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Ian Thomas Healy is a prolific writer who dabbles in many different speculative genres. He’s a ten-time participant and winner of National Novel Writing Month where he’s tackled such diverse subjects as sentient alien farts, competitive forklift racing, a religion-powered rabbit-themed superhero, cyberpunk mercenaries, cowboy elves, and an unlikely combination of vampires with minor league hockey. He is also the creator of the Writing Better Action Through Cinematic Techniques workshop, which helps writers to improve their action scenes.
Ian also created the longest-running superhero webcomic done in LEGO, The Adventures of the S-Team, which ran from 2006-2012.
When not writing, which is rare, he enjoys watching hockey, reading comic books (and serious books, too), and living in the great state of Colorado, which he shares with his wife, children, house-pets, and approximately five million other people.
on Aug. 23, 2011 :
Elves + Clint Eastwood + A Man Called Horse = awesome.
Ian Thomas Healy continues to impress the spurs off of me. I'm beginning to think there's nothing he can't write if he puts his mind to it.
How does he DO that?
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
Allison M. Dickson
on Aug. 09, 2011 :
Pariah's Moon gives you all the best things about epic fantasy (elves, magic, wizards bows and arrows) and deftly weaves them with classic western themes (an exiled lone hero seeks redemption among an indigenous people in a faraway land). Fill it all in with Healy's excellent pacing and his gift for action-based writing, and you'll a tight, thrilling tale with a lot of heart.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on April 27, 2011 :
The fun thing about this book was the way you got to go directly from a high-fantasy world into the Old West, but fantasy style. The high-fantasy world is full of all the melodrama of medieval politics (especially sexual politics), and the shift from that to the Old West-world of, well, rape, murder, and swindling the folks Back Home is like jumping into a cold pool on a hot day. Yeah, those elves are lying, cheating SOBs, but at least they're relatively honest.
A clever variation for the Weird West subgenre (which I love). Good characters, fast action, and lots of bloody revenge.
(reviewed the day of purchase)