Tag: K J Parker

Inside Man

Inside Man by K. J. Parker (Tor, 2021) Within a few pages, this sequel to Prosper’s Demon establishes its devilish scenario. What follows thereafter is an increasingly labyrinthine exploration of underlying premise—the feasibility of heavenly resistance within a divine plan that incorporates that very resistance. Ingenious though narratively self-absorbed.    

Prosper’s Demon

Prosper’s Demon by K. J. Parker (Tor, 2020) A twisty fantasy novella of particularly dark conception, told in a conversational style. Parker establishes the premise, turns it on its head and then springs a fitting denouement… but does so through uncharacteristically skittish bits of prose, ideas scattering like loose beads.    

How to Rule an Empire and Get Away With It

How to Rule an Empire and Get Away With It by K J Parker (Orbit, 2020); audiobook read by Ray Sawyer (Isis, 2020) The besieged stalemate that Parker envisages evokes Hannibal’s 15-year occupation of Italy, only with sardonic observational humour and a cynical, world-weary thespian placed in charge of the defence. Sawyer’s audiobook reading matches the protagonist’s pessimism a little…

Academic Exercises

Academic Exercises by K J Parker (Subterranean, 2014) Some of Parker’s best work comes in what might be called the ‘long short’ form—novelettes and novellas. This bumper collection includes three excellent non-fiction pieces (sieges, swords, and armour) nestled amidst the beautifully wrought, cynically sublime world-building and ingenious antiheroic comeuppances.