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Adam Stemple

Author of Pay the Piper

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Works by Adam Stemple

Associated Works

The Gypsy (1992) — Contributor, some editions — 650 copies
Emerald Magic: Great Tales of Irish Fantasy (2004) — Contributor — 339 copies
Wizard's Row (1987) — Contributor — 199 copies
Eclipse 3: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2009) — Contributor — 160 copies
Sherwood: Original Stories from the World of Robin Hood (2000) — Contributor — 115 copies
Faerie Tales (2004) — Contributor — 98 copies
Camelot: A Collection of Original Arthurian Stories (1995) — Contributor — 91 copies
Wizard Fantastic (1997) — Contributor — 90 copies
Knight Fantastic (2002) — Contributor — 89 copies
The Lullaby Songbook (1986) — Composer — 46 copies
All Hell Breaking Loose (2005) — Contributor — 37 copies
Full House (2007) — Contributor — 31 copies
Artifice & Craft (2023) — Author — 6 copies
Lace and Blade 5 (2019) — Contributor — 1 copy
Daily Science Fiction: June 2021 (2021) — Contributor — 1 copy


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"You ever notice," Bronstein began, "that whenever we ask the tsar to stop a war—"
"He kills us," Borutsch finished for him, his beard jumping. "Lots of us."
Jon_Hansen | 3 other reviews | May 8, 2023 |
Disappointing. I very much liked roughly the first 2/3 of the book, particularly the protagonist's bardic gift (which first manifested as a terrific gimmick for a busker), but the last third or so was dark, depressing, and inconclusive.

The descriptions of violence throughout the book were somewhat more graphic than I prefer, and it got worse at the end. I really wanted, and more than half expected, that his grandma hadn't really been gorily murdered by the faeries, and that it was going to turn out that the gorey corpse was akin to a changeling, and she had really been captured by the faeries in order to control him. I would have liked where that story went much better than where this one did.

Since it looks like the sequel doesn't directly continue the protagonist's story, I doubt I'll read it.
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VictoriaGaile | 9 other reviews | Oct 16, 2021 |
‘Duster’ is the phenomenal new fantasy novel from Adam Stemple, The subject of dead gods has been presented to readers before, but never told quite like this. Adam has a gift for storytelling, weaving his words around you and ensnaring you in his world.

There was war, and oddly enough, the Gods were losing. The Galloch, a race of giants, was winning. To turn the tide, the Gods were forced into creation - the Illenthrell from stone, Duarsteri from cats, and mankind from young Haggan’s own hands. And so the battle was won, at least temporarily. But the Gods’ creations turned on each other.

Mika is long retired from the King’s Own army, when marching and fighting the Duarsteri, or ‘Dusters’ kept him busy. He has happily settled into this calmer existence, running a tavern with his lovely wife Jehannna in the town of Cairburn, watching as his three sons grow into men. Life is good and Mika is content, for the most part.

The happy picture is torn apart when a Duster half-breed comes seeking the couple’s middle son, Ferran. The Duster doesn’t ask nicely, and Mika finds himself forced to use his wits to get rid of his assailant. Then comes the immediate question, why is a Duster looking for Ferran?! The boy is known to be a bit of a party animal, enjoying his ale and the very addictive Mad Apple. For the life of him, Mika cannot figure it out. He immediately goes in search of his son, hoping to find him before anyone, or anything, else does.

One of the first stops is the local den of darkness, run by Gair, Mika’s best friend and army mate. Gair offers prostitution and gaming, alcohol and Mad Apple, anything to suit the clients vices - but no help for Mika. Although… as he continues his search, Mika is rather clumsily followed by one of Gair’s working ladies, who tells him that his friend desires a night time meeting. Mika wonders at all the secrecy surrounding the meeting, and why Gair couldn’t have just told him what he knew. Little does he know that this almost perfect world is about to be spun around, torn inside out and upside down, then blasted apart at the seams!

A tale rich with imagery, action and love; the kind a bard would love to put to tune. It’s a rollicking great read from start to finish!
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Synade | Jun 27, 2020 |
Though at times it was both intriguing and fascinating, for me, the overall story got a bit muddled. Perhaps it's because I don't know enough about the Russian Revolution, or perhaps it was the writing style that just didn't grab me, but I quickly found myself losing interest in the story and wanting it to be over. I couldn't connect with any of the characters, and by around the middle of the book, I no longer cared what happened to any of them, historical spoilers or no, and that's a big problem for me. You have to make me care, about a character, the story, even a dragon or two. But I just didn't care what happened after about the middle of the book.… (more)
book_lady15 | 3 other reviews | Apr 3, 2020 |



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