Saturday, March 14, 2015

Kickstarter Day 26 (3 to go): snowshoe fun and a fantasy adventure

3 days left on The Labyrinth of Flame Kickstarter!  We're still hovering near that interior art goal: so close but not quite over the mark.  Some backers have upped their pledges to help the KS reach it, and I want to say a huge THANK YOU for that.  You rock, and I am so, so grateful.

Today I took a much-needed break and headed out to the backcountry with a friend for some snowshoe fun.  We headed up toward Jasper Lake in the Indian Peaks, much of our path off-trail, and enjoyed an absolutely gorgeous day.  Eight miles of off-trail snowshoeing feels more like 16 - amazing how much harder you have to work in unpacked snow - but the effort was totally worth it.  Just look at these pics:

Indian Peaks vista

The snowfield beckons

After a strenuous yet lovely day in the mountains, when reccing a book I just have to go for a terrific wilderness adventure: Janny Wurts's To Ride Hell's Chasm. I've mentioned the book here before - it's a standalone novel that starts off with some interesting characters and political intrigue, then transitions into an epic, nail-biting flight through a treacherous mountain gorge (complete with vicious flying predators).  The action is intense, and the mountain travel handled with excellent realism.  A great, fast-paced read, with some amazing terrain I sure wish I could visit (if minus the deadly predators, that is.)  Also, Janny did the art shown on this British edition of the cover: how cool is that? 

2 comments:

  1. Heck of a landscape there - glad you got to get out and stretch your legs.

    And yeah, Wurts is an excellent artist. Could've believe she did her own covers when I first read about that.

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    1. Yeah - talk about a wealth of talent! She is amazing.

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