28. Brust, Steven. Teckla (The Vlad Taltos series) (214 p.)
29. Norton, Andre, compiler. Tales of the Witch World (343 p.)
(Of the shaping of Ulm's heir, by Andre Norton; Heir apparent, by Robert Bloch; Fenneca, by Wilanne Schneider Belden; Bloodspell, by A.C. Crispin; The white road, by Charles de Lint; Cat and the other, by Marylois Dunn; Oath-bound, by Pauline Griffin; Of ancient swords and evil mist, by James R. Heidbrink; Nine words in winter, by Caralyn Inks; Were-hunter, by Mercedes Lackey; Neither rest nor refuge, by Ardath Mayhar; To rebuild the Eyrie, by Sasha Miller; Milk from a maiden's breast, by Elizabeth Scarborough; Night hound's moon, by Mary H. Schaub; Isle of illusion, by Carol Severance; Green in High Hallack, by Kiel Stuart; The road of dreams and death, by Robert E. Vardeman)
30. Brust, Steven. Taltos (The Vlad Taltos series) (181 p.)
31. Pratchett, Terry. Eric (Discworld series) (197 p.)
32. Brust, Steven. Phoenix (The Vlad Taltos series) (245 p.)
May total: 1,180 pages
2011 total to date: 8,293 pages
Steven Brust's Taltos series continues to thoroughly entertain me. Highly recommended. I'm a bit annoyed at the trope of bringing together an awesome husband-wife team only to have them split up messily in order to increase the main (husband) character's tension/angst, but it's at least presented as a logical progression of the events in the books rather than a left-field development, so it's not as bad as some instances of the trope I've seen. I think that's my only major complaint so far, five books in, which is a pretty good sign.
I've never read any of Andre Norton's Witch World books before, so coming into this collection cold meant I missed a lot of references to Norton's original stories, which may have dampened my enjoyment quite a bit. A few of the stories were good in their own right, but nothing really grabbed me and made me want to track down the original books.
Eric is one of the Discworld novels featuring Rincewind the cowardly wizard, so right there it has a strike against it as far as I'm concerned. (Though it has the Luggage coming into its own as a force of nature, and that entertained me a little.) It's basically a cross between Goethe's Faust and Dante's Inferno, and doesn't really improve on either except for the joke of Hell's punishments being replaced with tedious bureaucracy and both the devils & sinners much preferring the classic torments.
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