Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tim Pratt

Tim Pratt is a Hugo Award-winning SF and fantasy author, and has been a finalist for World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Stoker, Mythopoeic, and Nebula Awards, among others. He is the author of over twenty novels, including the newly released The Dreaming Stars.

Recently I asked the author about what he was reading. Pratt's reply:
I just read City of Miracles, the last book in the Divine Cities trilogy by Robert Jackson Bennett, and it prompted me to go back and re-read the first two, City of Stairs and City of Blades. They're a wonderful strange blend of spy thriller and epic fantasy, set in a world where a civilization ruled by several literal gods subjugated and oppressed the world... until one of the enslaved people devised a weapon that could kill the gods. The ensuing war destroyed the dominant culture, because almost everything in their world, from weather to architecture to food, was created by miracles... and when the gods died, most of those miracles stopped working, leading to widespread devastation and vast shifts in world politics. The books are set decades after the death of the gods, and deal with the dangerous remnants of magic and miracles, and mostly feature characters who are covert operatives trying to keep a delicate sociopolitical balance from falling apart. It's philosophically complex but very plotty and fast-moving (and emotionally moving, too). He's got a new book (unrelated to that series) called Foundryside that's high up on my to-read list as well.
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--Marshal Zeringue