Susan’s Book Talk: Vlad Taltos


It was a few years ago now that I first encountered Steven Brust via Cowboy Feng’s Space Bar and Grille. I loved it; there’s this hipness to it that never makes the reader feel like the narrator is too hip for you. Instead, you’re part of the happenings.

Brust has a fantastic narrative voice.

But if I liked that one, I wasn’t prepared for what Jhereg did to me. Or what Yendi did, now that I’ve finished it.

These books are really hard to explain. For one, they’re science fiction, so they’re set in an alternate reality that’s intriguing as hell. (And must have taken Brust years to create; you guys commend me on my vision, but it’s nothing next to Steven Brust.)

All I can say is, “Go read it and see.”

My copy of Jhereg is long traded away, sad to say. I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with Yendi yet, as I’m still away (or am I?) and thinking about books other than my own is low on my priority list right now.

Stay tuned. There will probably be more when I read Teckla. It’s also sitting here, waiting for me. After that, while there are more in the series, they aren’t in my house yet.

Must… fix… that…

So much for thinking about books being low on my priority list…



  1. Thomma Lyn

    August 3, 2008 9:58 pm

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about Steven Brust, but I haven’t checked him out yet. That’s an oversight I need to remedy! 🙂

  2. nimrodiel

    August 4, 2008 11:02 am

    Jhereg and the books that follow are among my favorites of Brust’s books.BR/BR/But my absolute favorite of his is a book he wrote in conjunction with another author and in conjunction with the band Boiled in Lead who wrote an entire album based on the book, called The Gypsy.

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