david gemmell

  1. The Big Peat

    Knights of Dark Renown by David Gemmell

    You can praise books for the deftness of their prose, for the cleverness of their plot, the acuity of their observations. Their wit. Their ability to steal you away. Sometimes though, you need to talk about the sheer power of spirit and mood. And without saying Knights of Dark Renown has nothing...
  2. The Big Peat

    The Legend of Deathwalker by David Gemmell

    Greatness often lies in contradiction. Take David Gemmell himself. For a man who spent a lot of his life writing, he’s sure quick to have his characters talk about how words have their limitations. Take Druss the Legend, the Deathwalker of these books, Gemmell’s first and toughest hero. He is...
  3. The Big Peat

    Wolf in Shadow by David Gemmell

    I am – at times deliberately – a contrary creature. Sometimes I take pride in my flit-about butterfly approach to reading, in which every commonly held sin is acceptable in the name of reading happiness. And sometimes, not often but sometimes, I like to read things all the way through...
  4. Brian G Turner

    Review: Legend by David Gemmell

    Re-read this again and still thoroughly enjoyed it. What Legend does nicely is manage to balance the heroic and humanity of its many well-drawn, distinguished, and very memorable characters, while providing a strong pace against a rich background. As became Gemmell's signature, morality is...
  5. The Big Peat

    Ravenheart by David Gemmell

    Good grief, you haven't reviewed this yet? No and what are you doing back here- I am here, fellow me, in order to rein you in a little. Because I know you, and I know you're going to need it, particularly since those nice W&W folk aren't used to you in full ramble. You need less self-indulging...
  6. Brian G Turner

    David Gemmell interview archive

    Just to let everyone know I've put up an archive of David Gemmell interviews I collected around the internet a few years ago. Rather than flood this board I've created a new "David Gemmell interviews" board here: David Gemmell interviews The interviews (in chronological order) can be found...
  7. Brian G Turner

    David Gemmell interview – 20 more questions

    I found this Q&A originally posted here: http://derae.tripod.com/questions.html 1.Do you have any hobbies? (Nicholas Cole) I used to have a hobby. I used to write fiction for fun, while working as journalist. By the end of my journalistic career I was running seven local newspapers, organising...
  8. Brian G Turner

    David Gemmell: Questions & Answers – Q’s & A’s put to David by Fans

    25 QUESTIONS A Gemmell onelist group posted the 25 Questions burning in our minds to David Gemmell following his offer to answer some such questions. 1. Have you any plans to write a book centering around ‘the two twins’ I rarely have set plans for future novels. I know that if I live long...
  9. Brian G Turner

    David Gemmell Interview: Aug 2005

    1) You’re very proud of the fact that you’ve never missed a deadline and work diligently in order to obtain this, now with the October Deadline that you’ve set yourself for the second novel in the Troy Trilogy, are you likely to be visiting any other countries to promote your work after this...
  10. Brian G Turner

    David Gemmell Interview: March 2005

    1) What novel or timeline (from your novels) would you most like to live in and why? When I was young, and used to imagine myself in another time, I would tend towards those periods of history with great and tragic heroes. I wanted to stand beside Leonidas at Thermopylae, or at Harold’s side on...
  11. Brian G Turner

    David Gemmell Interview: August 2004

    1) You’ve mentioned that when you wrote Legend originally you foresaw yourself more as Regnak The Wander, Earl of Bronze, now your coming close to Druss’s age, how has the perception changed and are you worried about the portent surrounding the death of Druss (The one where he knew that he would...
  12. Brian G Turner

    David Gemmell: Interview: Jan 2004

    1) After the completion of The Swords of Night and Day you mentioned in a previous interview that your next project was to be to “write a big story loosely based on the Siege of Troy.” How is this progressing and is it going to be something similar to the Lion of Macedon and Dark Prince? No...
  13. Brian G Turner

    David Gemmell Interview: March 2003

    1) At times all authors have trouble coming up with with new ideas how do you combat this problem? The only time I suffer from lack of ideas is when I quit smoking. It is more than irritating. Recently I quit for a month, and not only could I not write I didn’t even know how to write. I would...
  14. Brian G Turner

    David Gemmell Interview: Oct 2002

    [This interview also appeared on lycos.co.uk/punchbag/] 1)Recently you had a quote appear on the debut novel of Ian Graham (Monument) How were you persuaded to review Ian’s work and why did you give this quote? I first met Ian at a writer’s workshop in Norfolk. Having seen samples of his work...
  15. Brian G Turner

    David Gemmell Interview: April 2002

    [This was originally posted at lycos.co.uk/punchbag/, because Lycos was taken down] 1) During your career you have seen many diverse changes such as labouring, door management and journalism. How does it feel to be on the receiving end of an interview? Depends on the skills of the interviewer...
  16. Brian G Turner

    David Gemmell interview: Amazon (2000)

    [NOTE: This interview is attributed to Amazon, but I’ve found it impossible to locate the original – Amazon may have removed it from their website] Return of the Waylander David Gemmell is one of the most popular writers of sword-and-sorcery fiction; his Legend and Waylander books are classics...
  17. Brian G Turner

    David Gemmell interview: Motivation – Interviewed by Stan Nichols (1999)

    Stan Nicholls looks at David Gemmell’s motivations during writing his first eight books. If science fiction can be characterised as the literature of ideas – a genre essentially cerebral in nature – then fantasy (and to some extent horror) can be characterised as literature concerned with...
  18. Brian G Turner

    David Gemmell interview: The Legend & On – the Flash – Orbit (1998)

    This interview was included in marketing material provided by publisher Orbit in 1998: David Gemmell’s classic Drenai series, which began with his first novel, LEGEND, was reissued in September with new covers. We took the opportunity to have a close encounter with Britain’s king of heroic...
  19. Brian G Turner

    David Gemmell: Nobody Gets Out of This Alive – Interviewed by Stan Nichols (1998)

    David Gemmell Interview from Fear Magazine, Nov/Dec 1988 Nobody Gets Out of this Life Alive Fantasy writer David Gemmell tells Stan Nicholls of the life-and-death circumstances of his writing, a terrifying crisis which set him on the path from LEGEND to GHOST KING and beyond, to his latest...
  20. Brian G Turner

    David Gemmell: Passion And Heart – Interviewed by Ann Grey (1998)

    PASSION AND HEART David Gemmell,Britain’s leading author of heroic fantasy, talks to Anne Gay ‘Sword in the Storm is a special book for me,’ says David Gemmell at the end of his most successful tour ever. ‘There are themes within it that I’ve wanted to explore more fully for a long time. It...
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