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Bryan Thomas Schmidt

My thoughts on books, stories, authors, and publishing

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The Clockwork Dagger
Beth Cato
Progress: 120/360 pages
The Road to Science Fiction 3: From Heinlein to Here
James Gunn
The Road to Science Fiction 4: From Here to Forever
James Gunn
The Road to Science Fiction 1
James Gunn
A Broken Christmas
Claire Ashgrove
The Ultra Thin Man
Patrick Swenson
Progress: 174/334 pages
The Broken Eye
Brent Weeks
The Dark Between the Stars
Kevin J. Anderson
Oath of Fealty
Elizabeth Moon
The Road to Science Fiction 2: From Wells to Heinlein
James Gunn

The Warded Man

The Warded Man - Peter V. Brett Just about as perfect a debut novel as I could imagine. One might nitpick some places where the detail was generic or other minor qualms, but Brett's book captures and hooks you early on and won't let go. I couldn't put it down. In fact, only reading another can't put it down novel forced me to. I literally could have read it 24 hours until it was done. The lack of a central antagonist is an interesting choice as are some elements of cultural differences which Brett uses well. I didn't feel I got as clear a picture of the world as I'd like and that's where a map would have been most useful. But the character arcs and plotting are so engaging, who cares? The magic system, which starts as low magic and builds, is fascinating as are other elements of the societal and economic situation and divisions. Medieval feel but not the usual fantasy setting in many ways. Really a delight. Highly recommended.