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David Gemmell

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This is a brief discussion of David Gemmell and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Gemmell.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Gemmell: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)

I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Gemmell tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Gemmell worthy; in sum, to help you rank David Gemmell (and the works by Gemmell listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.

A Few Words About David Gemmell

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the “Other Resources” section below will lead you to some information about the “Notable Books” listed farther down this page.

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Other David Gemmell Resources

David Gemmell Resources on the Web

Foremost is the David Gemmell Wiki, a dedicated site. Close behind is the Gemmell, David entry at the ever-helpful Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

Another interesting page is The Best David Gemmell Novels Everyone Should Read, a selection—with useful comments—by Dr Oliver Tearle at the Interesting Literature site. Similarly useful is the Author Spotlight: David Gemmell page at the Orbit Books site. Also, the Fantasy Book Review site has a page, David Gemmell biography and books reviewed, that offers further insights into Gemmell and his books. And SF&F author Anthony Ryan at his blog has a nice page, Stuff I Like: the Works of David Gemmell, which offers some critical thoughts on Gemmell’s oeuvre.

There’s more. The Fantasy Literature site has a self-describing page, Why You Should Read…David Gemmell. Similarly, Black Gate has David Gemmell: An Appreciation by Wayne MacLaurin & Steve Tompkins. Alex Smith put a nice Author Profile: David Gemmell [archived copy] up at The Yorker. And David Gemmell Author Spotlight at Fantasy-Fiction is also interesting.

Of the obituaries (all too often some of the most interesting essays on a writer are in his obituaries), perhaps the most helpful is David Gemmell at The Guardian, though David Gemmell at The Independent is also quite helpful.

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David Gemmell Resources in Print

I could find none.

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Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by David Gemmell *

(For more possible titles by this author, see the “Unrated Books by Rated Authors” page.)

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