It’s the year that Matt Stover’s epic Heroes Die becomes eligible for KAMN discussion.
This is the book that rekindled my interest in fantasy by showing me that fantasy could be so much more, and yes, validating the feeling that I hadn’t been getting enough story in my stories.
I was honored to finally meet Matt at a World Fantasy Con a few years back, fortunate to consider him a friend, and smart enough to know that over drinks at a bar next to him and Scott Bakker, my smarts are so outclassed, it’s fall-down funny.
If you read this book and get hooked/floored by it as most others who have read it, don’t neglect the sequel, Blade of Tyshalle, and keep your eyes open for the upcoming Caine Black Knife, due out fall 2008.
Most people love his Star Wars books — and I am one of the folks who believe that Revenge of the Sith could have been so much better if Matt’s dialogue from the book had been used in the movie — but if actions speak, then know that Heroes Die and Blade of Tyshalle are books that I’ve bought and given to other people to read (there are only 4 other books I’ve done that with).
None of those people were dissatisfied.