Lets put aside that awkward title for a moment (Sorry about that it really sounded better in my head).
We have a new cause for celebration so break out the champagne, find an imaginary crowd of your own, bake some cakes in honor of the Cake God (Dammit Frostius stop sneaking onto my blog!) and paint the town…a different color!
What are we celebrating? Why, you guys of course! We’ve reached a thousand views here at Captain of Chickens and I couldn’t be happier (well I could but that’s only if each view counted as a dollar). So awesome you guys! Well done.
“Half those views are from you,” my helpful and supportive Heckler interjects.
I stare at her for a moment without comprehension before strapping on a birthday cone hat thing and plow right on with my original topic.
Why am I blathering on about Sci-Fi-Fantasy genre-benders?
Generally I don’t like genre-bending. I’m not a fan. Although Science Fiction and Fantasy have always been lumped together as the purview of nerds and geeks (which is changing thankfully as they become more mainstream). Heck, at many a fine bookstore they’re located on the same shelves with space marines rubbing shoulders with elves while dwarves challenge aliens to drinking contests.
I’ve always been somewhat of a purist when it comes to genre-bending. I like my Science Fiction and my Fantasy split apart and never the twain shall meet. However, it was not always so.
During my tender formative years I read the Shannara series by Terry Brooks (which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where elves and dwarves are evolved forms of humans) and thoroughly enjoyed them before moving on to other authors and series.
Until recently I’d taken a rather dim view of post-apocalyptic settings and societies that were once technologically advanced but have no stagnated into a feudal system. That is until I read Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence.
This book was amazing and it wasn’t until about halfway in that I realized it was a genre-bender. Prince of Thorns follows the story of a young man on his quest to earn his father’s approval (or failing that forge an empire from a hundred disparate parts).
Seems pretty simple, right? Wrong. The book explores the darker aspects of human nature as we find out very quickly that this kid has something broken in him. He doesn’t hesitate to commit heinous acts in the furtherance of his goals. It was also surprisingly humorous at times and did a great job of painting things in moral shades of grey.
Well that’s about all I have for you today folks. I’ll do a more in-depth review of Prince of Thorns at a later date. Once more congratulations are due to me and to you, my dear readers, for following along thus far.
Now go away. I have more books to read and things to investigate.