This book delivered on its promise of a look at the antediluvian world, that is the world before Noah’s Flood. Though the details of that time are sparse in the Bible, the author very clearly looked into myths and legends about the time. I spotted several clear references to First Enoch and the Gilgamesh Epic. This book details the first diplomatic meeting between the Edenites and the Enochites in over a millennium. Noah goes to Cain’s city to ask for help against a marauding monster in Eden.
That monster was a Leviathan (Job 41). My first thought when it was named was “will we see Behemoth?” Yes, several Behemoth were seen later on.
I bought Hailstone Mountain with the idea of reading and reviewing it shortly after it came out. Alas, time conspired against me. I started reading it quickly, but kept getting called away. Then I would forget about it for days or weeks at a time while other matters pressed on my time.
Some may read that and conclude it wasn’t a good book. On the contrary, it was very well done. I am left thinking that I needed to read it at this time and not earlier. When I sat down to read it, I tore through pages as event after event rushed past.
Some friends do a friendly, crossover competition most months. It’s like fantasy football but for geeks. There will be a theme given which all stories must revolve around. The goal is to put together a coherent story idea using already existing characters. It might be a spy story, a western, a supers story, fantasy, or whatever the commissioner comes up with. And this is a draft. You pick one character a day, and once an owner takes a character no one else can use it.
For August, we have been doing fantasy stories. My first idea was to lampoon epic fantasy by making fun of all the rules those stories follow. As I started to write it, the fiction wasn’t working. Thankfully, this was on the third day. I had picked a location and one character. So I scrapped my plans and my story notes and started something completely different.
Naturally, I had to keep the location and character I had drafted, but that was no problem. They would work for the new idea. It allowed me to combine two things that I enjoy: epic fantasy and Iron Chef.
Iron Mage: Ansalon!
It’s been a blast to write, and I can send a link to anyone interested.
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