For convenience and because we think the designation fits, we here treat Supernatural Stories as the overtitle of a sequence of collections, not as a magazine. These collections are listed below under the story named on the cover, though in fact this title might not actually appear within covers were generated before the stories were written ; pseudonymous work by other authors occasionally appears in titles otherwise entirely written by Fanthorpe.
In order to make some clear sense of this mass of work, we have here violated our normal practice of designating such books as anthologies, and we do not list them separately in this Encyclopedia. In a further attempt to rationalize Fanthorpe's collections, we list them below in one chronology, without any attempt to sort them under possible pseudonyms.
The list is ordered according to numbering in the publisher's SN supernatural sequence. This book is still a page turner despite its age. Sean is the opposite of his twin Garrick. His ebullience and impulsiveness leaves Garrick a cripple. His lustful impetuousness lands damsels in distress and Garrick has to clean up after him.
He fights in the Zulu uprising, sires bastards, makes and loses a fortune in the Witwatersrand, goes elephant hunting in the Limpopo, loses friends, wives, children and, while still in his early thirties, decides to cut his losses and return home with a stash of ivory. That is, if the home he has known can ever be regained. In a nutshell, that is the story, but there are far too many twists and turns in this plot to record or remember everything in between. Smith leaves the book well poised for a sequel, and for many more featuring the Courtney family.
Scenes of the South African Veldt, and its flora and fauna are authoritatively drawn.
All that said, there is a lot of awkward writing. The characters and their emotions run shallow unlike the deep gold veins that they mine in Johannesburg. Sean bounces back from his many tragedies like a bird shaking off water from its feathers. Some scenes are glossed over for there is too much happening anyway. The foreshadowing is clumsy, almost like an omniscient narrator intruding to alert us to what lies ahead, even reminding us of what is to come during the Boer War, which is outside the time span of this book. The sudden shift in POV, especially when it is carried by a minor or newly arrived character, is jarring.
And the melodrama Part three of the book is the best section as it portrays a deeper character investment, as if Smith is maturing in his craft just as Sean is maturing with his many losses. This is a good adventure story and a great debut novel for Smith at the time. Aug 18, Steph Cumbie rated it really liked it.
When the Lion Feeds (Courtney, #1) by Wilbur Smith
The story is broken in 3 parts. In the first part I had a hard time at first with the main character Sean There were some serious ups and downs I even cried at one point. I had a hard time putting it down at times. I didn't like the way it ended I really enjoyed this book but don't know if it was enough to read the rest of the series. Oct 27, S. Colvin rated it really liked it. This is one of Smith's older books and what a welcome relief it was to read a real beginning! This one starts out telling a story of twins Sean and Garrick Courtney and allows the reader an opportunity to grow close to the characters before following them into action.
I am so worn out with books that start in the "heat of battle" with characters the reader hasn't had time to love or hate. I realize that's the unfortunate current formula to get an agent to request a manuscript, but I LOVE that "Whe This is one of Smith's older books and what a welcome relief it was to read a real beginning!
If all older books are written in this style, then I'm going retro! Sep 15, J rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. The end of this book just stunned me. This was quite an amazing story and given the length of this series 13 books in total from the looks of it and the mass-market paperback-edness of it, I was expecting a lot of heroism, action, some tragedy and just an overall feeling of fluff. I could not have been more wrong. This was utterly fantastic and riveting. Adventure, coming-of-age, drama and historical fiction full of brutal realism and humanity.
For the most part, the characters aren't her Wow. For the most part, the characters aren't heroes or people to look up to. They're flawed, make major mistakes and pay dearly for them. I'm totally sold and am eager to see how the story develops. Sep 07, Angie Rhodes rated it it was amazing.
When it comes to action packed stories, full if excitement, charming hero's and of course the rotten to the. Wilbur's books are not aimed at just aimed at men, far from it, they are for anyone, who like me, loves to travel to Africa, from the comfort of my chair' , He also writes about Egypt, Historical So go on, pick up a Wilbur Smith, you will be hooked Oct 09, Bill rated it it was amazing. Excellent old fashioned African adventure complete with buxom babes and Zulu warriors.
Wilbur Smith is interesting. Will check out more in this series. This may obviously be the same ISBN for both the first volume paper back issue and the hard book of its entire two volumes in one book. I read the first volume and rushed back to get the second volume in vein of reading most of the Courteney series. The story starts first with the background as life being impo This is the first volume in the two volume of When the Lion Feeds by Wilbur Smith from the Courteney series.
The story starts first with the background as life being important to two young boys growing. Then they turn into men. They are fortunate and wealthy. They are around cattle. Life during well known gold rushes going into years that becomes an area of great tinkering and knowledge.
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Jul 25, Penny rated it really liked it. He broke Sean's grip and raced away towards the lift station, the mud flying from his gumboots. His terror infected Sean and he ran a dozen paces after francois before he stopped himself. For precious seconds he wavered with fear slithering round like a reptile in his stomach: go back to call the others and perhaps die with them or follow francois and live.
Into the wilds of Natla in the "Francois, how many men up at the face? Into the wilds of Natla in the 's are born Sean and Garrick Courtney, the twin brothers who could not be more different. Fate, war and the jealous schemes of a woman are to drive them even further apart. But as history unfolds a continent is awakening. And on its horizon is the promise of fortune, adventure, destiny and love Jul 11, Bonnie rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction. Wilbur Smith's very first book.
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Sean and his twin brother Garrick borrow their father's shotgun and go hunting while their parents are out. Sean trips and accidentally shoots his brother. Garrick loses his leg, and thus starts the saga of the Courtney brothers. Sean eventually leaves the family farm and strikes out with his ever faithful companion and servant Mbejane. There he finds wealth, power, adve Wilbur Smith's very first book. There he finds wealth, power, adventure and eventually love. But is that love really meant to last A well written, fast paced, historically accurate adventure that will hold you to the very last word.
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Feb 08, Conrad K. Wilbur Smith has always been a favorite of readers in Southern Africa. His style of writing seems to hit a note with many who live in that region. This book - the first he published in - tells the story of two young brothers growing up on a farm in Natal and torn apart by actions in their youth. They become involved in the Zulu Wars and then, as young men become rich in the Witwatersrand Gold Rush. This is family saga that contains everything - danger, poverty, victory, injustice, romance, Wilbur Smith has always been a favorite of readers in Southern Africa.
This is family saga that contains everything - danger, poverty, victory, injustice, romance, sickness, sadness. All of the drama and intensity of the Dark continent. A must read. Oct 20, Sean N Noonan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: anyone with a sense of adventure who can suspend their own disbelief. An exhillerating adventure, the excitement and pace are breathtaking. The way in which action and passion are mixed leads me to want to be able to write with such a style. The world the book describes never really existed, the characters and morals are more fantastical than real life drama, but that is part of the story's beauty.
Hat's off to a Master story teller! Not that I am the first to say so, nor the foremost Mar 04, Mari rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Tarzan. Owners of luscious chest hair looking for representation. Shelves: dnf , read-in-english , south-africa. Sep 05, John Worthington rated it liked it. I liked the overall story but I disliked parts of the book; I absolutely hated the ending of the book - it is a series though so who knows.
Why do authors have to have sex scenes; I am thankful for the fast forward button. Where is vidangel for books. This book is about two twin brothers in Johannesburg, Africa who experience life early, death of a loved one, competing affection for a girl, war, and disagreement over a woman. One brother heads off to find his fortune and meets a man and a lady in I liked the overall story but I disliked parts of the book; I absolutely hated the ending of the book - it is a series though so who knows.
One brother heads off to find his fortune and meets a man and a lady in the Gold fields Duff and Candy.
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I loved the character of Duff. This book also talks about the despicable trade of hunting elephants for their ivory. The title When the Lion Feeds refers to trials that the brother has and how he addresses them.
This book has language - I'm not sure if I'm going to follow this author anymore. May 29, Jane rated it it was ok. SO many reasons to hate this saga of South Africa: 1. Happy natives who smile like children as they kill themselves working for white men 2. Major elephant slaughters 3. Men raping the environment as they cheat each other over shady deals 4.
The same men treating women the way they treat the natives - horribly 5. Melodramas galore: a man dying of hydrophobia, symptoms described with loving detail; ditto a woman suffering from Blackwater fever; a child forced to witness his brother's leg being amputa SO many reasons to hate this saga of South Africa: 1. Melodramas galore: a man dying of hydrophobia, symptoms described with loving detail; ditto a woman suffering from Blackwater fever; a child forced to witness his brother's leg being amputated; a jealous wife throwing herself into a mining pit; a man killing a leopard with his bare hands.
As Yogi Berra said, include me out! Oct 13, Elle rated it it was amazing Shelves: audiobook , series , best-of. It takes place just after the movie "" about the spartan hero Leonidas, so if you like that show you will love this book. It is a two part series, but the way it ended has me wishing i had bought the second one before I finished the first, that way i could be reading it right now.
Btw the name of the second book is the Dark Prince When the author, David Gemmell, stuck to the history side, it was a good book. When he brought in Dark Gods, and witches, and fantasy, I lost interest. The last third of the book seems to have been just a set up for a sequel. Not impressed and won't go on to the sequel. One of Gemmell's books is enough. May 06, T. Stranger rated it really liked it. Ahh, David Gemmell. I love you. Like all of Gemmell's novels, Lion of Macedon did not disappoint.
There was plenty of blood, action and intrigue. The characters are well-written and the plot spot-on. I'll be reading the sequel shortly. Mar 05, Andrew rated it really liked it. The first Gemmell book I read, it's adult and historically-based fantasy about loyalty, belonging and betrayal. Gemmell's gritty obsession with sacrifice and good in an evil world sets him aside from others in the saturated fantasy genre. Jul 17, William Munn rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone.
Shelves: favorites. My favorite Gemmell book. Parmenion is a character with trials and flaws as well as victories and heroism. Great book by a great author. Rest in peace Mr. Feb 12, Raqual Humphries rated it liked it. I listened to the audible version and i never thought i coukd be dissatisfied with a Gemmel novel until i heard this. Dont waste your time with the audible or it will ruin it for you.
Gemmell takes as his hero the young Parmenion, half-Spartan and half-Macedonian, who has grown up with the taunts of his fully Spartan peers. Having failed to impress them with his abilities as an athlete, Parmenion hopes instead to make an impression with his strategic intelligence.
Facing up against the popular Leonidas not that Leonidas , as rival generals in a mock battle, he demonstrates a brilliant tactical broadside that goes against all the rules of Spartan combat, leaving his enemy dec Gemmell takes as his hero the young Parmenion, half-Spartan and half-Macedonian, who has grown up with the taunts of his fully Spartan peers. Facing up against the popular Leonidas not that Leonidas , as rival generals in a mock battle, he demonstrates a brilliant tactical broadside that goes against all the rules of Spartan combat, leaving his enemy decimated.
But one man in the audience is impressed. Time passes, and Parmenion realises that the Spartans will never allow a half-blood to rise to the officer class in their army. I'd heard quite a bit about David Gemmell's novels from other people so thought I'd give them a try. What interested me about this one was that it's based around a fairly well-known era of ancient history, but Gemmell uses the Greek belief in oracles, gods etc as a way of weaving fantasy elements into the story.
We focus mainly on a character Parmenion, who Gemmell's introduction describes as "forgotten", but more recognisable figures are threaded into the story as well. On the downside, this do I'd heard quite a bit about David Gemmell's novels from other people so thought I'd give them a try. On the downside, this does make things a bit predictable - if you know your ancient history, then it's fairly obvious whose birth the seers are worried about.
And how does anyone know if the seers have interpreted their visions correctly? It's one thing having power, but using it well Overall, it's an engrossing read and I will hopefully find the second one soon enough. This was my first novel by David Gemmell. I thought I will start with a lesser known book and leave the better ones for later. Well, I was wrong to assume that I will get a weaker book, it was a fascinating read. Parmenion was a great character and I really liked how more and more character got the spotlight as the scope of event changed.
The atmosphere was nice as well I really felt like I was there with the heroes. I also liked the use of magic, it was really fitting to the overall theme. And This was my first novel by David Gemmell. And I do not even have to talk about the battle scenes which are one of the strongest points of this writer.
So yes, I can recommend this book to anyone and I am curious how the second story will go. Sep 24, Adam Windsor rated it liked it Shelves: Prophecy and magic drives the story here, but it's the non-supernatural aspects I liked the best. Parmenion's struggles and adventures are entertaining stuff. It's really a bit of a shame the whole plotline gets co-opted into the Dark God malarkey.
Aug 13, Dean rated it really liked it. I thought this was a good book. I am not a fan of fantasy, however the fantasy parts of the story were pretty good I have to admit Going to take a chance and read the next in this series, however I fear that the fantasy portion will be much prominent in the story, with the history behind Olympus, Phillips wife and mother of Alexander the Great Mingled with fact and fable the legend of Parmenion , Phillip and Alexander are told great story.
Sep 26, Jack Oughton rated it really liked it. No Pulitzer prizes here, but a very enjoyable book that I found myself reading at a rapid pace. Aug 06, Kaushik Sriram rated it really liked it. Great story till it gets muddled by too much fantasy where the book changes from historical fiction to fantasy fiction.
Oct 12, John Cheeseman rated it liked it. David Gemmell was my favourite author when growing up, "Legend" and "The King Beyond The Gates" are still some of my favourite books so I really wanted to like this series from him which I'd never read, unfortunately it left me pretty cold. This is a mix of historical fact, fiction with magic thrown in for good measure and I wish he had stuck to either fact or fantasy as the magic part didnt feel right to me and didnt make the story any better.
Personally I enjoyed learning about ancient Greece, t David Gemmell was my favourite author when growing up, "Legend" and "The King Beyond The Gates" are still some of my favourite books so I really wanted to like this series from him which I'd never read, unfortunately it left me pretty cold. Personally I enjoyed learning about ancient Greece, the Spartans and history more than I did the story. Jan 12, Catherine rated it it was amazing. The book was well written, fascinating, and had a little bit of everything - action and adventure, fantasy, history.
It was a great read and I'm moving onto the sequel! There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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Readers also enjoyed. About David Gemmell. David Gemmell. David Andrew Gemmell was a bestselling British author of heroic fantasy. A former journalist and newspaper editor, Gemmell had his first work of fiction published in He went on to write over thirty novels. Best known for his debut, Legend, Gemmell's works display violence, yet also explores themes in honour, loyalty and redemption.