Everygnome's Guide to Paratechnology: Your Essential Resource to Surviving Explosions, Avoiding Mustache Tangles, Moving Beyond Basic Clockwork Devices, ... Advice for Adventurers Everywhere (EA'AE))
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With pleasant self-deprecating humor and writing that’s a pleasing parody of college lecture notes, author Joseph J. Bailey invites gnomes, and other beings, to join him in a study of paratechnology, which is of course, neither purely technological, nor entirely mythical and magic, but a blending of both. And which should never be undertaken without adequate precautions, as laid out in this book. There will be explosions, and overly extravagant facial hair may burn.
Plays on words and plays on culture combine, adding occasional profundity to madcap and hair-raising speculations, and even inviting contemplation of our own society’s preoccupations. But it’s all very light-hearted, long-winded in just the right professorial style, intriguing and fun. There might even be an occasional faint echo of C. S. Lewis.
I particularly enjoy how the author invents words and introduces ideas without any need for explanation. But if you really want to know the paratechnological details, you can always read (and enjoy) the comprehensive glossary at the end. Footnotes to each chapter add a certain personal touch, as long as you can follow them. In print they’d be great. On my e-reader the numbers weren’t linked to the notes, which meant I kept scrolling forwards and back to follow the author’s conversation. But perhaps they’re linked in other versions. In any case, they’re well worth the scrolling.
A fun, short read, with odd bits of wisdom tucked between the lines, Everygnome’s Guide is the perfect side-course to lunch with sci-fi fantasy-minded friends, and hey, it’s even got some math!
Disclosure: The author kindly gave me a free ecopy and asked for my honest review.
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