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Category Icon 10-05-2011, 11:59 PM
I play chicken with the train.
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There's a guy name Larry Corriea, and he writes books. I'm writing a review about one of his books. It's a tome called 'Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles.' It's the first book of a series, and in order to write that series, Correia has to do a good job of world building. He does that. There's a paragraph before each chapter that gives information about some event that relates to the backstory. In this Grimnoir universe, magic exists, but it hasn't been around forever. People started developing magical abilities around the time of the American Civil War. People who can use magic are called actives, and they generally will only have one ability. It also has steampunk, and there's all sorts of cool steampunk things like zeppelins. Contemporary figures such as Theodore Roosevelt and John Moses Browning also put in appearances. Contemporary events also happen People don't really have much of an idea how to deal with people that can do magic. The universe is fascinating, and the characters are interesting. Their abilities seem superhuman, but in many cases that's because they are. The good guys aren't perfect, and they can lose. There's pirates...and ninjas. The book was fast paced, and I couldn't really put it down. I got it, and then read it within a couple of days. I think I'm going to read it again. It's got a pretty good plot that has a surprising twist. It's the 1930's, with magic, mayhem and blimps. And zombies.


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