He started his literary career as a translator, in particular, of science fiction. In an interview, he said that being a businessman at the time and thus familiar with marketing, he knew how to sell, and indeed, he won the 3rd prize. Sapkowski has created a cycle of tales based on the world of "The Witcher", comprising three collections of short stories and five novels. This cycle and his other works have made him one of the best-known fantasy authors in Poland in the s.
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Shelves: read-in-german , fantasy , historical-fiction I rarely read fantasy or history; my best friend calls me "picky". Plotwise, the books very repetitive: They get themselves into a mess most likely due to the monumental stupidity of Reynevan, the main character , they get rescued, they get I rarely read fantasy or history; my best friend calls me "picky".
Plotwise, the books very repetitive: They get themselves into a mess most likely due to the monumental stupidity of Reynevan, the main character , they get rescued, they get themselves into the next mess, they get rescued again. This very simple concept, however, gives the author the possibility to explore all the important aspects of the 15th century, creating a marvelous panopticum of a truly terrible, terribly interesting time. I especially loved the focus on the Hussite movement, that got my inner history nerd indecently excited.
I should probably admit that I also have a thing for meeting historical characters in novels - view spoiler [Gutenberg, Nicolaus Cusanus and Copernicus hide spoiler ], oh my! I kind of came around to it thanks to view spoiler [the magic transportation device parking space at the witch sabbath hide spoiler ], because that made me laugh and what makes me laugh is alright in my book. Speaking of which, I love about Sapkowsky despite the machismo!
In general I enjoyed all the minor characters and their gorgeous ugly faces immensely, even though the buttload of names got kinda confusing at times. There are translations at the back of the book, thankfully. Magic aspects regrettable, but tolerable. Promising treatment of female characters, overall a very entertaining and colourful cast. Plot not exactly original, but very, very enjoyable.