December 18th, 2013

heart of the dragon

nice things being said about my Supernatural novels

Nate Winchester on his "Hunting Muses" blog has rated all the Supernatural novels, dividing them by Kripke era and post-Kripke era. My three SPN books fall into the Kripke era, and of the six books that take place in that time period, mine ranked #1, 3, and 4 (respectively, Heart of the Dragon, Bone Key, and Nevermore).

Money quote, on Heart of the Dragon:
The premise is simple, yet beautiful in its simplicity: what if there was a hunt that stretched across all 3 generations of hunters? From grandpa Campbell, to John, to Sam & Dean. Even better, it’s only a tangent to the wider myth arc. Meaning that this challenge they face has little to do with Lucifer or Micheal, it’s really just a monster of the week stretched out over generations. It ends up working really well and makes you wish we could see more threads connecting the lines of ancestors and decedents that are woven not because of some plot by heaven or hell, but just because of who these people are and what they do. Is it perfect? No, I would have love to seen more from John’s segment of the adventure, but even novels have time limits. Regardless, for being brilliant in its simplicity, and for leaving us wanting more, this SPN novel rightfully earns it’s #1 pick of the Kripke era.
  • Current Music
    "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" by Bob McNally

midweek music: "Carol of the Bells" Part 2

Two more versions of one of my favorite Christmas carols. First, an ostentatious one by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (which has a bit of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" in it):

Then a more low-key, new-agey one from the great pianist George Winston:

  • Current Music
    "Carol of the Bells" by George Winston