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Product details

  • Hardcover: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (2 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765333104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765333100
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 3 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 746,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Max Gladstone has created a fascinating universe and equally fascinating characters. It's a world in which Magic is Craft, and religion has some very practical rules, and he shows it through the stories of some very interesting characters. This is his first novel. I can't wait for his second."
--Jerry Pournelle, author of "The Mote in God's Eye" and "Lucifer's Hammer

""This has so many of my favorite things: an intriguing world, fun characters, a puzzle of a story that manages to be both funky fantasy and legal thriller. "Three Parts Dead" is simultaneously fast paced and thoughtful, and I thoroughly enjoyed it."
--Carrie Vaughn, author of the Kitty Norville series

"With his first book, Max Gladstone gives promise of being a true star of twenty-first century fantasy."
--John Crowley, author of "Little, Big" and "The Deep

""Max Gladstone has evidently devised a necromantic steampunk machine that enabled him to channel the Roger Zelazny of "Lord of Light", cathect the Neil Gaiman of "American Gods", and subsume the oeuvre of John Grisham, all with the aim of producing loopy, metaphysically-minded legal thrillers. It you doubt my conclusion, consider Exhibit A, the author's delirious and delightful first novel."
-- James Morrow, author of "The Last Witchfinder" and "Shambling Towards Hiroshima."

"Combining murder mystery, corporate intrigue, and thaumaturgic fireworks, "Three Parts Dead" gives us not just an excellent urban fantasy, but a brilliant new world to explore. I can't wait to see what he does next." --Maragret Ronald, author of "Spiral Hunt"



"This has so many of my favorite things: an intriguing world, fun characters, a puzzle of a story that manages to be both funky fantasy and legal thriller. "Three Parts Dead" is simultaneously fast paced and thoughtful, and I thoroughly enjoyed it."
--Carrie Vaughn, author of the Kitty Norville series
"Neil Gaiman and Jim Butcher are conjured for a China Mieville story about magical lawyers trying to revive a dead God in a steampunk city. Recommended: Hell yes!"
--"Geek Speak Magazine
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"Max Gladstone has evidently devised a necromantic steampunk machine that enabled him to channel the Roger Zelazny of "Lord of Light," cathect the Neil Gaiman of "American Gods," and subsume the oeuvre of John Grisham, all with the aim of producing loopy, metaphysically-minded legal thrillers."
--James Morrow, author of "The Last Witchfinder
"
"With his first book, Max Gladstone gives promise of being a true star of twenty-first century fantasy."
--John Crowley, author of "Little, Big and The Deep
"
"The combination of legal thriller and steam-powered fantasy may seem improbable, but Gladstone makes it work with an appealing cast and a setting rich in imaginitive details....the story remains suspenseful and fast-paced throughout, and the diverse, female-led cast is a joy to follow through the fascinating and unusual landscape."
--"Publishers Weekly," Starred Review
"Max Gladstone has created a fascinating universe and equally fascinating characters.... This is his first novel. I can't wait for his second."
--Jerry Pournelle, author of "The Mote in God's Eye and Lucifer's Hammer
"
"Sci-fi, fantasy and a murder mystery all rolled in one.... exciting and fast paced with unexpected twists and turns. It culminates in a big surprise ending."
--"RT Book Reviews
"



This has so many of my favorite things: an intriguing world, fun characters, a puzzle of a story that manages to be both funky fantasy and legal thriller. "Three Parts Dead" is simultaneously fast paced and thoughtful, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. "Carrie Vaughn, author of the Kitty Norville series"

Neil Gaiman and Jim Butcher are conjured for a China Mieville story about magical lawyers trying to revive a dead God in a steampunk city. Recommended: Hell yes! "Geek Speak Magazine"

Max Gladstone has evidently devised a necromantic steampunk machine that enabled him to channel the Roger Zelazny of "Lord of Light," cathect the Neil Gaiman of "American Gods," and subsume the oeuvre of John Grisham, all with the aim of producing loopy, metaphysically-minded legal thrillers. "James Morrow, author of The Last Witchfinder"

With his first book, Max Gladstone gives promise of being a true star of twenty-first century fantasy. "John Crowley, author of Little, Big and The Deep"

The combination of legal thriller and steam-powered fantasy may seem improbable, but Gladstone makes it work with an appealing cast and a setting rich in imaginitive details....the story remains suspenseful and fast-paced throughout, and the diverse, female-led cast is a joy to follow through the fascinating and unusual landscape. "Publishers Weekly, Starred Review"

Max Gladstone has created a fascinating universe and equally fascinating characters.... This is his first novel. I can't wait for his second. "Jerry Pournelle, author of The Mote in God's Eye and Lucifer's Hammer"

Sci-fi, fantasy and a murder mystery all rolled in one.... exciting and fast paced with unexpected twists and turns. It culminates in a big surprise ending. "RT Book Reviews"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

MAX GLADSTONE went to Yale, where he wrote a short story that became a finalist in the Writers of the Future competition. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Format: Paperback
I have for a while wanted to read this book so when I found it one Scribd I just had to read it.

Tara has been thrown out from her the Hidden School, fallen to the earth. You don't get to know why, at least not yet. She returns home to her family and resumes her life there, until the chance comes to her in the form of Elayne Kevarian who hires her to work for the necromantic firm: Kelethres, Albrecht and Ao and her first job is to bring the God Kos Everburning back to life. Together with Elayne and Abelard, the chain-smoking priest of Kos she must now resurrect Kos before His city falls apart.

Max Gladstone has created a wonderful and interesting world where ordinary people have discovered that they also can have the power of Gods, or at least some of it with led to the Gods War and the world that Tara is living in now is the result of the war. Tara has the Craft, she can bring people back from the dead. Now one of the last great Gods have died, and now it's up to Tara to bring him back, but she must also figure out how he died because it's not easy thing to kill a God...

I liked this book, sometimes I found the story about heavy, probably because I had to get to know a new world and its history, but as the story progressed and I learned more about the world and characters the more I liked the story. Also, the ending, it was great. I never that coming and I love getting surprised when I read a book!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Review This was amazing. A magic system that is a cross between theology, necromancy and contract law - fantastic! You don't have to know anything about contract law and business structures to enjoy the book, but I suspect it's even better if you do. Part of the enjoyment, for me, was spotting the parallels - mitigation of loss, interim hearings, limited liability, corporate personhood...

And the bit where your boss says, as he tells you about the hearing, "You can do this one. Don't worry; you'll be fine." I have been there. I know exactly how Tara felt, although death probably wasn't on the cards for me.

This isn't exactly steampunk, although there is steam (and engineer-priests - I think I'm in love) - it's more like industrial fantasy. This doesn't have the whimsicality that is popular in the steampunk genre, but it has something better: an endless supply of cool.

I would characterise this as plot-driven rather than character-driven, but only because the book revolves more around events and actions (and contract law) rather than character development. This is not to say that the characters aren't good - they are. But they're drawn with a few lines in just the right place, so they leap off the page with very little description, like those very minimalist drawings that manage to express action and emotion in three lines and a dot.

There's enough substance here to make a world with depth and feeling - regardless of whether or not you are aware of the procedure for share transfer - and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series - Two Serpents Rise.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've avoided these books for a number of months until I found out that the author was also responsible for some other things that I'd read.

As I was reading, I kept having the feeling that the book wasn't really for me but I try not to give up on something halfway through and I'm glad I did. About halfway in to the book it really started to get it's hooks in to me, as the plot progressed and more about some of the concepts of the world were explained like the magic system and so on.

If you want something a little different or you enjoy reading books with interesting magic systems in, go for this - you may be pleasantly surprised.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have yet to finish but Three Parts Dead is rapidly becoming one of my favorite books of all time, as I have found to usually be the case when it comes to Max Gladstone's works. Shipping-wise I received it promptly and even a little earlier than expected.
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Format: Hardcover
Can't actually remember why I picked up a copy of this, but very glad I did so.
Structurally it's a detective story a who-and-why-dunnit, thematically it's low-fantasy bordering on the noir - trust nobody, admire nothing. Everybody is plotting; everybody has an agenda.
But what it is above all is *new*, this is not a world quite like any I've read before. The rules of the world are all shown and experienced, there's very little tell. This has costs and benefits - on the plus side you are never, ever bored; on the downside, there's never quite enough information about the world to know whether a trick is legit or not. But I'm quibbling a little here.
If there is a criticism, it's that the protagonists do remain a little vague. I know I've been implying that this is very much a plot driven, not a character driven book, so complaining that there is a lack of characterisation may be a little harsh. Still, there's a final (inconsequential for the plot) decision Tara makes at the end of the book and although she justifies it, it could have been the exact opposite; there wasn't enough of a feel for her character to constrain her decision either way.
Bottom line, it was a really entertaining read and I'll be buying his next book for sure.
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