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Max Gladstone

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Max Gladstone is the author of the Craft Sequence: THREE PARTS DEAD, TWO SERPENTS RISE, FULL FATHOM FIVE, and most recently, LAST FIRST SNOW. He's been twice nominated for the John W Campbell Best New Writer award, and nominated for the XYZZY and Lambda Awards.

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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Max Gladstone Somewhere in the 10-13 range, is my current thinking.
Max Gladstone Here's the easy list:

Roger Zelazny, especially his mythological work—Lord of Light, Creatures of Light and Darkness, Jack of Shadows. The Amber books…more
Here's the easy list:

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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Last year was, well, it was 2017. That means different things for different people; for me it meant that some of the energy I’d directed at this blog was redirected into political action and my local community, to varying degrees of efficiency. Also, 2017 followed in the footsteps of 2016 as a year of desperately intense work. I wrote… a lot. Some of my work over the la...

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“The trouble with atheism," Temoc said, "is that it offers a limited range of curses.”
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“The God Wars had not been a pleasant time for Craftsmen and Craftswomen around the world. One day, you’re a simple thaumaturge, idly meddling in matters man was not meant to comprehend. The next, a collection of beings as old as humanity, with legions of followers, declare war on your “kind”, and neighbours who once thought you a harmless eccentric with a fondness for mystic sigils and foul unguents see you as an affront to Creation.”
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“He drinks the life of those who come too close to him. Steals their youth. Also,” she said after a pause, “he moisturizes.”
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