Snorri Kristjansson is an Icelander, a writer and a teacher, with a background in acting, music and stand-up comedy. Swords of Good Men, his first novel, was published by Jo Fletcher/Quercus on January 7, 2014.
On your nightstand now:
The Troupe by gentleman/scholar Robert Jackson Bennett and Red Seas Under Red Skies by gentleman/bastard Scott Lynch, which I am reading as a bedtime story for the Wife.
Favorite book when you were a child:
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren always had a special place in my heart. She had her priorities straight--eat candy, lift horses.
Your top five authors:
I'll read anything by Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence and Robert Harris, but the list is so, so long. I am really looking forward to the book+time-to-read-it bundle (coming from Amazon in 2019, delivered by nano-bot).
Book you've faked reading:
Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. It was for university, and I just couldn't. I am not a bonnet-fancier.
Book you're an evangelist for:
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and The City's Son by Tom Pollock. There are more, too--I can get a little eye-blazing about books I love.
Book you've bought for the cover:
Joe Abercrombie's The Blade Itself springs to mind. Dat feel. Also, the first chapter was called "The End."
Book that changed your life:
There have been so many. Loving Pedro Infante by Denise Chavez. I was made to read it at uni and I did so, huffing and grumbling. It was a girly book, I said. It wasn't interesting, I said. And then, after a bit, I shut up and read. It opened my ears to other voices, and made me a smarter, better person.
Favorite line from a book:
“It was the patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is waiting to die." --Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind. I carried that book with me from the U.K. to Japan and back.
Your favorite bad guy:
At the moment: Honorous Jorg Ancrath (from the Thorns trilogy by Mark Lawrence), with a tip of the cap to Inquisitor Glokta (Joe Abercrombie's FirstLaw trilogy) and Shakespeare's Iago (Othello).
Book you most want to read again for the first time:
Legend by David Gemmell. I know the young'uns throw the word around these days to describe everything from cups of coffee to awkward escalator rides, but that book is truly epic. It has its own horn section. It should be read on a mountain.