by Stephen Brust.
Stuff is starting to fall into place. If you’re a Stephen Brust fan, you should read this book.
And maybe that’s all I need to say.
For anybody who doesn’t know who Stephen Brust is or what he writes, he writes high fantasy that might be SF, if you look at it in a different light. The main character in the Vlad books, Vlad Taltos, is a human assassin working for the “official” criminal organization on his planet, killing millenia-old Elves (Dragaerans) and runnning his own territory. Vlad’s a smartass; he’s very clever. Things proceed to get a lot deeper than criminal intrigue, though.
Why should you read Stephen Brust? For the same reason you should treat yourself to a meal made my a master chef in disguise, working at a diner, making food that is almost, but not quite familiar.
A note – the books vary in tone and don’t follow a straightforward timeline; one book might be set years before or after another.
(There’s another series of high fantasy books based on Alexandre Dumas’s Three Musketeers books; they start about 1000 years before the main books, but follow a Dragaeran character who continues through to the main series.)
Anyway, I figured out my reading project for this year – I’m going to read the Vlad books in publication order and try to figure out where this is all going.