Sunday, February 25, 2018

Brendan Duffy

Brendan Duffy is an editor and the author of The Storm King and House of Echoes. In 2015, he was featured in Refinery29's "21 New Authors You Need to Know." He lives in New York, where he is at work on his next novel.

Recently I asked the author about what he was reading. Duffy's reply:
I’ve just finished reading Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. A longtime fan of Saunders’ extraordinary short stories, I was really interested in how he’d approach a long form project, and the answer is—uniquely! By turns hilarious, inspirational, and deeply moving, this novel deserves all of its accolades. After reading Saunders, I always find myself in awe of his inventiveness and his talent in balancing humor and substance. He’s amazing!

Right now, I’m deep into Iron Gold by Pierce Brown. Brown’s the author of the Red Rising series, and Iron Gold is his fourth book, set ten years after the events of the third. This is science fiction, and if you’re not already familiar with the Red Rising universe then I won’t spoil anything for you—Brown’s world is too deep and vibrant for me to risk synopsizing it. What I will say is that if you’re in a sci-fi mood, they’re a true delight. I’ve been a fan of these books since the beginning and I’ve really admired Brown’s evolution as a writer. I believe the first book was actually initially marketed as YA, but as the series’ central character grew, the books matured with him. In Iron Gold, Brown takes things to a whole new level. He’s added additional POVs from diverse characters and touches on many timely societal issues from a place of profound empathy. The world is original, vivid, deeply imagined, and a lot of fun!
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--Marshal Zeringue