So yes, this makes two book blog posts almost back to back. (At least this one didn’t sit around for over a week on my desktop–I just finished reading it last night.)
I’m not making it a habit, but I did want to mention Loose Canons because I’m friends with the guy who wrote it and would really like to get the word out. (No, really, this is completely unsolicited–if you know Chad you know he’d probably grumble at the idea of someone else writing a blog post about his work.)
The Loose Canons cycle is several years old, so–more or less quietly–he put it up on Amazon’s Kindle platform for $0.99 for the heck of it. You don’t actually need a Kindle–you can read it on your PC, Blackberry, Droid, fruitPhone, or fruitPad.
(This was actually the first time I’d read it all the way through, as sitting down to read it on my Blackberry is much more convenient than someone handing you a stack of papers and saying “what do you think of this?”)
So, for less than a dollar, you get all this:
Loose Canons is a collection of 10 interconnected short stories which explore a world in which even the gods themselves are faithless and incompetent. Along the way, it encompasses humor, mythology, and questioning faith as less-than-heroic characters are tested–and found wanting.
- A church conducts interviews to find their new god.
- A god puts one of his priests to the test – and the cleric flunks miserably.
- A cadre of deities files a lawsuit against God for putting them out of work.
- Two gods set out to keep the secrets of the hamburgers of the deities out of mortal hands.
- The village idiot sets out to kill Time so he can live forever.
The world (multiverse, I should say) of Loose Canons is complex and somewhat twisted, while still being whimsical in a Hitchiker’s Guide sort of way.
After losing all of his worshippers, Thoth, Lord of Knowledge, ends up flipping burgers at a fast food joint on modern-day Earth. Chanticleer, Lord of Storms, goes chasing after a demonic fast-food clown mascot who has stolen a secret hamburger recipe from Brahma’s restaurant on Olympus (ironically called The Sacred Cow). Aurus, Slayer of the Undead, is stripped of his divinity wagering with another god on the faithfulness of his high priest. Eridain Calumna Spear-Thrower, chosen hero of the gods, gets caught in a spat between Time and Death.
Incidentally, I ran this post by Chad, and he wanted me to add this disclaimer: “I’m an equal-opportunity offender. You may also want to mention that I’m probably going to hell, no matter what religion you follow.”
Also, Chad is working on a new book over the summer, a combination of dark fantasy and an even darker modern-day dystopia tentatively called Revolution.