Today, I welcome debut author Jay Kristoff to the blog for a round of Fast Five! Jay is the author of the highly anticipated STORMDANCER which hits stores this Tuesday. Let's take a peek at his book, and then dive into our Fast Five.
A Dying Land
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.
An Impossible Quest
The hunters of Shima's imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.
A Hidden Gift
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.
But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.
I know I'm not the only one salivating over this book. You can grab your own copy on Indie Bound, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble. You can learn more about Jay and his writing at his site.
For today's Fast Five, I gave Jay a list of topics and asked him to give me five favorites under each topic. Let's get to know the man behind the fabulous Japanese steampunk novel!
Most loved – The Princess Bride
Most hated – Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (also known as The Buggery of My Childhood)
Haven’t seen, but probably should – Bully
Can recite by heart – Aliens
Wish more people had seen it – Brotherhood of the Wolf
Books From Childhood
Most loved – Where the Wild Things Are
Most hated – My maths textbook
Haven’t read, but probably should – The Last Unicorn
Can remember where you were when you first read it – The Hobbit
Wish more people had read it – I am the Cheese
Most loved - Italian
Most hated – Anything spicy. Spicy kills me
Haven’t eaten, but probably should – Strawberry. (yes, I’ve never eaten a strawberry. Weird, I know)
Would eat anytime, anywhere – My bride’s fettucini carbonara
Best fuel for writing – Red Bull and chocolate
Most loved – The Wire
Most hated – Big Bang Theory (insult to nerds and geeks everywhere)
Haven’t watched, but probably should – Fringe
Can remember where you were when you saw it – Carl Sagan’s Cosmos
Wish more people had seen it – HBO’s Rome
Items in your closet
Most loved – My leather jacket
Most hated – My pile of dirty laundry
Haven’t worn in forever, probably should throw it out – My old Pittsburgh Penguins jersey
Wish you’d never thrown them out – My old band T-shirts
Why do I have so many – Sneakers
Thanks, Jay! Although our friendship nearly ended when I saw you hadn't yet watched Fringe ... *whispers loudly DOOOO IIIIIIITTTTTT!*
What do you think about Jay's lists? Anything you agree with? Disagree with? Would challenge him to a duel over?
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