I’ll admit that there are a couple of tropes that capture my imagination. I’m a sucker for a hero overcoming odds. I love the villain reversal into someone worthwhile. And, here’s a deep one…
I like time travel and multiple realities.
Done wrong, this can be a real horrible cliche, sort of a surprise reveal of an evil twin at the wrong moment. Done right, and you get awesome stories. Like Back to the Future. Or Fair Coin.
E. C. Myers first published novel landed on the io9 summer reading list and was called pure crack in a review there. Well, yeah. The only reason I didn’t finish the book in one sitting was that I had to go to a meeting. I looked up and like 3 hours had passed, and I was thrilled I hadn’t noticed.
Ephraim, a kid with a rough life, finds a coin and he wishes himself the solutions to many of his problems. Except, well, it’s more complicated than that, and I can’t tell you, lest the spoiler fairy hit me on the head with the Mallet of Gaffe (TM). But suffice it to say that the plot is a multi-layered, complex thing that would require a conspiracy chart to keep hold of the threads. God, I love that. And the multiplicity conundrums come at you fast and furious.
Block out some time on the beach or at the pool or even on the weekend and read this book. It thrills me that a first novel can be so good. It thrills me that Quantum Coin will be coming relatively soon. E.C. Myers is an author not to be missed.
And, he’s going to be sending an interview to Writer Tamago shortly. Yay.