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New Jim Butcher Epic / Steampunk / Sci-Fi Series on way...
« on: February 11, 2015, 12:26:42 PM »
Jim Butcher's Dresden books are some of the highest selling, most highly regarded novels in the fantasy genre. With a narrative style reminiscent of Raymond Chandler's, the protagonist of the novels - Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard - makes a living as a Private Detective. The stories are popular for their consistent humour and the author's ability to seamlessly merge the fantastical with reality. Other than George R.R. Martin I don't think there is an author who fans have so consistently told me they 'always buy the hardback' of.

Well, following the release of the 16th book this year - Peace Talks - which will make 16 books in 15 years, we may see the release schedule of the Dresden Files slow down a little. Roc Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, have announced this that they've signed Jim Butcher up for a brand new steampunk / fantasy / sci-fi hybrid called The Cinder Spires. The first novel of which will be called THE AERONAUT’S WINDLASS and isn't actually too far away: it'll be with us on September 29, 2015 (oh yeah, and that's a hardback too!).

Editor, Anne Sowards, describes The Cinder Spires as, “Horatio Hornblower meets The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen—it’s a fantastic, creative new series of airships, privateers, warrior monks, and mad sorcerers. Honestly, it’s like Jim put all my favorite things in one book!”

Early reports tell us that the novel is set in a fascinating new world, where an ancient evil has awoken, plunging the world into a shroud of mists filled with monstrous and fantastic creatures. The fate of humanity will rest on the loyalty and courage of a single airship’s crew. And, early reviews seem positive too, New York Times bestselling author David Weber has said, “This is Jim Butcher at his best… It’s steampunk meets magic with a dose of sci-fi for seasoning.”

Of course, this isn't Butcher's first series away from Harry Dresden. He penned the Codex Alera series of epic fantasy novels that were released between 2004 and 2009. In a pretty remarkable achievement for a fantasy author a number of the books made the New York Times Bestseller list (peaking at number 13). However, the most favourable reviews for Butcher's work have come in over the past 5 years (all 5 of his last books have hit number 1 on the New York Times Bestseller list), so I anticipate readers will be expecting even better things from Butcher with this one.

If all goes well THE AERONAUT’S WINDLASS could be a huge hit. With George R.R. Martin having brought mainstream attention to the fantasy genre over the last few years, another New York Times bestseller moving into more traditional fantasy could sell huge amounts of copies to 'floating readers'. When you add that to his already huge fan-base it could be, as his publishers predict, one of the fall’s biggest genre releases.

Those who can't wait to see what kind of thing they've got to look forward to can check out the following videos by Youtube user Anteru:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73ZgDnircao" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73ZgDnircao</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRS_UEAhah8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRS_UEAhah8</a>

You can also find a good Q&amp;A session here from Phoenix Comicon where he speaks a bit about the book:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFp7W7J6QQs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFp7W7J6QQs</a>

We will bring you a review as soon as we get our hands on a copy!
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Re: New Jim Butcher Epic / Steampunk / Sci-Fi Series on way...
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2015, 12:58:33 PM »
This sounds awesome.  Loved the early Dresden novels, but I'd have to go back and start all over to get number 15 (!)
So, here I could get in at the start!
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2015, 02:06:57 PM »
This sounds very interesting and will definitely be something I check out.  The work rate of people like Butcher and Sanderson just amaze me.

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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2015, 05:32:25 PM »
September, why are you so far away? I want to read this now. I've yet to find any book by Butcher that hasn't been good.

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Re: New Jim Butcher Epic / Steampunk / Sci-Fi Series on way...
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2015, 12:11:08 AM »
I've heard about this project for a while now and very pleased to see it have a release date. I'll be very interested to see the finished project. I haven't actually read any Butcher out of the Dresden series (Codex Alera just didn't appeal to me), so that will also be a point of interest.
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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2015, 09:35:03 AM »
Has anyone started reading this yet?

Almost finished it and really enjoying it, I don't fully understand all aspects of the 'magic' involved but great characters and action, a lot of it very tongue-in-cheek.

I didn't really get on with his Codex Alera series and haven't even started the Dresden books so I count this as my first proper attempt at a Butcher book, looking forward to the next one already.

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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2015, 10:26:22 AM »
I have it, but it's on my to be read pile waiting. Glad to know it'll be worth the wait!
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Re: New Jim Butcher Epic / Steampunk / Sci-Fi Series on way...
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2015, 11:04:09 AM »
I have it, but it's on my to be read pile waiting. Glad to know it'll be worth the wait!
Can you still find your way out from under your TBR pile or have you been suffocated? Or are they all audio and ebooks? ;)
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Re: New Jim Butcher Epic / Steampunk / Sci-Fi Series on way...
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2015, 12:34:54 PM »
I have it, but it's on my to be read pile waiting. Glad to know it'll be worth the wait!
Can you still find your way out from under your TBR pile or have you been suffocated? Or are they all audio and ebooks? ;)

A pile of unread eBooks can still feel suffocating.  ;)
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Re: New Jim Butcher Epic / Steampunk / Sci-Fi Series on way...
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2015, 12:40:49 PM »
I really want to read this but Have so many books to read so I think I wait for the sequels and read them in one go.Do you know how many books are planned for the series?

It looks completely different to his other novels.
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Re: New Jim Butcher Epic / Steampunk / Sci-Fi Series on way...
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2015, 12:10:31 AM »
Here's another with it on the audible TBR, really want to begin but the Standalone Battle sent me off to start The Night Circus.  I must see what happens there ready for any times it turns up in a new round.
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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2015, 01:42:48 PM »
Do you know how many books are planned for the series?

I think he has signed a deal for 3 books but is planning a 9 book series!  :o

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« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2015, 02:51:35 PM »
Just got the book and it's on my tbr pile, but I'm not as excited as I could be... Sort of got exasperated by his first Dresden book and actually never even finished it. A few too many cliched tropes were interfering. I'll try this one out though.
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« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2015, 04:34:27 PM »
Dresden starts off kind of rough for a few people but once you get to book four or so he really finds his stride.  Butcher actually recommends starting with book seven which seems a bit odd to me, there are things that happen in the first few that do come up again in later ones.

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« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2015, 04:52:46 AM »
I finished it recently and it was a lot of fun. There is a lot of time spent on worldbuilding (typical of a first in a new fantasy series) and a lot of action scenes, which made it real easy to just burn through the book. The scope's large, there are a lot of different narrators and some characters aren't really getting developed to their fullest potential or are feeling a bit one dimensional ie Gwen, Ben, and Bridget. Others are pretty distinct and memorable ie Rowl and Folly. A lot of how the magic system works still needs to be explained, but that just makes me want to read the next book. I hope this does get turned into a super epic and the 9 books rumor I keep hearing is actually true. I don't know how this could be done as a trilogy.
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