Bob announces the next short read (Fandom for Robots by Vina Jie-Min Prasad), Derek is a psychic (though still wrong), and they review a few books they have both read and loved.
I for one have always loved a good fantasy novel with a bit of a, lets say criminal element. One’s told from the perspective of the thieves, and not those trying to catch said ‘treasure relocaters.’ Here are three of my favorite:
The Vlad Taltos Series by Steven Brust. Starting out by following a low level crime boss, as the series progresses Vlad navigates the deadly criminal underbelly of society, all while rubbing elbows with some of the most powerful denizens of his world. Get an omnibus of the first three books here.
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. Is it the best heist novel of all time? Quite possibly. Following the exploits of an expert team of thieves it also shows their origin in the corrupt city of Camora. Snag it here.
Jade City by Fonda Lee. Telling the tale of a criminal family getting into a war against their larger, hated rival, its a sort of Godfather meets Bruce Lee hybrid. If anything it’s even more awesome. Score it here.
So, after losing my charger a couple of times, I was finally able to finish Jade City by Fonda Lee. And to say the least, I view the experience of having read this book…wait for it… fondly!
But yeah, for a guy who grew up reading damn near everything Mario Puzo ever wrote, this book scratched an itch I had not realized I had been feeling in some time. This book is like the Godfather meets a Jet Li movie, blended together into a tasty literary pastry. If you enjoy tales of family honor, criminal dealings, badass fighters, and amazingly flawed, realistic characters, then this is the book for you! You will not be disappointed!
Score your copy here!