A phenomenal achievement.
A phenomenal achievement. I wish there were more books with this wonderful combination of deep thought and fast plot. Highly recommended to readers of Victoriana, historical novels, fantasy adventure and just plain old popular fiction that verges on the literary. 3 people found this helpful.
Freedom and Necessity book.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and raised in a family of Hungarian labor organizers, Steven Brust worked as a musician and a computer programmer before coming to prominence as a writer in 1983 with Jhereg, the first of his novels about Vlad Taltos, a human professional assassin in a world dominated by long-lived, magically-empowered human-like "Dragaerans.
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Across Europe, the high tide of revolution has crested, leaving recrimination and betrayal in its wake. From the high councils of Prussia to the corridors of Parliament, the powers-that-be breathe sighs of relief. But the powers-that-be are hardly unified among themselves.
Freedom and Necessity. Chapter 12 of Philosophical Essays, 1954. WHEN I am said to have done something of my own free will it is implied that I could have acted otherwise; and it is only when it is believed that I could have acted otherwise that I am held to be morally responsible for what I have done. Now it is commonly assumed both that men are capable of acting freely, in the sense that is required to make them morally responsible, and that human behaviour is entirely governed by causal laws: and it is the apparent conflict between these two assumptions that gives rise to the philosophical problem of the freedom of the will.
Steven Brust and Emma Bull have crafted a masterful mix of fantasy and historical fiction. Library Journal on Freedom and Necessity. Complex and masterly. Not since Wilkie Collins or Conan Doyle has there been such a profusion of guns, swordfights, family intrigues, women disguised as men, occult societies, philosophical discussions, and, of course, passionate romance. Connect with the author. A skilful act of ventriloquism, faithfully reproducing the argot of the early Victorian upper classes with only a few lapses, and plausibily weaving the plot into the politics at the time. Imaginative and finely written. Interzone on Freedom and Necessity. Brust and Bull's historical fantasy-mystery recalls George Macdonald Fraser's Flashman adventures in the creative use of a rich historical background and also echoes the pioneering Victorian mysteries of Wilkie Collins in offering the reader a convoluted puzzle. It begins with the apparent demise of a fashionable young Englishman in a boating accident, then gathers speed as the deceased's cousin receives a letter from him.
Freedom and Necessity (with Emma Bull). A tom doherty associates book. This is a work of fiction. Published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC. 175 Fifth Avenue.
Used availability for Steven Brust's Freedom and Necessity. February 1997 : USA Hardback. September 2000 : USA Paperback.