Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Last Wish - Book Review

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski is the European inspiration for the video game, the Witcher. It came out in trade paperback last year and will soon find its way to bookshelves as a well priced mass market paperback.

The novel is written as a series of short stories, flashback missions, Geralt, the Witcher, has undertaken. Between these tales is a frame story that slowly brings them all together into a cohesive whole.

The stories are interesting, showing a strange melding of mythology and reality, fairy tales and unhappy endings as Geralt must decide if the creature he's stumbled across or been hired to kill truly deserves death. Necessarily moralistic at times The Last Wish will have you questioning your own perceptions as the Witcher makes difficult choices.

The only problem I had with the book was that each story is left incomplete. You know enough to want to know more but you're not told that last little bit that would satisfy you.

Still, it's a unique book that's worth the time (and at $8.50 Cdn, you can hardly beat the price).

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