An unspoiled perspective on _Agyar_

Sat Jan 25 20:12:37 PST 2003

On Sat, 25 Jan 2003 17:49:22 -0800, you wrote:

>At 04:44 PM 1/25/2003 -0800, David Goldfarb wrote:
>>My roommate has been moonlighting as a night-shift security guard.  This
>>gives him lots of time to read.  I introduced him to Brust; he loves the
>>Vlad and Khaavren books.  The other night he was running late, and noticed
>>_Agyar_ on my shelf.
>>Now, it's his habit to take off the dust jackets on hardcovers so as not
>>to risk damaging them.  So, he read _Agyar_ without being spoiled by the
>>blurb.  He reports that he got about halfway through the book before
>>the penny dropped -- he'd had clues before then, but it took the hero taking
>>a shotgun blast before he was sure what was going on.
>Interesting.  But...I can't figure out how that dust jacket blurb could 
>have given anything away that wasn't evident by about page 6.

I didn't get it until halfway through, either, but then, I went into
knowing exactly one thing, it was a Steve Brust novel.  That's it.  

It could be I was enjoying it so much I didn't try to figure out what
was up until it was slapping me in the face.



 "Therefore, my Harry, Be it thy course to busy giddy minds with
 foreign quarrels; that action, hence borne out, may waste the memory
 of the former days." -- King Henry IV, Part ii Act 4, Scene 5