Chimera Readers Review of The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher.

We rate books based on if we would recommend them, as related to the theme, and how much we enjoyed them based on the following criteria:

Ease of read, plot, writing, and resolution.

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Chimera Review of American Gods by Neil Gaiman

We rate books based on if we would recommend them, as related to the theme, and how much we enjoyed them based on the following criteria:
Ease of read, plot, writing, and resolution.

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Chimera Review of The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

We rate books based on if we would recommend them, as related to the theme, and how much we enjoyed them based on the following criteria:
Ease of read, plot, writing, and resolution.

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Chimera Review of Timekeeper by Tara Sim

We rate books based on if we would recommend them, as related to the theme, and how much we enjoyed them based on the following criteria:
Ease of read, plot, writing, and resolution.

This book turned out to be something of a fairy tale. It was your classic YA book with an interesting protagonist who had special powers. We were all hoping it would get much more steamy than it did, but were reminded this was a YA book. It was in interesting twist on a “love saves” trope. ANd the system of how time work was intriguing. We enjoyed the Greek Mythology that was sprinkled in. As well as the strong female characters. Our protagonist was a bit whiny, dealing with many issues. Not only was he gay, but he was gay for a clock. The story touches on friendship, love, family, and community. 

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Chimera Review of Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

We rate books based on if we would recommend them, as related to the theme, and how much we enjoyed them based on the following criteria:
Ease of read, plot, writing, and resolution.

We learned something interesting with this book. This was one of the original set of book that were first dubbed “Steampunk”. The term  originated in the late 1980s as a tongue-in-cheek variant of cyberpunk. It was coined by K. W. Jeter, a science fiction author himself, looking for a way to describe works by Tim Powers (The Anubis Gates, 1983), James Blaylock (Homunculus, 1986), and himself (Morlock Night, 1979, and Infernal Devices, 1987) All of these books are set in a 19th-century ( and usually Victorian) and had similar conventions like H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine. 

This book was time travel and the steampunk was secondary really, overall we enjoyed it. It’s nice to dip into classics and the mystery in the narrative along with the call back to other pieces to literature was great.

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First Book

Discussion post

What is the first book you remember reading all by yourself? Leave a comment and a link to the book. For me it was Corduroy by Don Freeman. I used to pretend to read it before I knew what words were because I knew when to turn the page, based on how my dad used to read it to me and memorizing the words. My aunt thought I was a genius 3 year old. It is still one of my favorite books!

Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings

High Fantasy is what first captured my love of reading. Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings is a classic story that perfectly edifies one of my favorite genres. My book club is currently reading books that were published before 1990. I initially chose this tome because it tells the story of a young man coming of age. It also had three other things that make for intriguing reading: magic, gods and espionage.

World building is one of the reasons I love High Fantasy and Pawn of Prophecy (PoP) does this very well. The story starts by explaining the ancient legend and how it colors cultures of the land. This story has all the mixing to make an epic story. Future kings who are unaware of their destiny, sorcerers, angry gods, and a quest for a lost relic that needs to be found before the bad guys get it.

The characters are mostly well rounded, with a strong female character Aunt Pol who stole the show. While this book is a set up for the rest of the Belgariad Series, in this first book we get enough background of the characters to connect. Think Harry Potter year 1-5, as our young man Garion learns the truth about his background and slowly (painfully slowly in some sections) comes to grips with destiny.

Overall I give this book a 4/5. It hits all the fine points of the genre, however it has the often found problem of a rushed ending. As I stated this is a setup for the rest of the series and it has that first book syndrome: a light resolution but a cliffhanger for the major open questions. Still the characters, world and quest are interesting enough that you are compelled to go on the next book. Have you read this series? What did you think?