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Voidhawk Paperback – October 22, 2009
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Jason Halstead works in the automotive industry as an IT manager, developer, and database administator. From time to time he puts on a few other hats as well. In his spare time Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, writing, and training in his basement gym for whatever the next powerlifting competition he has signed up involves. He enjoys reading and responding to fan mail as well, so if you liked Voidhawk or any of his other books, don't be shy! firstname.lastname@example.org
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Pieces of the puzzle: Humans, Elves, Dwarves, various legendary creatures, planets, moons, asteroids with air pockets around them (some without any sun) that are continually breathable. Travel through space (called the Void) is done on wooden sailing ships with sails that somehow can move in atmosphere and the Void at undetermined speeds. Weapons consist of "firepowder", some magic, single shot pistols, swords (and similar) and ballistas on ships (that are illegal for anyone except the authorities).
This book is a series of vignette's as the VoidHawk is found, refurbished and they add crew all while traveling to various places in the Void. The author tries to help you learn about some of the characters. From a style standpoint it flows ok but the choices of some words and phrases gives the book an amateur feel. (Note: The author appears to have written a number of books so this style may be intentional)
When I went to find book #2 the price is listed at $4.99. Honestly, I would be open to exploring a second book but at not more than a $1.99. I say that intending no disrespect but there are so many other books that cost $2.99 or less (many free) that it simply is too much for what book #1 delivered.
To summarize it was ok. Felt amateurish. Light hearted. But a really strange mix of stuff. It felt like the author took every fantasy item he had ever come across and decided to include them in a story.
So, when I found out about the Voidhawk series, I was stoked. My biggest worry was that, since it was only based on a licensed property, he would have to move too far from the original source material.
I was wrong. Halstead makes the book so close to the campaign setting that it's a wonder that Wizards of the Coast hasn't filed a lawsuit yet. At least, as far as the mechanics go that is. Where he falls short was the area that caused me to have to stop reading halfway through. It was all the sex.
Characters in Wizards' (formerly TSR) novels do have sex. But it's not so blatant as to make the novels anything more than, I'd say, PG-13. That was just not the case here. Characters parade around naked. The captain is always ogling the low-cut shirts of pretty much every woman in the story, with the exception of the bald half-elf, and she expresses an interest in experimenting with bisexuality. I had to stop reading the story. I have too vivid of an imagination and an addiction to pornography.
I really wanted to like this story. I really did. The author is an incredible writer. Personality-wise, the crew of the Voidhawk are mostly likable. Halstead's detail is vivid, which would have been great if he hadn't tried to write a story that played out like an epic D&D novel set to play on Cinemax after-hours.
I did not expect it to be basically EXACTLY Spelljammer in design, including how the ships are set up, how air and gravity work, etc. All it needs is phlogiston for traveling between planetary systems.
That said, it's an average book with fairly 2D characters. It feels like someone took a campaign and turned it into a book, as adventures often happen with little lead up or even feel fairly random.
Most recent customer reviews
It was very entertaining with good character development!