This is a really exciting one for me. Not only is the Tome and Tankard the first publication to review ANKARAN IMMERSION, but the book got on the right side of Wol from the very beginning and didn’t let up:
What a great start to 2018! Ankaran Immersion is a Cyberpunk adventure set in an intriguing post-Apocalyptic future. The world is partially covered in The Strand – living metal inhabited by seemingly malevolent AIs who are frequently at war with humans and one another. The Strand is a great concept and I have difficulty doing it justice here, but its ability to set traps, shape-shift into giant monsters roaming the land, etc. is thoroughly explored and makes for interesting reading. I found myself very much reminded of Horizon: Zero Dawn (and occasionally The Matrix) throughout the novel, and if you enjoyed the story of that game then this is definitely one for you.
The world and its characters are well thought out – the world building takes the interesting approach of hinting at what’s going on and letting you fill in the blanks. I think Hunter in particular is extremely well developed, with his autism handled sensitively and sympathetically. Each of the main characters goes through a significant arc and ends up with a rather different outlook than they had at the beginning of the novel. Most importantly, it’s a lot of fun to read – filled with clues and easter eggs, I had a great time figuring out Weisser’s hints at how things worked.
To add a bit of fun, Wol’s blog celebrates the notion of settling down with a good book and a good drink (a particularly inviting notion this January, if I do say so). To this end, she invents a custom cocktail for each book she reviews, and the one she came up with for ANKARAN IMMERSION both sounds delicious and is a really funny tease at a certain section of the novel (if you read it you’ll know why). I can’t wait to try it myself, once I make it to the liquor store for a few supplies…and check out her other reviews for some great recipes.
It’s been almost eighteen months since Dragon Moon Press acquired ANKARAN IMMERSION and the publishing process began. Since then, I’ve felt that there was something special about this one—that through some strange alchemy of hard work and happenstance this book was going to touch people more deeply than anything I’ve written before. But let’s face it: There’s a limit to how convincing I can be when I talk about how great my own work is. That’s why it’s so gratifying to see others slowly discovering for themselves what I’ve known for so long about Evie, Hunter, and Ono’s story. My deepest gratitude goes to Wol for being the first to help spread the word about it. I don’t expect her to be the last 😉😁.