My trusty spoon and I are reading Path Unchosen, an eArc we received as part of the author's tour. You can find out more about Path Unchosen here and here.
So Far: I've had to force-feed Fork E. McSpork (my spoon's name; the 'E' stands for Eugene but don't tell him I said that) around half of this book. It's not to say that the book is bad, Spoon is just one of those existentialist, stuck up type of readers and doesn't appreciate a good fantasy novel for what it is. He's so full of himself I guess you could call him stuffed.
But anyway. There's a lot to love here, a deep narrator, a weird alternate world, and a paranormal zombie fiction piece that reads as though everything in it were absolutely normal. And I love that. I hate when authors over-aggrandize the authenticity of a piece by ruminating over the differences between their universe and the real world. That makes me happy. Our narrator isn't terribly relatable, but there are other characters who are and they make this story come alive with biting humor, biting statements, and also biting zombies. Zombies are cool. Also ghosts, apparently.
A Sneak Peek:
A gentle light amidst the darkness.Was that my purpose. Could I shine a light into the blackness or would it devour me? The whispering settled to soothing background music, and excitement welled in my chest.
"Choose one," Purah said. "You will call a spirit tonight."
. . .
I didn't want to disappoint him. "It won't hurt her?"
. . .
The ground beneath the gravestone trembled, and the top of a skull broke through the surface.Tension is so sweet, man.
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