Ordinary Human Language

by Brian Crane


Because I’d already reread Jhereg, I started rereading the Vlad novels with Yendi. The characters are trying to solve a series of interlocking mysteries and have to consider the evidence and imagine possible scenarios. So there’s a fair amount of “what if” talk. But these sections are interesting and never bog down, and they are interspersed with quickly paced and complicated sequences that deal with other major plot lines: Vlad’s young business, his turf war with a more established rival, and a romance that involves real danger.

The book is a whirlwind. I’m actually not sure how so much gets packed into so few pages. But it’s really fun and looking back now from the perspective of the volumes that follow, I think it was a great place to start rereading.

Posted November 6, 2014