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A second serving of Enoch…

It is with a mix of excitement and dread that I wait for the coming of October the 11th.

Nice little Lovecraftian start, innit?
Let me go back to the beginning.
A few days back, answering the call of Amazon, I announced I will devote some space to independent books through the month of October.
Because indies are important – they are where the exciting stuff happens1

the-king-of-nightspores-crownAs luck would have it, on the same day I received a fat Amazon gift card from one of my readers.
And therefore I burned a fair chunk of it in ordering a paper copy of Raphael Ordonez’ second book in the Enoch Series, which is called The King of Nightspore’s Crown, and that does fully qualify as an indie book.

The first book in the series, Dragonfly, I reviewed here and it was one of the best fantasy stories I happened to read in a long time.
So I’m very excited about the fact that the courier service will drop my copy in my mailbox on Tuesday the 11th of October.
I explicitly chose the paper book over the ebook because I consider myself a fan, and I want the whole series on my shelf. I love the way these books look and feel like those old Ballantine Adult Fantasy titles from my misspent youth.

The dread I mentioned comes from the fact that, knowing myself, as soon as the package gets to me I’ll stop everything I’m doing and I’ll spend the following days reading the book. And then writing a review.
And then maybe going back to Dragonfly and read the two of them back to back.
You get the idea. I’ll have to exercise all my (less than abundant) discipline, to try and do some work next week.

I’ll keep you posted.

  1. and mind you, in the field of imaginative fiction, there’s always a lot of exciting stuff happening, but indie authors are those that are often trying to do something new. 


Raphael Ordoñez’ Dragonfly, a biased review

Dragonfly-by-Raphael-OrdoñezI promised a review and here it is.
I spent the weekend immersed in one of the most intriguing, baffling and intelligent books I read in a long while.
The book is Raphael Ordoñez’ Dragonfly, a novel I discovered thanks to the Black Gate blog.
The review published by Black Gate promised much – and the novel delivered in full, and possibly more1.
What was an impulse purchase, based on a great review and a great cover (by the author himself), turned out to be one of the best reads of this year.

The novel takes place on the Counter-Earth at the Cosmic Antipodes, whatever that may mean, and indeed much of the setting is shrouded in mystery.
Is this the past, the future, some place else or our own world? Are the strange individuals the hero meets aliens, members of different human branches of evolution, or something completely different? Continue reading