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January 29, 2004

Vlad Taltos - "Shut up, Loiosh!"

As part of the preparation for the Operating Systems university exam today (that's my version, and I'm stickin' to it! ;), I picked up a Bulgarian collection of three of Steven Brust's novels: Jhereg, Yendi, and Teckla. A wonderful fantasy series, maybe even a sword-and-sorcery classic! Naturally, a medieval setting, two races - humans (called "Easterners") and Dragaerans, which are very similar to humans, although not quite enough for all purposes. Vlad Taltos, a hired assassin, and his friend Loiosh, a jhereg - something like a bird, something like a dragon, something like a killer. Of course there is magic, and there is also a somewhat uncommon approach to life, death, and revival (there are those who sneer at Brust's use of the word 'revivification', but IMHO, it's a writer's privilege) - leading, in its own way, to a different attitude to giving and taking life.

After I finish "Yendi" and "Teckla", I might as well try to lay my hands on Brust's other works. Of course, this is all IMHO, and YMMV, but doesn't it always? :)

Update: the friend who gave me the book pointed out a stupid, stupid mistake - I had misspelled Vlad Taltos's last name. D'oh!

Posted by roam at January 29, 2004 02:39 PM