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The Company [PDF / Epub] ★ The Company Author K.J. Parker – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Hoping for a better life, five war veterans colonize an abandoned island They take with them everything they could possibly need food, clothes, tools, weapons, even wives But an unanticipated discover Hoping for a better life, five war veterans colonize an abandoned island They take with them everything they could possibly need food, clothes, tools, weapons, even wives But an unanticipated discovery shatters their dream and replaces it with a very different one The colonists feel sure that their friendship will keep them together Only then do they begin to realize that they ve brought with them rather than they bargained forFor one of them, it seems, has been hiding a terrible secret from the rest of The Company And when the truth begins to emerge, it soon becomes clear that the war is far from over With masterful storytelling, irresistible wit, and extraordinary insight into human nature, KJ Parker is widely acknowledged as one of the most original and exciting fantasy writers of modern times The Company, KJ Parker s first stand alone novel, is a tour de force from an author who is changing the face of the fantasy genre.

    Download PDF books a very different one The colonists feel sure that their friendship will keep them together Only then do they begin to realize that they ve brought with them rather than they bargained forFor one of them, it seems, has been hiding a terrible secret from the rest of The Company And when the truth begins to emerge, it soon becomes clear that the war is far from over With masterful storytelling, irresistible wit, and extraordinary insight into human nature, KJ Parker is widely acknowledged as one of the most original and exciting fantasy writers of modern times The Company, KJ Parker s first stand alone novel, is a tour de force from an author who is changing the face of the fantasy genre."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 432 pages
  • The Company
  • K.J. Parker
  • English
  • 05 September 2017
  • 0316038539

About the Author: K.J. Parker

KJ Parker is a pseudonym for Tom Holt According to the biographical notes in some of Parker s books, Parker has previously worked in law, journalism, and numismatics, and now writes and makes things out of wood and metal It is also claimed that Parker is married to a solicitor and now lives in southern England According to an autobiographical note, Parker was raised in rural Vermont, a lifestyle which influenced Parker s work.



10 thoughts on “The Company

  1. Becky Becky says:

    Alrighty I m calling it quits on this one I just really can t muster up the interest in this to go ANOTHER half book Nothing has happened nothing IS happening and from a lot of comments and reviews, it looks like the only happening to occur is at the very end, and I m just not that patient So Not that this is a bad book, but I just can t bring myself to keep plugging away at it for 48%percent for maybe a little payoff I just need SOMETHINGto keep me interested.

  2. Jeremy Jackson Jeremy Jackson says:

    Not the best of K.J Parker s books, but that s like saying a glass of water isn t as cold as you like it, when you re already parched It s still better than a lot of books on my shelf, and I still downed it in a few big gulps.War veterans retire to their own private island, ostensibly to build a quiet life for themselves What follows is a subtler Lord of the Flies Nothing and no one is as it seems, in true Parkerian fashion It says a lot about the ferocity and the emptiness we often find Not the best of K.J Parker s books, but that s like saying a glass of water isn t as cold as you like it, when you re already parched It s still better than a lot of books on my shelf, and I still downed it in a few big gulps.War veterans retire to their own private island, ostensibly to build a quiet life for themselves What follows is a subtler Lord of the Flies Nothing and no one is as it seems, in true Parkerian fashion It says a lot about the ferocity and the emptiness we often find in our lives, the good intentions we have that so often suppress truth and goodness itself, what it means to know or love someone, and how surviving is never enough.To judge by most of these reviews, it s tough to talk about this book without talking about the conclusion, and that s almost as infuriating as the ending itself I didn t feel betrayed at the last page, as many others did in fact, I can t really see it ending any other way Of course, comments like that are just annoying if you haven t read the book, but you won t get it until you do

  3. Chris Chris says:

    So how do I review this Hmmm I think I ll begin by warning off those that might want to read this without any expectations going in I won t post spoilers per se, but I will be addressing the flow of this book, beginning to end.That said,What in the actual fuck There, I feel better for having said that Truth is, after finishing that I wanted to tear my copy to shreds, stomp on them, and kick the scraps into a firepit with the heat of a thousand hells blazing through it.So yeah What the holy So how do I review this Hmmm I think I ll begin by warning off those that might want to read this without any expectations going in I won t post spoilers per se, but I will be addressing the flow of this book, beginning to end.That said,What in the actual fuck There, I feel better for having said that Truth is, after finishing that I wanted to tear my copy to shreds, stomp on them, and kick the scraps into a firepit with the heat of a thousand hells blazing through it.So yeah What the holy fuck was that Let s start at the beginning The premise looked interesting, a story about five war veterans getting together after the war and settling a new home on a faraway island Rewards for their years of service, yada yada Of course there will be a conflict of some sort to stir things up, etc Good so far.I love the writing K.J Parker has a real talent for storytelling and character development She or he uses the flashback method interspersed with the current story flow to get us to know how these characters click and how they got to be the way they are Great.Then the middle happens Or, I should say, it smiddle than happens Long narrative that seems to go nowhere Then it breaks through and starts to get interesting, mildly.Then we get near the end.Shit goes down I m really getting interested now.Then All hell breaks out.And I m left with The fuck That ending I m sitting there going, for real Seriously If the middle had been a little less boring and the ending had been a little less FUCKED, I might have given this book 4 stars It was well written, somewhat engaging, and had good characters.Oh, and for the record, I don t dislike fucked up endings Sometimes I actually prefer them But it needs to make fucking sense It needs to be a reasonable end of the path that we walked along the journey I did actually like the last paragraph or so, view spoiler regarding the legend that the Company survived to fight each other continuously hide spoiler but it really didn t fit into the context of the rest of the book I ll probably tryK.J Parker, but she s or he s on notice I won t be as forgiving if I run into another fucked up ending like that

  4. Anton Anton says:

    Heart wrenching, raw, poignant and deep Quite a few shades darker than usual for KJ Parker Hollywood pitch for this book would probably go Three Musketeers meet Lord of the Flies If you enjoyed Savages , Sharps and The Folding Knife chances are you ll love The Company too But If you are new to KJ Parker don t start here.

  5. Rosemary Rosemary says:

    K.J Parker s fantasies make George R.R Martin s Game of Thrones seem like happy tales full of rainbows, kittens, and shiny cheery people If you want grit, grime, and loss of all hope in your heroes, then this is the book smouldering on the shelf, waiting to suck you in, chew you up, and spit you back out with a satisfied hiss If you re a writer, then you will weep in sheer mad jealousy at Parker s ability to twist the knife and slowly build to a conclusion both inevitable and surprising K.J Parker s fantasies make George R.R Martin s Game of Thrones seem like happy tales full of rainbows, kittens, and shiny cheery people If you want grit, grime, and loss of all hope in your heroes, then this is the book smouldering on the shelf, waiting to suck you in, chew you up, and spit you back out with a satisfied hiss If you re a writer, then you will weep in sheer mad jealousy at Parker s ability to twist the knife and slowly build to a conclusion both inevitable and surprising Like Company A, the author breaks through every barrier to achieve an ending both completely Parker and completely right

  6. Steve Steve says:

    Gosh, that was a tough book to read Not because it was badly written, far from it Some of it was just so raw The relationships described here were sometimes as tortured as only truly close friendships can be This wasn t fantasy, but top rate descriptions of close human friendships when put to the test.I m a big fan of KJ Parker Holt Many of his books are leavened with a wry humour even when a little dark This book stands out starkly from the others I ve read It is dark without much humour Gosh, that was a tough book to read Not because it was badly written, far from it Some of it was just so raw The relationships described here were sometimes as tortured as only truly close friendships can be This wasn t fantasy, but top rate descriptions of close human friendships when put to the test.I m a big fan of KJ Parker Holt Many of his books are leavened with a wry humour even when a little dark This book stands out starkly from the others I ve read It is dark without much humour at all It s set in a completely non magical pre industrial world, not so much fantasy fiction as historical fiction in a parallel imaginary world I found it fascinating for its exploration of human relationships mostly without romance though but in the end it gave a rather sad view of these closely bonded individuals The problems close friendships can cause rather than the joy they can bring.It s the tale of the post army life of A Company , the toughest group of shock troops in the army, mostly originating from the same quiet farming village, trained to break the lines of opposing infantry Some backstory of their service life shows why these now ex soldiers are dedicated to each other such that when their leader calls them out of retirement for an adventure to set up their own farming community, far away, they unhesitatingly do so.Most of the story shows how the relationships in this close band of brothers evolve during their attempt to set up their own community A sort of Lord of the Flies, though without bullying, just coping with problems nature throws at them while they try to stay loyal to each other Events get in the way, and there s some truly amazing twists in the latter sections of the story.Once again in a Parker story, many of the major male characters are ambivalent in their relationships with the women in their lives usually kind but non loving , with one particular incident close to the book s ending showing a coldness that made me despise the character involved Despite their heroism, comradeship and resourcefulness none of the Male characters gets close to being likeable, with perhaps some excuse of the PTSD that they probably suffer from The author s intent too, I believe, not to make them sympathetic.Sounds a bundle of laughs, so why put yourself through this dark tale It s certainly not the fantasy I normally read If you want a raw well told story about human relationships between closely bonded but somewhat damaged people then I think it s probably a pretty realistic attempt Glad I read it but happy to finish it and move on

  7. Bandit Bandit says:

    This book is tough for me to review I ve read so many mixed reviews prior to reading it and I wasn t sure what to expect I m pretty sure whoever provided the cover blurb or the book being a cross between LOST and Italian Job, hasn t actually read the book or watched the show or the movie This is a story about war, about the bond between men and what it can and can t endure It s very well written with vivid descriptions and realistic dialogue, this is also one of those books that really lets This book is tough for me to review I ve read so many mixed reviews prior to reading it and I wasn t sure what to expect I m pretty sure whoever provided the cover blurb or the book being a cross between LOST and Italian Job, hasn t actually read the book or watched the show or the movie This is a story about war, about the bond between men and what it can and can t endure It s very well written with vivid descriptions and realistic dialogue, this is also one of those books that really lets you see what s going on inside the characters minds, which I always enjoy The ending was terrific and summarized the story perfectly Those are all the positives The detractors were for one thing the names, I really didn t like the names, I don t normally read fantasy, so I haven t had a chance to get used to ridiculous names and honestly, aside from the names, this book could have almost read as historical fiction Also, the writing quite possibly due to its detailed vividness was very dense at parts, so much so that reading almost felt like work But really, I would say the positives outweigh by far This is a really good study of human nature and of the consequences of war in times of peace I would recommend it

  8. Yoon Yoon says:

    Like the Engineer trilogy, this novel is an ambitious failure great opening, fascinating developments, a massively underwhelming ending That being said, Parker excels as usual in examining the nasty interactions between men, formerly linebreakers of A Company, now devoted to fulfilling former general Teuche Kunessin s dream of a farm on an island Sadly for Kunessin, he may have for the moment escaped the government, but he can t escape what he brought with him Darkly cynical and depressi Like the Engineer trilogy, this novel is an ambitious failure great opening, fascinating developments, a massively underwhelming ending That being said, Parker excels as usual in examining the nasty interactions between men, formerly linebreakers of A Company, now devoted to fulfilling former general Teuche Kunessin s dream of a farm on an island Sadly for Kunessin, he may have for the moment escaped the government, but he can t escape what he brought with him Darkly cynical and depressingly believable.Also suffers from some other of Parker s usual flaws, including the weird stylistic quirk in which zie refuses to call characters by name even when it would be deictically appropriate and helpful and comparatively weak female characters and relationships even if Kunessin needs the women as broodmares, that shouldn t stop them from being interesting characters.Still, I don t regret reading this and am trying to figure out where I can get the new one that s out

  9. Liviu Liviu says:

    Page turner that goes nowhere and you finish it with a feeling of pointlessness and why did I bother Still an interesting read and worth for the suspense, but it could have been so much betterNow on reread getting used with KJ Parker style, getting to love her novels and reading and rereading all previous 9 plus the P I still think Scavenger is the best of her work overall and I would star Page turner that goes nowhere and you finish it with a feeling of pointlessness and why did I bother Still an interesting read and worth for the suspense, but it could have been so much betterNow on reread getting used with KJ Parker style, getting to love her novels and reading and rereading all previous 9 plus the PB novella brought me back to this one and this time I really loved it and fully appreciated it I still think Scavenger is the best of her work overall and I would start either with that or with Fencer, but this one is an excellent addition to this powerful fantasy writer wrok

  10. Paul Paul says:

    Other people help themselves to penknives and inkwells if they re feeling really daring, they might liberate a keg of nails or a few lengths of timber You steal bits of geography The Company Throughout the course of English literature, islands have often been used as settings, mainly because they serve as the perfect microcosm for civilization and society Jonathan Swift established this tradition in Gulliver s Travels, using the various island inhabitants Gulliver encounters to satire t Other people help themselves to penknives and inkwells if they re feeling really daring, they might liberate a keg of nails or a few lengths of timber You steal bits of geography The Company Throughout the course of English literature, islands have often been used as settings, mainly because they serve as the perfect microcosm for civilization and society Jonathan Swift established this tradition in Gulliver s Travels, using the various island inhabitants Gulliver encounters to satire the British government The fact that Great Britain itself is an island likely had bearing on Swift s choice of setting But Swift also established an island as solitary and isolated, a perfect breeding ground for the unknown and fantastical It is an author s Petri dish, a blank canvas in which the psychology of society can be intimately explored.Romanticism focused on islands as places to commune with nature, while leaving the hustle bustle of society behind Other novels like William Golding s Lord of the Flies took aHobbesian approach, watching as civilization inevitably disintegrated as the inhabitants embraced their animalistic impulses, finally resorting back to a state of nature And it is this aspect which makes islands so fascinating the ability to thrust characters into the state of nature and watch what unfolds Do they choose to be human, or do they choose to be an animal K.J Parker s entry into the island mythos The Company breathes new life into the genre Parker is clearly in Hobbes s camp, and shapes the story to accelerate the island s societal breakdown But her twist is unique Often the rules of society are what initially hold people in check on the island They essentially take the societal rules they know and reestablish them on the island, often with deliciously disastrous results General Kunessin s ultimate motive in the novel is to escape a society which is hostile to his desires in order to form his own vision of civilization However, Parker s main characters are governed by a different bond, loyalty above all else to A Company The novel concentrates on the question of whether military brotherhood is stronger than societal brotherhood Does almost dying together make living together any easier The strength of the Company s interrelationships is constantly challenged within the story, as Parker pilesweight upon the bonds holding them together, searching for an elusive breaking point It makes for a fascinating character study The Company as a whole is an intricately developed and intelligent examination of the good and evil we find in humanity It is human nature writ large, and it s chilling for that fact.The chapters are mainly separated into two sections The first section focuses on historical anecdotes about the Company The second follows the current narrative on the island Most of the character development happens through the historical anecdotes, though there are a few flashbacks that become quite relevant to the main plot near the end The flashback sequences are generallyenthralling than the main plot as the problems the group runs into on the island can be mundane Much like an episode of the television series Survivor, it s not survival tasks like the searching for shelter and food that are the most engaging aspect, but the characters plotting against each other in the background And Parker doesn t disappoint in this respect, thickening the intrigue chapter by chapter It s is at this point that The Company really hits its stride, as characters plot and counterplot after reviewing all the angles The intellectual interplay between Kunessin and Aidi Proiapsen really stands out in this respect.I thought the mundane nature of the obstacles the Company encounters could be attributed to Parker s deemphasizing of civilization in the novel Kunessin s priorities are different than one would expect in his situation At times, his attitude seems antagonistic towards using resources to build the best island society he can He s a slave to his vision, constantly emphasizing brotherhood over community Also things like shelter and food are something I take for granted, so searching for them seems trivial to me, even though they are not in this situation.I think Parker s deemphasizing of societal bonds is evident in another aspect of the novel, the wives The women are unapologetically chattel in the book The men marry them because farmers need wives The men s bonds with their wives are quite secondary Interestingly, women have often been viewed as the basis of society they are the ones that traditionally make the nest, while men are the hunter gatherers I felt that the men s attitudes towards their wives mirrored their views about society By deemphasizing the women, Parker deemphasizes civilization s grip on A Company.Last Word Simply stated, The Company is an enthralling read It is an astute observation on human nature which deeply explores the bonds of brotherhood The historical anecdotes are fantastic, and K.J Parker writes with a vision that is above most genre literature

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