Nina and Engineer Mike put on their raincoats and invade a city somewhere in the former Soviet Block (they think) to solve a murder mystery. Can they get through the first chapter, or is this notorious author’s prose too purple?
Digressions: The Idol (again), the steampunk lifestyle, comparisons to shitty Luc Besson movies, fantastic satirical Amazon Prime shows, trying to decide on a genre for this book, and how to properly close a podcast episode properly.
Engineer Mike told Nina to read the wrong book! Can they roll with it, or will it blow up in their faces like a volcano?
Digressions: Engineer Mike’s hatred of democracy, making (podcast) relationships work when one party likes trash, the problem with trilogies, including TL;DRs in your books, characters losing limbs and or digits, and how to make sure your podcast stays fresh.
Nina struggles through the prologue of a dense but beloved recommendation from Engineer Mike. Will she walk through the Gate or turn around and head north?
Digressions: Theoretical George R.R. Martin essays, a rant about The Idol, the problematic Arthurian book we don’t talk about, the usefulness of Homeric Greek according to Nina, science fiction versus fantasy according to Engineer Mike, the benefits (and disadvantages) of third person extremely limited point of view, world building versus character building, another problematic fantasy series that we also don’t talk about, and a possible book follow up!