Search Results: "Steven Brust"


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AGYAR by Steven Brust
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1993

"Brust accomplishes with a wry turn of phrase or a small flourish what others never achieve despite hundreds of gory spatters."
Impressively wrought modern vampire/redemption yarn, from the author of The Phoenix Guards, The Gypsy (p. 641), etc. Arriving in the quiet college town of Lakota, Ohio, Agyar Janos takes up residence in an empty, furnished house—abandoned because it's haunted by Jim, the ghost of an escaped slave. Read full book review >

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THE PHOENIX GUARDS by Steven Brust
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1991

Fantasy set on the world Dragaera (like Brust's paperback ``Vlad Taltos'' yarns), consciously modeled on Dumas, Sabatini, et al., complete with an irritatingly intrusive author, thudding bodies on every page, and chunks of impenetrable description like those William Goldman happily omitted from The Princess Bride. Read full book review >

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THE PATHS OF THE DEAD by Steven Brust
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Charmingly circumstantial or annoyingly discursive—frequently both at once—but ingenious, refreshingly unfettered by convention, and cast in an agreeably wry mode."
First of a new series set in Brust's fantasy world of the Dragaeran Empire (Issola, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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ISSOLA by Steven Brust
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2001

"Vlad's relentless wryness amuses steadily and gives this fantasy the lift it needs."
Newcomers will not be hard pressed to find their footing in this new installment of the popular Vlad Taltos saga (first hardcover in the series: Dragon, 1998) as Brust paddles in place orienting them and waits for his first big hook to arrive. Read full book review >

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DRAGON by Steven Brust
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 12, 1998

"Structured on several interlocking levels so as to keep the reader both fascinated and off-balance, full of wit and wisecracks, with a self-deprecating hero who manages to come out on top: a splendid caper that welcomes newcomers, while existing fans will pounce."
First hardcover appearance for Brust's established paperback fantasy series featuring the assassin Vlad Taltos, although several of his other yarns are set in the same fantasy world (Five Hundred Years After, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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FIVE HUNDRED YEARS LATER by Steven Brust
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Overall, more charming than annoying."
Another of Brust's fantasy novels set in the Dragaeran Empire (the Vlad Taltos yarns, etc.), this takes place (per the title) 500 years after the events of The Phoenix Guards (1991). Read full book review >

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STEVEN SPIELBERG by John Baxter
NON-FICTION
Released: March 30, 1997

"Despite some entertaining behind-the-scenes gossip, Baxter's biography is ultimately as superficial as he accuses Spielberg's films of being. (24 pages b&w photos)"
A slight biography of Spielberg, perhaps the most successful filmmaker of all time. Read full book review >

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TIASSA by Steven Brust
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2011

"Enjoy the limpid, exquisite writing, even when, as here, nothing much actually happens."
Another outing for Vlad Taltos (Jhegaala, 2008, etc.) set in Brust's now-familiar world where humans are a despised minority, the rest being elf-like near-immortals who really talk and act as though they had thousands of years at their disposal. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"A bibliography includes films, CDs, videos, interviews, and recordings, as well as books and articles. (glossary of filmmaking terms) (Biography. 10-15)"
E.T., Schindler's List, and An American Tale—these seemingly disparate movies all came from the mind of Steven Spielberg, arguably one of the most influential people in the history of cinema. Read full book review >

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STEVEN SPIELBERG by Virginia Meachum
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, most readers will find this no-frills, serviceable biography worth perusing. (chronology, filmography, footnotes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 11+)"
An entry in the People to Know series about the film director and producer, from his childhood as a Jew in non-Jewish communities through his establishment of DreamWorks SKG. Read full book review >

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FREEDOM AND NECESSITY by Steven Brust
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"Very difficult to approach, top-heavy with philosophizing, and not particularly rewarding—although characterizing it as a humdrum Victorian adventure is, ironically enough, some measure of the author's success."
Victorian sleuthing, though billed as fantasy, from Brust (Five Hundred Years Later, 1994, etc.) and Bull (Finder, 1994). Read full book review >

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THE INCREMENTALISTS by Steven Brust
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"The ideas are there; the execution leaves something to be desired."
Urban fantasy collaboration from Brust (The Lord of Castle Black, 2003, etc.) and White (In Dreams Begin, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >