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The Sword Of Happenstance Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B09188GXHK
- Publisher : FoxFire Publishing (27 March 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 3277 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 254 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B093WJ16M6
- Best Sellers Rank: 807,732 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Skyler White is also an excellent writer, and Brust and White have put together a number of very good collaborations, notably the Incrementalist series.
This is not their best work. It's not their second-best work. In fact, it's not their fourth-best work. As a matter of fact it is the only book with Steven Brust's name on it that I have ever put down because I just couldn't find the will to read any more of it.
Imagine you're going to a stand-up comedy show. Never mind whether that's anything you'd ever do or not, just pretend for a moment. Only by about five minutes into the show, you've already realized that all of the comic's jokes have the same punchline. And the punchline isn't even really funny, certainly not after about the first six or seven times.
Yes, OK, we all know Who's On First. And Brust and White wouldn't be the first authors to toss in a Who's On First cameo. But dear mother of gods, eighty pages later we're STILL IN Who's On First. That's at least forty pages after it became simply tiresome. Yes, yes, we get it, Who's On First, now please get on with the story.
But that's not the worst of it. As I said, I made it about eighty pages in and FOR THE LOVE OF MERCY, would EVEN ONE of the principal characters for JUST FIVE MINUTES please put down the idiot ball and step away from it?!? I'm truly not certain whether the brightest member of the party is the fairy who is also a bat and also a hat and also a dish rag and, well, fill in the blank (another gambit which this book over-uses to the point of beating it to death), or the sword. It doesn't read like a Brust/White collaboration. It reads like bad fanfic. So much of it is just wearyingly, relentlessly stupid.
There's been about three books in my life that I've had high expectations of, but reached a point where I just put them down without finishing them because I couldn't bear to make myself read another page. I never dreamed that Steven Brust's name would ever be on one of them, and his name would not be among those I'd take a guess at if I was handed this with the author's name covered up. My first guess would probably be Eoin Colfer.
Now, if you like Eoin Colfer's writing, then you might like this book. But I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that if you like Steven Brust's writing — or perhaps I should say his *other* writing — then you almost certainly won't.
Peace reigns throughout the kingdom, and the new King will soon choose his new bride. But all is not as it seems in the Duchy of Greenmere. When a common youth accidentally acquires a magical sword, and meets a young witch just discovering their power, the pair quickly run afoul of a false King, a Dragon, a pair of witches, and the sinister inquisitor known as "The Question".
Just not in quite the way you would be expecting.
Sword play battles with wordplay, gender roles are turned upside down (and occasionally turned sideways), and individual perception struggles against the increasingly unlikely possibility of objective truth in this charmingly wrought story that is never quite what you expect.
Skyler White and Steven Brust delight in weaving a morality play unlike any you've seen before, with lessons and questions made for our modern times. A quick, thoroughly enjoyable read, with more questions than answers. But in a good way. A very good way.
Oh yes, and a magic sword with somewhere between one and four edges.