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About Steven Brust: Fantasy Author

Updated on September 23, 2013

You Will Be Hooked!

  • Steven Brust is a spectacular sci-fi fantasy author with witty prose and a mind like a steel trap when it comes to story plot lines. There is never a wasted reference - he
  • will
  • come back to it again even if it's three books later.
  • A very dear friend fought tooth-and-nail to get me to read the Jhereg Series by Steven Brust, but once I finally acquiesced I was hooked! I started reading right before Dragon was published and I have eagerly awaited each novel ever since.

Meet Steven Brust

  • Steven Karl Zoltán Brust (born November 23, 1955) is an American fantasy and science fiction author of Hungarian descent. He was a member of the writers' group The Scribblies, which included Emma Bull, Pamela Dean, Will Shetterly, Nate Bucklin, Kara Dalkey, and Patricia Wrede; he also belongs to the Pre-Joycean Fellowship.
  • He is best known for his novels about the assassin Vlad Taltos. His novels have been translated into German, Russian, Polish, Dutch, Czech, French, Spanish, Hebrew and Bulgarian. Most of his short stories are set in shared universes. These include Emma Bull's and Will Shetterly's Liavek, Robert Asprin's Thieves' World, Neil Gaiman's Sandman and Terri Windling's Borderland Series.

The Vlad Collections - Are some of those earlier Vald Taltos books difficult to find? Order the compilations - multiple books in one!

The Book of Jhereg
The Book of Jhereg

Contains the Books: Jhereg, Yendi, and Teckla

 
The Book of Taltos (Jhereg)
The Book of Taltos (Jhereg)

Contains the Books: Taltos and Phoenix

 
The Book of Athyra (Jhereg)
The Book of Athyra (Jhereg)

Contains the Books: Athyra and Orca

 

Brust Unveiled!

Brust Unveiled!
Brust Unveiled!

Potatoes Paprikash

  • Brust's Hungarian heritage inspires his love of Hungarian food. Steven offers this recipe for one of his favorite dishes
  • Ingredients:
  • * One half cup (1 stick) of butter
  • * Four medium baking potatoes finely sliced
  • * 1 medium chopped onion
  • * 2 cloves crushed or chopped garlic,
  • * four tablespoons sweet Hungarian paprika
  • * 2 tablspoons tomato puree
  • * 1 tablespoon ground mouseweed
  • * 2 cups sour cream
  • * kosher salt
  • * freshly ground black papper
  • * water
  • Melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, potatoes and onion. Salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the onions become pulpy. Add the paprika, mouseweed, and tomato puree, and enough water to cover. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has vanished. Dollop on the sour cream and serve hot.
  • Optional: In a seperate pan, fry up some sliced Hungarian sausage, and add to the mixture right before the sour cream.
  • Mouseweed? You can sometimes find mouseweed at import groceries. If not, you could probably get by using 1/2 tsp basil, 1 tsp marjoram, 1/2 tsp hot paprika, and 1/4 tsp white pepper.

(This sounded so yummy that I had to make it one night - the picture above was the result. Delicious!! )

Other Books by Steven Brust - Like the Dragaera Series? Try one of his other novels!

To Reign in Hell: A Novel
To Reign in Hell: A Novel

Satan and his angels fight against the power of Yaweh to gain control over the kingdom of Heaven, in the classic novel about the revolt of the angels.

 
The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars
The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars

Once upon a time there was a kingdom that lived in darkness, for the sun, the moon and the stars were hidden in a box, and that box was hidden in a sow's belly, and that sow was hidden in a troll's cave, and that cave was hidden at the end of the world. Once upon a time there was a studio of artists who feared they were doomed to obscurity, for though they worked and they worked, no one was interested in the paintings that stood in racks along their studio walls. The Sun, the Moon, & the Stars is a tale of two quests, of two young men who are reaching for the moon. And the sun. And the stars.

 
Agyar
Agyar

Brust has concocted a marvelous fantasy, a vampire novel in which the word "vampire" never appears. Jack Agyar is, if not quite immortal, very long-lived. He writes the story of his life on an old typewriter in the attic of an abandoned house in an Ohio university town where he lives with the ghost of an ex-slave named Jim. In Brust's world, vampires don't necessarily kill their victims, but, rather, feed off them for lengths of time. Through one of those victims, Agyar meets Susan, an enchanting young dancer with whom he is shocked to discover himself falling in love. Meantime, the vampire who made Agyar plans to set him up for a murder she commits and he finds himself less and less willing to do her bidding.

 
Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille
Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille

Brust's dynamic, inventive style makes this time-hopping, intergalactic thriller a better book than its plot initially suggests. For all the frills and furbelows--and there are many, each more bizarre than the next--the central conflict is humdrum: a fiendish paranoiac called the Physician decides to destroy his native planet in order to stop the spread of a deadly illness called Hags disease. An unlikely group of heroes goes to work to foil the madman's apocalyptic plans. These white knights double as the house band at Feng's, a bar and grill that features Jewish cooking, a dance floor and--when it takes a direct hit from an atomic warhead--a neat little trick enabling travel through time and space. The often poignant musical allusions as well as the deftly sketched cronies at Feng's contribute to the book's surprisingly subtle depth of feeling. Brust's fantasy landscape seems truer than the backdrops of many realistic novels.

 

Brust Singing "Railroad Bill"

• Do you like his works?

• What is your favorite book?

• Are you more a fan of the Dragaeran novels

or of his other works?

• What do you like so much, or Dislike?

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      C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

      I've loved his novels for years! The Dragaeran novels are my favorites, and I think I still like Jhereg best of all.

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      I'm wasn't familiar with Steven Brust....until now. Very well presented, just like all of your lenses!

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      Mahogany LM 7 years ago

      I also hadn't heard of Steven Brust - it's a great intro and that potatoes paprikash you made looks yummy! Railroad Bill made me laugh :). Overall, very entertaining lens.

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      I had not heard of Steven Brust, but you have done a great job of introducing us to an obviously talented individual. The recipe was a nice add-on too. 5*

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      FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

      Steven Brust is awesome. A friend introduced me, but we could only find rare second hand ones... and suddenly they started selling them in NZ again, when the anthologies came out!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I'm not into Sci Fi and Fantasy stories, but my daughter and SIL are - they are also artists in that field - so I'm sure they are familiar with Steven Brust's works. I'll be sending this URL to them to read. Very nicely presented story about this author.