Jon Thysell


Jon Thysell is a writer and engineer currently living in the Pacific Northwest, where he works for Xbox.

He was first published (in print) in Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. In 2012 he published his short story Pawsgaard, prequel to his upcoming novel, "Hester and the Kookaburra King".

When he's not writing or coding, he serenades his wife with his ukulele; or tries to keep up while she schools him in Halo.

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Price: Free! Words: 20,750. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Guineawick hasn't seen a non-mouse in generations, so when a wounded rabbit warrior is found outside of town, Hester knows there's more to his story than he's letting on. "Pawsgaard" is a short fantasy story written for older children, and introduces the principal characters of the Guineawick Tales series.

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  • Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus on March 30, 2012

    Cleverly sets Sherlock Holmes in a steampunk setting, without forgetting the style and feel of the original canon. I look forward to further stories.
  • The Emperor's Edge on March 30, 2012

    Not my favorite writing style (a little too verbose) but the plot was interesting and original enough. Some of the situations/dialog felt a little forced, and it definitely took a couple chapters to hook me. I'd also classify it 70% fantasy, 20% steampunk, 10% mystery. Though I disagree with others' complaints that there wasn't enough steampunk description; the mark of an immersive world is that the characters act and react as if they actually live in it. I think the author did a better job than most, specifically by not clumsily forcing descriptions/explanations of steampunk gadgets, treating them as casually as we would cars, planes, etc. - just a fact of life. In the same way since magic in the main character's world isn't a fact of life, she (the main character) spends suitably more time talking about it. Worth the read, even if you have to muscle past the chapter where "Commander of the Armies Hollowcrest" is annoyingly referred to by his full title and name constantly.