Kathryn Ryan is a blogger and infrequent reviewer. She can be found posting on her blog, The Forged Forest, as well as on Twitter as @Loerwyn

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Drothe, a thief, finds himself navigating a conflict which threatens his personal and professional lives, one which has the all-too-real potential to destroy much more than just the criminal underworld of the city of Ildrecca.


PROS: A persistent sense of humour; a great range of male and female characters; an interesting plot that doesn’t overwhelm.
CONS: Easy to overlook in the grand scheme of things; a potentially immemorable, safe plot; too many events crammed into too short a time frame.
BOTTOM LINE: A fun, engaging read that pulls you along but likely won’t leave a lasting impression.
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In episode 165 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats at WorldCon with Douglas Hulick, author of Among Thieves.

About Douglas Hulick: Douglas Hulick was born in Fargo, ND, but spent much of his life moving about the Midwest. Somehow, he kept ending up in the vicinity of Chicago, IL, which helps explain his abiding love of deep-dish pizza, Ferris Bueller, and Goose Island beer. Somewhere along the way, a copy of A Dictionary of the Underworld by Eric Partridge fell into Douglas’s hands. Having sold a few fantasy short stories, Douglas thought a book that defined historical thieves cant (criminal jargon) and described some of the practices of that world might come in handy at some point. Little did he know. Among Thieves, his first novel, grew out of this unlikely seed over the course of a decade. It was acquired by Roc/Penguin U.S.A. on Douglas’s 44th birthday in 2009. Douglas lives with his wife and two sons in Minnesota. When not writing or chasing after his kids, he likes to practice and teach 17th century Italian rapier combat (in the tradition of Ridolfo Capoferro), cook, read, and hang out in coffee shops.

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New Author Spotlight: Douglas Hulick

New Author Spotlight is a series designed to introduce authors with up to 3 books in the different SF/F subgenres.

Today’s spotlight shines on Douglas Hulick!

Hulick’s debut novel is Among Thieves published by Roc.
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In episode 112 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester and Jaym Gates (continuing the discussion from Part 1 and Part 2) sit down with a mega panel of authors to discuss modern Sword and Sorcery with the authors who are currently writing it.

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