I am a reader. I have been ever since I read The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Jester. It was the first time I found myself transported into the story being told. Because of Milo and his adventures, I became someone who tears through books. Even now that I am working full-time and trying to fit in writing time each day, I always have My kindle, at the very least, within reach. Unfortunately, I am very lax in a key area: I am horrible at remembering to leave a review. So, I am going to try and right that wrong.
This post has a dual purpose: to ensure that my book reviews are preserved, and also to talk about reading a little. With all of the brouhaha concerning Amazon’s bizarre policing who we may or may not know, and whether we are allowed to put a review up on a book we purchased and read, I have decided that going forward, I will post any reviews that fall under the sci-fi, fantasy, or steampunk heading on here, and all book reviews on Goodreads. I want to let authors know what I thought of their work, and would hope they would do the same for me. Shortly before this all hit the news I did place a review on Amazon for a book I purchased for the Kindle – The Dockland Kingslayer, by VC Remus
I purchased this book not knowing what to expect. I found to my great surprise and pleasure, that this novel is quite the page turner. V.C. Remus has created a world that feels alive. The conflicts between the lower class “Docklanders” and the ruling class plays a vital role throughout the story of Alistair. It is through him that we are introduced to a world of injustice. Heretics and sinners executed in public, the poverty stricken forced into servitude in the King’s army. Remus introduces a lot of ideas and history as the story progresses, and if you don’t pay attention you could very well miss some important pieces of information.
While I read this book almost compulsively, and managed to finish it within a couple of days’ time, this is by no means a book to breeze through. In order to truly appreciate the tale being woven, you must pay attention, in order to grasp the entire story. Ultimately, this is a hero’s journey, and though meets others along the way, there is always a sense of loneliness, isolation in Alistair. The author has a unique voice, combining steampunk elements of the Victorian age with touches of medieval Europe throughout, creating something that is both bleak and and beautiful. I look forward to reading more from V.C. Remus in the future.
Overall, it is a solid story, not overly long. Set up as the start of a series. I didn’t see any real negatives. The only thing I did notice was there were a few times where a rather elaborate word was used, where a more common one would suffice. But it was not so noticeable as to be jarring or to detract from the enjoyment of the story.
Finally, I made a couple of purchases this weekend that I am excited to start reading (once I can get through some of my already massive reading list). The first purchase was a copy of K.W. Jeter’s Infernal Devices. I had borrowed it ages ago, but didn’t get to read it before I had to return it. So I am looking forward to reading that. The other purchase was the first five books in the Song of Ice and Fire series. I am ashamed to admit it, but as much as I love Game of Thrones, I’d never read any of the books. I intend to rectify that now that I own them. But of course, they will have to wait for a bit, as I already have two lined up to be read once I finished my in process reading.
With all of the reading and writing I will be doing in the future, I have a feeling that I will be a busy man. And I can honestly say that I am looking forward to it.