The Losers #2020

The Losers By David Eddings The Losers Raphael Taylor was a golden boy blond handsome charming a gifted athlete and a serious student an angel in every way Damon Flood was a scoundrel a smooth smilling cynical devil as devious and c
  • Title: The Losers
  • Author: David Eddings
  • ISBN: 9780345385208
  • Page: 472
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Losers By David Eddings Raphael Taylor was a golden boy blond, handsome, charming, a gifted athlete and a serious student, an angel in every way Damon Flood was a scoundrel a smooth, smilling, cynical devil, as devious and corrupt as Raphael was open and innocent The day Raphael met Damon was the day he began his mysterious fall from grace And the golden boy fell very fast and very far.
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    1. David Eddings

      David Eddings was an American author who wrote several best selling series of epic fantasy novels David Eddings wife, Leigh Eddings, was an uncredited co author on many of his early books, but he had later acknowledged that she contributed to them all.David Eddings first books which were general fiction sold moderately well He later switched to writing epic fantasy, a field in which he achieved great success In a recent interview with sffworld, he said I don t take orders from readers On January 26, 2007 it was reported that Eddings accidentally burned about a quarter of his office, next door to his house, along with his Excalibur sports car, and the original manuscripts for most of his novels He was flushing the fuel tank of the car with water when he lit a piece of paper and threw into the puddle to test if it was still flammable.On February 28, 2007, David Eddings wife, Leigh Eddings born Judith Leigh Schall , died following a series of strokes She was 69.David Eddings died on June 2, 2009 at the age of 77.

    768 thoughts on “The Losers”

    1. Okay, I know this is fiction, and it s by an author who write mostly fantasy, so I m a little embarrassed by how much this book meant to me I was a third year social work major in college when this book was recommended to me by a friend who thought I was making a terrible mistake with my life I d started out as a Chemistry major and always intended to end up in research but got a wild hair stuck somewhere and changed to the social sciences While this book didn t have much, if anything to do with [...]


    2. Holy Crap Eddings was one of the first authors I truly fell in love with And I can confidently say that Pawn of Prophecy was the book that started my lifelong love of fantasy literature I ve never read his stand alone fiction before, and holy shit was i missing out The Losers was incredible I couldn t put the book down Book has definitely reaffirmed my love for the author, and I highly recommend it to any fans of Eddings work who have yet to pick it up


    3. When I d read a third of the book, I found it decelerating to a point, that it became hard to continue to read it, but I soon realized that there was a a good reason for it The author makes the reader understand the characters in a great details, which makes a lot of sense later on The book picks up pace soon and its hard to stop reading it after that.The story is an excellent narrative about two friends, who are very different from one another Nothing is predictable about the story ,and realiza [...]


    4. One of Edding s best efforts The dialog and characters here are much deeper then in his Fantasy novels A much adult story.


    5. David Eddings may have been best known as a fantasy author, but he also wrote a couple of wonderful genre novels His first and debut novel, High Hunt , is probably the best book I ve ever read and his second, some twenty years later and after he already had three successful fantasy series behind him, was nearly as good The Losers follows Raphael Taylor from small town beginnings in which he becomes a successful high school football player, coping with everything life throws at him, on the field [...]


    6. Like most, I came into this book without any idea of what to expect In some ways, that might have lessened my enjoyment of this one, as this might be one of those rare books for which it would be better to read some reviews BEFORE the book, so that you would know what you re getting into Instead of the expected fantasy or urban adventure novel, THE LOSERS turns out to be a sharp social commentary full of Eddings philosophical views about life and society No magic and not much action, this book h [...]


    7. Originally published on my blog here in April 2001.Apart from his debut novel, thriller High Hunt, The Losers is Eddings only attempt at something outside the fantasy genre Interestingly, it has aspects in common with the much earlier novel, including the Washington state setting though that is where Eddings lives and a plot incorporating ideas about sibling rivalry less literally here.Raphael Taylor is bright, good looking and athletic a high school American football hero When he goes to univer [...]


    8. The various blurbs floating around are accurate enough in terms of describing the plot without spoilers In terms of theme, however, there are two things perhaps worth knowing about this book before jumping in.The bulk of the story is set against a background of chronic poverty the incidental characters are the sort of folk one sees in virtually every episode of the old reality TV show Cops The view of them through the eyes of the principle characters is not flattering.The principle theme, howeve [...]


    9. Crippled American golden boy comes to terms with injury The star suffers from a horrific car accident, leaving him unable to walk without crutches He retreats to small town America to come to terms with his injury, and gets in to the habit of watching the local losers from his roof top retreat Becomes involved with them over time, comes to terms with new life etc etc Actually quite a disturbing book some of the images really stay with you, and the accident is dealt with without sentimentality o [...]


    10. This was a hard book to enjoy Eddings is very well written and it shows here This is much better written then either his Belgariad or Malloreon series, which while I enjoyed immensely, always seemed to parallel the Lord of the Rings just a little too much With the Losers we are presented with a lot of drudgery It s well crafted but its a very dark and depressing book Its that much of a depressing read, because I m a Spokane native where this book is primarily set While Eddings does a fine job o [...]


    11. I enjoyed this book than I had thought I would I first bought it when I was a teen, than twenty and probably nearing thirty years ago I don t have that copy any, and I didn t read it This one was fresh.It s hard to separate a book by Eddings from his other works, so this one keeps wandering near to fantasy without ever reaching it We as readers have all the temptations to think of it in fantasy terms, as an urban fantasy about to shimmer into unreality, but it stays stubbornly in the real worl [...]


    12. By far the best of Eddings three non genre offers, The Losers eschews High Hunt s who has the biggest bollocks machismo and Regina s Song s twee, whimsical femme horror for a sharp, satirical look at America s welfare system The titular losers are a collective of the impoverished, down on their luck, disabled or addicted left behind when social services no longer cares to deal with them Protagonist Gabriel makes for an intriguing lead, after losing his leg and genitals in a drunken car accident [...]



    13. Started out as a light hearted read, but soon became intrigued by the story somehow The story seems kind of weird, but if you reflect back you ll see the irony of it.It s basically a story about two boys Met each other in college One was to be great The other was spoiled.Due to an accident influenced by the other , the one s future became unsure He fled society, but then became an observer of the low society The other was like hah but then became one of the low society itself, which d be fatal e [...]


    14. This is the second non fantasy book of David Eddings I have read Then first I took it in my hands I didn t feel like I might like this book and after starting to read the book this feeling just became stronger It was hard getting into the characters as they felt like a bunch of spoiled brats and was actually thinking that I might not finish this one But after the view spoiler accident hide spoiler in the book I found it was getting easier to get into the shoes of the main character and I started [...]


    15. If I could talk to David Eddings about this book, I d ask him just one question Why Why social workers as the symbol of all evil in modern society I mean, obviously the main character is going to be bitter about what he goes through And a formally independent person isn t going to LIKE being thrown onto government support All that I can understand But to say that ALL social workers, by their very nature, are dedicated to draining people s souls and FORCING them to go on welfare, well that s just [...]


    16. This started out as a morality tale about how you get way over punished if you do the least thing wrong And it turned into a social commentary on the state of poverty and welfare in America in the 1970 s.Funny thing, when I was a child I lived in a project, and my parent got welfare and it was in the 1970 s So this was a little bit of accurate stereotyping, and nostalgia, and a lot of gross oversimplification for the sake of fitting it into his story It wasnt easy to read The story is largely a [...]


    17. I read this when I was about 15 or 16 I really liked it because it had a super star jock has it all guy become a wheel chair bound loser like everyone else.My grandmother probably got it so I would learn a lesson in my snarky teenage ways, instead I found the story applicable for the winners of my school I did actually find a fallen star though She had been a volleyball player cheerleader unit her BF got in a car accident The accident left her with a smashed hip, causing one leg to be shorter t [...]


    18. I really loved this book You always hear about the American dream, and this is reflected in the TV shows and films, mainly all good looking people, all with happy endings This book showed a different side to the country Where the lack of welfare means life can be pretty bleak if you hit misfortune and it can be tough to get back up once you re kicked down David Eddings really fleshes out the characters in his books as well as establishing a plot so you can really relate to the people in the book [...]


    19. It s been a while since I read The Losers, but I still remember it all It s a big, massive, colossal departure from Eddings usual genre, but it shows just what an amazing writer he is.The story is that of a young man, struck and disabled, living on disability He observes the residents of the run down area that he must now call home, showing the desperation and hope in their lives the excitement of social security check day and despair of poverty.I don t usually read this genre, and only picked i [...]


    20. Eddings is my fav fantasy author This however is not fantasy but one of his earliest works of regular fiction Has a runnign commentary on the social welfare society of USA as he saw it at the time of writing which was around 1992 The book was readable and flowed well but the story wasn t as engaging and the message a little hollow.Interesting fact that the settings for the book, being Reed College and Spokane, Washington, are from Eddings own life as he was born and educated taught in these plac [...]


    21. A young man lives a golden life until he goes to college where he falls in with a very bad boy His life comes crashing down around him and eventually he must choose whether to continue falling or to pick himself back up and start all over again Set in Portland, OR it is very gothic in feel, but though it threatens on several occassions it never actually crosses over into the supernatural This is very deftly done.Eddings is a little heavy handed in his social criticism, and I don t agree with som [...]


    22. Eddings is well known for his fantasy so I read this expecting at any moment there s going to be some element of fantasy There isn t Instead Eddings provides an up close look at the dark side of our welfare system He points out, quite accurately, that it s not in the social workers best interest to get the clients off the system because, without the client, the social worker is superfluous Having worked in the system, I recognize the accuracy of this I ve seen enough therapists who are no health [...]


    23. One of the few books that I have a relationship with, I seem to pick it back up every few years to continue the argument I have with it It s well written, it s interesting, there s a clear point of view about welfare and disability and the system behind itd I disagree with it, but I can t figure out why and how exactly I can t claim it s the best book ever written, but it s my favourite I ll have to pull it out again soon, I think.


    24. I know that part of the reason I really liked the book is because some of the events and people mirrored events and people in my life so perhaps that biased me in its favor Perhaps it is because David Eddings characters often speak to me This book has stuck with me even beyond that because of the observation of people.


    25. This book is nothing even remotely resembling Eddings other works, and the storyline was nowhere near as good However, it presented a very interesting perspective on the social welfare system, and has prompted a good bit of consideration and discussion between my husband and me, which is always appreciated.


    26. Maybe I m prejudiced by the likes of the Belgariad, the Malloreon, and his other Fantasy series it would explain why I was not impressed with what Eddings did here I was too impatient for a hero to emerge, instead of all these fallen angels that people this dreary and all too realistic world Read it if you want especially if you haven t read his Fantasy works first.


    27. This was an unexpected surprise as I ve read so many scifi fantasy of Eddings and kept wondering where the sf f was He captures the essence of welfare, poverty, physical handicaps, social workers and societal attitudes of modern society in a surprisingly revealing, enjoyable, and profound in its own way novel Totally unlike anything I ve read of Eddings.


    28. Despite the cover and back description of the novel being savagely misleading and metaphorical than anything , I really enjoyed The Losers Not Eddings best, but also not his worst The Losers is proof that Eddings could write than Swords and Sorcery High Fantasy It s a shame he didn t explore the contemporary genre .


    29. Very different from Eddings fantasy stuff This book offers an interesting look at what happens to the privileged when they are no longer privileged by taking a stroll with Raph Taylor, who loses everything and has to figure it out on his own.


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