Glen Cook is a fantasy
author. He (I hear rumors that this may in fact be the wrong pronoun
, but I figure it's safest to stick with the identity the author has created for public consumption
) has written quite a few books, most notably the Black Company
series and the Garrett, P.I.
series. A complete bibliography, by universe, is included (thanks to the Glen Cook Fan Page (http://www.xmission.com/~shpshftr/GC/GC-Home.html, accessed on 11/26/2000) for this information), with commentary to follow:
The Haunting Dread Empire
The Dread Empire Trilogy
The Dread Empire Trilogy Sequels
The Starfishers Future
The Black Company
The Books of the South
The Books of Glittering Stone
From the Files of Garrett, P.I.
The Dragon Never Sleeps
I happen to think that Glen Cook is the most underappreciated author I've ever read. His stuff has a simplicity and directness of phrasing that I've never seen anywhere else, and yet there is subtlety there. It's difficult to describe, but I find him much more compelling than Robert Jordan
or J.K. Rowling
. Though the middle books are a little depressing, the Black Company books are really excellent, and the Garrett stuff is light and amusing without having quite the slapstick, subtle-as-a-blowtorch
feel of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
. In addition, I have recently become aware that the Garrett novels' main characters bear a striking resemblance to Archie Goodwin
and Nero Wolfe
, characters in a very long series of mystery novels by Rex Stout
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