The Adventures of Lurk

eBook (PDF), 168 Pages
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Lurk is a barbarian from the Western continent bent on a quest that has carried him across the sea to the tyrannical Romany Empire in search of his lost love. Along the way he lies, cheats, and runs away; and if by some chance any derring-do gets done, it’s not his fault.
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  • By John Mahler
    Jan 20, 2012
    3 1/2 stars out of five; 4 1/2 out of 5 if you like Shaun of the Dead Synopsis: Lurk comes to the evil empire looking for his 'lost love'. Along the way he collects companions seemingly at random, and steps into adventure 'the way other people step into manure.' More a series of short stories than a novel, but with a common thread to them all of these people traveling toward an ultimate goal. This is your basic Swords-and-Sorcery tale fleshed out with cheap jokes. The prose is a little unpolished: I get the feeling that the writer was cutting corners. Points for effrontery though: one chapter is nothing but short jokes, and it takes hutzpa to parodize Scooby Doo in a swords and sorcery setting. Though I feel a few of them were underdeveloped, the characters are consistent and generally believable; no sudden personality shifts, though they certainly develop as the story goes on. They are a little hard to categorize, because at times they seem to fit common tropes to a 't' but other... More > times they don't. The 'Evil Empire' is too common a trope for me to be much impressed, but I do like the way it was portrayed: rarely as major to the plot, more as a background presence: The jokes are usually cheap one-liners, but they're delivered well, and the running gags are not overplayed; regarding Lurk and his lost love, the writer avoids the 'pain and heartbreak' angle, focusing on his journey across the empire, looking for her. I'd rate it PG: though one of the main characters is a real lothario, seducing a new woman in almost every story, the actual deed is always off-screen, and it is played for humorous rather than erotic purposes. So kudoes to the writer for not playing the sex card: I've seen too many writers ruin their tales with porn.< Less
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January 20, 2012
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