By Jim Butcher. Aeronaut’s Windlass. Great book. This is the first new fantasy book I’ve read in a long time that I genuinely enjoyed from page one to the finish. He created an imaginative, accessible world for this story. Solid, interesting characters that don’t feel like a fantasy geek’s typical stereotypes. Thoughtful, fascinating plot. Polished dialogue. I was further intrigued by the overall worldview he used as a foundation for the story: clear right and wrong, but still allowing for internal moral conflicts generated by decent characters operating in bad situations. No whiff of nihilism; refreshing, that, as so much epic fantasy these days is drowning in nihilism.
While I’ve read Butcher’s other books, such as the Dresden Files, I can’t recommend them for various reasons (despite how well they’re written). Aeronaut’s Windlass, however, I recommend.
I’m currently part of a multi-author boxset of epic fantasy called Metal and Magic. If you’d like a bunch of books about magic and adventure and all those sorts of things, give it a try! It’s free! Get it before the world ends.
The bundle has 6 books in it, including the first book of my Tormay Trilogy (which I hope you’ve already read–if you haven’t, get busy!). Anyway, the boxset is free on most sites:
Yes, I should probably be writing some kind of epic fantasy or science fiction instead of writing and recording music, but that’s life. Instead of penning the next Game of Thrones (minus the depression and killing off all the interesting characters), I’ve been testing out my new MXL V67 mic. Not bad for a hundred bucks. I think I’ll keep it.
I was trying to go for a dissonant chorus harmony a la Lane Staley and Alice in Chains, but I didn’t quite get there. At any rate, had some fun.
Okay, now I’m off to write some more Tormay epic fantasy. Or maybe some kind of political humor novel about life in Monterey County. What a bunch of lunatics. Actually, anyone who gets into politics is pretty much a lunatic, hands-down, regardless of which party. There are a few stand-outs, yeah, but they’re not par for the course. They’re kind of like Eddard Stark in Game of Thrones. If you know what I mean.