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Teckla (Vlad Taltos #3)

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"Die Teckla proben den Aufstand. Ich wußte, irgendwann musste das passieren. Teckla sind faule, dumme, feige Bauern. Aufstand! Ein Witz mit so einem Bart. Aber jetzt revoltieren sie gegen das Imperium. Ein neuer Witz. Und ein Jhereg-Herrscher mit kriminellen Ambitionen stachelt sie ordentlich an. Leider kein Witz.
Aber der eigentliche Witz ist, daß ich sie schütze. Ich. Lor
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Published 2003 by Kletta-Cotta (first published December 1st 1986)
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4.0 to 4.5 stars. The above quote just about perfectly sums up the tone and style of Steven Brust's JHEREG novels...playfully dark, coolly subdued and dangerously a word YUMMMMMM!! Seriously, I am pretty smitten with Brust's breezy style and this series is currently on a very short list of what I call literary comfort food. They just really hit the sweet spot and are such a potent combination of well written, tightly plotted stories (averaging under 200 pages) with a highly engag
Jul 27, 2015 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Another very easy read, but this time Vlad has his most difficult challenge ever... His wife.

I can't think of a better way to seriously cramp the style of a man who succeeded against all the odds to win the most high-paid assassination than to have his wife decide to go all in on a revolution for the downtrodden in the slums, especially since Vlad's at the top of his game, rich as hell, and have powerful people owe him favors.

Of course, that's exactly what happens, and he's just trying to save h
It’s official. I am now a fan of Vlad Taltos. He may even be one of the great characters of the Fantasy genre.

He’s not a hero nor is he a villain. There’s a little bit of both in there, but I don’t know that he can actually be called an anti-hero. He may be beyond classification. Sometimes he’s a wiseass, sometimes he is just wise, but he is always intelligent, and more intelligent than nearly everyone around him. That intelligence is born and nurtured in a mind that is always thinking, working
[Name Redacted]
I read this nearly 2 decades ago and didn't really enjoy it then. Now that I'm older, wiser, better educated? I despised it. It was a maddening slog in which Brust retconned his characters' motivations, personalities & histories to force them to fit the new conflicts he wants to introduce -- it's part propaganda, part author-using-art-to-work-through-his-personal-issues, and everything is sacrificed in the service of those goals. You see, Steven Brust is a devout Trotskyite and his marriage ...more
1,5 / 5
this is the third book i've read in this series..
While i do like the universe, and the concept, i'm becomming increasingly dissapointed with this series..
I have different standards for the first books in a series and the later...
It is to be expected that the universe and the characters in the first stories are a bit hollow, and thin, since that can be filled out later.. i think that was the case with the dresden files..
But this series doesnt really seems to deepen, it was written so that
M Hamed
Jan 20, 2016 M Hamed rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2016
speaking out of my own experience ,revolution doesn't work like that
and about his wife waking up feeling disgusted by him and his life choices ,and he the little bitch he is will literally kill himself trying to protect her ,not that she wants him to

but love man ,love
Apr 22, 2013 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, they cannot all be winners. Teckla is the third book in the Vlad Taltos series by Steven Brust. The Teckla is the house of the least cunning and least assertive and all around omega-resident of the Empire. It, then, is a fitting title for this surprisingly not-good book.

Teckla is the story of all marriages. In this book, Vlad and Cawti have grown and changed as people are wont to do when time passes. They both find themselves struggling with the question of whether or not they have grown t
Fantasy Literature
Jul 29, 2013 Fantasy Literature rated it liked it
Teckla is the third novel in Steven Brust’s series about Vlad Taltos, a human assassin who lives in the empire of Dragaera which is populated mostly by a species of long-lived tall humanoids who were genetically engineered by sorcerers and divide themselves into clans depending on their specific traits. In the first VLAD TALTOS novel, Jhereg, we met Vlad, an Easterner whose father bought the family into the nobility of the lowly house of Jhereg. Vlad, like many of the Jhereg, is a crime boss and ...more
Jamie Collins
Oct 12, 2011 Jamie Collins rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Vlad's wife wants to be a revolutionary. Vlad doesn't want her to be a revolutionary. Conflict ensues.

It would have been more interesting if I had been invested in their relationship, but so far that has been my least favorite aspect of these books. I like Vlad Taltos and I like Brust's writing well enough to continue, but I'm hoping these get better.
Aug 06, 2014 RJ rated it it was ok

I was greatly irritated with this book. I thought the first two brought promising adventures where we got to see Vlad's cunning and tactical mind at work. I know we got glimpses of him being shaken and that was ok because the protagonist should have some sort of weakness right? We also got a little taste of romance and that was a little less ok because come on, he utterly trust Loiosh because they've been together since he was in his teens bu
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jun 14, 2013 Mogsy (MMOGC) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic, magic, assassins
This picks up right after the first book Jhereg, I believe. After pulling off a successful assassination job, Vlad finds himself rolling in money, so he seeks to build his wife Cawti a castle...which sounds like a joke, but really isn't.

Anyway, recall how the second book Yendi took a break to go back in the past to the time where Vlad and Cawti first met. So though my time with this series has been quite brief so far, I've already come to feel connected and attached to these two characters. Whi
I really like the whole Vlad Taltos series by Brust - but this one was horrible, there's no other way to say it. It was all about the revolution of Easterners and the Teckla in South Adrilankha, it read like some revolutionary pamphlet. Vlad and Cawti were fighting the whole time and she behaved in such an uppity way, she looked at him like he was some kind of filth on her shoes, that I couldn't understand what he saw in her, why he still loved her and kept running after her like a lost puppy. ...more
Dec 31, 2009 Karen rated it it was ok
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Feb 04, 2009 Madolyn rated it did not like it
I thought this was one of the weakest books in the series. The author was going through a divorce, and unfortunately this life event took over his novel. This book consists of nothing but a married couple fighting, having the same argument over and over without any resolution. Vlad is at his most unlikable, too - hard to sympathize with. Some critics liked the "realism" of it, but I found this book slow and depressing. You can skip this one and not miss anything.
Jul 06, 2010 Hallie rated it liked it
I don't think there's anything 'worse' about this one than the first two, but it's hard to read because of the troubles with Cawti. I don't *like* Cawti, and don't like the revolutionaries, no matter how just their cause, so it makes it a bit tough. But I think it's a measure of the series' being better than average that it allows us to see Vlad as still sympathetic while his reactions are often quite unsympathetic.
Aaron Anderson
May 11, 2010 Aaron Anderson rated it it was ok
Shelves: disliked, 5-fantasy
First off, I AM going to continue the series past this. But I found this book rather irritating, and difficult to get through. The politics/philosophy of this book irritated me to not end. Vlad and Cawti both pissed me off. I'm started to get annoyed by his familiar, too.

But as I started, I'm going to read another couple books, for sure, before I give up on the series. The world and characters are fun enough not to give up.
Richard Guion
May 20, 2012 Richard Guion rated it did not like it
This book lost the charm and adventure the other books in the series had. Cawti and Vlad have an argument that runs through nearly the whole book over the Easterner's plight in their ghetto. I couldn't seem to care about either situation. I skimmed through a lot of it-- I might even recommend most people skipping this one. I feel pretty burned out on this series.
Oct 19, 2010 Danny rated it it was ok
An interesting world with interesting people.
Too bad they keep acting like morons.

I'll probably check out his other works, since the main character shows such promise. But this book is about inanely simplistic politics, and utterly unrealistic consequences of same.

Don't bother.
Mar 02, 2016 Daphne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-audio, quest, uno2016
I'm adoring this series. :)
Michael Pryor
Jul 03, 2016 Michael Pryor rated it really liked it
Gritty, ambiguous, political.
Nov 02, 2016 Aelvana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vladimir Taltos has finally gotten to a comfortable life as an assassin, with a wife he loves dearly, and no one in particular who wants him dead. But his wife, Cawti, is mixed up with some Teckla grumbling about the way things are. Mutters of revolutions. Not that it's bound to come to anything much, except then people start dying. Someone cares. And since Cawti is part of this, Vlad finds himself more drawn in than he wishes . . .

I love how tight and defined this book is. The plot is a mystery
Joel Flank
Nov 20, 2016 Joel Flank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What makes a world class assassin and crime lord start protecting a peasant uprising? Love, of course. When Vlad's wife starts exploring a life without working as an assassin herself, she winds up taking up the cause of revolutionary, not only for the peasants or Teckla class in the empire, but also the second class citizen humans living in the ghettos of the Elven empire. When one of the revolutionaries is murdered, Vlad gets involved as the only way to protect his wife from also being killed ...more
Oct 30, 2016 Vincent rated it really liked it
I get the whole Marxism + Communist plot, but somehow the way his entire marriage disappeared wasn't as enjoyable to read as Vlad being a kickass assassin.
Shane Noble
Oct 19, 2016 Shane Noble rated it liked it
Not bad, but the writing wasn't as strong in this entry. The main character was more passive than usual and most of his time was spent dealing with angst over marital strife, strife that was mostly because husband and wife weren't really talking to each other.
Oct 28, 2016 Soursock rated it really liked it
Not as good as the first two. But still very good and fun to read
Jesse Whitehead
Teckla starts out by introducing marital issues between Vlad and his wife Cawti. She’s joined a group of revolutionaries and he’s following her around being overprotective and she gets mad and they spend the rest of the book fighting about it. The tension of the relationship troubles was real and at least added some conflict to the story. It still just doesn’t seem to amount to much.

My first encounter with Brust was a free Firefly novel that he wrote that I though captured the character’s voices
Kat  Hooper
Aug 07, 2013 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature:

Teckla is the third novel in Steven Brust’s series about Vlad Taltos, a human assassin who lives in the empire of Dragaera which is populated mostly by a species of long-lived tall humanoids who were genetically engineered by sorcerers and divide themselves into clans depending on their specific traits. In the first VLAD TALTOS novel, Jhereg, we met Vlad, an Easterner whose father bought the family into the nobility
Alexander Kosoris
If, when reading, I catch a lot of errors in editing, it really takes me out of the story. I can get back to it, but it completely ruins my concentration when I see that someone happens to be eating “Eastern-style desert (sic) pancakes” – you know, the ones you eat after dinner – or talking about his “closet (sic) neighbor to the west,” or the inexcusable: the wrong “their” being used in a sentence. As you may have guessed, these are all examples from Teckla, the third book in the Vlad Taltos se ...more
Apr 24, 2016 Sandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff
A laundry list to frame a story. How awesome! It is brilliant. It is somewhat telling of the state of chapter titles in most books I read that I did not even realize that this was occurring until a couple of chapters in. I used to read and savor the chapter headings, but so many authors lately seem to either use them to overtly give away clues that served to alert me to the events in the chapter or just use them to stuff in some artsy atmospheric stuff like weak poetry and quotes to which I have ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Chy rated it it was amazing
Back to complaining about sites and such seeming to press people into reading chronologically...

Look, read chronologically if you want to, but be informed about it.

Reading in published order, though...

Reading in published order, you start with a novel in which Vlad is married (of course, much happens that has nothing to do with that), then you read the second pusblished novel. In that one, you get to see Vlad meet that wife (of course, lots of other shit's going on), and in this one, the third o
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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, and also belongs to the Pre-Joycean Fellowship.

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