I was browsing in a Barnes & Noble last night when I spotted a familiar name: Jasper Fforde (Which I thought for sure was a pen name -- it's too cool to be real!). I'd been hearing the name the last few weeks among NaNoers, so I picked up his newest book and read the inside jacket.
I immediately scribbled down the title to add to my Goodreads list.
Here's a peek at the first few lines:
"It looked set to become even hotter by the afternoon, just when the job was becoming more fiddly and needed extra concentration. But the fair weather brought at least one advantage: dry air makes magic work better and fly farther. Moisture has a moderating effect on the mystical arts. No sorcerer worth their sparkle ever did productive work in the rain -- which probably accounts for why getting showers to start was once considered easy, but getting them to stop was nearly impossible."
-- from The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde (which is actually his real name)
Reasons I'm intrigued:
1. A place with magic is ALWAYS exciting.
2. "No sorcerer worth their sparkle..." That phrase delights me for reasons unknown.
3. The explanation about rain - very practical and grounded in what feels like reality.
4. Was "once" considered easy? Is Magic leaving? Why?
5. The title -- doesn't The Last Dragonslayer sound incredibly epic???
What do you think -- does this make you want to rush to the bookstore (or as in my case, the library) and peek in this book to find out what exactly is going on? I can't wait to read more!
Happy NaNovember, by the way! I'm over 2,000 words in and am happier than I have ever been with a story. It is completely plotted (although some of it is a bit vague) and I've got a title. If I feel like procrastinating later, I may come up with a cover...!
See you on Monday for a review of Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi!