The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
How long has it been since Butcher first announced this book? Two years? Three? Well, his long-promised steampunk story is finally here, and I've finally gotten through the entire first book. It's a little more in the vein of Codex Alera than The Dresden Files, just with a different alternate-world fantasy setting. There's a little less magic and a little more science - other than, of course, the etherealists, the Spires, the talking cats, etc. etc. And it's long. Six hundred pages plus. I don't think Butcher's ever put out a brick this size before. But it's still got a lot of his signature elements - high action, ass-kickage all over the place, bizarro humor (my personal favorite part is the "No Unauthorized Entry" sign followed by "No, You Are NOT Authorized"), ladies to be feared, and the fact that it's just begging for a Rush soundtrack in the movie. In this case, maybe a little of their new-millennium material: selections from Vapor Trails (Remixed, of course), Snakes & Arrows, and let's not forget Clockwork Angels.
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