Search Results: "Steven Brust"


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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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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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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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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 >

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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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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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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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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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THE SKILL OF OUR HANDS by Steven Brust
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"The imaginative worldbuilding and magic system overshadow the plot, and the reader may need a flowchart to track the cast, but Brust and White offer a frequently poignant take on the question of whether power conveys authority."
A group of secretive immortals are thrown into turmoil by the murder of one of their own in Brust and White's sequel to The Incrementalists (2013). Read full book review >

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THE GYPSY by Steven Brust
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Often absorbing and impressive, then, with outstanding characters; would that the authors had restrained their impulses toward self-indulgent ethnic embroidery."
Odd, flavorsome, sometimes irksomely nebulous hybrid of mystical fantasy and urban police thriller, from Brust (The Phoenix Guards (Brust) and Lindholm (Cloven Hooves). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Meticulous captioning, detailed indexing, and an extensive bibliography (with some sources accessible to young readers) are welcome signs of high scholarly standards; the volume's elegant design is by David Saylor. (Biography. 7-11)"
A fine short biography with an unusual focus: Andersen made hundreds (perhaps thousands) of whimsical, intricate paper cuttings incorporating many of the same images that appeared in his fairy tales—swans, princesses, angels, castles, dancers. Read full book review >