The Mongoliad (The Mongoliad Cycle Book 1) by Neal Stephenson

The Mongoliad (The Mongoliad Cycle Book 1)

With bonus material! This Kindle edition features extra content only found in the Collector’s Edition of The Mongoliad: Book One, including an illustrated character glossary, a Foreworld map, and Sinner, a prequel to the Mongoliad series.The first novel to be released in The Foreworld Saga, The Mongoliad: Book One, is an epic-within-an-epic, taking place in 13th century. In it, a small band of warriors and mystics raise their swords to save Eur...

Details The Mongoliad (The Mongoliad Cycle Book 1)

TitleThe Mongoliad (The Mongoliad Cycle Book 1)
Release DateSep 25th, 2012
GenreFantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews The Mongoliad (The Mongoliad Cycle Book 1)

  • Felicity
    I'm bailing. In fact, I'm trading this book in for something better, like a Harlequin Historical or some hinky paranormal romance, which will probably be more believable and contain more acute, intelligent characterization than Mongoliad. Gack. This clunky mess almost killed my love for Neal Stephenson and thus I am stopping before it succeeds. I did, however, learn something from this fiasco: books should not be written by committees of weapons ...
  • James
    The Mongoliad is apparently an attempt to answer the question of why the Mongol hordes stopped their sweeping invasion across Europe. An epic tale of historical fiction told as two parallel stories. The first follows a group of knights, a fairly rag-taggle mixture of knights from different countries - many not even speaking a common tongue - but united under their common purpose as the Ordo Militum Vindicis Intactae. Not always a Christian order,...
  • Melki
    Maybe it was a case of too many cooks...I don't know. It took seven people to write this thing?Seriously? How does that even work? I'm envisioning authors huddled around someone's kitchen table, rolling a 20-sided die to determine the next plot twist.It's certainly not a bad book. The action and bloody violence will keep you turning the pages. But, the whole thing turns out to be an oddly emotionless experience. I can't say the characters are car...
  • John
    If "Reamde" was Stephenson's "most accessible book" -- which I took to mean that his editors demanded he write a "popular" book -- then "Mongoliad" returns to Stephenson's usual manner of writing books that are challenging for the reader. To put it mildly.If "Anathem" was intellectually challenging in its intellectual exploration of multiverses, then "Mongoliad" is challenging in its gut-wrenching, emotional depictions of the world in which it ta...
  • James Cambias
    A fun book about manly medieval men hitting each other with swords. Setting it in Mongol territory means that pretty much any manly man in Eurasia can turn up and hit someone with a sword. It's almost like one of those "greatest warrior" TV shows -- can a Samurai beat a Crusader? Can a Magyar take down a Teutonic Knight? This isn't a criticism; the authors obviously picked a time and place when they could have fun with swordfighting heroes.The ch...
  • Althea Ann
    In the interest of being a Neal Stephenson completist, I had to read this.However, I had doubts about the whole novel-by-committee concept and, sadly, I felt that those doubts were justified.The concept of the novel was good - it's got an interesting historical setting, a good mix of different types of characters, some action, some drama... I'm sure it all looked very good on paper. And, it's not actually bad. It's just not great.The characters n...
  • John
    I was prepared to give this book a begrudging 3 stars, followed by plenty of disclaimers in the review here. The book is full of the sloppiest sort of overwriting: meandering conversations, telling instead of showing, overwrought descriptions of scenery. It's a struggle to care about any of the characters. The authors clearly had a greater interest in the minutiae of history and the technical details of swordfighting than they did in telling an i...
  • Kelley Something
    Immensely disappointing, slow, and disjointed.
  • Kenton Crowther
    Cnan is hardy and crafty, a trail scout and a 'Binder' (what this means not explained in the text). She is on the side of the knights of Christendom.Another protagonist, and on the Mongols' side, is Gansukh, a young horseman of the steppes who is sent to tell the Khagan, one of the sons of Genghis Khan, to curb his drinking. He is too naive to realize what a dangerous task this could be.Soon you are well into a stewpot of strange names and outlan...
  • Marlene
    Originally published at Reading RealityThe Mongoliad, of which Book One has just been published, is any number of things. It's the first book in something its seven creators call The Foreworld Saga--more on that later. It's also a cooperative effort with seven, count them, seven authors--but it isn't a collection of short stories. It's a novel, at least as published.It started out as an experiment. A serial novel, published online at
  • Prof X
    There is a LOT of potential in this book. The story is interesting, and I imagine that the story is also historically informative. However, I finished the first book without having been made to care about a single one of the many characters. It's not that the characters are off-putting (except for the alcoholic khan, who manages to be both frustrating and boring at the same time). It's just one is given no reason to find them interesting, to side...
  • Jm_oriol
    Una entretenida novela de aventuras durante la invasión de Europa por los Mongoles. Hay tres arcos argumentales, un grupo de caballeros se dirige a Karakorum para asesinar al Khan y hacer retroceder a los ejercitos Mongoles (en plan doce del patíbulo), mientras otros quedan atrás, en una especie de circo, donde pelean con distintos adversarios en combates singulares para divertir el jefe del ejercito Mongol (aquí se centran en las técnicas d...
  • Damla
    Ben beğendim. Bence yorumlarda söylendiği kadar kötü değildi.
  • Bee
    I am a huge neal stephenson fan, and I've noticed that his work is usually composed of swashbuckling and ideas, in some combination (his favorite ideas to explore seem to be language, currency, globalisation, and homosexual mathematicians). Basically all of his books are like action action action lengthy exposition action action END. His best work has an even mixture and pacing of these two elements. I was a little miffed that reamde was like 90%...
  • Grace
    This was great! Not as dense as your typical Stephenson, but with the fantastic range and scope and depth. I was a little concerned about this, given it's a collaborative work written by a bunch of fantasy authors after they created a club for playing with ancient weapons. And true, there is a lot of fighting in this book, but it's actually pretty compelling - it turns out that when a fight is described analytically and tactically by people who k...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    This is a really tough one to review. Mongoliad is a serial novel which was produced interactively as part of a transmedia franchise. According to the website, it's "sort of the thing that Charles Dickens wrote, but with a decidedly 21st century twist", emphasizing the role of social media and community resources in the project's idea and creation.I have to say the serialized format and the multiple authors both facilitated and hindered my enjoym...
  • Melissa McShane
    This book has about a million authors, but it doesn't read like it does. It's also got about a million viewpoint characters (well, more like eight) so I had my usual negative reaction to being dragged out of one story I loved into another one I wasn't so interested in. In general, I did like most of the plotlines, though I don't care for authors introducing new POV characters in the middle or even near the end of a book; it feels like it dilutes ...
  • Olethros
    -Más que una novela, todo un proyecto multimedia.-Género. Novela (ficción histórica, para ser más exactos).Lo que nos cuenta. A mediados del siglo XIII, el Imperio Mongol está en el este de Europa y ningún ejército (ni la muerte de su líder) ha conseguido detener su expansión. Cnán es una mujer que viene de tierras lejanas con la misión de encontrar a los miembros de la Ordo Militum Vindicis Intactae con un objetivo muy ambicioso y pe...
  • Chris
    This alternate history is good, and suddenly you find yourself caring about the characters, many of whom seem to blend for a while.The book is most quest as some knights travel to save thier world from the Mongol horde. The Mongols have thier own problems. The reader finds herself in the position of rooting for both sides. The book is more action based than character based, and seems more movie like in this regard. Still enjoyable.
  • Fred Hughes
    Even though this book was written by a committee of writers I found the subject matter interesting and the story line tight. Characters are well developed, widely varied, and interesting. The book just ends and I already have Book two on my shelf to read after I read a couple of others. Greg Bear and Neal Stephenson attracted me to this series.Not science fiction, but more historical adventures
  • terpkristin
    Audiobook from Brilliance AudioNarrated by Luke DanielsLength: 13.25 hoursNote: I received this audiobook as a complete package with a prequel, Sinner, included. This review only covers The Mongoliad: Book One, as I reviewed Sinner: A Prequel to the Mongoliad separately.The Mongoliad: Book One is a different sort of book. It pretty much violated all of my typical "rules" for a book, and I still find myself wanting to read on, to find out what hap...
  • Devyn
    The Mongoliad is a book written by geeks.For geeks.Geeks like me.Seven people came together and created this monstrous book fit for someone with a particular interest or obsession with history, weapons, and warfare. With a generously unhealthful portion of unique and compulsively likable characters on both sides of the battlefield with their own equally important agendas and now I'm in trouble because I'm rooting for characters on both sides a...
  • Mona
    3.5. Not quite a 4, but very enjoyable in spite of a lousy start, disjointed narrative caused by multiple authors, and long boring explanations of Medieval weapons combats.
  • Simon
    The Mongoliad: Book One, written by seven authors altogether, depicts an adventure set in the 13th century about war and the devastation laid to the world by the Mongolians. A band of orderly knights and monks set out on a quest to rid the evil that has brought so much destruction to so many people. Their journey is sure to be labeled as foolish since the odds are clearly against them but it seems that they have no choice. I admit that I know abs...
  • Mark
    I was a little leery of this work. When I first learned of it via the CLANG Kickstarter project I thought it odd that a number of authors were credited with writing this one story. Having been in a kitchen with too many cooks I expected disaster at worst, bland disconnected rambling at best. I'm happy to say I was disappointed in my expectations.That's not to say that I was overjoyed with the work itself.I'm a big fan of Neal Stephenson, have rea...
  • Michael Laine
    Because I’m a nerd (Space/Technology geek with a high-ish score) I got an “advanced readers copy – uncorrected proof” version of the novel last week.I wolfed it down. I started and finished ‘The Mongoliad’ this weekend – and ignored the ‘to-do’ list that was supposed to happen on Saturday/Sunday. It’s a simple read, and straightforward plot. Some characters expand over time and evolve a little. The pacing is good and...
  • Jonfaith
    Korean cinema intrigues me. The nuances of dialogue invariably are lost in subtitles, but the tricks inflicted on convention seldom fail to impress me. Take The Chaser or The Host; it is doubtful that most are not perplexed by these ruminations on genre, the psychological thriller and monster film, respectively. My wife often questions some of these cinematic explorations. I don't offer a more sturdy answer than, I like them, it is fun. It was wi...
  • Benjamin Duffy
    I would have enjoyed this book much more if I had not come to it expecting a Neal Stephenson book. It has none of Stephenson's gonzo over-the-top-ness, nor his didacticism; none of his manic rambles, twenty-page asides, or enormous math-based research dumps. It has precious little of his trademark humor and gleeful geekery. In fact, the only real Stephenson trademark in evidence here is an abundance of hypercompetent badasses doing their thing - ...
  • Melissa
    I gave this three stars before I actually finished it, because I wasn't going to be on the computer for the weekend & I wanted to cheat at Goodreads. I admit it. Then I read the ridiculous cliffhanger ending - here's the thing. I didn't really care about any of these characters, I don't plan on reading the second book in this series, & this was one of those things that I just trolled through because I hate to be a quitter. The ending still made m...
  • Laforgue
    Karakterlerin tamamı gayet karikatür tipler. Tip yaratırken ne kadar bilindik klişe varsa kullanalım demişler. Mesela Japon karakter koyacak romana gidiyor bildiğin Sanjuro'yu yapıştırıyor oraya, etrafına göz gezdirip o an gördüğü herhangi bir şeyi kendi ismiymiş gibi söylüyor bizim romanın tek japon karakteri. Velhasıl diğer iki cilde devam edesim pek yok.