Last week I mentioned my policy of reading books by friends, online or “in real life,” in relation to Jim Geraghty. Well, it was actually a conversation about Moe Lane which sparked my memory of not reviewing Jim’s book. Which brings us around to Moe’s book. Wait, what?
Let me start again. I try to read and review books written by people I know. Writing a book is hard. Getting it published is too. So I try to do my small part by reading and offering thoughts in pixels when friends/acquaintances achieve this milestone. Well, Moe-another blogging friend from way back- has a book out. Frozen Dreams.
It’s a very straightforward detective story! Well, one where the detective lives in a post-apocalypse fantasy setting where there are orcs rampaging in the eastern desert, evil sorcerers lurking in their towers to the north, and Adventurers looting and exploring the post-American ruins. But they all come to Cin City: Cinderella, the capital of the Kingdom of New California. Maybe it’s because of the glitter. Maybe it’s because of the giant iceberg in the middle of the Gulf of California. And maybe it’s because they got nowhere else to go.
I should confess that I am not really a Geek in the sense of plugged into and fluent in the language of fantasy, comics, and elements of pop culture (TV, video & role playing games, etc.). I am sorta Geek adjacent, if you will.
Dragonlance ala Dashiell Hammett during a Canticle for Leibowitz.
Sounds about right. I enjoyed it because I know Moe and found it interesting to picture him creating the world and story; and voicing the main character, to be honest. Could have used a little more world building setup and character depth, but as I have frequently noted, most first time novels do; particularly in what is the first in a series.
My sense is that the more you enjoy the fantasy adventure aspect the more you will enjoy the book as a whole. Not being conversant in, or a regular reader of, this type of fantasy mash-up it took me a while to get into the flow of the world, the cosmology, of the setting and characters (there is a helpful glossary in the back). Those who are more plugged into role paying and fantasy will speak the language a little more fluently; will understand and appreciate the aesthetic from which it comes.
So if you are a reader of fantasy or dystopian fiction, or if you are just looking something different to read this summer, check out Frozen Dreams. It is a fast, quirky, and imaginative read. And you can read if for less than three bucks on Kindle, so what’s the risk?