Thagoth - E@L's Book Of The Week
If anyone is really upset that MercerMachine has threatened to give up blogging in order to continue writing his fiction (plus family, work, study and other minor things), make sure you read his first e-novel Thagoth and see why this is potentially a good thing. Thagoth is a truly excellent work.
And it's not just because we're buddies I am saying this. Others agree. People who don't even know him, never had a beer with him in a dodgy bar, never been innocently offered three week old
vinegar wine from his fridge. They only know the book. When it came out, he won a heap of awards for best first-novel... Well, one.
OK, ok, it is in the Fantasy genre. Sort of Lord of Rings meets Dungeons and Dragons with brief appearances of Naked Ladies. You know the drill. But hey, this is written by Mike -- mild mannered Mike! And I know I shouldn't be surprised, but it's damn good!
Admission time. I have not been a Big Fan of the Fantasy genre for a long time (overdosed on Michael Morcock in the 70's and I keep having scary Jerry Cornelius flashbacks) but I think Thagoth could get me back into it... Very exciting thrills and spills plot, running at high speed from deep trouble to deeper trouble with thrilling escapes, the girl losing more and more of her clothing as it goes, and with lots of that typical wry humour that you get on Mike's blog and in his cartoons, plus blood and guts and spells and mysteries and some amusing anachronisms of idiom (on purpose, I presume).
The story (find the key to the mystery of the conundrum of the riddle of eternal life and save the world before the baddies get there first and destroy it, yada yada) gets you in very quickly, takes you along very quickly, and it's a very enjoyable journey. It is way better than much of the stuff I'd read years ago as well as whatever other over-written bloated genre-stuff I've read recently (Laurel K Hamilton -- cack! It takes about 30 pages to get from the car to the front door!).
Thagoth should be on the published book-shelves with some a weird cover art of semi-naked bronzed-skinned women and lots of fancy fonts... Internally consistent, tightly written, lots of action, cliff-hanger chapter endings, Evil v Good conflict, love interest, you name it - SUCCESS! (Though maybe not financial, yet.)
So before you criticize MM for quitting blogging (like I did), download his book (it's only like, $3) and read it. If you don't like it, let me know and I'll have your head on platter before you can say Flame of the Sorcerer-King! No problem, human-kind, you'll love it!
I was tired of blood: tired of losing it, tired of bathing in it, tired of looking at it.
If his absence means more books on this level of quality, I just wish he pissed off ages ago.
Another great mystery of life; how can you write a terrific book like this and not be rich and famous?
OTHER MONKEYS SAID
aw, you're sweet :)