Sunday, May 22, 2016

Bookworming: The Aeronaut's Windlass

The Aeronaut's Windlass, Jim Butcher, **
As the kick off of a new series from Butcher in the loose genre of steampunk, I went in with high expectations. Too high as it turned out. I have two complaints: one-note characters and general lack of motivations. The bones are all there, the world building with its ancient constructs and crystal-magic technology provides a good backdrop. Unfortunately there just isn't much meat on them. The team of rag-tag heroes come together for the thinnest of reasons, and none of them have even a hint of character arc.  Worse, the bad guys come off as jealous jerks or simply crazy. Butcher's kinetic storytelling remains in full force, and the book is a quick and moderately enjoyable read. But that's about all. If you want me to embark on another long-running series, I'm not sure that is enough. I struggled with whether to give this one a two or three rating, but since I am generally a fan of Butcher's work and the setting is at least adjacent to my wheelhouse, I have to go with my gut and give this one a "meh".