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I hail from a small town, just outside of Ottawa, Ontario where I live with my lovely wife Candice and our rambunctious golden retriever Gizmo.
I am a retired IT consultant, turned computer game developer and novelist. When I'm not in front of my computer, I enjoy the outdoors, movies, books and all things fantastical.
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A young girl dedicates her life to a temple, but finds that people may be more important than her dedication. In her travels she learns valuable lessons in life, a joy in the nature around her, and sets herself against a dark force she can not see just yet. It is a real page-turner that puts you right in the story with her. A must read for a true fantasy lover.
Writing adventure novels based on computer games is always challenging and often times you get a disjointed mess, I can point to Raymond Feist's 1998 Betrayal at Krondor novel (based on the 1993 Dynamix game of the same name) as a classic example, it is probably Feist's weakest novel of his career. So with that in mind, I had fairly subdued expectations when starting to read A Hut in the Woods. And sure enough, the opening chapter did feel a bit disjointed, a narration style that felt like the opening of playing a computer game rather than an immersive narrative. However, a funny thing happened within a chapter or two. The narration started to shift, I started to identify with the protagonist and found myself more engaged in the narrative and wondering what would happen next. So, in my opinion, its always a good sign when the pages start to fly by and at times I am laughing at a particular exchange between characters. One thing I should point out that Mr. Mouchet has excellent command of grammar and surprising skill in detailing conversations between characters. Indeed, I think the book gains when the protagonist is forced to interact with others and suffers somewhat when the protagonist is alone as these scenes do not flow as smoothly. One thing I really liked was that the author clearly has thought a lot about the world and the overall backstory, there are things going on that are only hinted at in this book, and that's good because the it shouldn't be obvious to the protagonist and keeping the reader guessing somewhat engages them more fully into the story. I expect further books in the series will explore these points further.