Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Stephen Deas' The Thief-Taker's Apprentice: We Wants It, Precious


You’ve heard how married professors occasionally split a position, sharing both the work and the pay? Well, Stephen & Michaela Deas (in my humble opossum) share the position of All-Around-Coolest-Person-in-the-SFF-World. On my last trip to London they passed up an opportunity to share an evening with Viggo Mortensen to go pub-crawling with me (I may never get over the guilt).

So it’s with joy that I read Faren Miller’s praise for Stephen’s latest novel, The Thief-Taker’s Apprentice, in the September issue of Locus. You can’t read her review online, so here’s a taste for those non-subscribers:


Stephen Deas is “an electrical engineer working in the aerospace and defense industries” in his native Britain. So shouldn’t he be writing SF for Analog and Baen? Not Deas. He used his knowledge of aerodynamics and the military for the creatures and warriors of last year’s fine debut The Adamantine Palace, and this year’s equally impressive The King of the Crags: unsentimental fantasies of dragons subdued by men, where one violent species exploits the ferocity of the other.

Miller goes on to provide an irresistible glimpse of TTTA, noting that in writing his first YA novel Stephen “hasn’t compromised his stark vision or toned down his prose.”  I won’t try to summarize the story here, but suffice it to say that the two characters (master and student) evoked by the title both sound fascinating, multidimensional and utterly to be avoided in shadowy streets. For such a good guy, Deas does devilish like nobody’s business. That's why he looks like this:










6 comments:

Stephen Deas said...

See, THIS is why we like you better than even Viggo... :-)

Robert said...

I should at least have given you a few icy, disheveled Aragorn-on-the-warpath stares over our drinks, to make up for those you missed.

Anonymous said...

The delicate nature of our creations was a big juxtaposition in many ways between natures own, but being able to create one and see it up close, regardless of its size and power was mesmerising. write my paper

friv4 said...

Great! Thanks for sharing the information. That is very helpful for increasing my knowledge in this field.
pacman games |happy wheels games |little pony games | unblockedgames
friv 4 kizi4| unblocked games

Sarah Hall said...

I'm glad you're back! I've been without a computer for a while, so I didn't know you were back to posting regularly. So glad to "see" you again!! I hope you are doing well! Get in touch with our essay writing services when you're in need! God bless you!

Cretu Ciprian said...

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.
FRIV 2 | Juegos Friv | Friv 2 Planet | Play Friv 2 Games
Juegos Friv - Colección de Juegosfrivas
Kizi | Daily Games | Play Kizi 2 Online