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The Last Wish (Polish: Ostatnie życzenie)
Type: FantasyAuthor: Andrzej_Sapkowski
An English translation of a collection of short stories centering on Geralt of Rivia a monster hunter or Witcher. The Last Wish is a collection of adventures that Geralt experiences. One of several books translated so far.
Rating: 4.50Reviews: 2

User: sfbell The Last Wish is a collection of short stories following Geralt of Rivia. A Witcher or monster hunter, Geralt kills the wicked things that go bump in the night. Sapkowski's writing is clean and well translated. His world is filled with interesting places and tense racially charged times. If anyone has played the computer game, they will recognize the first story as the introductory cut-scene. It was a light and easy read, involving. Mr. Sapkowski's world is rife with corruption, racial tensions between the Elves and the others, while the supposed hero (Geralt) is considered a second class citizen by most because of his mutations. The Witchers undergo a chemical and magical transformation in order to become a better monster hunting machine. A very engaging read, that will not take a busy person too long to finish. Any computer gamers out there may want to snap up the Witcher and give it a try. It is an engaging single player RPG. More information can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Witcher
User: Sapkowski's book takes an interesting slant on, what could be, a fairly staid fantasy cliché - the monster hunter. Geralt makes for an engaging anti-hero, reminding me very slightly of Moorcock's Elric, but in a good way - a man out of step with his world. Though the book comprises a collection of short stories, there is an over-arching plot which draws everything together (even if it doesn't tie things up all that neatly). If you're tired of Conan-clones and do-gooding heroes, give Geralt a try. I've also read the 'Blood of Elves', which is a full novel and follows on from 'The Last Wish', and am waiting for 'Times of Contempt' to hit the UK shores.

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