How did you discover ... ?

Thu Jun 13 18:37:09 PDT 2002

On Thu, Jun 13, 2002 at 06:07:05PM -0700, Frank Mayhar <frank at exit.com> wrote:
> In a message dated Thu, 13 Jun 2002  6:42:13 PM Eastern Daylight Time, tyan at twcny.rr.com (Thomas Yan) writes:
> > I'm curious.  How did you discover Steve's books, and how 
> > did you learn of this mailing list?
> I discovered Steve's novels long enough ago that I don't really remember
> how.  I was all of 23 at the time, and I assume I picked up a copy of
> Jhereg from the local Waldenbooks in Nacogdoches, TX, cesspit of the
> universe.  To know that much I had to check the copyright date in that
> copy of Jhereg; it was the second printing, in 1983.  At that point, I
> didn't yet know about the ARPAnet (which is what it _was_ then) and Usenet
> was just getting off the ground itself.  I discovered both about a year
> later.

I don't recall exactly how I found Brust.  I remember finding,
reading, and liking Jhereg at some point congruent to my
presence on Fidonet.  From a used bookstore at the time, being
as I was poor.  I liked Jhereg enough to notice Brust on a
Fidonet echo and send a fan letter.  If memory serves, I got back
a list of other books to look for, which is why I was able to
pick up Cowboy Feng's and To Reign in Hell before it was hard.
I believe I found Yendi at the same used bookstore (a second trip
after Jhereg), got Phoenix new, and eventually backfilled Teckla
and Taltos.

It made for an interesting reading order..  

Matthew Hunter (matthew at infodancer.org)