The longer this pandemic goes on, the stronger the urge to buy things.
Today, after three months of suppressing the urge to spend all the money I saved not going anywhere, I finally caved. I bought a new e-book; not exactly a bank-breaking move. But on the more expensive side, I also bought a brand new fountain pen with my name engraved.
When my favourite pen exploded on me the other day, I felt like I needed something a bit more resilient than the cheap ones I tend to buy. In the midst of a huge number of tabs with clothes and books that I’ve meant to buy, the fountain pen won out. (Pics when I get it!)
Anyway, the new e-book making itself at home in my e-reader is a bit off the wall. At least, from what I usually buy. But it does look incredibly enticing:
“Everson Croft, professor of mythology and behind-the-scenes wizard.
Show me an amateur conjurer, and I’ll stop him before he gets himself killed.
That’s the idea, anyway. But New York City isn’t what it used to be, and I don’t mean the recent crash.
Amateur casters are calling up creatures they shouldn’t be able to. And there’s been a murder at the city’s most hallowed cathedral, a message in blood on the victim’s back the NYPD wants me to interpret, like yesterday.
Something tells me I’m in over my head. And that’s not just Chinatown’s newest mob boss, a scary-powerful vampire, or my possessed cat talking.
No matter how much magic I hurl, worse keeps chasing bad, and I’m amassing enemies like they’re aluminum cans.
Did I mention the end of the world might be nigh?
Damn. Maybe I’m the amateur here.”
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Funnily enough, I haven’t read a male protagonist in a very long time. It’s a strange thing to realise because back in the day (childhood/teen years), you couldn’t move for male-led stories. The world of self-publishing has definitely opened the flood-gates for female protagonists and without me even realising, I’ve leaned towards these kinds of books.
So, it’s time to take a dive into a pool that’s been left abandoned for some time. It’s good to keep things interesting at a time when we’re staring at the same four walls for months at a time. On with the experiments!
Thanks for reading!