Agyar

Agyar

Steven Brust / Dec 09, 2019

Agyar From bestselling fantasy author Steven Brust comes this paranormal novel of immortality and its priceBorn over a century ago Agyar was once a frivolous young man before he found unwanted immortality

  • Title: Agyar
  • Author: Steven Brust
  • ISBN: 9780765310231
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Paperback
  • From bestselling fantasy author Steven Brust comes this paranormal novel of immortality and its priceBorn over a century ago, Agyar was once a frivolous young man, before he found unwanted immortality in a woman s blood red lips Now he goes from woman to woman, and decade to decade, finding himself at last in an Midwestern college town, where he must choose between thFrom bestselling fantasy author Steven Brust comes this paranormal novel of immortality and its priceBorn over a century ago, Agyar was once a frivolous young man, before he found unwanted immortality in a woman s blood red lips Now he goes from woman to woman, and decade to decade, finding himself at last in an Midwestern college town, where he must choose between the seductions of salvation and of destruction.

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      • Steven Brust

        Steven Karl Zolt n Brust born November 23, 1955 is an American fantasy and science fiction author of Hungarian descent He was a member of the writers group The Scribblies, which included Emma Bull, Pamela Dean, Will Shetterly, Nate Bucklin, Kara Dalkey, and Patricia Wrede, and also belongs to the Pre Joycean Fellowshipcmillan author steven Photo by David Dyer Bennet


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    1. Agyar is my first introduction to Steven Brust. It's short, a stand-alone and quite an original vampire tale. The author succeeds at being humorous and witty without going overboard, and creates introspective and complex characters struggling to survive in a world when they are "different". The first-person narrative easily enables the reader to get into the head of the main character without the author's opinions and judgment. Agyar is certainly not the most likeable character, but he easily ju [...]



    2. I like vampire novels & this isn't one nor is it horror or romance, yet it's all 3. The word 'vampire' is never once mentioned in the book, yet you're left with no doubt as to what Brust means. I really can't say more, maybe shouldn't have said that much. The process of discovery is one of the things that makes this book so well done. Each word is crafted with a precision that leads to inescapable conclusions, yet almost made me want to re-read it to see if I could have misunderstood.The wor [...]


    3. 5.0 stars. One of the best vampire novels I have ever read (and the only one in which the word vampire does not appear). A haunting, emotional story that will stay with you long after you are finished reading the book.


    4. I really like Brust. This one played down some of the more common Brust elements. It's hard to go on and on about food and cooking when your narrator has a purely liquid diet, and a single liquid at that. And there wasn't much on drumming, or the Grateful Dead, and the Hungarian allusions were at a minimum. It still had more than its share of cleverness, and the main character was quite likable, for a vampire. The story kind of sneaks up on you. For a while, I felt as though nothing was happenin [...]


    5. Don't let the inane prologue put you off, this is a pretty good little vampire story, a quick, absorbing read. It's a first-person narrative of a rather aimless vampire who manages to repress most of his wicked instincts and so tends to think of himself as a decent guy. He comes across as likable, and only his casually ruthless treatment of a girl named Jill keeps you from agreeing with him.It didn't really work for me as a romance. It's also not quite horror. The book is never explicit or gory [...]


    6. I've been a fan of Brust since I was in college (long, long ago) and was very interested when one of his works of a non-Vlad Taltos kind was made available for purchase.After about 4 pages I was utterly hooked. Nobody works a book behind the scenes like Brust. His ability to impart a metric butt-ton of information by what he DOES NOT include in dialogue, descriptions and plot is amazing.There are certain conventions one grows accustomed to after reading a lot of horror/sf/fantasy; almost like au [...]



    7. I read this book because later in the year I will be attending a workshop at which the author, Steven Brust, is an instructor. As a kind of game, I didn't read the book's summary/blurb. I wanted to let the story engage me on its own merits without knowing what it was about.It took me a while to put together the clues. Not long, but if I had read "This is a novel about a vampire" it would have taken away some of the fun of not knowing, of having to piece together the clues, of figuring things out [...]


    8. Agyar is a vampire novel that never once uses the words "undead" "blood" or "vampire." There. That's the whole review.I mean, sure, the book has some okay moments, there's some nice turns of phrase, and it's kind of neat to read vampire novels that don't try and hide how shitty the main character is. But, and I am saying this as a Steven Brust fan, there's no point in reading this book.I got to the final chapter and just thought "oh, okay, I guess that was the story." It was just This book was d [...]


    9. Disturbingly Delicious that is, if you can stomach itPros: Daring, creative, funny and with subtext and substanceCons: May repulse/revolt certain viewersThe Bottom Line: Probably one of the most challenging movies to date. You owe yourself to discover this wild descent into morally questionable aspects of our human psyche.Right of the bat, this movie is not for everyone. It opens with an intertitle announcing nonchalantly, and I quote, "Have you ever done it with your dad?" Seeing this written s [...]


    10. Reading and liking a new book is like a good first date. Something about the book makes you pick it up-- the cover, the synopsis, a blurb, a good friend's recommendation, even a random pick hoping for serendipity. You start reading, pleasantly surprised when your interest grows with each page. Every new revelation signals even more intrigue and mystery that you're eager to uncover. But you reserve judgment, still cautious and guarded, knowing it may yet disappoint. You're a roller coaster of emo [...]


    11. This was really, really interesting and well-done. It's also hard to write a review about this without getting spoilery, so spoilers follow.This book is a pretty good antidote for all the vampire-romance lovers out there (yours truly included). Brust does the Hemingway thing where he refers to a lot of things obliquely and insinuates, and you have to piece it all together yourself. For instance, never once does he say the word vampire, nor does the narrator actually talk about drinking blood. So [...]


    12. A most peculiar book. I'm still not sure what to say about it, and I don't think I can say anything without giving too much away. Granted, I haven't read many vampire novels, but never in my life did I expect to read one in which the word "vampire" never appears. Or in which the vampires' feedings aren't described in bloody, intricate detail. I wasn't even sure that Jonathan was actually a vampire till more than halfway through. (Perhaps that's just a reflection on my intellect nowadays, or at l [...]


    13. ***SPOILERS***Things I pretty much hated about this book:1. I agree with someone else's statement that the entire structure of the book makes no sense (more specifically, how the diary structure plays out). Why would a vampire go out of his way to obfuscate his undead condition in his own diary entries? As far as he knows, the only other entity that's going to read his work is the ghost Jim.2. I cringed continuously at Brust's attempts to give Agyar any semblance of three-dimensionality. Shouldn [...]


    14. This is one of the toughest reviews I have ever written as most anything you say about the book will give much of the surprise away. That being said, the best advice I can give about this book is that the less know about it the more you will enjoy it. Agyar is told from a first person perspective, chiefly in the form of the main character sitting in the attic and typing his thoughts on an old typewriter. The pacing was a little slow at times and some of the conversations were difficult to follow [...]


    15. Hi,I know this is not part of his regular series and it is a far cry from Brust's normal story, but I loved it! I was at a sci fi convention that he was doing a book signing. Of course I did not have my books with me and I could not get to them. He had just put this one out, so I bought it there and had him sign it. I went home and read it in one sitting. I just could not put it down.I know that this book gets very little attention, but it deserves way more. Read this book! Even if you are not a [...]


    16. Agyar had been on my list forever until I had stumbled upon it at a used book store.This is a very subtle tale of a young man and his relationship with three women: his loves and nemesis'. I don't know if I can recommend it or not. I did like the writing style, as if the reader has discovered a diary, but the reason for subtleness in this context escapes me.I mean this is a first-hand account, or confession, so why be so subtle and ambiguous about it? I want to like Steven Brust since he has suc [...]


    17. This book is a must-read for all Vampire players and for most folks who like Vampire fiction in general. Written in the first-person perspective with the vampire as a protagonist, Agyar manages to be as compelling and sensual as the Anne Rice novels, but with far fewer "filler" paragraphs. The vampirism is portrayed subtly, and I find that it gives this book a much classier air than your average Vampire story. Steven Brust is a phenomenal writer and uses a lot of short, witty language that inclu [...]


    18. That was well done. Thank you Sherwood Smith for recommending this a long time ago.A longer review to follow. Maybe.


    19. I don't like vampiresI find tragic characters strange and disheartening. Vampires are very tragic characters, at least those who aren't outright villians.I do like Brust, almost most of all authors, and this story is very Brust, so by and large I enjoyed it.I THINK it is an interesting look into being a vampire.


    20. Quick! Gut reaction: Whoa. Brust wrote a vampire novel.Short Summation Without using the word “vampire” once, or describing any of the regular vampire activities, we have a story written by a vampire. It’s kind of like a diary, which Agyar writes on this old typewriter he finds in the attic of this old house he’s currently occupying. Agyar is just trying to live, you know, setting up a regular thrall and trying to figure out what the woman who made him a vampire is using him for, now. He [...]


    21. My feelings about this book was very mixed throughout, and how I felt about Jack kept wavering between amusement/neutral and disgust.Anyway. This book was very heartily recommended to me by someone whose opinion I value. You'll love it, he said. Well, "love" is a strong word. Let's just say I have some feelings about it.Few points. First, the writing is so much better than I anticipated. This is my introduction to Brust, as in the first complete novel I read by him, but my cursory glance at his [...]


    22. First off, this is a vampire book. See, that's something I didn't know going in. I have so many books on my "to read" list that I never remember why I added a book, and I purposely do not read the book jacket before reading (if I had, I'd have known this was a vampire book). I like the whole story to be a surprise, like a literary Christmas.Anyway, I think it helps to know that this is a vampire book before going in. I began reading it, and initially I was only able to read a chapter a day. This [...]


    23. Agyar, c’est avant tout un jeu de pistes dans les rues obscures d’une grande ville. C’est le récit des virées nocturnes d’un dénommé Agyar, victime de la mode, séducteur émérite, mais aussi squatteur d’une maison en ruine. Je l’ai toujours dit, je n’ai qu’une connaissance très partielle de la littérature générale. Les plus cultivés ne m’en voudront, je l’espère, pas si je dis des âneries. Mais il me semble que l’écriture de ce roman est très moderne ou, tout [...]


    24. For some reason it took forever for me to read this book. I think it was the prologue. The prologue seemed to, well, kind of suck. I read the prologue and couldn't bring myself to read something that looked like it would be that pretentious and gloomy and all the rest. So THIS time when I sat down to read it I skipped to prologue and it went much better. Much better. The prologue had me forgetting how much I enjoy Brust's work, in all of its incarnations. The book is about a creature of the nigh [...]


    25. Really not sure what I thought of this book. I feel kind of like it was probably a good book, I just didn't like it very much. I've been realising since I started reading outside the Dragaera books that Brust is very hit or miss for me, and this book seems more of a miss. I didn't like the protaganist, I saw the ending coming, and I also predicted a twist that didn't happen but that I thought would have been more interesting if it had. Which is sad, because I deeply adore the Dragaera books and [...]


    26. A lovely, quick read. It was a little strange for me, because while I constantly found myself bothered by Agyar (the character, not the book itself), he was also constantly interesting enough to keep me reading.It's pretty refreshing to have a vampire main character who is an unapologetic asshole with no whining or angst. He had his sympathetic moments, although the asshole moments were frequent enough that I wasn't sure if I would cheer or cringe if something horrible happened to him.The story [...]


    27. 3 stars - but close to 4. I went with 3 because i felt there was some problematic misogyny in the book that was delivered as a given rather than something to be critical of. I think this was by virtue of the style of narration, but still left me unsettled. Agyar is pretty much a bad person (vampire) but sometimes the prose tries to make him sympathetic beyond what seemed appropriate.That said, it was interesting and compelling. I really enjoyed how you, as the audience, are really left in the da [...]


    28. The moment I moved from contented reader to delighted reader was the narrator's discussion of zombies with his best friend. "Not sure I believe in zombies" -- says the ghost to the vampire. After all, neither of them has ever seen one. On the other hand, very few people have seen Jim, and nobody sees Agyar for what he is. It's a funny moment, and yet there's this metaphysical tip, since if we don't believe in these supernatural creatures, and they don't believe in zombies, just how far does this [...]


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