Thursday, August 03, 2006

David Gemmell

David Gemmell died last Friday, apparently in front of his word processor.

Gemmell wrote powerful, muscular and, to steal an especially apt word from one of his obituries, burly heroic fantasy. When he was at his best he was very good indeed.

When he wasn't at his best, he sometimes seemed to be repeating himself. But he was still more interesting when repeating himself than many other author's have been when trying to repeat fantasy classics by other people.

He wrote a couple of duologies, a structure that I think deserves to be more popular, and many single novels which can be read alone, but often have links to each other. The common elements range from the loose and unclear to the explicit . He leaves behind two volumes of a trilogy about Troy.

He also leaves behind a wife, two children and many many fans.