Short and sweet, this novella didn’t break any new ground for me. However, it was a good example of a story taking as long as it takes – if I’d been writing this I’d have probably been tempted to stretch it out, even though the idea might not have fit.
Shadows of Self
I’m falling into the Sanderson fan club aren’t I? Another incredibly rich universe, but this one grabbed me for the strength of the characters. Some cliche’s it’s true, but insightful and realistic, despite the crazy world that they inhabit.
Where to start? At the beginning. Where to end? At the back. And in between is a story about Death and his apprentice. And it’s Terry Pratchett, so it’s amazing.
It’s been far too long since I read a JC book. This one is tightly plotted as usual, and the change of perspective (to the third person) gives a little jolt to the series. While the ghostly elements were missing, this one packed more of an emotional punch for me at the end.
Cult of the Warmason
A strong stand-alone novel, with all the action and violence I’m starting to expect from these Warhammer 40k stories. Here I felt some of the characters got lost, especially when the crisis escalated, but I was unable to guess the ending, and wanted to find out what happened, which is a mark of a well-written tale.
This was a long way into the series, so some of the relationships were a little tricky to pick up, but it was a masterclass in mixed perspectives – I lost count of all the different points of view, and yet the author managed to weave them into a strong set of stories in a truly terrifying world.
Loved how Adam looks at the way people work and approach situtatios. Especially interesting were the actionable points at the end, which I’m looking forward to applying to my work going forward.
Nexus + Other Stories
A friend has recommended that I should write some Warhammer 40k stories. So I’m swotting up on the background and the lore – there’s a few of these books coming!
My word. What a nutty book. Explosions, shootings, car chases, this read like a Micheal Bay movie. While the plausibility of the plot left a lot to be desired, the execution was flawless and it was (if you pardon the cliche) a breathless read.
The Trials of Koli
Felt a lot like the middle of a trilogy (which it is, so what was I expecting), which took some of the tension out of the book as I kinda knew who was going to live. I still really enjoyed the world, as I did last year, and looking forward to getting on with the final story.
A beast of a mystery and thriller that started my year off well. I found the characters strong and believable, and while violent in places, it wasn’t gratuitous. Very well crafted and plotted, but a writer on top of his game.