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by Hugh Cook

Begins as the story of a young man named Drake who is thrown into the sea by the allegedly merciful King Tor. It goes on to include Drake's vengeance upon the king and sundry other adventures (in company with appropriate others) on land, sea, and in realms not of Earth. This is the kind of large-scale fantasizing that has made David Edding justly well known, and Cook indulges an Eddings-like penchant for drawing basic plot elements from the conventional fantasy repertoire and then reworking them so effectively that they make for compelling reading. Cook brings to his particular fantasizing a distinctly offbeat sense of the ridiculous, too. The results he produces should please a wide range of fantasy readers."" - Booklist.
Download The Walrus and the Warwolf (Chronicles of Age of Darkness) (Chronicles of an Age of Darkness Vol 4) epub
ISBN: 0861402944
ISBN13: 978-0861402946
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Science Fiction
Author: Hugh Cook
Language: English
Publisher: Colin Smythe (September 3, 1993)
Pages: 486 pages
ePUB size: 1979 kb
FB2 size: 1716 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 924
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This one is my favourite Hugh Cook novel on my favourite fantasy/Sci.Fi planet.
Many years before my teens I would draw maps of alternate worlds with huge mountains, wastelands, swamps, rivers, ports, castles, fortifications and seas. Unfortunately, the people I could draw were poor facsimiles of upright ants with duck bills and appendages of matchsticks. Naturally, they were as similar to each other as they deserved to be in view of the impossibility of character development in a drawing made with my artistic inability. However, they had adventures, if not on the map, in my mind, usually marching long distances or cruising many fathoms on or below the seas. I had no heroes for worship, national, religious, fictional or comic book. but I remember being interested in how heroes grew up or were made up, and also, why they became heroes. My view was a bit like John Barth's regarding Perseus and some others in Chimera.

It was books like this which allowed me to adopt my own heroes like Arsene Lupin and The Saint, or The Phantom and Tom Mix. in my early teens. By the time I was fifteen, the heroes had departed again, to be replaced by A.J. Cronin's doctors, the last surviving sea going dinosaur of Robert Heinlein or the weapon shop runners of A.E. Van Vogt.

Well, this book has a main character I could identify with immediately. He goes through in life with things I could only remotely imagine and more, without complaining or cussing more than necessary to appease his ego. He lives in the same kind of absurd universe and on a more absurd planet and makes the best of it. He is the epitome of all adventurers and anti-heroes who are heroes and anti-heroes and many other types of human being, who can live with magic and technology and monsters disguised as humans and humans disguised as monsters, creatures we meet in our lives and try to remove from our memories.

The book enriches our memories, primeval ones and current ones as well as those of events we never participated in or heard or read of, in fast forward and then using a few reverses and reversals to put things, creatures, events and times in or out of perspective.

A lovely and original book of a man I would have loved to have met before his early demise.
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Stylish Monkey
I'm a sucker for vintage SF. The Planet Stories series of books looked very interesting, and as a first I bought this book based on the glowing reviews here on Amazon. This book might have been ok decades ago for readers who never read any of the better SF/fantasy works before encountering this one. But unlike many classic vintage SF, this book just doesn't measure up today. The book contains a huge number of 'adventures', but around halfway in the book, after the 357th miraculous escape/victory I just didn't care any more. There was no tension or excitement. The characters are not likeable or interesting either, so I wasn't rooting for them. Overall the book was a big letdown, and I'm afraid that if this book reflects the average quality of the Planet Stories series, then this was the last one I bought.
Some amazon reviewers choose to break down their reviews by parts (I give the plot an A, the characters a B+, etc...), which may be an easy approach but often not an informative one. The novels of Hugh Cook, when evaluated piece by piece, would have to be described as terrible. The main characters are two-dimensional and most of the minor characters barely exist at all. The plots depend on improbable coincidences and far-fetched last-minute rescues. The setting is boring wilderness interspersed with a parade of nearly identical cities. And yet this is a case of the whole being greater than the sum of all the parts.

Drake Dreldragon Douay is a hapless and reckless apprentice who plays around with swords when and where he cleary shouldn't and gets into trouble on a very regular basis. He eventually gets captured by pirates, and that paves the way for a world-spanning adventure across churning seas and through sweltering jungles. The first 200 pages are, I regret to inform you, a bore, as Drake joins one sea voyage after another, only to encounter monotonous hardships and narrow escapes. The tale does pick up eventually, and the second half, truth be told, is one of the high points of Cook's entire series. Given the novel's enormous size, you'd be surprised how the author continues to churn out new experiences. At one point the band of heroes discovers a series of teleportation gates and the book becomes a spectacular madcap scene as pirates, soldiers, barbarians, damsels in distress, lizards, and others chase each other from one end of the continent to the other.

All good things must end; luckily "The Walrus and the Warwolf" goes out with a bang. As Drake moves up in the world, we see more and more of the grand scale of war and political conflict, culminating with the attack by the swarms. Some may sniff that Cook runs through the entire plot too quickly, but plainly he had a lot of events to cover in order to get up to the grand finale. In the final 100 pages of this book, we're seeing an entire continent tossing and turning in warfare and madness.