Friday, January 8, 2010

StampReview | Agyar

Agyar by Steven Brust (author of the Vlad Taltos series) is a tough one to review. I don't want to give away too much or it will ruin the experience of reading the book. And, since it's only 254 pages in mass market paperback, if it piques your interest at all, you might as well give it a try. Don't worry, I plan on keeping this short and sweet with no major spoilers.

This is the story of John Agyar, who recently moved into an abandoned home that happens to also be haunted by a ghost named Jim. Agyar finds a "typewriting machine" as he calls it and the entire book is written as a journal that Agyar keeps on this machine.

mmpb - 254 pages
Publisher - Tor

I didn't really get into the story until about 90 or so page in, but I was still interested enough to keep going. About this time, Agyar begins to get more and more creepy and I started to wonder about what was really going on. I promised no major spoilers, so I'll stop there. Suffice it to say, it should keep you reading.

Who should read this?
If you're in the mood for something different as well as something short and entirely self-contained, this may be for you. I enjoyed the story, even though the beginning dragged a bit for me and I would definitely recommend it.

3/5 Stars
3/5 Cover Art



  1. Hmmm...Never heard of this one but I'll have to check in to it. It sounds good?

  2. Yeah, it's definitely worth a read. I wish I could say more, but it's hard to without really ruining it. And, that's the type of review that made me want to read it. :)

  3. Strange titled he choose for the book. Agyar in Hungarian means fang...

  4. Thanks for that bit of info. At the risk of giving away too much, it's actually really fitting, but I'll leave that to you to decide. :)

  5. Dude, this is Dustin Cosby. And Jake Lee just showed me this. You are a book reading master with all these reviews and crap. This just adds on to your already legendary legacy that you are spreading all across this planet. You freaking hero. Thats it.

  6. I am not familiar with this book. How did you become familiar? Thanks for the honest review and congrats for being #1 at the party.


  7. @Cym - Haha! It is an odd book. Some publisher's blog put up a review that was as similarly ambiguous as my review and it piqued my interest.

    I was so pumped to be first. I have to admit, I had to click refresh just around 9 a few times to do it. :D


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