The Adventures Of Doctor Eszterhazy
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The Adventures Of Doctor Eszterhazy

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Can such things be?
Engelbert Esztherhazy, scion, of aristocracy in Scythia-Pannonia-Transbalkania (fourth largest empire in Europe [the Turks were fifth]), could not have cared less. He had served his country and his Emperor in war; he now led the leisured life of his class. But then events overtook him, caught him up, whirled him about; and when he found his feet again, h...more
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published 1990 by Owlswick Press
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I'm conflicted.

On the one hand, I oscillated between enjoying this a lot and hating every minute of it. Towards the end, where the stories started getting shorter and I started to get a sense of how a story would play out, I started to feel quite fond of it - but early on (and this was probably not helped by the circumstances under which I was listening to it) it was downright stressful.

If you've come expecting whimsical Sherlock Holmes style adventures then, quite frankly, you're shit out of lu...more
The audiobook The Adventures of Dr. Eszterhazy (2012?) assembles all fourteen of the Dr. Eszterhazy stories by Avram Davidson, mostly from the 1970s and 80s, and puts them in internal chronological order, beginning with his hero's origin and working up through his learned degrees and outré experiences to a bleak hint that his troublesome and beloved Scythia-Pannonia-Transbalkania Triune Empire will disappear. SPT is a union of fractious ethnic groups with different languages, religions, and trad...more
Karl Ruben
I don't know what's the bigger crime; that this wonderful book is a limited edition out of print for many years and only available for a steep rate second-hand, or my (albeit intermittent and shamefaced) glee at having obtained a copy. Anyway, there are cheaper and more available books of Davidson's out there, and from what I'm able to gather, most of them should be up to the level of these delightful alternate history stories of an Central European empire of the late 1800s. They're more than wo...more
This collection includes the stories in the earlier collection _The Enquiries of Doctor Eszterhazy_.

It's Davidson at his unique best--to my mind, one of the finest fiction writers of the 20th century, far above the heads or tastes of the critics and other opinion-makers. Short stories, rich historical background (a fictional empire corresponding to the Austro-Hungarian Empire), most with a mystery aspect (including some with intelligently-handled supernatural backgrounds), and a few tantalizing...more
This book is one of my favourites ever. I first encountered Doctor Eszterhazy in the pages of a magazine, and for some years never even knew that there was more than the one story. Davidson's quirky, discursive style is a joy to read, even more so to read aloud. If you are sick of high epic fantasy and the gritty, hard-boiled urban stuff; if you don't mind the occasional untranslated tag in Latin or even Greek; if your idea of a good time includes being told stories by an eccentric, kindly old u...more
Shane Moore
Maybe this will change if I go back to this book later, but thus far it has been confusing and uninteresting. The cast is huge and consists mostly of goofy nobles and politicians from fractious yet interchangable fictional European nations. I haven't laughed once yet, but I have lost interest.

I'm especially disappointed because, as far as I can tell, nobody else on Goodreads has ever disliked this book.
Martin Rundkvist
Davidson wrote two batches of short stories (and began a novel) about Dr. Eszterhazy and his alternative magical Eastern Europe about AD 1900. The 70s stories are shorter and better -- in fact, they are great. The 80s stories are longer and OK. This volume collects all the stories and adds a note about the milieu in which Davidson wrote the first batch.
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Avram Davidson was an American Jewish writer of fantasy fiction, science fiction, and crime fiction, as well as the author of many stories that do not fit into a genre niche. He won a Hugo Award and three World Fantasy Awards in the science fiction and fantasy genre, a World Fantasy Life Achievement award, and a Queen's Award and an Edgar Award in the mystery genre. Davidson edited The Magazine of...more
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