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Max's next novel, Two Serpents Rise, comes out on October 29, 2013! After Tor published his first book, Three Parts Dead, in 2012, Max was shortlisted for the John W. Campbell Best New Writer award.

Max has taught in southern Anhui, wrecked a bicycle in Angkor Wat, and been thrown from a horse in Mongolia. Max graduated from Yale University, where he studied Chinese.


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Roger Zelazny, especially his mythological work—Lord of Light, Creatures of Light and Darkness, Jack of Shadows. The Amber books…more
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Roger Zelazny, especially his mythological work—Lord of Light, Creatures of Light and Darkness, Jack of Shadows. The Amber books are fun but were never as much a keystone for me as they are for others. But Zelazny is great. His writing's sharp and innovative; he builds worlds to keep human hearts there.

Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles are bangup awesome historical fiction, with—once you get used to her diction, which is velvet-lush and honey-thick—some of the best pacing and most topsy-turvy plots I've ever seen.

Robin McKinley's The Hero and the Crown is an entire epic fantasy with a kickass, well-drawn heroine packed into maybe two hundred fifty pages. Can't read it enough.

Frank Herbert's Dune. I haven't returned to it in years, where I have returned to these others—but Dune is just so damn cool.

Those are the substrate. Then there's Gaiman and Pratchett, who each ate my life in high school at one time or another; The Sandman and the Discworld are required reading for modern fantasy, I think.

And, well. Shakespeare. He's just so damn good. I'll absolutely cop to bardolatry—I think he more than deserves the hype.(less)
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Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Tightly-plotted, but not (save in one tiny instance) unbelievably so. Well-drawn portraits of human rage and human love and all the emotions in between. Also notable for the confrontation in the second-to-last chapter, which...more
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So much death. So much death. If you can get through that, it's an immense poem covering some of the great highs and lows of the human spirit (though, in realist and premodernist fashion, it covers more lows than highs). Every time I read the Illiad,...more
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