- Title: The Philosophical Strangler
- Author: Eric Flint
- ISBN: 9780743435413
- Page: 249
- Format: Paperback
When Greyboar, a professional strangler, discovers the Supreme Philosophy of Life, he becomes a new man but how can a villain in good standing pay the bills with his philosophical exploration getting in the way Then Greyboar s long lost sister asks him to help persecuted dwarves escape their human oppressors.
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Please note: I read and reviewed this book in January 2008. Just copying over my review.My Synopsis: Greyboar is the world's greatest strangler ("Have Thumb, Will Travel") and Ignace is his manager. During the course of this hilariously chaotic book they have such adventures as: visiting Abbess Hildegaard, who regularly corresponds with God (he insists on using the postal service); helping steal a Rap Sheet (a Joe relic) in Prygg; breaking into a high-level cleric's house (after setting him up t [...]
My absolute favorite book by Eric Flint, and he is in my top five authors, so yes I really do love this book. This is the first in the Joe's World series, of which he has lamentably written only two thus far.Now I understand that there is not as much of a following as for his other series, that the high humor in Joe's World is truly only savored by a few. I understand the cries of the masses, the myriad of intriguing projects, the wonderful authors that are just clamoring to work with him. So he [...]
Reading this book was sort of like sitting across a table from a madman or a drunk who’s trying to tell you a story. Well, to be honest I’ve never had either experience, but reading this book is what I imagine that experience might be like. The story is told in a rambling, conversational manner, and the narrative jumps back and forth in time as the storyteller interrupts himself to go off on random tangents. The stories have many preposterous elements to them, and occasionally even the narra [...]
Meh. Picked this up from the library after thoroughly enjoying The Belisarius series (in which Flint collaborates with David Drake.) I only made it through about 50 pages before deciding it wasn't worth the already-three-days-old library fine. My husband (who also enjoyed Belisarius) made it not much further. He described it as (Terry) Pratchet-esque. While there are overtones, for whatever reason it reminded me more strongly of the Steve Jackson game "Munchkin." It also reminded me a bit of Jas [...]
ugh.I can't decide whether this is supposed to be an homage to Disc World or to Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, but the characters are neither as funny asLeiber nor as well developed asPratchett's.I'm quite fond of Flint's stories, but this is a huge fail.
Very humorous in a "stupid" kind of way. If you like Piers Anthony and Terry Prachett you will like this book. Great characters, and I have to say I have never looked up more terms (Schrodinger's Cat, entropy, the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics) in any fantasy novel. :)
Four stars for entertainment value. Two stars for philosophy. Bonus points for humorous use of non-Euclidean space.
This book has one major redeeming quality: for the first time, I am able to understand what people who don't like Terry Pratchett must feel like when reading Terry Pratchett.I read the whole entire thing, due to a combination of the sunk cost fallacy and being on an airplane with no wifi for most of it. I like cheap satire and junk fantasy; I often compare it to literary candy. This wasis was, like, literary candy made with artificial sweeteners. That lingering taste of aspartame, you know?
I just couldn't get interested enough
Fantasy farce. I laughed, but halfway through its sequel, I got tired of it.
This is a bit of silliness. Fun read.
From Publishers Weekly This oddly satisfying humorous fantasy usually achieves the zany and frequently the bizarre. In the city of New Sfinctre the professional strangler and amateur philosopher Greyboar and his agent and sidekick, Ignace, accept a contract they're unable to fulfill, but which leads to some amusing adventures. At their watering hole, the Sign of the Trough, the pair encounter a nearsighted swordswoman named Cat (actually Schrdinger's Cat, but she can't find Schrdinger) and learn [...]
I really need to stop getting tricked into reading books I've never heard of just because a) the cover was neat b) the title is witty and c) a little text blurb on the back compared the writer to a writer I liked.In which case, this book has a really neat cover of a really cool bat monster, the name of this book is "The Philosophical Strangler" (why, a professional assassin as a protagonist? That sounds like fun!) and the back of this book compared the writer to Terry Pratchett.While I can see w [...]
Ugh. Made it made it 4% into the book before giving up. Eric Flint may write good books, but this is not one of them. The title character is a whiner and the narrating (POV) character is a complainer and manipulator. I *think* the story is meant as a parody and to be humorous, but it is either slap-stick humor or I don't know.Gave up at "there are possibilities for the future. Perhaps even a new school!" says a martial artist when his spine is crushed, the comment is about developing a new sch [...]
I first read The Philosophical Strangler when it was being posted in sections on Baen’s Bar. It is a humorous fantasy about politics, weaponised philosophy and revolution. Our Protagonists are a professional strangler named Greyboar and his hapless agent Ignace. Though very successful in his profession, Greyboar is feeling a great deal of ennui about his lifestyle. Motivated by the disapproval of his political activist sister, he attempts to find a philosophy worth following. (Ignace is not ha [...]
I bought this book because, in a discussion of what makes a good cover vs. an acceptable cover vs. a bad cover, it was mentioned that the text on the flaming tablet on aforementioned cover says "BURN BITCH BURN". And to hear that this was a letter from G-d, well, the Old Geister? I had to find out what kind of context created such a situation.I was not expecting the book itself to be a comedy.Sure, you can call it fantasy - there's magic and not a high level of mechanical technology in this worl [...]
A reasonably entertaining comic fantasy, but there are a few flaws in both the comedy and the fantasy. Some of the running gags (such as the overwrought unpronounceable surnames) get a little old after a while, and so does the tendency to gloss over parts of the adventure by having the narrator say he doesn't want to go into details. But a decent adventure story is told nevertheless, and the characters are moderately interesting.
Excellent humorFirst the bad:Anti heroes.Minor proofreading errors.Moderate layout errors.The good:Funny, and lots of it.Vocabulary expansion/exercise. By which I mean many rarely encountered words, used correctly.Interesting world.Anti heroesmorable characters.Nuanced, believable relationships.Excellent price.Rating: Excellent book, a personal favorite. PG-13.
Interesting concept. Ok, the book definitely picked up somewhere around the midway point. I did not start out super enthused, but it was the only ebook on my phone I hadn't read yet. However, like I said, about midway through I really started to enjoy the story and really like the characters. I just downloaded the second book in this series. I'm looking forward to it.
Good, fun, light read. Doesn't have much of a plot, though--the strangler's philosophy falls in importance across the book. Maybe it's part of a series written from the points of view of various characters. That would also explain why we never learn who or what Schrodinger's Cat is (besides a deadly, wandering woman searching for Schrodinger). Anyway, funny and good to read on an airplane.
This book started as 5 stars, then dropped to about a 2 or 3 star book from several chapters in and then all the way through. However, the beginning few chapters were so magnificent that I felt it should be rated as 5 stars. But, perhaps it should be considered only a short story ending at the prologue (or some other well-chosen spot for it to end).
Almost gave this 5 stars, because it's hilarious. Might be even funnier if I knew more about philosophy (there are a few points where I was pretty sure I missed something), but I know enough to get most of the jokes.
Free, for a reason, long, silly humor, monoDid not like at all. Couldnt resist a freebie, shoulda known better. I didnt finish, took a chapter max to realize I'd got a lemon. Try his other books though.
I loved the book! I didn't want to put it down. It's not your average fantasy and there were a number of words I looked up only to have my e-reader come up empty. But the phrases he uses are brilliant! I'll read him again.
Very british and a bit high-brow, considering the number of philosophy jokes and puns hidden in the book. The writing is fun, but its not a fast read, mostly because you want to try and understand the references. None-the-less, enjoyable.
4/1/2013: Free on Kindle
stopped at pg 50
My dad wanted me to read this because it had a "philosopher"in it. It was OK, but not really that good.
Ecellent slapstick spoof of potboiler fantasy adventures. Must be read in concjunction with "Forward the Mage" by the same author.
nice use of word play, name play and pins.
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