A quick update!
Skate the Seeker
I am happy to announce a release date for book II of the Rag & Bone Chronicles for later this year: Skate the Seeker will be out on September 12, 2023! Work is still being done to get it publish-ready, and I thank the hardworking people of Thinklings for making this happen. As soon as I’ve checked on final touches for Seeker, it will be on to working on book III.
I finally finished Dune, and I really liked it. Herbert’s world-building is incredible, and the political intrigues were gripping. I can very easily understand why the book became such a cornerstone of science fiction. I’ve been warned that the later books get increasingly weird, so that’ll be fun.
Watched “Gotham By Gaslight” on Netflix, an elseworlds story of Batman in the late 1800s, and I was deeply disappointed toward the end. The world was interesting, the variation on Batman and various other characters was engaging, the animation and voice acting were wonderful and rich, but the villain reveal in the third act was such a misstep that I didn't even bother finishing the movie. What a waste, what a world. I've also gotten through season 1 of His Dark Materials, and I can't wait to start season two.
Back in Westeros, on Clash of Kings. I’m trying to get a sense for how Martin’s prose reflects the world he created while also getting the reader to care about some deeply unpleasant characters. My biggest gripe with A Song of Ice and Fire is that its insistence on using sexual violence as a backdrop of setting makes it unpleasant on multiple read-throughs, and inaccessible to a wide swath of readers who simply do not want to read about such things. Much of said violence is only incidental to the plot, and should have been scrapped. After reading threads on Reddit’s writing communities, I can also say with some confidence that the deplorable and casual violence in ASoIaF has … “inspired” some very dodgy fiction from aspiring authors. I wish that aspect of these books had been different. I plan to move onto the hedge knight stories for the first time.
I’ve noticed some more traffic to the site lately than usual, which is nice. If you’re reading this as your introduction to the blog, welcome, and thanks for reading. I guess that last part extends to the rest of you people who have been a while, too 😉.
Work has stalled on the side project (code name: “Rainbow”). I’m about ¾ done with it, but I’m having trouble getting in the writing each day to finish it properly. I still want to try to get a draft done before starting III. Still looking for a place to drop a short epistolary fic; I may just post it here somewhere eventually.
There’s a Skate chatbot that a friend made; it’s a lot of fun to play around with.
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Jeff Ayers writes books that are pretty good.