Overall review: (4.5 / 5)
Imagine a tea party. Frank Zappa is the host, and he makes some “special” mushroom tea. Attendees at the party include William Goldman (of The Princess Bride fame), Lewis Carroll (Looking Glass fame [of course]), and Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide) and they are told to collaborate on a novel.
I have to say even THEY would have had a tough time coming up with a book as entertaining as Asteroid Made of Dragons.
It has been many years since I have enjoyed any book as much AMOD. Granted, during the first couple of chapters I was in a flashing brain state of WTF is going on??, but by Chapter 3, I was totally hooked. And laughing.
I dearly love mashups as a rule, and this book was the mashup to end all mashups. Just about every mythological, fairylogical, pixielogical, archetypal, supernatural and general magical creature/thing made an appearance at some point (I didn’t see unicorns or Orcs, that I recall – but I could have just overlooked them). And, there were also steampunk-type airships, ghost-pirate zombies, at least one vampire (I think – all signs point to that fact), a seer and of course, the dragon asteroid.
The story itself (once I fully committed to the ride) was an entertaining Wild Mouse twister. I never knew WHAT was going to happen next. Characterization was neatly and skillfully done – especially considering the gamut of creatures that appeared at nearly every turn of the page.
Editing was outstanding. At the end of the book, the author gives credit to “Lindsay Robinson for her blistering developmental edit.” I have a feeling that this book was not the easiest book to edit – so more power to Lindsay!
I just had one small gripe – there was a sentence in about horses/riders “looping” which made no sense (horses lope). I am a long time horsewoman – and when I run across inaccuracies like this I always get a sour face.
The cover art is very good, accurately portraying the lighthearted feel of the book itself. Writing craft – I would say that Adams is well on his way to journeyman status. And, worldbuilding – pretty good – considering there was so many worlds mashed together.
All in all – a classic and a must read.
|Story Line:||(5 / 5)|
|Characterization:||(4 / 5)|
|Readability:||(4.75 / 5)|
|Writing Craft:||(4 / 5)|
|Cover Art:||(5 / 5)|
|Worldbuilding:||(4 / 5)|