disappear, and the lacklustre efforts of the guard ensure they are never found.
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