To Reign In Hell

Now, before anyone gets excited, let me point out that this is not a how-to book! I just finished reading To Reign in Hell, by Steven Brust. It was a thorougly entertaining novel, written about the revolt in Heaven. Sacreligious? Probably, but very thought provoking. The bad guys aren't always who you think they are, with lots of palace intrigue and mis-understandings to boot. I've read several other books by Brust, my favorite are his Vlad Taltos series, which started with the excellent novel Jhereg. Swashbuckling adventure, set in a world of magic, but written with a very wry sense of humor. I had the opportunity to meet him at a science fiction convention in Minneapolis a year ago, and he made quite an impression. He was striding around the convention in a black leather jacket with a green parrot (yes, really) riding on his shoulder. I talked to him briefly as I got him to sign my shiny new copy of Dragon, and he seemed to be truly appreciative of any comments or praise I had to make about his books.