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The Gist Hunter and Other Stories (Archonate Universe)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The first collection by writer Matthew Hughes, and the perfect companion to his acclaimed novel Black Brillion, The Gist Hunter and Other Stories features nine stories taking place in the universe of The Archonate, as well as four non-series stories. The stories of Henghis Hapthorn, Old Earth's "foremost freelance discriminator", combine mystery and science fantasy while s ...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Night Shade Books (first published October 18th 2005)
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4.0 stars. Fans of Jack Vance's DYING EARTH stories...REJOICE!!! While certainly not the equal of Jack Vance's stories (then again, what is), Hughes is rightfully called "the heir of Jack Vance" by many. After thinking that Hughes' "Grolion of Almery" was one of the best stories in Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance, I decided to check out his solo work and am glad that I did.

I read this collection for the Henghis Hapthorn stories which are set in the penultimate age of th
This is a pretty varied collection of stories, many of them a sci-fi/fantasy blend. The first chunk is dedicated to Henghis Hapthorn, a discriminator (private investigator) of some renown who lives in the far-flung future where ten thousand worlds have been discovered. These are the stories for which I bought the book, and they were indeed my favorite of the lot. Henghis is a Sherlock Holmes-type detective, very logical and prone to noticing the little details that will unravel a case---yet his ...more
Ed van der Winden
The first story was really good. And although the tone remained light and funny, I thought it got a bit repetitive.
This is very hard to give a star rating to, since I absolutely loved some of the stories, but the ones that were attempting to be "deep" or something just fell short.
Gordon Love
Humorous fantasy is not easy to write, but Matthew Hughes has cracked this style. Very enjoyable stories, told well and engagingly.
This is the book with the caveman sex story, I think. Anyway, awesome.
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Born in Liverpool, his family moved to Canada when he was five years old. Married since late 1960s, he has three grown sons. He is currently relocated to Britain. He is a former director of the Federation of British Columbia Writers.

A university drop-out from a working poor background, he worked in a factory that made school desks, drove a grocery delivery truck, was night janitor in a GM dealersh
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Other Books in the Series

Archonate Universe (10 books)
  • Fools Errant
  • Fool Me Twice
  • Black Brillion
  • Majestrum: A Tale of Henghis Hapthorn (Book 1)
  • The Spiral Labyrinth: A Tale Of Henghis Hapthorn (Book 2)
  • The Commons
  • Template
  • Hespira
  • The Other
The Damned Busters Majestrum: A Tale of Henghis Hapthorn (Book 1) Costume Not Included Wolverine: Lifeblood The Spiral Labyrinth: A Tale Of Henghis Hapthorn (Book 2)

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