March's Fantasy - Legend by David Gemmell

Please join us as we discuss Legend by David Gemmell. This heroic fantasy was Gemmell's debut and remains his most famous work, though he is also known for the Drenai Tales, the Rigante series, and his historical fiction Troy series, to name a few. Gemmell's works are known for exploring honor, loyalty, and courage in war and Legend in particular was inspired by the Battle of the Alamo. Although the novel is book 1 of the Drenai Tales, the story stands alone very well. The book is a fairly quick read, at about 345 pages.

Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. The smaller morning session can be found here.

From Amazon:

Druss, Captain of the Axe, was the stuff of legends. But even as the stories grew in the telling, Druss himself grew older. He turned his back on his own legend and retreated to a mountain lair to await his old enemy, death. Meanwhile, barbarian hordes were on the march. Nothing could stand in their way. Druss reluctantly agreed to come out of retirement. But could even Druss live up to his own legends?

"The Alamo had a big effect on me when I first read about it. Unfortunately I now know the truth about the Alamo… The Alamo is a consistent story of cock-up after cock-up. Nobody there expected to die. I'm not saying they weren't very brave men. But the whole thing was mismanaged to the point of ineptness... I don't like to believe that, but it's the reality of life, so perhaps I shouldn't have studied the Alamo. Legend is the Alamo spirit - or what should have been that spirit." — David Gemmell on the influence of The Alamo

*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm the night before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Kent

    I think we probably over-analyzed this sucker a bit. Sometimes a pig is just a pig, and bears no deeper significance...even if one of its spots might happen to look like the virgin Mary! And, for a book where only 1 of us didn't like it - we certainly tore it a new one...which, admittedly, it deserved! Still, a flawed book with a DECENT core is probably the PERFECT grist for a literary discussion mill!!! And, to that end, there were lots of good comments and observations! Nice to see everybody - and for so many to be so engaged!

    March 11, 2013

  • Kent

    @Cyndi - I absolutely agree with you, except where I don't! = ; )

    March 10, 2013

  • Cyndi

    I think we were mostly in agreement, until we weren't:) Very nice conversation:)

    March 10, 2013

  • Richard V.

    I've just moved and have too much if a mess to get to the meetup. Sorry for the late notice.

    March 9, 2013

  • Vijay

    Just a quick reminder, we're losing an hour to DST tomorrow, so please change your clocks and plan accordingly, and please update your RSVP if needed. Thanks!

    1 · March 9, 2013

    • Dave

      I don't think I have a clock in the house that needs to be reset.

      March 9, 2013

  • Judy

    I'm still getting over a cold, and I think 2 trips to VA this weekend will do me in. :(

    March 8, 2013

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone, just a reminder to please update your RSVP as soon as possible if you're unable to attend, in order to give someone on the waitlist a chance to attend.

    Waitlisters, thanks for your patience and hang in there a little longer!

    March 4, 2013

  • Kent

    It wasn't in the Fairfax librarys, when I looked. So, I ended up getting it for my nook in ebook format. Think I paid 7.99. Also, Amazon has it for Kindle for 7.99, or you can order the mass market paperback for 7.99 as well. Good luck.

    January 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you!

      February 1, 2013

    • Vijay

      Also, just an update...FCPL is getting 12 physical copies in as well. Follow the link to reserve:­

      February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone have a copy I could borrow. The library doesn't have it. :o(

    January 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to be a part of this. Book looks fantastic, but since I am in the military my schedule is rather unknown for the future. Either way this book looks like a great read and will enjoy it regardless.

    2 · January 20, 2013

  • Debbie H

    Can't make it - I'll be in California. Have fun.

    January 12, 2013

  • Richard V.

    Should be a good read.

    January 10, 2013

  • Naveen A.

    Looking forward to it...

    January 10, 2013

  • Prashant

    In theory, I'll be helping care of a 1 week old at the time. Too bad, I've read this and really enjoyed it.

    1 · January 10, 2013

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