The Builders

The Builders A missing eye A broken wing A stolen country The last job didn t end well Years go by and scars fade but memories only fester For the animals of the Captain s company survival has meant keeping a l

  • Title: The Builders
  • Author: Daniel Polansky
  • ISBN: 9780765384003
  • Page: 169
  • Format: ebook
  • A missing eye.A broken wing.A stolen country.The last job didn t end well.Years go by, and scars fade, but memories only fester For the animals of the Captain s company, survival has meant keeping a low profile, building a new life, and trying to forget the war they lost But now the Captain s whiskers are twitching at the idea of evening the score.

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    • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) says:

      All the characters in this story are animals. ALL THE CHARACTERS IN THIS STORY ARE ANIMALS. Why me? I mean, I happen to be one of those lovely people who hate don't give a damn about silly animals. So of course my Minion in Training had to pick this particular book for me *eyeroll* A good thing he didn't know about my utter disdain slight dislike for all things fauna when he decided to gift me this somewhat awesome book. Had he known about my condition, he probably would have sent me a Silly San [...]

    • Myke Cole says:

      After a foray into high fantasy with The Empty Throne series, Polansky returns to his roots. Nobody does dark like Polansky. The Builders is Redwall meets Unforgiven, combining the endearing wit of Disney's Robin Hood with all the grit and violence of a spaghetti western. Polansky joins Delilah Dawson (Wake of Vultures), John Hornor Jacobs (The Incorruptibles) and Joe Abercrombie (Red Country) as a pioneer in fantasy westerns that marry brutality with redemption and the siren's call of honor sli [...]

    • Bookwraiths says:

      Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.My rating is 4.5 stars.Never having experienced any story penned by Daniel Polansky, I was concerned about reading this novella. Why? The anthromorphic animals. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I hate talking animals, but they aren’t among my favorite fantasy denizens. A few of them go a long way in my opinion. So the idea of a dark fantasy populated by fluffy, talking animals scared the hell out of me.I shouldn’t have been so worried though: The Builders t [...]

    • Bradley says:

      This might be considered grimdark fantasy, for all the author seems to think that it is actually a "one-note joke". Hell, I have to disagree. I had as much fun reading this as I'd have when watching any of the old war movies with a small cadre of broken warriors gathering around for one last violent blow out, with all the natural elements of a heist novel, the underdogs (or rats) of a long and vast conflict.It was pulled-off perfectly.So what's the joke?You know all those old YA novels that feat [...]

    • Matthew says:

      A missing eye. A broken wing. A stolen country.The last job didn’t end well.Years go by, and scars fade, but memories only fester. For the animals of the Captain’s company, survival has meant keeping a low profile, building a new life, and trying to forget the war they lost. But now the Captain’s whiskers are twitching at the idea of evening the score. Polansky, you magnificent bastard. I have just finished The Builders, and I am stunned. I really don't even know where to begin. Do I rave [...]

    • Eon ♒Windrunner♒ says:

      “Where is everyone?” “They’re coming.” Bonsoir took his beret off his head and scowled, then replaced it. “It is not right for Bonsoir to be the first—he is too special. His arrival deserves an audience.”And these characters definitely deserve an audience.Superb!Almost all the ★ (4.5). This is as good as a novella can get, apart from WARNING - BIG SPOILER (view spoiler)[ the Un-HEA. I really wanted these guys to survive (hide spoiler)], thus the missing ½ ★. As this was my f [...]

    • Stefan Bach says:

      Endlessly entertaining book which starts as a stale joke: “A mouse enters a bar…”, only to provide you with an hour of exciting read of good old western story about revenge.Mouse in this case is simply called The Captain. Vicious and cruel creature obsessed with revenge. And in that obsession he travels the world, tracking down his old band of mercenaries. After five years of building their lives, each one of them has a reason not to join The Captain in his suicide mission, but also, each [...]

    • Matthias says:

      I'm smiling.The story is extremely straightforward. There are plenty of characters. All of them together needed half of this book just to get introduced. Most of them are rather generic and boring (aside from Puss and Bonsoir, to some extent). The prose is nothing spectacular, bordering on annoyingly simple and repetitive. There is no intellectual depth nor any emotional connection. This book scores big only when it comes to the amount of action packed into the second half of this fast-paced nov [...]

    • Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

      3.5 of 5 stars, originally reviewed at The Speculative Herald speculativeherald/2015Funny how I’m generally not big on anthropomorphism but at the same time I do seem to love a lot of books featuring fluffy, furry adorable sentient animals (Redwall, Watership Down, Mouse Guard, etc.) Thus the draw of Daniel Polansky’s The Builders won out, and it was also perfect because I’ve been meaning to check out his work for a long time.The animals in this book are far from soft and cuddly, though. A [...]

    • Althea Ann says:

      'The Builders' is, I guess, intended as a satire of grimdark-style fantasy. In the afterword, the author himself refers to the story as a 'one-note joke.' The joke is that all the characters - a nasty, brutal bunch - are small, furry animals. The trouble is that - yeah, that's all there really is to it. It's just not that funny. The style aspired to, as well as the plot and content, reminded me most of Scott Lynch - and the thing is, Scott Lynch IS really funny and clever. It's hard to poke fun [...]

    • Lindsay says:

      The Magnificent Seven meets Kill Bill by way of The Wind in the Willows.Don't look here for a plot summary, there's not much more to this than the elevator pitch above. I'm not much of a fan of any of those movies though, which does kind of shape my response to this book. That being said, this is the single best old-west revenge quest featuring anthropomorphic animals that I've ever read

    • Joel says:

      Full review at Total Inability To Connect: totalinabilitytoconnect.wordpThose who follow me know that I’ve been, traditionally, a fairly big fan of Daniel Polansky’s work. His Low Town series was a blast – dark, gritty as hell, harsh, and very vividly written. I enjoy his prose, the way he forms his characters – specifically the gruff type – and the unforgiving nature of his works.The Builders is one of the flagship novellas for the new Tor imprint, and getting a heavy hitter like Pola [...]

    • Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai) says:

      I had no idea going into this book that it was an anthropomorphism story.I know, I know, I probably should have, (it's right there on the cover (I read the ebook without a cover)) it's just that I was reading it because of the author's name alone. I didn't even know what the plot was let alone the fact that it featured a bunch of little animals running around instead of humans.So you can imagine my surprise when I started reading it.And let me tell ya, I read the hell outta this with a big shit [...]

    • Tracey the Lizard Queen says:

      Full review at: thequeenofblades.u4.25 starsBy now everyone must know how much I love Polansky's work. I'm almost guaranteed to love whatever he puts out there. Something about his storytelling just gets me. The Builders is dark, it's funny (not funny like stupid funny, I mean intelligent humour), and of course it's very violent. The use of animal stereotypes was great, and in typical Polansky style, all the characters are the kind you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley, even if they are only [...]

    • Robyn says:

      Short and not so-sweet-take of revenge. I'll admit, despite the often fabulous imagery Polansky creates with his animal anti-heroes, I probably would have preferred this story with human characters instead of animals. But that's my quirk, not a knock on the quality of the novella - if it sounds like your sort of thing, read this!

    • Daniel says:

      Wow, this was great. Dark and disturbing. Even using animals instead of humans didn't soften the blow. Fast paced and brutal with a simple story but told in an interesting way with characters that are clearly defined, if one note. Easy to understand since they are the animal they represent. Except the mouse :)My full recommendation.

    • Mark says:

      This reads like a fifteen-year-old's idea of what's "badass." I guess the idea of anthropomorphized animals is cute and all, and the short chapters obviously help to build the sense of smallness, but the entirety of the book was just shallow. Every character is a one dimensional personification of the type of animal it is. The weasels are weasels, shrews are shrewd, rats are rats, snakes are snakes, moles are moles. If the name of the species also exists as an adjective for a type of person, you [...]

    • Antonio Diaz says:

      The Builders es una historia de venganza ambientada en un mundo donde la pólvora, el revólver y el tren son los pináculos de la tecnología. Polansky escribe un western con una característica muy especial: todos los personajes son animales antropomórficos.Te atrapa desde el principio y yo, particularmente, la leí de una sentada. Polansky esconde en una historia aparentemente sencilla un prosa muy trabajada. Buena parte del primer tercio de la historia es una presentación de personajes muy [...]

    • Pavle says:

      Javni čas ritma, organskog pripovedanja i akcije, sve to u stilu najvećih vestern filmova. Kao jedan prijatan jednodnevni izlet u potpuno nepoznatom gradu: upečatljiv, nezaboravan, mrvicu nedorečen, ali ko uopšte može da tvrdi da upravo tako nije bolje? 4+

    • Viv JM says:

      Well, that was fun! The Builders is basically a western-style revenge tale, where all the characters are animals. It is full of violence, action and wonderfully dark humour.

    • Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom says:

      I'm a huge fan of Daniel Polansky's Low Town series, so I might have claimed that I wouldn't have bought this book if he hadn't wrote it, but that's not completely honest. Because there is something appealing about a story that features personified animals that I've never outgrown and I'm sure I'm not alone in that. As it turned out this is one the wildest books I've read. I can't explain it any better than what other authors and reviewers have already said; "The Wild Bunch meets Watership Down. [...]

    • Chompa says:

      Do you like cute, little talking animals? How about a group of them led by a mouse? Sounds sweet doesn't it? The Builders is a western with talking animals. It isn't cute. It is like Unforgiven, but darker and with more bodies. After reading Polansky's Low Town series, which was Crime Noir in a fantasy setting I wasn't sure what to expect from this. I love Low Town and it is probably the best series I've read this year. Where Polansky nailed it on the Crime Noir feel, he double-nailed it (no, th [...]

    • Scott says:

      Man, I really loved everything about this. Polansky's style is excellent and right up my alley; so very excited to read more from this author in the future. A pretty straightforward revenge tale that doesn't skimp on violence, deception, and dark humor. The animals bit took a little to get used to, but it never detracted from the story for me

    • Helen says:

      This was quite good. I love the image of a mole in genii pants. The death count was huge, revenge plotted well, whiskey was drank and I'd read more of the author.

    • Phil A says:

      Awesome and unique story! I was impressed how invested I was with the characters, yet the book was a little over 200 pages. I doesn't seem like the book was long enough to develop the characters as well as Polansky did. He's a magician with this work. I agree with other reviews that thought this book was like a "Dirty Dozen" story. Throughout the book, I also drew comparisons to "The Magnificent Seven" (one of my favorite movies). I highly recommend this book. It's a really quick read, at just o [...]

    • Hannah says:

      "The grimdark answer to Redwall."At least, that's what I'd be saying if I'd ever actually read Redwall. It had a Western element in it too.

    • Paul says:

      Most entertainment in $2.99 that I've had in awhile. Cover art by: Richard AndersonThis novella was so much fun. It was super serious in the novella but the ridiculousness of everything caused me to smile and laugh throughout the entire thing. A gang of animals want revenge after they were betrayed in the past. There is a whole host of different animals in this book, most of them being rodents. The part I liked the most was just reading which type of animal would come up next and how they acted. [...]

    • Jason says:

      5 Stars The Builders by Daniel Polansky was a truly fun and unexpectedly cool novella by a favorite author of mine. The cover started this action adventure out right and I couldn't wait to see what takes place inside. One would think that a book starring a mouse and filled with creatures like a badger, an owl, a skunk, and a snake as well as many more would be tailor made for the young adult crowd. Unfortunately, they would be mistaken. This is a Polansky story through and through. It is dark, n [...]

    • Nikki says:

      I wouldn’t have thought of this as a one-note joke until I read the author’s note at the end, but it’s true that’s what it is in some ways. Think Redwall, but instead of saccharine sweet mice in an abbey and wise old badgers and the clear distinction between vermin and civilised beasts, everyone is perfectly capable of being dangerous. Yes, even a mole. These animals are pretty much just humans in animal guise, with all our foibles and tendencies to violence.It’s also an entertaining s [...]

    • Clayton says:

      Come check out my Book Blog for more fun stuff and reviews!A Copy of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThe Blurb: "A missing eye.A broken wing.A stolen country.The last job didn't end well.Years go by, and scars fade, but memories only fester. For the animals of the Captain's company, survival has meant keeping a low profile, building a new life, and trying to forget the war they lost. But now the Captain's whiskers are twitching at the idea of evening the score [...]

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