The Husband and I have made it back home from our vacation, and it was incredible! If you want to see any of our photos, check out the Trip Photos link (also at the bottom of the home page) and you get a day-by-day breakdown link to each album.
While I was gone, I even got through a book I've been wanting to read for quite some time: Jim Butcher's newest book, and the first in a new series, The Aeronaut's Windlass. The series is called Cinder Spires, and it's a steampunk/sci-fi adventure and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
There are several main characters that take turns narrating from third-person POV, and it brings a cool filter to the story progression. Cat lovers will especially love this book as one of the main clans is cats, and in fact we even get several chapters narrated by one cat, Rawl.
No one is 100% likeable, which I found refreshing compared to some other books in this genre. There were times where I wanted to shake people and tell them to shut up, or make up their mind, or smack them for making stupid decisions, but that's part of how real humans get through life.
Like most books that are the start of a new large series, the setting was a little lacking, but I looked at this as more of future potential than a reason to not like this book. If Butcher had spent the time to fully flesh out his world in book one, it would have probably doubled this already large novel and been and info-dump overload. I'm excited for more in this series! (But not too quickly; I don't want to have to wait even longer for more Dresden Files books...)