by Kathy F.
I said it before, a time or twenty, that I am a book geek. I'm far more likely to curl up with a book than watch TV. It's not unusual for me to read 3-4 books at the same time, reading a few chapters of whatever book fits my mood best. I'm pretty much the hummingbird of readers, and I'm OK with that. Yet, every now and then I come across a book where I start it, thinking I'll just read the first chapter to get a taste, then all of a sudden I'm on page 200 without really realizing it. Completely, utterly sucked in and it's glorious.
This week, I've got two books/series that fit this bill. On Thursday I'll be talking about Amanda Stevens Graveyard Queen series. Today belongs to Lilith Saintcrow's latest The Iron Wyrm Affair.
I fully admit I am still reading this book (so no review yet), but I haven't wanted to pick up anything else since I started it. Lilith Saintcrow has been on the Stellar Four list of Favorite Authors for good reason: compelling characters, complex worlds, and fantastic action. What sets her apart for me is that I'm never really sure where she's going to take her characters. I know that the shit will hit the fan, no one is "safe" and even if as a reader I take a few punches to the emotional gut, I will be back for more. I also like that you are just dumped into the world, on the ground running without a whole lot of explanation. You'll be shown what you need to know.
That was the case here in this completely new series. It's alt-Victorian with steampunk, sorcery, and mentaths (think Sherlockian geniuses). The style is different, but after a chapter and a half I was sold. I can't say I understood everything a couple of chapters in, but after that I got into the cadence. Most important, I didn't care. I was along for the ride and I'd figure it out later.
I'm not even sure how much I want to tell you here because I've had so much enjoyment from immersing myself in the story and figuring it all out on my own. I think I'll just say, if you are on the lookout for something different, try Iron Wyrm.