As a film fan, I tend not to think of prose when it comes to action scenes. I think of action movies. I think of John Woo bullet ballets, Lau Kar-leung kung fu epics, or even any number of preposterous but glorious Luc Besson extravaganzas. When it comes to action, I remember what I’ve seen more readily than what I’ve read.
This is embarrassing when I’m asked the question, “Who are your favorite writers for action?” I’ve handled it with Zelazny and Howard in past, but that can’t remain my go-to answer. Help me out.
Recommend two or three of your favorite action books, preferably pre-gunpowder era or fantasy novels. Sweeten your answer by telling me what it is about those scenes that makes them so memorable for you. I’ll expand my horizons by reading the books that you pitch the best.