Shadows of Aeronauts
So this is kind of an aside, but I've missed at least two big fantasy releases while I've been chugging along on the book: The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher and Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson.
I've actually read a little Aeronaut, but I know that if I got too far, I'd be sucked in and lose several hours of prime writing time. Same for Sanderson. So I have to read things that don't interest me enough to distract me, like sci-fi.
But I'm sure there are some of you out there who have read one or both of these books, and I crave knowledge. How were they? How excited should I be? Does The Aeronaut's Windlass get better after the first couple of chapters?
Tell me. Let me live vicariously through you.
10/9/2015 11:46:04 am
Literally just finished The Aeronaut's Windlass and was checking your website to see if Of Dawn and Darkness was available yet. I stumbled upon this entry in your blog and decided I'd chime in on the book. In typical Jim Butcher fashion, the story just builds and builds and gets better as you go through. The ending climax is amazing. Some things are pretty transparent along the way but there are great twists along the story that keep it incredibly captivating. I'm a big fan of Dresden and Codex Alera so I am partial to his writing and therefore might be slightly bias. But all in all I think it's a great book and opens up a lot for future stories. That being said, I'm excited for your next book and I dig the dual perspectives. Very unique and also shows both sides of a very captivating story line. Thanks for your nooks and keep up the good work!
10/9/2015 01:20:51 pm
Great timing, Matt!
10/9/2015 12:05:46 pm
Of the two, I highly recommend you read SoS first. The Cinder Spires was off to a decent start with great characters, but it is not quite in the Dresden Files' league. SoS absolutely trumped Alloy of Law, and had some absolutely fantastic character and Cosmere moments.
10/9/2015 01:22:58 pm
If I could magically turn myself into any one person, it would be Brandon Sanderson. I didn't have huge hopes for SoS, honestly, but I'll read any fantasy novels that Sanderson puts out.
10/9/2015 08:57:06 pm
I think every author alive is in a love/hate relationship with Sanderson. They all know he is a great guy and a fantastic author, but the jealousy is just too strong to fully ignore.
10/10/2015 06:15:45 pm
Is any author in a "hate" relationship with Sanderson? I think pretty much everybody likes him.
10/9/2015 12:22:11 pm
Shadows of Self redeemed the setting for me.
10/9/2015 01:25:01 pm
That's exactly what I felt about Alloy, to the letter.
10/9/2015 07:00:50 pm
I counted 4 paragraphs that could have been producing your stories!
10/10/2015 06:22:36 pm
I think Black Prism is a great example of a WORLD built around a magic system, and a fast-paced, action-packed STORY built around a magic system. But I'm going to be completely honest with you: I don't like the magic system itself.
10/13/2015 07:48:08 pm
Your criticism is actually a MAJOR tenant/plot tent pole for the series. Are any of the drafters better off for being drafters? Only politically. Is Kip in a better situation than when the book started? A resounding...sort of?
10/13/2015 08:17:49 pm
I agree with you completely; Brent Weeks is a stellar writer, and he uses all those drawbacks of the magic system to make a great story.
10/14/2015 07:39:56 pm
Agreed the magic system isn't Godlike or even cool for the most part but that kind of lends to the coolness of the story, oh and the cards and the characters and the Red... It's pretty awesome... Down side is 2 yrs for every book you and saunderson are the only guys that can produce at your uncanny rate...rothfusss is a joke I'll be dead before that series concludes I also like anthony Ryan's Raven shadow...but all in all your 2 series thus far are AWESOME! Can't really say I'd prefer any books over them.
10/9/2015 08:47:14 pm
Yeah, I got SoS just because I'm a fan of his other works, I knew AoL was just an exercise for him. But, I was still disappointed with it. Since most of the other cosmere works that he isn't happy with, he doesn't publish. You can't even get them unless you directly e-mail and ask. Like "White Sand" or "Aether of Night" . But he still published AoL, so, for me, I was left feeling like it was judt a casg book
10/9/2015 08:54:20 pm
*sorry* , my thumb got a little premature with the key tapping. But anyway, SoS seems to me to be the rest of AoL. Almost like AoL was just an extended Prequel with too many scenes to edit out. SoS gives the rest of the worldbuilding and magic development that AoL lacks. However, I dont think SoS stands by itself, like his other works. He relies heavily on AoL backstory and Mistborn backstory.
10/10/2015 06:25:23 pm
I'm a little sad to hear he's relying on Mistborn backstory, just because I wanted the Wax and Wayne books to stand alone (with fun Easter eggs if you've read the first trilogy), but otherwise that sounds pretty good. I thought all AoL was missing was a little backstory and some worldbuilding, so ship that in SoS and I'm a happy camper.
10/11/2015 01:18:39 pm
The thing I did not like about Shadows of Self is that the great reveal about how to beat the antagonist was obvious. From quite early after the antagonist was first discussed by the protagonists, I kept asking myself "why aren't they talking about this way to defeat the bad guy?".
10/9/2015 10:32:49 pm
Hi Will, obligatory sentence about "first time commenting" here. I have to say, I really respect (and as a fan, greatly appreciate) your commitment to finishing this book. However, I am not as dedicated to my craft and sacrificed a bit of productivity over the last two weeks to enjoy these two books (although neither one impressed me so much that I would have regretted postponing it by a couple weeks).
10/10/2015 06:38:51 pm
That was exactly my experience with the first half of Aeronaut. I was enjoying it, because Jim Butcher is to writers what wizards are to other people, but I wasn't hooked.
10/10/2015 10:08:30 am
I haven't finished Butchers book yet but I'm about 50% done with it. I agree that the beginning seems a little forced which is so strange for Jim Butcher because I pretty much love anything he does. The book does get better but so far I'll say it's not nearly the same league as Dresdan. I love the cats and I have begun to really enjoy Grimm but some of the other humans just aren't quite doing it for me and I personally find Gwen to be rather annoying sometimes. All this said now I'll finish this comment so I can finish the book!
10/10/2015 06:46:48 pm
You know, when I first bought the book I swore I wouldn't compare it to Dresden, but it's just so hard.
10/11/2015 08:18:25 am
I agree with you that I never really compared Codex with Dresden, instead I viewed them as a completely different entity and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the Codex series. I think the reason I've been comparing the Windlass with Dresden is because personally I'm not completely sold ever on steampunk novels, as it seems like I have read more that I wasn't crazy about then ones that I was.
10/15/2015 09:30:03 am
I finished it, and I'll definitely be reading Book 2. I was entertained the whole time.
10/14/2015 07:55:15 pm
I've never read butcher and if Will says it's a go then I must...what's his best book?
10/14/2015 08:00:42 pm
Jim Butcher only has three series out. The newest is the one that this post is about and the others are the Dresden Files and the Furies of Calderon. I would recommend starting with Storm Front. It's the first of his Dresden Files series which is like a supernatural mystery. You really can't go wrong with Jim Butcher.
10/15/2015 09:28:09 am
The Dresden Files is the most popular and best known, and also my favorite. It begins with Storm Front, but you really have to give it three books (they're not very long) before it gets going.
10/10/2015 07:27:33 pm
I just finished both aeronaut was surpisingly good. The characters coulda used more development but the ship had awesome characyer which i feel is very important to any tale with a crew on a vessel. Sorry im a certified brown coat.
10/15/2015 09:34:16 am
You know, it's funny you say that, because I thought of Grimm the entire time as a watered-down version of Mal.
10/10/2015 08:01:46 pm
I just finished shadows had to say that it was better than alloy. I feel like it brought the EPIC into the trilogy. The first mistborn books were grand in scale and implications. I just didn't get the from alloy. Now it seems to have brought the bigger than us feeling into it. I recommend Sanderson to anyone. I don't read the ya stuff he writes but hold out hopes he is serious about an Elantris trilogy.
10/15/2015 09:36:43 am
I also recommend Sanderson first and foremost to anyone...but there's exactly ONE fantasy novel he's written that I didn't enjoy, and that was Elantris.
10/16/2015 07:22:33 am
I didn't love Elantris, but The Emperor's Soul is set in the Elantris world. I loved that story, so I can be on board with an Elantris trilogy.
10/10/2015 11:21:08 pm
I'd love to tell you what I thought of Butcher's new book but I got caught up re-reading both books 1 in this Will Wight guys series and can't read Butcher's book until I've finished both books 2 in the series. ;-) So it will sit on my nightstand and wait for a few more weeks.
10/14/2015 08:02:36 pm
Right where did this Will Wight dude come from both series were killer, I thought house of blades was like amazing, the I see these other two and I'm like a pirate?... An assassin???? How droll then of course it's like the most incredible world building ever with sea gods towing his ship and a sociopathic assassin that can kill gods,
10/15/2015 09:40:05 am
Where did I come from? I was hatched from an egg of pure crystal, incubated in a library.
10/15/2015 09:38:13 am
10/11/2015 11:30:31 pm
I finished Buthcher's new book recently and thought I would chime in here with something that occurred toe while reading it: this is his first experiment with an ensemble cast. There isn't one clear main character in the same way that Dresden or the Codex Alert have. I also thought it was a bit vague about the world and the characters didn't jump out at me, but then I realized I am learning to know several main characters all with faults and most of whom are stepping into the real world for the first time. Expecting them all to be completely well rounded doesn't fit with the style of story or even with where the characters are currently at in their own lives. By the end of the book I grew to like the characters much more, but I still have the feeling they are only getting started and I am only starting to get to know them.
10/15/2015 09:32:52 am
I finished it, and I agree with you. I think he may have just spread the character development too thin, so no one person is as fully developed as they would have been in their own series.
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