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READ ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB É S.A. Hunt Librarian's Note this is an alternate cover edition ASIN B00BJCLMFUAfter coming home from a stint in Afghanistan veteran Ross Brigham learns that his father has passed away Dearly departed Dad was a famous fantasy novelist and the 300 fans that show up for the funeral demand that Ross fin. When Ross Brigham returns from a stint in the army his life is a shambles His wife has left him and his father Hugo Award winner Ed Brigham is dead with Ross tapped to finish his last novel in his western fantasy series the Fire and Fiddle But what will Ross do when he finds out his father has been murdered and the world he has been writing about for years is realTwo disclosures before we get down to business1 I got this book in exchange for a review And it's pretty damn sweet2 I'm never in a hurry to read self published books since they are usually not well written or edited to any visible degree However this one's name is a line from a Johnny Cash songConfession Time Sometime during the gap between Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla I was so enad with the Dark Tower that I took a number of stabs at writing my own Dark Tower inspired fantasy western I got about 30 40k in before I decided I was just rewriting the Dark Tower and put it on the shelf I'm glad SA Hunt didn't shelf his Dark Tower homageLike it says on the back cover The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree is a love letter to the Dark Tower 80's fantasy and spaghetti westerns Even still I accepted this book with reluctance I mean first off it's from Createspace Why don't I just get out my red pen and start clenching my jaw right now And it's an homage to the Dark Tower Did Hunt just change a some things around and regurgitate the sacred texts like so many Tolkien imitators have done before himHe did notWhile the Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree may have been inspired by the Dark Tower in some degrees like Stephen King being a character in the later books and the fact that there are Gunslingers running around it stands on its own It actually reminds me of the second half of Lev Grossman's The Magicians where uentin finds out that the Narnia analog Fillory is realRoss and friends Sawyer and Noreen find themselves on Destin the world Ross's father had been writing up until his untimely death A mysterious black figure stalks them as they struggle to get acclimated to their new world Hunt makes the world building fairly painless I love that aspiring gunslingers have to eat some fungus as their final test Those that survive have their brains reconfigured by the fungus to be awesome killing machines Those that don't end up dead or irreparably insane Good stuffMy fears about the writing were unfounded There were some editing hiccups but it was head and shoulders above most self published books I've ever read I loved references to the Dark Tower the Simpsons and lots of 80's fantasy and sf moviesAny complaints Just that there wasn't as much gunslinging action as I was hoping It feels like the first volume of a series which it is When's the next one coming out HuntRead my interview with SA Hunt He seems like a cool guy so feel free to give him the contents of your wallet

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REVIEW The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ¼ Librarian's Note this is an alternate cover edition ASIN B00BJCLMFUAfter coming home from a stint in Afghanistan veteran Ross Brigham learns that his father has passed away Dearly departed Dad was a famous fantasy novelist and the 300 fans that sh Fantasy world the three damaged heroes become pawns in a war for humanity's survival The Muses have grown tired of immortality and now incite atrocities on Earth trying to lure down a leviathan from the starsCan Ross and his new friends stop the scheming satyrs before both worlds are eate. Let's start with the disclaimers I know the author on Google which is why I read the book I'd picked it up on a free promotion and when I realised I didn't have the up to date version he kindly sent me his latest build We've corresponded about some uestions I had which he cleared up so they won't appear in this review and I'll be sending him some notes too Based on his response to me so far many of the issues I identify may well be fixed soon so there may be things I mention below that are no longer problems in the later version that you buy because I hope you do buy it I actually started reading this book twice The first time I got through the part where the protagonistnarrator gets back from deployment in Afghanistan and his wife has left him and then the phone rings and his mother tells him his father's died and I stopped because I thought it was going to be too dark and tragic for my tasteThen I kept reading Sam's posts on G and realised that he's a very accomplished writer and decided that I did want to read it after all And in fact after that second shoe drops apart from the scene where people are being dragged down to be consumed by an evil god it's mostly not that distressing despite the dark fantasy labelWhen I say very accomplished writer I mean that he has a feel and a skill for language that's unusual in the indie writers I read His prose is not without flaws though He's over fond of the semicolon his imagery can shade towards the purple and sometimes the incoherent and he does the Steven Donaldson thing of dropping vocabulary words every few pages which taken all together comes across to me as maybe trying too hard Unfortunately too the words don't always mean what he seems to think they mean and occasionally mean the opposite He describes two characters as having reedy voices for example From context he means big booming voices but reedy means thin and weak Sojourn is twice used to mean journey but it means staying in one place that's a common error Then there are the florid descriptions which leave me unable to imagine what's being described like a black frock coat swarthy with curly pinstriping If it's black it's already swarthy and what on earth would curly pinstriping look likeVery few people have the vocabulary to pull this kind of writing off and even those who do I think probably shouldn't attempt it I know it's a classic way of writing fantasy but I find it distancing even when done well and annoying when done badly Here it's not done terribly but it could be done better It's possible though difficult to write lucid straightforward prose that's also beautiful and evocative Emma Bull does it Ursula Le Guin does it and I wish genre writers didWhen we come to characters there's some good news The protagonistnarrator is based on the author but he is definitely not Gary Stu He's in poor physical and emotional shape he gets scared he freaks out Things don't fall into his lap; he struggles he suffers He makes meaningful decisions he's loyal to his friends I'm happy with him as a characterThe secondary characters are not as clearly drawn In particular the minor characters in the other world I found difficult to separate in some cases or remember who was who perhaps because a lot of them are introduced in a short span of time I'm sure they'll gain depth in the second bookThe premise is interesting The main character's father is a well known fantasy author and it turns out that he wasn't making up his other world; he'd lived there and was a biographer than a novelist The protagonist goes to the other world and becomes involved in defending it and by extension our world from other dimensional villains It's a good premise Portal fantasy is out of fashion for some odd reason but I've always liked it and of course the fictional worlds are real trope is a popular one see Jasper Fforde for perhaps the best known of many examples I think the author does it justice though with a couple of reservations which I'll mention next He also does a nice job of including uotations from the father's books which are in a subtly different style though I didn't always see the relevance of them to the chapters they preceded I wasn't that happy with the worldbuilding The narrator says that there are very few analogs between Earth and Destin when it comes to culture but there totally are Destin is basically a mashup of classic swords and sorcery fantasy with the Old West and the two elements don't blend well Shields and sixguns Characters who wear doublets and jeans Yes those are actual examples It didn't work that well for me technologically or historically Or linguistically; I have a degree in English language so I know how contingent and random the development of the English language was and having another world in which people speak a version of it is unlikely on the face of it though I'm willing to give it the Trope Pass reluctantly so that we don't have to struggle with language learning and translation to the detriment of the story The big all too common worldbuilding gaffe though is this One of the characters an Earth person who's familiar with the other world from reading the books says at one point There's no Christ No Bible Why would there be a Christmas And then roughly a thousand words later there's a minor character called Joshua I understand why authors don't want the Christian religion in their books but if you're going to take it out take it all out The thing is it's so entwined in our culture to a degree that most people are unconscious of that unless you base your books on a non Western culture you can't take it all out This is an enduring problem of fantasy worldbuildingAnyway so much for the world What about the plot This is the first of an epic fantasy series and as is often the case with such series it's not a complete story in itself but an introduction to the world and the characters and the situation That's not to say that nothing happens by any means but there's a sense of beginning at the end than there is a sense of ending if that makes any sense Thinking back on my experience of reading it I remember explanation and exploration than I do action though there are certainly several well written action seuences spaced well throughout One of the important uestions to ask when talking about plot is What do the characters want Do they strive for it What the characters want is reasonably clear The main character Ross wants to investigate the mystery possibly avenge his father's death and rescue and defend his friends His friends want to visit the world of the books they loved growing up and this weaker motivation leaves them as weaker less interesting characters in this book though they'll no doubt strengthen in future books thanks to the revelations towards the end of this one Stakes are both cosmic and personal which is a strong combination and shows promise for the seriesOverall this is definitely an above average first novel though for me it has some non fatal issues With discipline applied to the language and better integration of the different elements of the worldbuilding I can see this becoming a classic series in the future

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The Whirlwind in the Thorn TreeIsh E R Brigham's long running magnum opusRoss and two of the author's devotees investigate his untimely death and discover that he might have been murderedand the time bending gunslingers of Dad's steampunk novels might be realAs they try to acclimate to the arid deserts of the author's. There's some books that completely sweep you away from the real world and this was one of them I actually downloaded this book after hearing about it on a group here somewhere The title was what caught my eye mostlysounds so romantic and the songanyway it languished in my Kindle until a few weeks ago I decided to pick it up again I wrote somewhere else that Whirlwind will forever remind me of barbeuing with Dad because those memories are priceless I'd sit there flipping the meat and reading and discussing various subjects with Dad he asked what I was so engrossed in and I kinda sketched out the plot I was at the part where Ross is in his father's houseI won't say any about that but its a great book I couldn't put it down and I constantly schemed to make time to come back to it I even took the Kindle to work with me but of course those days I got slammed I can't wait for the seuel I'm your number one fan kennit