Hmmm, Heroes Die, cool title, heard good things about it, feel like something a little fantastical...
*picks up book, glances at back cover, notices mention of assassins and odd place names*
Oh. Maybe I should take a quick peek inside, just to check...
*pops book open to random page*
Let's see he--ack! Stereotypically bizarre fantasy names! Verses of poetry-like legend! Discussion of deep moral issues relating to world save-age! Run away!
*slams book closed, shoves it back into its place, and takes out J.G. Ballard instead. panic subsides*
A word of warning to the young readers out there: Refrain from overdosing on high fantasy in your early teens. Once you shoot out your tolerance for sword-and-sorcery, you may never regain it. And it's a sad, sad thing when merely glancing at the back cover of any such volume tempts you to hurl both it and your lunch.
(I will read Matthew Woodring Stover's Heroes Die at some point or another, as I have read good things about it... and besides, a closer look at the back cover reveals that it's not straight 'high fantasy' after all. I think it'll just have to wait until I'm in a particularly open-minded mood.)